John W. McGraw – Aircraft Certification and Safety, Flight Standards, Engineering and New Technologies
John McGraw has more than 40 years of aviation experience, including 13 years of flight test, in areas including Aircraft Certification and Safety, Flight Standards, Engineering and New Technologies. He is currently President of John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, LLC (JMAC) and serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the National Air Transportation Association.
Before starting JMAC, John was the Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Standards Service from 2008 to 2012, an organization of more than 4,800 employees, and was responsible for ensuring the safety of flight for civil aircraft by setting standards for and certificating air carriers, air agencies, general aviation operators, airmen, and designees.
John’s previous assignments with FAA include Manager of Flight Standards’ Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, AFS-400, where he was responsible for the implementation of new technologies into a performance-based national airspace system. Before joining Flight Standards John worked in the Aircraft Certification Service as Assistant Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, AIR-100; Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate Standards Staff; and Manager, Airplane and Flight Crew Interface Branch in the Transport Airplane Directorate. His first assignment at FAA was in 1995 as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office.
Prior to his service with FAA, John served as a Test Director/Test Pilot for the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center and as a Flight Test Engineer for the U.S. Navy Rotary Wing Test Directorate at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland.
John served 24 years in the U.S. Army, Active, Guard, and Reserve. He has more than 4,000 hours of flight time, and is a U.S. Army Master Aviator. In 1984, he graduated cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics, and in 1987, with high honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. John serves as the Chairman of the Auburn University Aviation Management Advisory Board and is a member of the Auburn University Aerospace Engineering Advisory Council.