ICAO Council Honors First Woman Representative
The ICAO Council--as part of its annual International Women's Day commemoration--honored Betty Crites Dillon, the U.S. Permanent Representative to ICAO from 1971-77. Representative Dillon holds the distinction of being the first woman to serve on the ICAO Council. In her long and successful career, Ms. Dillon served the U.S. government as an aviation expert, and worked as an aviation consultant and in positions in the aviation industry. She also served in senior positions in the Peace Corps. The U.S. Mission joins the ICAO Council in honoring Representative Betty Crites Dillon and her signal contributions.
Mexico Hosts ICAO
The Mexican government hosted the ICAO Council in Mexico City, March 14-21. Joseph L. Novak, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the U.S. Mission to ICAO, participated in the event. The working visit successfully focused on building international cooperation toward the goals of improving the safety, security, and sustainability of air travel. Among its many activities, the ICAO team--led by Council President Benard Aliu, Secretary General Raymond Benjamin, and Mexican ICAO Representative Dionisio Mendez Mayora--visited: key air navigation management facilities located at Mexico City Airport; the ICAO regional office; and, an ICAO-certified safety and security training facility named for ICAO Goodwill Ambassador and former Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez. The team also visited the Queretaro region and a joint Grupo Aeromexico/Delta Air Lines aircraft maintenance and support facility (please see photo). The U.S. would like to thank the Mexican government for the successful visit, and for its strong leadership at ICAO and in the field of international civil aviation.
Remembering ICAO President Emeritus Dr. Assad Kotaite
ICAO President Emeritus Assad Kotaite, 89, died in Montreal on February 27, 2014. Dr. Kotaite, who was Lebanese, was Secretary General of ICAO from 1970-76. He also served as President of the ICAO Council from 1976-06. As a renowned international civil servant, Dr. Kotaite's focus was on improving the safety and security of civil aviation around the world, and he helped build ICAO into the effective international organization it is today. Dr. Kotaite was a good friend of the United States and his presence on the international stage will be dearly missed by all.
Meeting with ICAO Secretary General
U.S. Charge d'Affaires Joseph L. Novak met with ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin (pictured left) on February 20 at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. The Secretary General and the Charge discussed ways to make international civil aviation safer, more secure and more sustainable. They also discussed the Secretary General's upcoming visit to Washington, D.C.
Charge d'Affaires meets with Colombian Representatives
Charge d'Affaires Joseph L. Novak met with Colombian representatives to ICAO on February 18. Mr. Alberto Munoz-Gomez, the Colombian Representative to ICAO, is pictured center and Cesar Augusto Bejarano Ramon, Legal Advisor and Air Navigation Commission Observer, is pictured on the left. Mr. Novak and the Colombian representatives discussed issues related to international civil aviation including those related to flight safety and security in the Americas region. They agreed that the United States and Colombia need to continue to work closely together on issues of mutual concern at ICAO.
U.S. Welcomes New ICAO Council President
On January 15, Joseph L. Novak, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to ICAO (R), and David C. Behrens, FAA-nominated Air Navigation Commissioner (L), congratulated Dr. Benard Aliu on his assumption of duties as President of the ICAO Council. Charge Novak underscored that the U.S. looks forward to working with Dr. Aliu on making international civil aviation safer, more secure, and more sustainable. Prior to becoming Council President, Dr. Aliu served as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to ICAO. He also served the Nigerian government as a civil aviation expert. Dr. Aliu is the first Council President from Africa.
U.S. Ambassador Duane E. Woerth departed Montreal on December 20, 2013.
After over three years of service, U.S. Ambassador Duane E. Woerth departed Montreal on December 20, 2013. Before he left, his colleagues at ICAO and at the U.S. Mission held a reception in his honor. Ambassador Woerth is pictured with incoming Council President Dr. Benard Aliu of Nigeria (right) and outgoing Council President Roberto Kobeh of Mexico (left) at the December 19 event. Joseph L. Novak, Alternate U.S. Representative, is the Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the Mission until a new ambassador arrives in Montreal.