Edward Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a featured speaker during the Opening Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22. During his address, Bolton, whose office is responsible for leading the modernization of the nation’s airspace through the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), will provide a roadmap for the future of NextGen development.
“We are pleased that Assistant Administrator Bolton has agreed to address NBAA2014 attendees,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. “The modernization of the nation’s aviation system to a NextGen one that is based on satellite technology, and incorporates digital systems and advanced procedures, is designed to ensure safer and more efficient air travel, so his remarks will be of great interest to everyone.”
The NBAA has been working closely with the FAA to ensure that NextGen meets the needs of business aviation. “NextGen modernization is a high priority for NBAA and its Members, so the Association has staff representation on all the major NextGen government-industry working groups,” Bolen said. “We value our collaborative relationship with the FAA, and believe that, working together, we can help make implementation of NextGen work for the aviation industry, and the country as a whole.”
Bolton directs more than 900 federal employees and oversees NextGen’s $1 billion annual budget. He joined the FAA in September 2013, following a distinguished career with the U.S. Air Force, where most recently he held the rank of major general and the position of deputy assistant secretary for budget in the office of the assistant secretary for financial management and comptroller.
He also served as commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, where he oversaw a $5 billion budget and more than 20 successful spacelift, shuttle, test and range missions.
In addition, Bolton served as the deputy director for systems integration and engineering and as the principal deputy to the chief operating office where he established policy for space, cyber, and information operations and oversaw development of a cyber-career field as director of space and cyber operations in Washington, DC.
A level III program manager, he directed the Satellite and Launch Systems and the Space Launch and Range Systems program offices at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.
As the world’s largest and most important event for the business aviation community, NBAA2014 offers attendees an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the issues affecting the industry. Attendees will have a chance to review the latest in business aviation products, technology and services, participate in dozens of education sessions and make side-by-side comparisons of the industry’s most innovative aircraft on static display.