John Hickey was named Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety in December 2008. He has been in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since 1990.
As Deputy Associate Administrator, John assists the Associate Administrator in leading the organization responsible for setting, overseeing, and enforcing safety standards for all parts of the aviation industry – airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety.
Aviation Safety programs are carried out by a workforce of more than 7,200 employees located in Washington headquarters, regional and directorate offices, and more than 125 field offices throughout the world. The organization's annual budget is more than $1 billion.
John spent the first 10 years of his FAA career in the Transport Airplane Directorate before becoming the Aircraft Certification Service Director in October 2000. He was responsible for the design certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet. He was also directly involved in the development and implementation of several significant safety and security actions, including Fuel Tank Safety, the Aging Airplane Program, and Flight Deck Door Security initiatives.
In April 2002, John received the "Nuts and Bolts" award from the Engineering, Maintenance, and Material Council of the Airline Transportation Association in recognition of "his leadership in restoring public confidence after 9/11 by establishing standards and implementation strategy for installing fortified cockpit door security enhancements and other security measures." In 2003, he received the U.S. Secretary of Transportation's "Transportation 9/11 Award." In 2004, John received the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary's 9/11 Medal for Outstanding Service to the U.S. following the tragic events of 9/11.
In 2010, DOT's Outstanding Achievement Award, Flight & Duty Rule Team recognized John for his "outstanding work on and extraordinary achievement of an innovative, long-sought proposed resolution that will significantly enhance aviation safety." In 2012, John was presented the DOT Secretary's Annual Award in Partnering for Excellence: Global Positioning System Spectrum Protection Team for his "outstanding performance in support of the government and industry-wide assessment of the extremely serious impacts to Global Positioning System operations and safety."
Before joining the FAA, John spent 10 years in The Boeing Company's Engineering Division. He was born and raised in Boston, where he earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University in 1980.