NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen has extended his appreciation to Billy Nolen for his outstanding service to the aviation industry as acting administrator of the FAA. Bolen's comments follow media reporting that Nolen intends to depart the agency later this year.
“Billy Nolen has stepped in and provided essential leadership at a critical time for our industry,” Bolen says. “As acting administrator, he has been an effective collaborator, always accessible to everyone and intensely focused on safety. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to working with him through his transition and as he embarks on the next chapter in his remarkable story.”
Nolen was named FAA safety chief in January 2022, and appointed acting administrator later that year. A former commercial airline captain, he has held several industry safety roles, including as senior vice president for safety, security and operations at Airlines for America and executive manager for group safety and health at Qantas Airways.
Prior to coming to the FAA, Nolen served as vice president for safety, security and quality for Canada's WestJet Airlines. He also led the Aviation Safety Action Program at American Airlines.
Nolen is a US Army veteran fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilot.
Nolen was a featured speaker at the 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), joining European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) executive director Patrick Ky for the show's opening day keynote session, in which the two discussed the shared, trans-Atlantic priorities for business aviation.