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Curtis Holsclaw

Acting Executive Director for Environment and Energy

photo of Curtis HolsclawMr. Curtis Holsclaw is the Deputy Director for the United States Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Environment and Energy. In that capacity he works with the Executive Director of the office to direct and manage staff under three primary divisions (noise, emissions, and policy/operations), the chief scientific and technical advisor, and technology development programs that are responsible for the policy, regulatory, modeling and analysis, and scientific/technical aspects of aviation environmental and energy issues. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director of the office in August 2011, he was previously the Emissions Division Manager from 1998 and Manager of the Research and Engineering Branch from 1992 to 1998.

Mr. Holsclaw oversees operations and research, engineering and development activities to advance the characterization of aircraft noise and emissions, computer-modeling techniques and methodologies to better estimate the environmental and health impacts of aviation related impacts and to assess measures to reduce those impacts. Among the variety of measures that are explored, the office has an extensive development program that pursues aircraft and engine technologies and alternative fuels to improve performance and reduce environmental impacts.

In addition he is also serving as the U.S. Member to the International Civil Aviation Organization's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (ICAO-CAEP). He has over 25 years of experience working in this committee and its working groups in order to develop noise and emissions certification standards and recommended practices for commercial transport aircraft and engines.

Mr. Holsclaw has thirty-five years of experience in aircraft noise and engine emissions issues including policy and regulatory related work with domestic and foreign authorities. Prior to joining the FAA in 1992 he worked for Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, initially as an acoustics test and noise certification engineer and then as an aircraft noise and emissions regulatory specialist. Mr. Holsclaw received his B.Sc. in Acoustical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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