Ali Bahrami, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) vice president for civil aviation, is expected to be named the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) associate administrator for aviation safety, an FAA spokesman says.
Bahrami has been in his AIA post since 2013, and is considered a leading expert in commercial aircraft certification and validation. In the 24 years before assuming that position, he held various positions with the FAA, including manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate of the FAA Aircraft Certification Service, where his duties included continued operational safety, certification policies and rules for large transport aircraft in the United States. Earlier, he was a senior engineer with Douglas Aircraft.
There was no indication Wednesday when the appointment will be announced or when Bahrami will take over the position, which has been vacant since the retirement earlier this year of Margaret Gilligan. She had served 37 years at the FAA, including eight years in the associate administrator’s post.
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