NBAA Lauds FAA’s Choice of Grizzle as New COO for ATO

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

Washington, DC, July 7, 2011 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today made the following statement in response to the announcement from Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) Randy Babbitt that David Grizzle has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) of the Air Traffic Organization, which, according to the FAA’s web site, leads the FAA’s 35,000 air traffic controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel charged with the safe and efficient management of the nation’s air traffic system.

“The FAA Administrator has made an excellent choice. David Grizzle has proven to be a strategic thinker and a strong manager as both chief counsel and acting COO for the FAA. He’s been sensitive to the priorities and concerns for the business aviation community, and he understands the industry’s important role in our air nation’s transportation system. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”


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