JOHN WALKER

Senior Partner
The Padina Group  

John has fifty-one years of aviation experience in a career rich in air traffic control, airspace management, flight navigation and airport development skills. John’s aviation career includes thirty-two years with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as four years served in the United States Air Force. His last Senior Executive Service assignment was served as the FAA’s Program Director of Airspace Management. In this position John was responsible for the management of all civil airspace within the United States. He also provided leadership for initiating the FAA’s National Airspace Redesign program, intended to transform both integration and design of America’s airspace for space- based operations. Prior to his assignment in Washington, DC, John was the FAA’s Air Traffic Division Manager in New York City, responsible for all air traffic operations in the Northeast United States. John believes that our global airspace is one of the last un-tapped resources remaining in the world today and is dedicated to further his vision and passion for modernizing global airspace use. John continues to support NASA projects that included the ERAST and Access 5 projects, as well as the current NASA UAS in the NAS program. Additionally, John served as the Co- Chairperson of RTCA Special Committee 203, developing industry recommended performance standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He currently participates with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Industry Advisory Committee, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) UAS Committee and the FAA’s UAS Executive Committee International sub-working group; he also served on the UVSI Board of Directors in Paris, France. In addition John serves on the ICAO UAS Panel in Montreal, Canada as well as being the Chairperson of the ISO UAS Committee (ISO TC20/SC16).