Director of Airworthiness,
Northrop Grumman Corporation (USA)
Doug began his aviation career in 1984 as an FAA air traffic controller at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). He completed staff time in Traffic Management, Military Operations, and Airspace and Procedures and served as a first-line supervisor at the Atlanta ARTCC before moving to FAA HQ in Washington DC in 1997. He served as the manager of Enroute Procedures in Air Traffic before going on to be the Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Air Traffic Services. After the events of 9/11, Doug was asked to serve as the FAA Liaison to HQ NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO. which he did for 3 years. He was then selected to return to FAA HQ as the Assistant Manager, Avionics Systems in Aircraft Certification, and was picked to be the Aircraft Certification Lead for Unmanned Aircraft. In Dec/05, he was selected as the first manager to stand-up, organize, and lead the newly created Unmanned Aircraft Program Office. Doug left the FAA in 2009 and then spent over 4 years with NMSU/PSL as the Director for Global UAS Strategic Initiatives.
In February, 2014, Doug accepted a position as Northrop Grumman’s Director, Office of Independent Airworthiness, and is leading one of the newest of NG’s organizations in Airworthiness certification and Airspace Integration. Doug is the CANSO Collaborative Airspace Work Group Co-Chair, is serving as CANSO’s Representative to the ICAO RPAS Panel, the current Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) UAS Committee, and the ANSO ISO TC-16 Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Unmanned Systems. Doug has a passion for airspace integration, problem solving, and aviation.