RALEIGH -Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has announced Bobby Walston, PE, as the new director of the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation. Walston will oversee the day-to-day operations of the division, which promotes North Carolina's economic well-being through air transportation system development and improved aviation safety and education.
"Bobby brings a wealth of knowledge to this position, having served at the Division of Aviation for most of his career in a number of roles," said NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. "His experience in areas such as planning, programming, engineering, construction and project management will be invaluable in helping the department support and grow the state's aviation assets."
Walston has worked for NCDOT more than 23 years, including 21 years at the Division of Aviation, most recently serving as Deputy Director of Airports. He is a 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Walston is a registered Professional Engineer, and currently serves in the N.C. Air National Guard as a Civil Engineer Officer at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A native of North Carolina, Walston lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children.
The Division of Aviation, headquartered at the RDU International Airport, is responsible for administering state and federal grant program's to the state's 72 public airports, providing aircraft services for NCDOT and the state, and delivering numerous aviation safety and education programs each year.