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LINDA HALL DASCHLE SWORN IN AS FAA DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Linda Hall Daschle, an aviation executive who began her career 18 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been sworn in as FAA's deputy administrator, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.
 Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said Daschle is "a capable, hard-working, smart executive who brings a common sense approach to the FAA. Her entire professional life has been devoted to aviation, in both the public and private sectors. This combination of work experience helps bring a balanced view to decision-making. We're delighted to have Linda join the team."
 Deputy Transportation Secretary Mortimer Downey administered the oath of office to Daschle on Nov. 23.
 As deputy administrator, Daschle is the second highest ranking official in the FAA, the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the flying public, and regulating and promoting aviation.
 Daschle, born in Oklahoma with strong ties to South Dakota and Kansas, began her aviation career as a weather observer in an effort to pay for college tuition while attending Kansas State University.
 During the early 1980s, she was the first woman to direct the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Office of Congressional, Community and Consumer Affairs in Washington. While working at the CAB, she was awarded the board's special achievement award for her contributions to air service for rural America and airline consumer awareness initiatives.
 Since 1987, Daschle has served as senior vice president in charge of federal and environmental affairs for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), a professional organization representing managers of U.S. airports. She was also general manager of the association's new business television network -- the Airport News and Training Network -- which broadcasts to airports across the nation.
 She previously held the position of director of federal affairs at the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), an organization which represents major passenger and cargo air carriers.
 Before joining the FAA, Daschle was also a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Congressional Advisory Board and chair of the Oglala-Lakota College Foundation Board. The Oglala-Lakota College, located on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, is the only Native American four-year institution in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Pat Cariseo of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-267-8521/


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