Arlington, Va. — Ali Bahrami, an executive with more than thirty years of experience in aviation – 24 years with the Federal Aviation Administration among them – and one of America’s leading experts in commercial aircraft certification and validation, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as vice president of Civil Aviation. He will be responsible for managing AIA’s work and advocacy on civil aviation issues including successful integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.
“We are delighted to have someone of Ali’s outstanding qualifications join our Civil Aviation team,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Civil aviation is an important growth market for our members and the extensive experience he has will be a valuable asset to our advocacy efforts.”
Most recently, Bahrami was the Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate of the FAA Aircraft Certification Service. Beginning in 2004, he was responsible for continued operational safety, certification policies, and rules for large transports in the U.S. and directed a highly technical organization of more than 400 FAA employees. He also has extensive experience working and collaborating with a variety of international organizations involved in certification and validation work, notably the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Bahrami received a number of awards and honors, the most recent being the 2013 Airlines for America “Nuts and Bolts” Award. The award recognizes 33 years of continuous support to the airline industry and a collaborative and balanced approach in advancing aviation safety. He is also a recipient of two Secretary of Transportation Recognition Awards for team work and Equal Employment Opportunity. He received FAA’s Northwest Mountain Regional Administrator’s Award for Leadership on three occasions. Bahrami holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Engineering from the University of Michigan.