John S. Duncan is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. In this capacity, he co-leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing and enforcing safety standards for all aspects of the aviation industryâairlines, 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.
From September 1, 2013 to July 21, 2018, Duncan was Executive Director of the FAA's Flight Standards Service. He oversaw the development, coordination, and execution of policies, standards, systems, and procedures; public rules, regulations, and standards; and program plans that govern the operations, maintenance, and airworthiness of all U.S. civil aircraft. This includes those of U.S. flag carriers and foreign carriers when operating in and over the United States, its territories and possessions. His oversight responsibilities also include proficiency and certification of air agencies (flight schools/maintenance bases) as well as qualified airmen (other than air traffic control personnel).
Mr. Duncan joined the FAA in 1986 as an Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati. His other FAA assignments include serving as the Deputy Director of Policy Oversight in Flight Standards; the Alaskan Region Flight Standards Division Manager: General Aviation and Commercial Division Manager; and Air Transportation Division Manager.
Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Florida Technological University. He holds a Certificated Flight Instructor Certificate and an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with commercial privileges in seaplanes and gliders. He has worked as a flight instructor, chief pilot, chief flight instructor, corporate pilot, and air carrier pilot during his 20-year industry career.