Transportation Security Administrator and former deputy FBI director John S. Pistole will be among those to speak Tuesday in Atlanta at the opening general session at the 2010 NBAA annual meeting and convention.
He joins long-time business aviation supporter and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue, FAA Administrator Randolph J. "Randy" Babbitt, and Cox Enterprises President Jimmy Hayes.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Pistole to the top TSA post in June, a month after President Obama appointed him. The move closed a lengthy time period that saw a couple of withdrawn nominations for the TSA post, as well as the Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S.-bound jetliner.
Pistole arrived at the agency with a history of sterling accomplishments in the national security realm, and he has sought to bring that mindset into the agency.
A 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience, Pistole was appointed as head of the FBI's expanded counterterrorism program following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He later became executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence, and then the FBI's deputy director in 2004.
"Administrator Pistole has continually shown a readiness to work with industry to accomplish important goals we all share – enhancing the security of flight while preserving the mobility and flexibility that are the hallmarks of business aviation," NBAA President Ed Bolen said in a statement released last week by the association. "We are delighted that he will be joining us at this year's convention."
Earlier this year, Bolen touted Pistole's role in working cooperatively with NBAA and other business aviation stakeholders to devise the TSA's new waiver plan, which eliminated a historically unpredictable and burdensome process for companies using business aviation to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S.
Get complete details for the NBAA 2010 convention here.