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Biography - Randall P Burdette

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      Mr. Randall P Burdette is the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.  As Director of the Department, he is responsible for executing the agency Mission to: 1) Cultivate an advanced, aviation system that is safe, secure and provides for economic development; 2) Promote aviation awareness and education and; 3) Provide safe and secure flight services for the Commonwealth Leadership and State Agencies.  His vision for the agency is to become the standard for excellence amongst State Aviation Agencies and make the Virginia aviation system the model air transportation system providing Virginia communities economic development opportunities and convenient access to the National air transportation system.

Mr. Burdette is responsible for providing timely information to the Governor, Secretary of Transportation, the Virginia Aviation Board and the citizens of Virginia on all matters related to aviation.  He serves as the state and federal legislative liaison for the agency.  Mr. Burdette works in coordination with the Administration, Federal and State legislators, airport sponsors and local jurisdictions on numerous aviation issues including government affairs, airport capital improvements, aviation  policy and air service development.  Mr. Burdette also participates with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in the design and implementation of the Next Generation aviation system to meet our nation’s future aviation demand. 

He holds a commercial instrument fixed wing and commercial instrument rotary wing pilot license with a strong background in General Aviation and Military Aviation.  He was a Senior Army Aviator with over 24 years, flying, supporting and commanding Huey, Cobra, and Chinook Helicopter Units and flying General Aviation aircraft for more than 29 years with over 2900 flight hours.

Mr. Burdette is very active in the aviation community serving on the Board of Directors  for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO); the Board of Directors for Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA); the Board of Directors for the Virginia Helicopter Association (VHA); the Board of Directors for Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS); the Board of Directors for the Virginia Aviation Foundation (VAF); the Board of Directors for the Virginia Airport Owners Association (VAOA), the Board of Directors for Virginia Resources Authority (VRA); the Board of Directors for Washington Airports Task Force (WATF); a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); a member of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA); a member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE); a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA); and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  He is also very active in his local community through the Stafford Rotary Club

Mr. Burdette has strong program management, strategic planning, and leadership skills.  He was a Professor of Program Management and the Director of Performance Support for Defense Acquisition University.  As a Professor he taught Program Management, Strategic Planning, Communication and Leadership skills at the Graduate level.  As the Director of Performance Support he was responsible for providing organizational consulting and targeted training services throughout Department of Defense (DoD) and for some Federal Agencies.  He created a professional development track to train other Professors to provide these services to DoD. 

As an Army Inspector General, he examined Army and Joint Services highly classified Special Access Programs to ensure the proper application of leadership, acquisition and contracting regulations, and current policy for maximum efficiency, economy, and effectiveness.

During his tenure as the Multi-National Force & Observers Aviation Logistics Officer, Sinai, Egypt, he was responsible for the fixed base operation, aviation maintenance, logistics, and contract support.  His responsibilities included policy formulation and management of aviation logistics for all aviation assets used in support of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), including Canadian, French and US aircraft. 

Mr. Burdette also commanded the Army Aviation CH-47 Medium Lift Helicopter unit, Ft Hood Texas.  He flew Chinook helicopters and supervised flight operations, maintenance, budget, and facilities for aviation operations throughout the US and overseas.  He managed over $70 million in aviation assets, 14 CH-47 Chinooks, and supervised over 200 personnel.

A graduate of West Virginia State College with a Bachelor of Science in management, he also holds an MBA from Lindenwood University, St Louis Mo. 

He and his wife of twenty plus years, Linda, live in an aviation community, Dogwood Air Park, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  She works for the Department of Defense.  They both enjoy traveling either flying their Cessna 206 or Safari Helicopter, motor homing, or taking to the road on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.