William "Bill" Withycombe is the Regional Administrator for the Western-Pacific Region. He has served in the region's top post since January 1996. He began his FAA career in 1971 as an Aviation Inspector and has over forty years of experience in the aviation industry.
Prior to his appointment as Regional Administrator, Mr. Withycombe served as Deputy and Acting Regional Administrator of FAA's Great Lakes Region in Des Plaines, Illinois. His FAA career includes Assistant Manager and Manager of the Great Lakes Region Flight Standards Division and Manager of the FAA National Flight Standards Field Office at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on September 27, 1987.
Mr. Withycombe is a licensed commercial pilot and holds an FAA airframe and power plant repair certificate. He is a graduate of Northrop University and Northrop Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and has attended the FAA and Office of Personnel Management Executive Schools as well as the Kellogg Business School. Mr. Withycombe has received numerous honors during his service with the federal government including the DOT Secretary's Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievements in 1998 and the Vice-Presidential Golden Hammer Award for Reinventing Government in 1995. He also received the Administrator's Special Achievement Awards in 1988 and again in 1991 and in 1998 for Outstanding Service to the FAA. Mr. Withycombe currently serves as a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Federal Executive Board, the Aeronautics Association of Southern California and performs community service as a member of Lions International.