The Aero Club of Washington has announced it will present its prestigious Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence 2020 to Michael Quiello.
Mr. Quiello is known throughout the aviation community for his vast knowledge and expertise in industry as well as extraordinary leadership and longstanding commitment to working along‐side industry colleagues and government regulators to seek solutions for aviation safety. He is known for his keen ability to inspire others to work toward the shared goal of developing measures to continuously strengthen the commercial aviation system. Mr. Quiello started his career with Delta Air Lines in 1981 where he continued his service for 28 years in several leadership positions including the role of vice president of safety, security and environment. He then joined United Airlines in 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Safety where he was responsible for managing all aspects of safety including training for the airline.
In addition to his safety roles, both at Delta and United, from 2014 to 2016 Mr. Quiello was the industry co-‐chair for the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program and from 2016 to 2020 the industry co-‐chair of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). Most recently, Mr. Quiello was instrumental in leading CAST to develop and publish a consolidated list of key safety elements for aviation organizations to monitor during this period of dynamic change as a result of the COVID-‐19 pandemic.
In a joint statement from Airlines for America (A4A), Cargo Airline Association (CAA), and Flight Safety Foundation, they noted, “Throughout Michael’s professional career in aviation, both in the public and private sectors, he has established himself as the consummate leader in promoting safety for the traveling public and airline employees. Aviation safety worldwide has been elevated through his tireless efforts to develop safety enhancements that are critical to aviation being the safest mode of transportation on earth.”