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November 29, 2018
Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary
Elaine L. Chao today announced Wayne R. Monteith has been appointed to the position of Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Monteith’s appointment is effective January 20, 2019.
Monteith is a proven aerospace leader with nearly 30 years of planning and managing activities to integrate Department of Defense, civil, commercial, and intelligence community space capabilities. Monteith is a recently retired US Air Force Brigadier General who previously served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and led operations for the busiest and most successful spaceport in the world.
“Ensuring America remains a leader in commercial space is a priority for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the entire Administration,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. “General Monteith is a proven leader with extensive experience who will help us accelerate innovation while protecting public safety.”
In his new role, Monteith will provide executive leadership and oversight of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST). AST’s mission is to ensure the protection of the public, property, nd the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation.
“The commercial space sector is growing exponentially every year, and the FAA is committed to keeping pace with it,” said Elwell. “I’m pleased to welcome General Monteith to our team, and I look forward to working with him to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of this burgeoning industry.”
Monteith’s distinguished military career and extensive space background also included serving as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He also held the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space) and oversaw space policy, strategy, international engagement, and commercial partnerships while directly influencing a $100 billion budget. Prior to that, Monteith was Commander 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Monteith received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Washington, DC, and a Master of Science for Business Administration and Management at Leslie University, Cambridge, MA. Monteith received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.
Senate Confirms Two New NTSB Board Members.
NTSB Board now back to full staff of five. The Senate Tuesday night confirmed two nominees to the National Transportation Safety Board, a vote that now brings the Board back to full strength with five members.
Bruce Landsberg, a Republican, was confirmed to fill the slot of vice chairman Christopher A. Hart, a term that runs until December 31, 2022. President Donald Trump first nominated Landsberg in late September 2017. Like the current NTSB Chairman Robert L Sumwalt, Bruce is a South Carolina native. Bruce is the former executive director of the AOPA Foundation, where he served from May 1992 until May 2010. He also served as president of the AOPA Foundation and the Air Safety Institute between May 2010 and December 2014. Bruce was associate editor of Flying magazine between February 1980 and March 1981.
Also confirmed was Jennifer Homendy, a Democrat from Virginia. Homendy’s was nominated by the President in April 2018 for a term that runs until December 31, 2019. She served as Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, a position she has held since 2004. Homendy advises members of Congress on legislation involving railroads, the safety of oil and natural gas pipelines, and the transportation of hazardous materials. She also worked for the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Federation of Independent Business.
PURPOSE OF THIS ADVISORY CIRCULAR (AC). This AC calls attention to regulatory requirements, recommended operations, and communications procedures for operating at an airport without a control tower or an airport with a control tower that operates only part time. It recommends traffic patterns, communications phraseology, and operational procedures for use by aircraft, lighter-than-air aircraft, gliders, parachutes, rotorcraft, and ultralight vehicles. This AC stresses safety as the primary objective in these operations. This AC is related to the right-of-way rules under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 1, § 1.1 (traffic pattern), and part 91, §§ 91.113 and 91.126.
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