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Snyder appoints members to Aeronautics Commission

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Peter Kamarainen and J. David VanderVeen to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.

The commission is responsible for the general supervision of all aeronautics within the state. It is empowered by state law to make rules and regulations governing all airports, flight schools, and other aeronautical activities.

"I am confident these two individuals will work hard to ensure that Michigan continues to be a leader in safe air travel," Snyder said.

Kamarainen, of Grand Ledge, is the owner of GrandAir Aviation Inc., the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) for Abrams Municipal Airport in Grand Ledge. He is a licensed commercial pilot and has been a flight instructor for more than 20 years. Kamarainen earned a bachelor's degree in business from Michigan State University. He replaces Terry Everman.

VanderVeen, of Clarkson, is the director of Central Services for Oakland County, a position he has held since 1993. He is a licensed pilot and current member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Business Aircraft Association. VanderVeen is also a charter member of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Michigan. He replaces Jonathan Freye.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring May 27, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.