T. Allan McArtor

Male, Organization founder

1942 –


Who is T. Allan McArtor?

Trusten Allan McArtor was the Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1987 to 1989.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1942, McArtor is Chairman of Airbus North America Holdings, Inc., parent company of Airbus North America Sales, Inc. and Airbus North America Customer Services, Inc., all located in Herndon, Virginia, and Airbus North America Engineering in Wichita, Kansas. Named Chairman in June 2001, McArtor oversees the activities of Airbus in the United States and Canada in several key areas, including governmental affairs. Airbus functions in North America include marketing and sales support for airlines and other customers, as well as product and technical support, and training for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance specialists.

Before joining Airbus, McArtor was founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas. Prior to that, McArtor held a series of leadership and senior management positions in the military, civil and government sectors.

From 1979 to 1994, McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express Corporation - except for two years when President Ronald Reagan appointed McArtor to serve as the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. During that time, McArtor was credited with helping to regain public confidence in air transportation in the U.S., while accelerating the modernization of air traffic control. He was also active in gaining increased FAA funding for ATC and other critical programs, including Extended Twin OperationS and Traffic Collision Avoidance System. In addition, McArtor created the standards for “Aging Aircraft” regulations and issued the industry’s Stage III noise regulations.

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Jul 3, 1942
St. Louis
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • Arizona State University

on July 23, 2013


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