Long-time aviation executive Ali Bahrami became the FAA's Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety on July 10, 2017. Previously, he was Vice President for Civil Aviation at Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents the nation's leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers.
As Associate Administrator, Bahrami leads the organization responsible for setting safety standards and overseeing 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.
The Aviation Safety Organization's programs are carried out by 7,400 employees located in Washington headquarters, regional and directorate offices, and 125 field offices throughout the world. The organization's annual budget is more than $1.4 billion.
Bahrami first joined the FAA as an engineer in 1989, and from 2004-2013 served as manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate. In that capacity, he was involved in decision making regarding appropriate safety actions for the existing fleet and the development of recommendations aimed at improving the design standards for the future aircraft models.
He directed the U.S. validation of the Airbus 380 through successful collaboration with the manufacturer and the European Aviation Safety Agency. He also directed the FAA certification of the Boeing 787 and the 747-8 passenger and freighter models.
Bahrami came to the FAA following a 10-year stint at Douglas Aircraft, where he was a senior engineer. There he was the lead engineer responsible for aerodynamic and structural loads analysis on large commercial airplanes, such as the MD-80 and the MD-11.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan.