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Texas Aviation Advisory Committee

The Texas Aviation Advisory Committee provides input to TxDOT on its aviation development programs and serves as its representative among aviation users. Committee members also work with members of the Texas Legislature on various aviation issues.

Current Members:

  • Gordon B. Richardson, Chairman
  • Peter C. Huff, Vice Chairman
  • Michael L. Collier
  • Joe Crawford
  • Michael Schnell
  • John V. White

Gordon B. Richardson, Chairman

Gordon B. Richardson, of Caldwell, Texas, began his career as an insurance agent, establishing a business in 1967. He has achieved Chartered Life Underwriter and Accredited Estate Planner designations as well as numerous insurance industry awards. Richardson's aviation career began in 1971 as a pilot and includes service as a member of the Seaplane Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association Warbird Community, the Commemorative Air Force and flying vintage aircraft with 3,000 hours as a pilot.

Richardson was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Aug. 29, 2002, and his term will expire Aug. 31, 2014.

Peter C. Huff, Vice Chairman

Peter C. Huff is an accomplished general aviation pilot holding a Commercial Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. He is a graduate of Rice University with bachelor's degrees in liberal arts and engineering. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1962, he returned to Texas to build his own engineering and manufacturing company. After 36 years, he sold DYNAMCO to a New York Stock Exchange company and now serves the people in his community and in Texas.

Huff has flown into hundreds of domestic airports. He built his own plane in 1955 and has flown it to Canada, England, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland and Portugal. Huff has been a member of the McKinney Municipal Airport Board for many years, and has also served as chairman. The board has been instrumental in gaining Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and TxDOT grant money as well as the City of McKinney funding which enabled McKinney Municipal Airport to lengthen its runway from 4,000 feet to 7,000 feet.

Huff was appointed to the Aviation Advisory Committee on Sept. 30, 2004, and his term will expire on Aug. 31, 2016.

Michael L. Collier

Michael L. Collier is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a Private Pilot Certificate. Collier enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard and was eventually promoted to company commander before his retirement from the military.

He was in the apartment real estate industry for 24 years and served as president of a San Francisco-based apartment company. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Apartment Association.

Collier has flown several different World War II aircraft and holds an "All Makes and Models High Performance Piston" rating. He and a fellow pilot were awarded the contract for the Wings Over Houston Air Show, which is still held today. Collier is a member of the Lakeway Airpark Board of Directors and flies his L-19 Birddog while he awaits restoration of his Bell P-63 King Cobra.

Collier was appointed to the Aviation Advisory Committee on Oct. 29, 2009, and his term will expire on Aug. 31, 2014.

Joe Crawford

Joe Crawford, president of Abilene Aero, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University in 1979. He has owned and operated several businesses in Abilene and has devoted many years to civic duty in the community, demonstrated through his affiliations with the Board of Directors of First National Bank, Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Abilene Industrial Foundation, Hendrick Health Care Systems and Hendrick Home for Children, Baylor University Business School, Development Corporation of Abilene and United Way.

Crawford was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Feb. 26, 2004, and his term will expire on Aug. 31, 2015.

Michael Schnell

Michael Schnell is a 1975 graduate of Southern Methodist University and serves as chairman and CEO of First State Bank in Spearman, Texas. His public service extends to many local civic and charitable organizations including over 25 years on the Spearman Airport Board, serving as its chairman for the last ten. He is also serving in his third term on the Spearman City Council.

Schnell has been a pilot for 34 years with over 3,600 hours of flight time in over 20 different aircraft and holds commercial, multiengine, instrument and A&P ratings. He owns two aircraft and operates and maintains a third for his family business.

Schnell was appointed to the Aviation Advisory Committee on Aug. 31, 2013, and his term will expire on August 31, 2016.

John V. White

John V. White is vice president of aviation at Valero. He holds an Air Transport Pilot License (ATP) with nine type ratings, a Commercial Glider License and an Airframe and Power plant Mechanic license (A&P). White has more than 17,000 flight hours over 46 years and has landed in all fifty states and on five continents.

He sits on the boards of directors for the National Business Aviation Association and for the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training. He previously served on the City Aviation Director Selection committee and the Mayor's Committee for Vision 2050.

White was appointed to the Advisory Committee on July 1, 2011, and his term will expire on Aug. 31, 2015.