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Dick Devos and the FAA

There are a lot of people who don’t know that Dick Devos is a pilot. In fact, he has a jet and helicopter that he pilots frequently. His work with the Grand Rapids airport has also been legendary, and it’s one of the reasons that he was recently appointed to help the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA set up the Management Advisory Council to give the FAA some guidance on what to do with policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth ideas.


While Dick Devos has never worked in the government before, he has been working in aviation with some partners. He has been partnering up with the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as the two have been working on the growth of the airport since the 1990s. In fact, Devos has been improving Grand Rapids ever since he began Grand Action, a committee set up in the 1990s to help business leaders. The group has built several community buildings as well, including a Performing Arts Center and medical center.


The Devos’ have contributed much, but Dick Devos has gone above and beyond for the airport. He has worked with several airlines to help expand the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, even as he was running for governor in 2006 in Michigan. While he didn’t win that bid, he still had his sights on working with Washington and he supported his wife’s bid for US Education Secretary.


Now that she is in Washington, Dick Devos finds himself rubbing shoulders in the same meetings as he works with the FAA on new business ideas. A lot of people have criticized the FAA for their inability to help the airline industry out of previous slumps. The FAA has revealed new security regulations that are meant to help airports as well as make it easier for passengers to check-in to their flights and get through security.


If you have been to an airport recently, you know that there are a lot of different areas of the airport that are off-limits. However, much of the airports needs are catered to travelers, so Gerald R. Ford International Airport has recently expanded, leading a $45 million renovation that was paid for by other airlines. Devos was one of the reasons that this deal was made.


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