Feb. 23, 2022

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen presented Teri Bristol, the FAA’s retiring air traffic organization chief operating officer, with the prestigious NBAA Silk Scarf Award in recognition of her decades of public service and dedication to the aviation industry, including business aviation.

“As a champion for continued development of the nation’s Next Generation (“NextGen”) Aviation System, Teri has led the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee,” Bolen noted. “She has been a dedicated and committed professional who has moved our industry forward and we wish her the best in her retirement.”

Bristol has also been an advocate and role model for women, having been the first woman to hold her current leadership position, and the first woman to hold her previous three positions. She has been instrumental in FAA efforts to recruit and retain women and minorities to key positions in air traffic control, and across the agency.

In a 2020 interview for NBAA’s Business Aviation Insider magazine, Bristol described how business aviation representatives have long provided valuable input toward the agency’s daily management of the National Airspace System, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our collaborative approach in managing operations includes a webinar every two hours each day to seek industry perspective,” she said at the time. “With valuable inputs from business aviation, we can ensure greater efficiency for everyone who uses the ATC system.”