Chris Brown Joins NACA as Vice President for Government Affairs & ULCC Policy

Arlington, Va. – The National Air Carrier Association (NACA) announced today that Chris Brown, an executive with more than two decades of experience working aviation issues in industry, on Capitol Hill and at the FAA, will be joining NACA as Vice President for Government Affairs and ULCC Policy. In this role, he will, among other duties, coordinate NACA’s advocacy on issues facing passenger operations in the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) sector. NACA’s ULCC members include Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.

“We are thrilled Chris is joining NACA,” said NACA President and CEO George Novak. “He brings a wealth of experience working in government and industry on a wide variety of aviation issues. Chris is highly regarded by senior aviation policy makers and Congressional staff on both sides of the aisle. His expertise will push our advocacy on behalf of our ULCC members to a new level.”

Prior to joining NACA, Brown served as Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs at the FAA and Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, where he was responsible for developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategies promoting safety, certification and integration of emerging technologies into the national airspace system. He also served as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Policy at Airlines for America and ran a federal policy and legislative consulting services practice for trade association and industry company clients.

Brown also served as senior government affairs advisor to United Airlines while at the Washington, D.C., office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and consultant to American Airlines while at the Washington, D.C., office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College.

Founded in 1962, NACA is a trade association comprised of air carriers certificated under Title 14, Part 121 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Our members are a diverse group of air carriers, providing scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services. NACA carriers fill a unique niche in the air carrier industry, offering services in response to ever-changing demands from the U.S. military, the traveling public, and businesses. NACA members include: Air Transport International, Amerijet, Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Everts Air Cargo, Frontier Airlines, Kalitta Air, Lynden Air Cargo, Miami Air International, Northern Air Cargo, Omni Air International, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air, USA Jet Airlines, Western Global Airlines, and World Atlantic Airlines.

Aviation Week Publishes Novak Viewpoint Against Flight Shaming

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Read the Viewpoint here.

NACA signs MOU with DHS and DOT against human trafficking

In December 2019, NACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation to help train airline employees to recognize and report human trafficking, known as the Blue Campaign.  We agree to invite the Blue team over on a yearly basis to help support and advertise the training offered to airlines to fight human trafficking.

To review the MOU, click here.