Josh Duplantis Selected As Assistant Aviation Director

Airport Sponsors, Managers, and Industry Stakeholders,

I am excited and honored to announce that Joshua Duplantis has been selected as Assistant Aviation Director for the Office of Multimodal Commerce within the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Joshua is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a minor in Business Administration.  He began his career as an intern for our office in 2012.  Since then, Joshua has been promoted and risen through the ranks of aviation leadership through his initiatives and professional management of airport projects, inspections, and assigned programs. 

Joshua will lead the Aviation Safety Program and the Aviation Development Program within our office.  Joshua’s primary responsibilities include administration of the 5010 Airport Safety Inspection and Registration Program, administration of the Airport Construction and Development Priority Program, and the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program.  Joshua’s experience and education allow for the Department to continue to build upon relationships and establish enhanced best practices in developing the aviation program of the future for our state airport system.  Joshua will provide planning expertise and bring a national perspective to ensure that Louisiana airport development gains early airport sponsor and community involvement to produce infrastructure and facilities that are in high-demand, right-sized, fit-for-purpose, and cost effective to develop, operate, and maintain for the overall system.

Considering the challenges facing the aviation industry and state in terms of recruiting and retaining talent, Joshua serves on an industry recognized board through his affiliation with his alma mater Louisiana Tech University.  Joshua will assume the chairmanship this fiscal year of the Louisiana Tech University Aviation Advisory Board.  Through his role, Joshua will lead industry leading representatives from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Davis Aircraft, Louisiana Aircraft, and Excel Aviation, to name a few, in stakeholder engagements on national issues such as pilot shortages, UAM, AAM, aircraft mechanic shortages, pilot education, aviation training, and electric aircraft issues, impacting aviation throughout the United States and Louisiana.

Please help me in congratulating Joshua on his new role.   

Respectfully

Bradley R. Brandt

Aviation Director

Office of Multimodal Commerce

Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

brad.brandt@la.gov