Gregory J. Holt is the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's Alaskan Region. He has held this position since March 2009. He plays a key leadership role in a region that has 6 times as many pilots and 16 times as many aircraft per capita as the rest of the US. Geographically the region spans a distance equivalent of that from Florida to California with a major portion above the Arctic Circle. Flying conditions are some of the most challenging in the world and produce many unique and significant challenges for aviation infrastructure and to aviation safety.
Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Holt held engineering positions in avionics and automatic flight controls at General Dynamics, Rohr, and Boeing. He joined the FAA as an Aerospace Engineer in the Systems and Equipment branch of the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office. During his career with the FAA he led the team that certified the world's first fly-by-wire commercial aircraft, the Airbus A320 and all later Airbus series, through the A330 and A340. Mr. Holt then spent 5 years in Brussels, Belgium as an FAA International Field Representative collaborating with European Airworthiness Authorities and manufacturers. In late 1998 through 2009 he was the Manager of the Anchorage Aircraft Certification Office, Alaskan Region. Under his direction, this team certified the world's first ADS-B system used for operational control by air traffic, the first on-board WAAS navigational system, and the first synthetic vision electronic flight instrumentation system. In addition, Mr. Holt and his team were key contributors to the Alaska Capstone program which significantly reduced the accident rate in Alaska and became a major building block for FAAs NextGen program.
Mr. Holt holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in Business Administration from City University in Seattle, WA. He is an avid aviator and enjoys flying his airplane to the many remote areas within Alaska. He is married to his wife Tami and they have two daughters who attend the University of Washington and Washington State University.