LANSING, MICH. – Rob Abent, director of the Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics and Freight Services, was recently honored with the Michigan Association of Airport Executives (MAAE) “President’s Award” at their annual conference. The award is presented each year for outstanding service to the aviation industry.
“Rob Abent and his staff have accomplished a lot and provided great service to airports, not only this past year, but over many years, despite declining resources,” stated Brian Picardat, former president of MAAE.
Abent, who retired in December after a 33-year career in state government, had overall responsibility for safety and regulatory functions for all rail freight and aeronautics activities. He also served as chief administrative officer of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, which is charged with approving the expenditure of federal/state/local funds for improving and developing airport infrastructure, and ensuring a safe and efficient air transportation system in Michigan. Aeronautics commission chairperson, James Collins, presented the award.