John has 56 years of aviation experience in air traffic control, airspace management and airport development skills.
John’s career includes thirty-two years with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and four years with the United States Air Force. His last assignment was served as the FAA’s Senior Executive Program Director of Airspace Management, responsible for management of all civil airspace within the United States.
Prior to this assignment John was the FAA Senior Executive, Eastern Region Air Traffic Division Manager, responsible for all air traffic operations in the Northeast Corridor.
John is currently a principle partner in The Padina Group, an aerospace consulting practice formed to provide executive consulting services specializing in air and space system certification, airworthiness, collision avoidance, system safety analysis, policy making, public relations, and new business development for government, industry and academic customers worldwide.
Additionally, John serves as the Chairperson of the ISO UAS Committee (ISO TC20/SC16), developing industry recommended standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
He currently participates with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Emerging Technologies Airspace Committee as the Co-Lead for the Airspace sub-committee, Vice Chair for the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Industry Advisory Committee.
In addition, John serves as a subject matter expert on the ICAO RPAS Panel as a member of the United States / FAA Delegation.