FSF Chairman Has Dedicated His Career to Aviation Safety
Alexandria, VA, October 14, 2009 — The Flight Safety Foundation announced today that its chairman, Amb. Edward W. Stimpson, has been awarded the 2009 FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Ambassador Stimpson is the epitome of whom this award seeks to recognize,” said FSF President and CEO William R. Voss. “His work at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, his service to the International Civil Aviation Organization and his years of dedication to Flight Safety Foundation have left an indelible mark on aviation safety. I am pleased that the Foundation has this opportunity to publicly recognize Ed’s lifetime commitment to the safety of aviation.”
Stimpson served as the Representative of the United States to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for five years, starting in 1999, a post that carries the rank of ambassador. His term spanned the events of 9/11, and he became highly involved in the expansion of ICAO’s civil aviation security program.
He has served on numerous government and industry advisory boards, including most recently his service as chair of the “Managing Risks in Civil Aviation” Independent Review Team at the request of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in 2008.
“It is with the greatest respect and appreciation that we recognize Ambassador Stimpson with the FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Jim Albaugh, executive vice president of The Boeing Co. and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This award is a testament to his tremendous contributions on behalf of the world’s aviation community and the flying public.”
Prior to his service at ICAO, Stimpson spent 25 years as president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which represents companies involved in the manufacture of aircraft and component parts. Before joining GAMA, he served as assistant administrator of congressional relations at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, auditing, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation’s mission is to pursue the continuous improvement of global aviation safety and the prevention of accidents. www.flightsafety.org
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