Fri, Jul 13, 2012 - Page 4 News List

Civil aeronautics to get first female director-general

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The nation is poised to get its first female director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.

Sixty-three-year-old Jean Shen (沈啟), director of Air Navigation and Weather Services, is set to succeed CAA Director-General Yin Cheng-pong (尹承蓬) and become the first woman to take the reins of the CAA since it was founded in 1947.

Yin is scheduled to retire on Monday next week. He is 58.

With a master’s degree in business administration from National Chengchi University, Shen started serving in the administration in 1972 as an air-traffic controller in Air Navigation and Weather Services. She has since worked in different positions in the administration, among others as deputy director at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and as chief secretary of the CAA.

As director of Air Navigation and Weather Services, she completed on time a 10-year communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management project.

She also helped Taiwan join the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, one of the most influential international organizations in the global aviation industry.

The ministry said Shen was appointed because of her extensive experience in civil aviation.

In related news, Yin said that Taiwan and China have agreed to continue working on increasing regular cross-strait flights following a meeting earlier this month.

Yin said that civil aviation officials from both sides have exchanged opinions on various issues, including allowing Chinese travelers heading to North America to transfer through Taiwan.

Both sides also agreed to increase the cap on the number of non-regular charter flights from 20 per month to 30 per month.

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