Former DHS Official Craig Spence Joins AOPA Staff | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 08.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.29.14 **
** Airborne 08.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.27.14 **
** Airborne 08.25.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.25.14 **

Sat, Jun 14, 2008

Former DHS Official Craig Spence Joins AOPA Staff

Named Association's First-Ever VP Of Aviation Security

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association told ANN Friday of the hiring of Craig Spence to fill the newly-created position of vice president of aviation security. Spence is a long-time general aviation pilot who spent most of his career in airport and aviation security... and the pilot advocacy group says he will bring that GA sensibility, along with security saavy, to his new role.

"AOPA has long recognized and addressed the challenges facing general aviation in the post-9/11 atmosphere," said Andy Cebula, AOPA’s executive vice president of government affairs. "Bringing Craig on board means that we have someone who understands both the needs of our members and the ways of the security agencies."

"I've been involved in general aviation since I first went flying with my father at about age one," said Spence. "I've been a member of AOPA since the 1980s. And I've spent nearly 20 years in airport and aviation security. So I'm looking forward to working to find answers that impose the least possible burden on AOPA members while still addressing the nation's security needs."

Immediately prior to joining AOPA, Spence was the program manager for Geospatial and Aerospace Systems in the DHS's Office of Operations Coordination. In that capacity, he served as the subject-matter expert on all matters pertaining to aviation and geospatial systems, liaison with numerous government and civilian aerospace and geospatial agencies and stakeholders, and was the DHS headquarters representative on various aviation working groups.

Spence has served as the briefer for Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security Kip Hawley, and prior to joining TSA, was the security coordinator for a major air carrier hub airport. He is a colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, and holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He has more that 2,500 military flight hours in large, turbine-powered multi-engine aircraft.

"AOPA has been a major player in helping to enhance general aviation security," said Cebula. "Our aim is to continue that leadership and to make sure any security changes make sense."

With over 415,000 members, AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation association.

FMI: www.aopa.org, www.dhs.gov

Advertisement

More News

Classic Aero-TV: 26,000 Pounds of Heli-Beast -- The Cold War Air Museum’s Mi-24

Ugly To Many, But Incredibly Beautiful To Hard-Core Helo Fans ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell visited the Cold War Air Museum's Mi-24 Russian helicopter at HAI a little o>[...]

Airborne 08.29.14: Google Drone!, Cessna's 10,000th, Bearhawk LODA

Also: Big Boeing Order, Napa Tower Quaked, Landsberg Retires, Galileo Falters Breaking News! Google has unveiled an exciting new UAV project, called Project Wing, which has been un>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.01.14)

“We are delighted that construction of a world-class aerospace assembly facility is underway in Lafayette and that skilled Louisiana workers will be producing the standard-be>[...]

Annual Oshkosh 2014 'Best/Worst Of' Award Selection Invites YOUR Participation!

YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV! E-I-C Note: We're going to start naming names and dropping details THIS week--- t>[...]

Klyde Morris (09.01.14)

Klyde Drones On... and On... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC