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George Novak, JD is the Managing Partner of the AeroAdvisor Group, LLC, where he spearheads efforts regarding civil aviation safety and security, including all U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) matters. He recently served as Lead Research Scientist at the George Washington University Aviation Institute and is Program Administrator of the International Summits on Aviation Safety & Security. He has worked with numerous countries on the development of successful strategies for compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.  Before forming the AeroAdvisor Group, he served in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel, as a senior attorney on the International Affairs & Legal Policy and Legislative staffs.  Since 1993, George has been in private practice, both as an attorney and as a consultant in these areas. While at the FAA, Mr. Novak helped to develop the legal basis for the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program and authored the agency’s Model National Civil Aviation Legislation. He also served on numerous U.S. delegations to ICAO. At the FAA, Mr. Novak developed and taught training programs for both international aviation safety inspectors and for the U.S. Federal Air Marshal program.  Mr. Novak received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and has undergraduate degrees from Washington & Jefferson College and California University of Pennsylvania.  A more complete CV can be obtained by clicking here.

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Brigadier General Tim Neel is the owner and managing director of Tim Neel & Associates, LLC, a company specializing in international aviation safety matters, including the assessment of aviation safety standards at government civil aviation authorities, international air carriers and airports.  He is the Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Central American Agency for Aviation Safety (ACSA) and has worked with a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on development of aviation oversight programs.  Prior to entering the private sector, Gen. Neel was the Deputy Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard and was manager of the FAA’s office responsible for the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. Gen. Neel attended the United States Army War College and was a LEGIS Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin. He holds an MPA from Shippensburg University and a BS from Pepperdine University.

Kenneth Button, BA, MA, PhD, FILT, FIHT, FCIT is currently Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics in the School of Public Policy, George Mason University. From 1994 to 1996 he was Conseiller in the Advisory Unit to the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, where he headed work on aviation policy.  At that time, he was concurrently on leave as Professor of Applied Economics and Transport at Loughborough University and VSB Visiting Professor of Transport and the Environment at the Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam. He was the Special Advisor to the UK House of Common Transport Committee between 1993 and 1994. He has held visiting academic posts at the Universities of British Columbia and of California at Berkeley. He has conducted consultancy work for a wide range of international agencies including the United Nation, World Bank, European Union, European Conference of Ministers of Transport, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as many national, state, and government agencies and well as commercial undertakings.

Gary Perkins is a senior technical consultant specializing in the setup of civil aviation safety oversight organizations and processes.  He is the President of the Aviation Safety Oversight Group located in Miami.  Gary has been one of the architects of the FAA safety oversight assessment program.  He was a contributor to the original ICAO audit process and the content of the ICAO safety oversight manual.  He is uniquely qualified as a technical inspector, policy author and management analyst.  Gary has a wide spectrum of experience at the national, regional and office level within the FAA Flight Standards Organization and with civil aviation authorities throughout the world.