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AIA mourns loss of Dr. Assad Kotaite.

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March 10, 2014 - Universally known as master conciliator and consensus-builder, Dr. Kotaite served with the International Civil Aviation Organization for more than 50 years, including 30 years as elected President of the Council, making him the longest-tenured senior executive in the history of the United Nations. Dr. Kotaite’s dedication to the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation was a key factor in its phenomenal growth. The global aviation community will miss his visionary leadership.

Aerospace Industries Association

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AIA Mourns Dr. Assad Kotaite

Press release date: February 28, 2014

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the passing of Dr. Assad Kotaite

Arlington, Va. – Today we mourn the loss of Dr. Assad Kotaite, one of the most prominent and respected figures in the world of civil aviation.

Universally known as a master conciliator and consensus-builder, Dr. Kotaite served with the International Civil Aviation Organization for more than fifty years, including thirty years as the elected President of the Council, making him the longest-tenured senior executive in the history of the United Nations.

Dr. Kotaite’s dedication to the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation was a key factor in its phenomenal growth over the past sixty years. The global aviation community will miss his visionary leadership. 

Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and related components, equipment services and information technology.

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