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Melissa Rudinger

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Vice President of Government Affairs
Melissa K. Rudinger is Vice President of Government Affairs and has worked for AOPA’s members for 26 years, spending most of that time in the Association’s Government Affairs Division leading a team that advocates for General Aviation interests on matters affecting airmen, aircraft, airports and air traffic control.  Rudinger has also represented AOPA’s international policy interests at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other international regulatory bodies.  Rudinger holds a commercial pilot certificate and a lighter-than-air rating.  She has FAA Academy training in Airspace Design and Management, Regulatory Procedures and Environmental Analysis and has served as an FAA Accident Prevention Counselor.  Rudinger serves as the Co-Chair of the NextGen Advisory Committee Subcommittee.