Elliott Black has been active in the aviation industry for more than 28 years—with nearly half of that time in the FAA. He was appointed Director of the FAA’s Office of Airport Planning and Programming in April 2014, after serving as Deputy Director for more than four years.
The Office of Airport Planning and Programming oversees the FAA’s programs related to airport and system planning, environmental processing and financial assistance programs, including both the Airport Improvement Program and the Passenger Facility Charge program.
Prior to his appointment to FAA Headquarters in 2010, Mr. Black worked for more than five years in the FAA’s Great Lakes Region as Manager of the Planning and Programming Branch.
He has formal training in architecture, planning and policy, and has held positions at Boston Logan and Chicago O’Hare, as well as experience as a consultant in airport planning, environmental processing, financial planning and capital program implementation, in such diverse locations as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Anchorage and Toronto.
He has played key roles in airport planning, complex capital and O&M budget planning, financial feasibility studies, airline negotiations, airport operational matters, community relations, airport bond financing, and procurement for large-scale professional services and construction contracts.