Dan Elwell – Aviation Legislative and Regulatory Consulting and Advocacy
Dan Elwell is President and Managing Partner of Elwell & Associates LLC, an aviation consulting and advocacy firm. Prior to forming Elwell & Associates, he held senior executive positions at Airlines for America (A4A) and Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
At A4A, he was responsible for leading the U.S. airline industry’s efforts to advance safety and security while improving operational efficiency. He served as the industry’s liaison in these areas with governmental agencies, including the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection.
While at AIA — the nation’s premier advocacy organization for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry — Dan was responsible for civil aviation issues and policy, including the areas of environment, research and development, aviation infrastructure, safety and security for commercial, business and general aviation.
He joined AIA after serving a political appointment as FAA’s Assistant Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment under FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, responsible for the agency’s strategic policy and planning efforts and coordination of the agency’s reauthorization before Congress.
Prior to joining FAA, Dan was an MD-80 Captain and Managing Director of International and Government Affairs for American Airlines. During sixteen years with American, he flew the DC-10, MD-80 and B-757/767 aircraft.
Earlier, he served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve, flying C-141 aircraft in support of Operation Desert Storm. He also served as a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens where he was responsible for Alaskan aviation issues and defense spending accounts as a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee staff representative. After the fellowship, Dan returned to American Airlines where he was the corporate representative and consultant to Departments of Transportation and State on bilateral and multilateral aviation negotiations, international dispute resolution, and international alliances. While he continued to fly a reduced schedule at American Airlines, he was responsible for the political health and status of international codeshare agreements and worked directly with key House and Senate staffers on historic legislation such as the Homeland Security Bill, Iraq War Supplemental, and the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.
Dan earned his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and International Affairs major. Lieutenant Colonel Elwell retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Command Pilot with over 6,000 hours combined civilian and military flight time.