The timing of the interview could be seen by at least one measure—internal navigation—as being terribly premature. Asked on Sept. 26 about a policy position, Gary Dempsey hesitated, then joked: “This is my third day on the job. I just found the bathroom this morning.” But he is in fact well-equipped and well-informed to take the reins as the new president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Washington lobbying body representing the ...


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