Former FAA Official Helped Negotiate US-EU Av-Safety
The General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) announced Wednesday the hiring of Paul H.
Feldman as Vice President, Government Affairs.
Feldman comes to GAMA from international public affairs and
lobbying group APCO Worldwide, where he worked with clients --
including GAMA -- both in the US and Europe on government
relations, policy, and strategy.
Prior to joining APCO, Feldman was based in Brussels as the
Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) director for Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa. In this capacity, he represented the
secretary of transportation and FAA administrator on all aviation
issues for these regions. He was also responsible for leading the
US in negotiations with the European Commission on a new aviation
safety bilateral recognizing the establishment of the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which was signed last week.
During his tenure with the FAA, he also served in a temporary
capacity as assistant administrator for international aviation. In
addition, before becoming director in Brussels, Paul served as
FAA’s senior representative to the European Union (EU) and
helped reached agreement with the EU on the resolution of the
hushkit issue. In addition, he served in the office of FAA
Administrator Jane Garvey and FAA Deputy Administrator Linda Hall
Daschle and was named deputy director of the National Civil
Aviation Review Commission, chaired by former Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta.
Prior to going to the FAA, Paul was the Democratic staff
director for the Subcommittee on Aviation in the U.S. House of
Representatives. He started his career working for Congressman
David E. Price (D-NC) in several capacities, including chief of
staff and legislative director.
"Paul is a wonderful complement to the GAMA team," said GAMA
President and CEO Pete Bunce. "With significant domestic and
international experience in many of our industry’s most
pressing issues such as security, safety, and the environment,
coupled with his ability to advocate complex legislative issues
both in the U.S. and Europe, Paul will be an incredible asset to
the general aviation industry."