FAA's Steve Brown To Join NBAA...

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Steve Brown, a longtime aviation-industry veteran and current head of the FAA's air traffic control planning apparatus, will be leaving the agency and joining the National Business Aviation Association as its new senior vice president of operations, the association announced yesterday. Brown will replace Bob Blouin, who resigned his position with the NBAA on Aug. 31. Brown's first day on the job is set for Oct. 4, which means he'll barely have time to find his desk before jetting off to Las Vegas for the NBAA's annual meeting and convention, set for Oct. 12 - 14. "I couldn't be more pleased," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the ink on his own NBAA business cards barely dry. "Steve brings tremendous experience and proven leadership qualities to NBAA. He is a great addition to our team." Various industry observers echoed that sentiment yesterday after Brown's appointment was made public. "Good for Ed [Bolen]. He (Brown) is going to be good in that job ... and attract plenty of good talent," the president of an NBAA member company, an operating member who has known and worked with Bolen for years, told AVweb. Brown has been in his current position as the FAA's vice president for operations planning within the agency's air traffic organization (ATO) only since the ATO was established on Feb. 8, 2004. Before that evolution, Brown had served as the FAA's associate administrator for air traffic services since his appointment to the agency in 1998, managing the 35,000 air traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection pilots and administrative personnel who run the nation's airspace system. Earlier Brown served as president of the National Aeronautic Association and as senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. During his tenure at the FAA, he frequently accompanied the FAA administrator to various public events involving aviation, including AOPA's annual meetings as well as the "Meet the Administrator" sessions at EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh. Brown has also served with RTCA Inc., and was a faculty member at Texas A&M University. An aircraft owner, Brown has worked as an air taxi pilot and full-time flight instructor.