FAA’s Ali Bahrami to step down


FAA associate administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami is stepping down at the end of June after 28 years in various positions at the organisation. Bahrami assumed his current role in aviation safety back in 2017 and has overseen the agency’s reviews in the wake of the Boeing Max crashes.

Following the announcement, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president and CEO Timothy Obitts, said: “We are truly appreciative of his willingness to listen to and work with the industry in advancing key initiatives as well as his steady leadership in the most challenging of times.”

NATA vice president, Regulatory Affairs John McGraw said: “Under Bahrami’s guidance, the FAA Aviation Safety organisation became more agile, consistent, and better positioned for the future through strategic planning and collaborative engagements to advance integration of new and emerging technologies. Bahrami stood by flexibility, innovation, proactive methods and collaboration between government and industry as keys to success for continuous safety improvement – methodology that would serve the FAA and industry well as we worked together to continue safe and efficient essential operations throughout the pandemic. We wish him all the best.”

Bahrami has spent his near three decades with the FAA in various positions, including engineering roles and as manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate. Bahrami left the agency in July 2013 to take a role as vice president for civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association, rejoining the FAA in July 2017 to serve in his current capacity. His career spans more than four decades, including a decade with Douglas Aircraft.

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