Nicholas A. Sabatini – Air Carrier Certification, Operational Safety Assessments, Aviation Safety Operations and Airworthiness
Nick Sabatini served as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety from 2001 to 2009, where he was responsible for the certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft; certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety-related positions. In that role, he was also responsible for certification of all operational and maintenance enterprises in domestic civil aviation; development of regulations; civil flight operations; and the certification and safety oversight of some 7,300 U.S. commercial airlines and air operators. Nick was responsible for some 7,000 employees in FAA Washington Headquarters, nine regional offices, and more than 125 field offices throughout the world.
Prior to that he was manager of the Flight Standards Division for FAA’s Eastern Region, and served in a variety of aviation operations and management positions in the agency’s Eastern Region, as a principal operations inspector, aviation safety inspector, manager of the Flight Standards Division Operations Branch, and assistant manager of the Flight Standards Division.
Prior to joining the FAA in 1979, Nick was a pilot for the U.S. Customs Service in New York. From 1958 to 1976, he was a police officer and helicopter pilot for the New York City Police Department. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
Nick holds an airline transport pilot certificate and the following ratings: Airplane multi-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, DC-9, CE-500, BH206, EMB110, commercial privileges, airplane single-engine land, as well as flight and ground instructor certificates. He attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice; the Kellogg School, Northwestern University; and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Nick was recognized in 2002 with Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine’s Laurels Award for his vision and actions that expedited the publication of the landmark document, “Criteria for Approval of Category I and Category II Weather Minima for Approach.” In 2003, the Air Transport Association’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Materiel Committee awarded him its “Nuts and Bolts” award for outstanding contributions to the airline industry. In 2006, the Aircraft Electronics Association recognized Nick with its Industry Partnership Award. In 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology nominated him for a Laureate Award for his leadership in FAA’s Aviation Safety organization achieving ISO 9001:2000 registration. This made Aviation Safety the largest government entity to operate under a single Quality Management System.
In 2007, Nick was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2008, he received the Flight Safety Foundation’s “President’s Citation for Outstanding Service.”
In May 2009, he was elected a member of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Board of Governors.
Nick is a member of the Auburn University Aviation Management Advisory Board, which provides guidance in support of the University’s aviation management program’s instruction, research and outreach.