Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Technology Integration

Robert Joslin joined the FAA in 2005. Prior to being selected in 2010 as the CSTA-Flight Deck Technology Integration, he served as an FAA Flight Test pilot, with the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office and the Fort Worth Special Certification Office, involved in the certification of some of the latest flight deck systems. Robert Joslin has served on various national/international committees involved in developing regulations and certification standards for new technology with international experience living and working in aviation and aviation flight test centers worldwide, to include 3 years in Japan, and has over 60 published manuscripts in various aviation periodicals.  He is an active FAA Flight Test Pilot and has over 7000 accident free flight hours in over 100 aircraft type and is qualified in AMEL, ASEL, AMES, ASES, Powered-Lift and Rotorcraft-Helicopter with type ratings in the A-320, B-737, BE-200, BV-107, DA-2Easy, EMB-500, G-V, N-265, S-70, SA-227, and SK-61 as well CFI , CFII for Airplane and Rotorcraft, and is a qualified sUAS operator for the  RQ-12A WASP and RQ-20A Puma.

Prior to joining the FAA in 2005, Dr. Joslin completed 30 years of military aviation service where he was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and a military experimental test pilot in jet, propeller, helicopter, and tilt-rotor aircraft at the Naval Air Test Centers in Patuxent River and China Lake, where he was involved in the early research and development of new flight deck technologies, many of which were subsequently adopted for civil use.  He was the Commander of Defense Contract Management Agency-Bell Helicopter responsible for the initial production, acceptance, and delivery of the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. He also was a "Marine One" pilot for the President of the United States under the Bush Sr. administration, a 1994 NASA Astronaut Candidate finalist, an Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics and Aviation Safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is completely bilingual English-Spanish having been raised in Latin America.


Member, professional organizations and societies:
  • Associate Fellow - Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)
  • Full Member - International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
  • Member - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Fellow - Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
Industry and government awards:
  • Contributor of the Year, Approach magazine
  • Scribe of the Year, Rotor Review magazine
  • Grampaw Pettibone award, National Naval Aviation Museum
  • White House Aircraft Commander - Presidential Pilot
Academic achievement:
  • Ph.D. in Aviation, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Assistant Professor-College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics and Aviation Safety, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Engineering Test Pilot, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
  • M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida