BY CARL D. NEWMAN, A.A.E., AAAE CHAIR
Ihave paid particular attention to Jeff Mulder since I am following him, and I want to tell you I have huge shoes to fill. Jeff led the organization with style and grace, and he was never hesitant to raise important issues and shine a light on them. While I am a
little older than Jeff, I look up to him as a mentor. I am sure I will have
many occasions to call upon him for advice. Jeff, thank you so much for
For the past couple of years, AAAE has been in transition. Todd
Hauptli is doing a very fine job as CEO of the organization, and he and
the staff are making bold changes in the way the association is run.
AAAE always has been a very good organization, but Todd and the
team are making it better. I am looking forward to working more closely
with them this year.
I also am looking forward to working for all of you. I am currently a
member of the Southeast Chapter, but I have had previous stints with
the Southwest Chapter and the South Central Chapter. Each chapter
is distinctly different. I am looking forward to visiting each of the
chapters and seeing how they work.
Those of you who know me are aware how much I love our industry
and want to see it continue to prosper. But I also have other interests,
one of which I share with AAAE Senior Executive Vice President
Spencer Dickerson, and that is baseball. I like baseball for a number
of reasons, but I particularly like it because of the colorful characters
who have graced its history. There was none more colorful or quoted
than Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra who played 19 seasons in the major
leagues and coached or managed for many years after that. If you were
to conduct a search on Yogi Berra, quips and quotes would pop up
immediately. One that I think is appropriate and fitting for the situation
in which our industry finds itself today is, “This is like déjà vu all
The AAAE staff, Executive Committee and members have been
working with Congress to get an FAA reauthorization bill passed. As
you know, the last time the FAA reauthorization bill came up, Congress
passed 23 separate short-term extensions before approval of a final bill.
It had been our hope to get an FAA bill passed this year that addressed
all the issues important to airports without short-term extensions, but