John has 55 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 FAA assignment was served as the Senior Executive, 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 of the United States.
John is currently a principle partner in The Padina Group, an aerospace consulting practice formed to provide executive consulting services focused on emerging aerospace technologies including airspace integration, airworthiness, system safety analysis, policy making 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 global standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and serves as a subject matter expert on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) RPAS Panel as a member of the United States / FAA Delegation.
He currently participates with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Emerging Technologies Airspace Committee as the Vice Chair 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.