Dick Devos and the FAA
August 22, 2018
While Betsy Devos takes the United States by storm in terms of education reform, she has become a legendary US Education Secretary and a political icon. The spotlight has also been on her family, as her husband Dick Devos also joins the political arena. He was appointed to the Management Advisory Council in September 2017. He will help the FAA make new regulations and policies along with 12 other members.
The council was set up to help the FAA make changes to certain policies and regulations, as well as move towards new growth. US economists have always stated that the airline industry is quite unstable, and there are a lot of people who have been working to make it less digital, keeping it stuck in the dark ages of innovation. President Trump called for reformative action, wanting to see the aviation industry rise up to match the competitors in foreign markets like Dubai and Japan.
The airline industry has had its fair share of ups and downs in the past decade. Devos has been there helping the Gerald R. Ford International Airport throughout some of the darker times. It was Devos who may have turned things around for the airport. While it has been open since the early 1900s, it barely achieved any progress within that time, only going through a re-launch in 1999. The next renovation will be completed in 2018, but this comes after a decade of rising sales and growth.
Part of that is due to the phone call that Devos made to help out the CEO of the airport in the early 2000s. Devos spoke with the CEO of Air Tran Airways and convinced him to open up several new destinations at the airport location. The call worked, and there were four new flights added to the current terminals. These included flights to St. Louis, Orlando, Denver, and Vegas.
The new flights were just one part to the makeover. Devos had bigger plans. He also co-founded a school on the grounds to help students who wanted to become pilots. The school trains pilots right on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. This has helped students learn about airplanes, jets, flight operations, and helicopters.
Devos has been helping his hometown for the past two decades. Grand Rapids has grown significantly thanks to many of the projects that Devos has supported through the family’s foundation. The charities have totaled over $134 million and have helped a variety of education centers.
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