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Honorable Linda Hall Daschle has more than 45 years of aviation experience and became the first woman to serve as Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator.
Prior to holding that position, she helped start a regional airline, worked for the Civil Aeronautics Board, and became a top executive with the American Association of Airport Executives.
Nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1993, Daschle began a four-year term as FAA Deputy Administrator where she led efforts to overhaul the agency’s air traffic control modernization program and implementation of major airline safety improvements. She was promoted to acting administrator of the FAA in 1996 before returning to the private sector in 1997 with the Washington office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell. In 2008, she started an aviation consulting practice, LHD & Associates, Inc., a company she led until her retirement in 2018.
Daschle has received numerous aviation honors, including the Kansas Governor’s Aviation Honor Award, the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, and the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, which is a trophy permanently displayed in the National Air and Space Museum to recognize individuals who made a significant contribution to air traffic control. In addition to serving on Aireon’s Advisory Board, she is a member of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum board.
Two aviation scholarships have been created in her name – the AAAE Linda Hall Daschle Women in Aviation scholarship and the Linda Hall Daschle Scholarship for Aviation Excellence at South Dakota State University.