Transportation Secretary Chao names Daniel Elwell acting FAA administrator

Daniel K. Elwell

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recently named FAA Deputy Administrator Daniel K. Elwell as acting administrator.

Elwell assumed the role Sunday when Administrator Michael Huerta’s term ended.

“Dan’s background as a military and commercial pilot and past leadership positions in FAA and the aviation sector ensures a seamless transition to continue the important mission of the FAA,” Chao said.

Chao thanked Huerta for his service and commitment to safety,

Elwell became FAA deputy administrator in June 2017. He previously served as FAA assistant administrator for policy, planning, and environment from 2006-2008, as Aerospace Industries Association vice president from 2008-2013 and as Airlines for America senior vice president for safety, security, and operations from 2013 to 2015.

Prior to joining the FAA, Elwell graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He then became a commercial pilot for 16 years and served as managing director for international and government affairs at American Airlines.

Carl Burleson, FAA’s deputy assistant administrator for policy, international, and environment, will perform the duties of deputy administrator.

Tina Amereihm, FAA deputy assistant administrator for information and technology, became chief of staff. She replaces Chris Rocheleau who became executive director for international aviation.