Daniel Elwell

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Dan Elwell
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Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
Assumed office
January 7, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyCarl Burleson
Preceded byMichael Huerta
Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
In office
June 26, 2017 – January 6, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byVictoria Wassmer (acting)
Succeeded byCarl Burleson (acting)
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationUnited States Air Force Academy (BS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
RankUS Air Force O5 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsPersian Gulf War

Daniel Kevin Elwell[1] is the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in addition to running the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

Appointed by President Donald Trump to become a FAA Deputy Administrator in June 2017, Elwell was promoted to Acting Administrator on January 7, 2018.[2]


Raised in San Diego, Elwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy in 1983.[1] He moved on to Williams Air Force Base where he earned his pilot wings.[3]

President Trump signs H.R. 302, the FAA reauthorization Act of 2018, with Elwell, Elaine Chao, and Members of Congress

Elwell was a Command Pilot for the U.S Air Force and U.S Air Force Reserve. Elwell fought in the Operation Desert Storm[4] in a combat capacity.[3] Elwell eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired soon after.

For 16 years, Elwell was a commercial pilot for American Airlines. Elwell also had a role of American Airlines's Managing Director for International and Government Affairs.[3] He also served served as a legislative fellow for the late Senator Ted Stevens.[3] While working for Senator Stevens, Elwell was part of other aviation safety programs in Alaska, including the Capstone Program in the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta, as well as the installation of real-time weather cameras at remote airfields and mountain passes.[5]

Elwell was named Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association[6] in 2008 where he stayed until 2013. Elwell was a civil aerospace manufacturer representative in this capacity where he was an advocate for various companies.[3]

Elwell joined Airlines for America (A4A) in 2013[4] where he was the Senior Vice President for Safety, Security, and Operations. Elwell left this role in 2015.[3]

Elwell also served as the Senior Advisor on Aviation to Secretary Elaine Chao.[7]

Federal Aviation Administration[edit]

Elwell was named acting Administrator of the FAA upon the conclusion of the previous Administrator, Michael Huerta.[2][8] Under Huerta, from 2006 to 2008, Elwell worked for the FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Environment.[2] President Donald Trump appointed Elwell FAA Deputy Administrator in June 2017.[2]

Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao endorsed the selection of Elwell.[2]


  1. ^ a b Polaris (PDF). XXV. Colorado Springs, Colorado: United States Air Force Academy. 1983. p. 414. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Deputy FAA Administrator Dan Elwell To Serve as Acting FAA Administrator". January 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Key Officials - Daniel K. Elwell". January 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Swamp earns its wings: Airline lobbyist takes control of the FAA". Washington Examiner. Washington Examiner. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Key Addition Announced For Senior FAA Political Position: Great Pick". June 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Transportation Secretary Chao names Daniel Elwell acting FAA administrator". Transportation Today. Transportation Today. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Elwell Appointed FAA Deputy Administrator". June 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Former airline lobbyist to take over for outgoing FAA chief". The Hill. The Hill. Retrieved 5 November 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Huerta
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration