The Regional Airline Association (RAA) elected new board officers for the 2014-15 term during its Fall Board meeting at Embraer’s Fort Lauderdale facility. Officers include: Chair Brad Holt of ExpressJet; Vice Chair Bryan Bedford of Republic Airways Holdings; Treasurer Linda Markham of Cape Air; and Secretary Rick Leach of Trans States Holdings. Steve Farrow, Piedmont Airlines President, also was named a member of the executive committee.
With the issue of pilot supply an industry priority, the Board created a special CEO task force organized to help guide the association’s efforts, including Bryan Bedford, Brad Holt and Jim Rankin, Air Wisconsin President.
“It’s frustrating when there’s a need for new pilots, and thousands of young students are qualified to pursue this rewarding career, the goalposts have been moved making it that much harder to become an airline pilot,” said RAA President Roger Cohen. “RAA’s members are committed to working with Congress and all aviation stakeholders to expand this opportunity, and continue providing safe, professional air service to the 70% of the U.S. that relies exclusively on regional airlines for their connection to the global economy.”