The Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) has announced that J. David VanderVeen of Clarkston was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame on May 13. VanderVeen, currently the MAC vice chair, was first appointed in 2011 by Gov. Rick Snyder and reappointed in 2015 for a second four-year term.
“It is an honor to serve on the Commission with David and to see him inducted in the Hall of Fame,” Russ Kavalhuna, MAC chair said. “His career is an impressive blend of public service, leadership, and aviation excellence. The Hall of Fame is the only true way to categorize David and his work.”
Beyond serving on the MAC, VanderVeen is currently Oakland County Central Services director and was manager of the Oakland County International Airport. He is an accredited airport executive (AAE) with the American Association of Airport Executives and was president of the Michigan Association of Airport Executives in 1973-74 and 1994-95. VanderVeen also serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Business Aviation Association. He has a private pilot’s license, a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.
Established in 1987, the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of outstanding air and space pioneers. The Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame is located inside the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. Visit www.airzoo.org for more information.