Top FAA Safety Officials Participating in NBAA2014 Dialogue Session

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

Orlando, FL, Oct. 19, 2014 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that several officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would participate in a panel session on safety and regulation during NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) taking place from Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL.

John Hickey, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, will lead the agency delegation participating in the NBAA2014 session, “A Conversation with FAA’s Top Safety Leaders,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room S320E at the Orlando County Convention Center. The panel will be moderated by Doug Carr, NBAA vice president for regulatory and international affairs, and Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager for safety and flight operations.

“The FAA has committed a great team to attend our convention this year,” said Carr. “This session is our community’s opportunity to hear what’s on the FAA’s safety and regulatory agenda while also posing timely questions about the implementation of FAA rules and policies.”

Also participating in the session will be:

“With officials responsible for aircraft operations, maintenance, safety and training all in one room, this year’s session is the ideal forum to talk directly with experts on all aspects of business aviation safety,” said Carr. “This session fills up quickly so I suggest attendees arrive early to secure a seat.”

About John Hickey

Hickey was named FAA deputy associate administrator for aviation safety in December 2008. He assists the associate administrator in setting and enforcing safety standards for all sides of the aviation industry, including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, manufacturers, repair stations and air traffic controllers.With the associate administrator, Hickey helps oversee an aviation safety workforce of more than 7,000 FAA employees in the Washington, DC headquarters and regional offices across the country.

Hickey has been with the FAA since 1990. He began his career with the agency in the Transport Airplane Directorate, before becoming aircraft certification service director in 2000. In that role, he was responsible for the design certification, production approval and continued airworthiness of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet. In 2002, Hickey received the Air Transport Association’s Nuts and Bolts Award for his leadership in restoring public confidence after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by establishing standards for fortified cockpit doors and other security measures. He also received the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s 9/11 Medal for Outstanding Service to the U.S.

Before joining the FAA, Hickey spent 10 years in Boeing’s Engineering Division. He earned his bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University.

View the full program schedule for more information on the Conversation with FAA’s Top Safety Leaders and other NBAA2014 sessions.

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