U.S. Delegation Participates in MH17 Task Force
A high-level U.S. delegation participated in ICAO's August 14-15 Task Force meetings held in response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The Task Force is mandated to make proposals to the ICAO governing Council within two months. The U.S. delegation was led by Rich Swayze (center left), and included Joshua Holtzman (R) and Daniel Vaca (center right), all from the Federal Aviation Administration. Joseph L. Novak, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the U.S. Mission, is pictured on the left.
U.S. Ambassador Presents Credentials to ICAO
Michael A. Lawson, the U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ICAO, presented his official credentials to ICAO President Aliu and Secretary General Benjamin on July 25, 2014. Ambassador Lawson issued the attached statement. Ambassador's Statement (PDF 177KB) »
Rich Swayze, the FAA's Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, met with ICAO President Aliu on July 22, 2014, during a visit to Montreal. The two discussed key issues on the international civil aviation agenda. Mr. Swayze (C) is pictured with Dr. Aliu (L) and Joseph L. Novak, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the U.S. Mission to ICAO (R).
U.S. Condolences to Victims of MH17
The U.S. Mission to ICAO joins the international civil aviation community in expressing its deepest condolences to the victims of the MH17 tragedy and their families.
U.S. Participates in Key Meteorology Meeting
Edward L. Bolton, Jr., Assistant Administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), served as the head of the multi-agency U.S. delegation to ICAO's Meteorology (MET) Divisional Meeting, July 7-18. The FAA's Office of NextGen is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System, the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come. Mr. Bolton (R) is pictured with Joseph L. Novak, the Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the U.S. Mission to ICAO. The recommendations developed by the Meteorology Divisional Meeting will set forth global objectives and implementation timelines, and direct the course of work for enhancing the provision of meteorological service to international air navigation for the next decade or more.
Meeting with ICAO President and Secretary General
Carl Burleson, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment at the FAA (pictured second from right), and U.S. Mission to ICAO Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Joseph L. Novak (L) met June 6, 2014, with ICAO Council President Benard Aliu (pictured second from left) and Secretary General Raymond Benjamin (R). The meeting focused on key issues on the international civil aviation agenda. Mr. Burleson was in Montreal for the ongoing ICAO-sponsored multilateral talks on ways to reduce carbon emissions in civil aviation.
ICAO underscores need for Global Flight Tracking
ICAO held its Multidisciplinary Special Meeting on Global Flight Tracking on May 12-13 in Montreal. The conference, which was prompted by the MH370 situation, agreed that global flight tracking is of the highest priority. Participants set out a way forward which includes formation of an industry-led task force. The work of the task force and the other efforts at ICAO are all being fast-tracked. David C. Behrens (pictured on the right), U.S.-nominated Air Navigation Commissioner at ICAO, headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting. Delegation members also included: Erin Gormley of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (pictured second from right); and, Rich Jennings and Tom Kraft of the FAA (pictured in center and second from left, respectively). Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Joseph L. Novak is pictured on the left.
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