Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Advanced Avionics

Before Peter Skaves joined the FAA he spent 12 years with the General Electric Company where he developed system and software requirements for various airplane programs including the B2 Stealth Bomber and C-17 Cargo Airplane fly-by-wire flight control systems. In his role as Staff Development Engineer and Laboratory Manager he supported/directed activities of technical teams in the development, and validation of system and software requirements for various avionics systems including autopilot, flight control, displays and auto throttle computer systems.

Lab assignments included the development of thousands of lines of test software and leading avionics integration efforts on various airplane programs. Mr. Skaves was one of the lead authors in the development of the Failure Modes Effects and Analysis document for the B2 Stealth Bomber.

During his 18 year career with the FAA, Mr. Skaves worked on various airplane programs including Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS), Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Flight Management Computer Systems (FMCS), Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B). Assignments included Senior Engineer responsibilities for the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office System & Equipment Branch and Special Projects Team Lead for the Washington Headquarters Avionics Branch.

Mr. Skaves has developed training material and provided tutorials (IEEE endorsed) for the certification of advanced avionic systems at various forums including the Digital Avionics System Conference. He has significantly contributed in the publication of various FAA documents including advisory circulars for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), RNP, and ADS-B. He has presented at many avionics conferences on various topics and has received numerous special achievement awards.

Member, professional organizations and societies:
  • SAE S-18 Aircraft & Systems Development and Safety Assessment Committee
  • RTCA SC-220 Automatic Flight Guidance and Control Systems Committee
  • RTCA SC-216 Aeronautical Systems Security Committee
  • RTCA SC-186 ADS-B Committee
Academic achievement:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts