The aviation industry has been going through some tough battles over the past decade. There have been sharp declines in airline sales, as well as quick rises. The whole industry has been called unstable by economists. Part of this is due to the new challenges that technology has opened up for air travel, but it’s also the amount of competition from other countries.
America has been called “slow to upgrade” in terms of its air innovation. Airlines have a more streamlined process in other countries, and it’s easier to get tickets. The actual airplanes are also more modern and faster in other countries like China and Japan. It’s difficult to see how America has fallen in this regard, but the FAA is looking to make some changes. One of the ways it is doing that is by appointing a Management Advisory Council.
The council has 13 members who come from transportation authority and airline executive backgrounds. Then, there is Dick Devos, who is mainly well-known for his time as the President and CEO of Amway.
However, there is a lot more to Devos than just his business acumen. He is well known within the aviation community as an educator and business leader, having helped the Gerald R. Ford International Airport expand in a variety of ways throughout the 1990s and 2000s. It was Devos who originally offered Air Tran Amways more expansion opportunities at the airport, bringing in new ticket sales as well as an influx of new business travelers.
Now the airport will undergo a $45 million renovation that will be unveiled later in 2018. The renovations offer a new business traveler center, food court area, and upgrades in terminals. It’s this type of work that got him recognized by the FAA. Now he heads to Washington, where he joins his wife, the US Education Secretary Betsy Devos.
The Devos family has had their share of troubles these past few years. They have fought hard for education reform, and Betsy Devos has polarized America on what should be done about the state of America’s education system. However, Dick Devos shares her vigor to change America’s education policies, and that has brought him into the political system before when he ran for governor of Michigan in 2006.
As he joins the council, he will be helping the FAA with a variety of different business interests and growth plans.
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