PONTIAC—The members of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission have elected Oakland County Central Services Director J. David VanderVeen as their chairperson. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed VanderVeen to the aeronautics commission in June of 2011. VanderVeen has managed Oakland County airports for more than four decades.
“Michigan’s aviation industry will benefit greatly from Dave’s leadership of the aeronautics commission,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Dave’s knowledge and experience in aviation and managing airports is second to none.”
“It’s a great honor to be recognized and asked by your peers to chair the aeronautics commission,” VanderVeen said.
VanderVeen oversees Oakland County’s three airports – Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) in Waterford, Michigan’s second busiest airport; Oakland Troy Airport in Troy; and Southwest Oakland Airport in New Hudson. The nation’s first LEED Gold-certified airport terminal at OCIA opened in August of 2011 under Patterson’s and VanderVeen’s leadership. The new terminal at OCIA features wind, solar and geothermal energy; advanced insulation; LED lighting; a living wall; and other energy efficiencies.
VanderVeen holds a private pilot license and is a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Business Aircraft Association. He lives in Clarkston with his wife, Shelagh. The Michigan Aeronautics Commission encourages, fosters and participates in the development of aeronautics within the State of Michigan. It also makes rules and regulations for airports, flight schools, and other aeronautics activities.