US aviation subcommittee gets new director

Chris Brown has been appointed staff director of the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Aviation.

Chris Brown, who most recently served as vice president for legislative and regulatory policy at the trade organisation, Airlines for America, has been appointed staff director of the Subcommittee on Aviation, part of the US House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience and perspectives on aviation issues, from having worked in both the public and private sectors,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster said in a statement.

Brown’s professional experience includes working as assistant administrator and deputy assistant administrator for Government and Industry Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Before joining the FAA, Brown also worked as counsel for the House Subcommittee on Aviation, according to the statement.

“His expertise will serve our Committee well as we develop an FAA reauthorization bill that helps ensure America’s competitiveness in aviation and prepares our aviation system for the future,” Shuster said.

The last funding bill that was passed for the agency was in February 2012 and is set to expire in September 2015. In previous remarks, Shuster said that he wants the next reauthorisation of the FAA to be “big, bold and transformational”, noting that the agency, which was created in 1958, needs to be modernised.