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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Airlines' Captain In Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A former Marine captain who served in Vietnam, James May is no stranger to tough missions. He's got plenty of them these days as chief executive of the Air Transport Association, the trade group representing the biggest U.S. airlines. Last week, for instance, May was an industry point man in responding to the furor over JetBlue's passenger-stranding debacle.

But on May's priorities list, the passenger-rights controversy falls well below another big-ticket item: the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, whose programs expire next September.

Full story at Forbes.com