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Dr. Tulinda Deegan Larsen

While Dr. Tulinda Larsen has turned her research to the developing drone industry, she has continued to conduct research and provide expert testimony in commercial aviation. Most recently, she completed and extensive study of the market for aviation data, current providers, gaps in the data services, and an outlook for new sources for aviation data.

Dr. Larsen served as Vice President, Commercial of the Operations Solutions division of GEE. She has a deep understanding of management of airline disruptions.  Her dissertation, Behavioral Approach to Airline Management of Massive Flight Disruptions, presents new concepts for addressing airline flight disruptions.

Dr.  Larsen began her career as a staff economist for the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary.  She served on the in-house task force on regulatory reform for both the trucking and aviation industries.  She left USDOT in 1977 to serve as a transportation economist for the National Transportation Policy Study Commission.  Following her work with the National Transportation Policy Study Commission, she joined the Regional Airline Association.  She was Vice President of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing U.S. regional airlines. She was responsible for government relations and was a key industry spokesperson presenting and providing testimony to Congress, federal agencies and industry organizations.  She was a delegate on the U.S. – Canadian Bi-lateral negotiating committee for open skies and received recognition by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace in addressing the needs of disable passengers. 

She took a two year leave of absence from RAA from 1980 to 1982 and served as the President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and Executive Director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.  She was awarded the FAA Alaskan Region Special Commendation by the FAA Regional Director for outstanding contributions to Alaskan Aviation Safety and FAA certificate of appreciation for contributions to a better understanding of Hazardous Materials.

 In 1987, she joined a transportation consulting firm, Airline Economics, based in Washington, DC. and has served as a transportation consultant ever since. For a decade she was a Director with the international aviation consulting firm Simat Hellisen & Eichner, now ICF. 

 In 2000, she joined BACK Aviation Solutions to develop new aviation intelligence products and value added services.  Following BACK’s acquisition by Commonwealth Business Media (CBM), she served as managing director of analytical services for CBM.  CBM was an international trade and transportation services company.  Products included magazines, directories, databases, and analytical services in the transportation industry.   CBM was acquired by United Business Media (UBM), a $1.5 billion publishing and conference publicly traded UK firm.  UBM acquired OAG and she was part of the integration team between the aviation intelligence services of BACK and OAG. 

 She was featured in the 2007 Outstanding Transportation Professional Profile, Transportation Research Board, and March TR NEWS.  In 2008, she was named to National Academies, Transportation Research Board, and Blue Ribbon Panel on Essential Air Service program.

Dr. Larsen is a private pilot, certified Part 107 Remote Pilot, President (2016) of the International Aviation Club, past-President (2001) of the Aero Club of Washington DC, member International Aviation Womens Association, member Women in Commercial Drones, member Wings Club,  and served as Chairman, Regional Aviation Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board, National Academies 1995-2007.