FAA evolution of Flight Standards: selection of Directors and Deputy Directors

Hi, folks –


John Barbagallo, Mike Zenkovich, and I are very happy to announce a major milestone in the evolution of Flight Standards: the selection of the Directors and Deputy Directors. 


As you know, the organizational intent of our restructuring is to facilitate and accelerate the evolution of Flight Standards as an agile, efficient, and consistent organization. Leadership is one of the keys to successful change, so we invested a great deal of time and effort in making these selections. Just to recap, we used a three-level interview process to help us identify leaders who have the right mindset, which includes awareness of, and commitment to, our new direction. The interviews were also intended to help us determine where these leaders best fit in the new organization. 


We used this process to interview and place all current executives. For the remaining positions, we used a bid process that attracted 640 applicants.  After several stages of evaluation, we interviewed 8 candidates.  We focused on selecting those who demonstrated that they have the right mindset and that they are prepared to lead at the executive level in the new Flight Standards Service.


Mindset and leadership maturity are very important. For that reason, we chose not to fill two of the deputy positions at this time. We will address this issue through a future bid.

With that background in mind, we are proud to announce that we have selected the following leaders to serve in the Director and Deputy Director positions in the new Flight Standards Service structure:


Air Carrier Safety Assurance

            Tim D. Miller, Director

            Jim Gardner, Deputy Director

            Wes Mooty, Deputy Director


General Aviation Safety Assurance

            Larry Fields, Director

            Jim Viola, Deputy Director

            Thomas Winston, Deputy Director


Safety Standards

            Rick Domingo, Director

            Tim Shaver, Deputy Director

            Deputy Director (Not currently filled.)


Foundational Business

            Bruce DeCleene, Director

            Nick Reyes, Deputy Director

            Deputy Director (Not currently filled.)


Again, we chose these leaders for their mindset, their awareness of our new direction, and their commitment to leading this crucial change. We will introduce this team more fully in a future Monthly Message video. In the meantime, please join us in supporting them, and in holding them accountable to being the kind of leaders we need.



John Duncan

John Barbagallo

Mike Zenkovich

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