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Carl P. Burleson

Acting Deputy Director


Carl E. Burleson began serving as Acting FAA Deputy Administrator as of January 7, 2018. In this new role, he is the second highest-ranking official at the agency and is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the largest aerospace system in the world, a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He is also responsible for regulating the safety of equipment and operators of the U.S. aviation industry.
Prior to this assignment, Burleson had been the FAA's Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment since 2011. In this role, he led the agency's efforts to increase the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner. This includes leading the FAA's strategic policy and planning efforts; coordinating the agency's reauthorization before Congress; overseeing the national and international aviation policies, strategies, and research efforts in the environment and energy arenas; managing the FAA's aviation activity forecasts, economic analyses, and regulatory evaluations; and, dealing with the aviation war risk insurance program.


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