Award Committee Members

William G. Bozin
VP Safety and Technical Affairs
Airbus Americas, Inc.

During an aviation career spanning five decades, Bill Bozin has developed a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge leading aviation safety and operational organizations throughout a broad spectrum of commercial and military aviation. He combines an insightful pilot’s perspective with significant executive management experience, having led two Navy squadrons and an Air Wing, a major U.S airline Safety Department and the U.S.-based Safety and Technical Affairs Department of one of the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturers.

From January 2014 through May of 2014, Mr. Bozin served in an interim role as Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Flight Safety Foundation, an international non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the global aviation and aerospace industry.

Until his retirement in 2013, Mr. Bozin served as Vice President, Safety and Technical Affairs for Airbus Americas in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for leading Airbus coordination efforts throughout the hemisphere, including with the FAA, NTSB, ICAO, other governmental agencies, industry groups, boards and committees, as well as with customer airlines on all safety, engineering and certification issues.

Mr. Bozin joined Airbus from US Airways, where he was Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Compliance from 2000 through 2005, responsible for all corporate flight and ground safety programs, as well as US Airways’ relationship with government agencies on safety and regulatory matters. He served previously as Senior Director of Safety at the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) (now Airlines for America, A4A). In 2002 Mr. Bozin was appointed by the FAA as Chairman of the Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), where he spearheaded the effort that led ultimately to today’s ground-breaking industry safety data and information-sharing program, ASIAS (Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing). He has served as Chairman of the ATA Safety Council; as a principal representative to the government-industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) from its inception; and as a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Flight Safety Foundation since 2000.

Prior to joining the commercial aviation industry, Mr. Bozin was a U.S. Navy pilot for over 25 years, serving in a variety of command, safety, operations and training positions. A trained safety investigator, he helped organize the Navy’s first aviation squadron Safety Department and established the Navy’s first fixed-wing aircraft crew resource management (CRM) training program. Mr. Bozin was also a leading proponent of the increased use of flight simulators to improve safety in naval aviation fleet training.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mr. Bozin also holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.



Sean Broderick

Sean Broderick’s aviation career started in 1991, working for Airbus in Toulouse. His industry experience includes four years with an aviation consultancy, where he worked on the successful launch of a U.S. Part 121 carrier; 12 years with a U.S.-based airport association as a magazine editor and communications executive and more than 15 years of work as a journalist for Aviation Week, writing primarily about maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and safety. He is currently Aviation Week’s senior managing editor, MRO. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Communications and earned an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.



Mr. James M. Burin
Former Director of Technical Programs
Flight Safety Foundation

James M. Burin has 45 years of aviation experience and 37 years of experience in the aviation safety field.  He has been involved in a broad range of aviation safety activities including operations, administration, and safety education.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science degree in Systems Analysis from the US Naval Postgraduate School.  Jim retired from the Navy as Captain, after 30 years of distinguished service, including 6,200 flight hours and 1,400 carrier landings.  He was the Commanding Officer of an attack squadron and a Carrier Air Wing Commander.   Prior to joining the Flight Safety Foundation, he was the Director of the School of Aviation Safety in Monterey, California where he was responsible for the training of 650 Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, and international aviation safety officers each year. Mr. Burin was a leader in introducing risk management to the military aviation safety community.  His work in aviation safety includes controlled flight into terrain, runway safety, human factors, safety program organization, accident investigation, operations, administration, education, risk management, safety, culture, organizational influences on safety, and the role of leadership on safety.  As the Director of Technical Programs his duties include organizing and overseeing safety committees and managing safety related conferences and research.  He is the chairman of the Foundation’s ALAR (approach and landing accident reduction) effort and led the Foundation’s international efforts addressing Smoke-Fire-Fumes, Functional CheckFlights, Unreliable Airspeed, and Runway Safety.  Mr. Burin is a frequent speaker at safety conferences, seminars, and workshops around the world.



The 2022 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
General (USA, Ret) Richard A. Cody

General (USA, Ret) Richard A. Cody was born in Montpelier Vermont. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on 6 June 1972 with a BS. He is a graduate of the Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advance Course, the Army’s Aviation Maintenance Test Pilot School, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He is a master Army Aviator, rated in over 19 Helicopters and has over 6000 hours of flight time.

During his 36+ years of service, General Cody served in six of the Army’s combat divisions, the 25th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division (MECH), the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division (MECH). General Cody’s command time includes Company Commander, E Company, 24th Aviation Battalion; Company Commander, B Company, 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AH-64); Commander, 4th Brigade (Avn) 1st Cavalry Division; Commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk and Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.

General Cody held several key staff positions to include Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (MECH); Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk in Albania; Director of Operations, Plans and Mobilization, Department of the Army; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army; and he served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff, Army from June 2004 to August 2008.

General Cody is the Chairman of Homes For Our Troops, a National nonprofit that has built over 354 new, specially adapted, mortgage free homes for the severely Wounded of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He is also Chairman of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety, Board Trustee of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and lead pilot of Operation Flying Heroes. General Cody is a 2009 inductee into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was inducted as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy.

General Cody is married to the former Vicki Lynn Heavner, author of “Your Soldier, Your Army-A Family Guide”, “Army Wife” and “Fly Safe” and they have two sons, Col Clint and Col Tyler, who are active duty Army Helicopter pilots, who have several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.



The 2017 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
Peggy Gilligan
Retired, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
Federal Aviation Administration

Peggy Gilligan retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in March, 2017, after 37 years of federal service. She assumed her last position, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, on January 5, 2009 after serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator in that organization for 14 years.

As Associate Administrator, Peggy led 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 work force of more than 7,000 employees located in Washington headquarters, regional and directorate offices, and more than 125 field offices throughout the world. The organization’s annual budget was more than $1 billion.

In June 2014, Peggy received the 2014 L. Welch Pogue Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aviation. The award recognizes her visionary leadership in the aviation community and was given by Aviation Week & Space Technology and the International Aviation Club. In October 2011, Peggy accepted the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. The annual award is given to two Federal senior executives who have shown exceptional leadership while devoting themselves to a career of public service.

In May 2009, Peggy and her Industry co-chair accepted the Robert J. Collier Trophy in recognition of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team’s (CAST) work in developing an integrated data-driven strategy that reduced aviation fatalities in the United States by 83 percent over 10 years. Peggy served as the government co-chair of CAST — a joint industry/government group committed to improving aviation safety by reducing the risk of accidents.

In April 2006, Peggy and her Industry co-chair received the Laurel Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for improving aviation safety and “reducing the risk of fatalities in world aviation” through CAST. The annual award recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and teams in aviation, aerospace, and defense.
Peggy was Chief of Staff at the FAA, serving four Administrators. She also served in the Chief Counsel’s office in Washington and as a staff attorney in FAA’s Eastern Region in New York. Peggy is a 1979 graduate of Boston University School of Law and a 1975 graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. She resides in Washington, DC.



The 2020 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
John J. Goglia

John J. Goglia has dedicated his professional career to Aviation Safety. First, earning his license as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P), Repair Station Mechanic, Mechanic for United Airlines and later, Monitor of Human Compliance to Quality Systems at US Air Airlines. He has served as National Representative for the Machinist Union Aviation Rulemaking Committee to the FAA, DoT, NTSB, and Congress; Member, FAA Working Group who reviewed the current regulations defining and distinguishing major and minor repairs for A&P’s and repair stations; first A&P appointed and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve two terms as a Member of the NTSB, charged with investigating the cause of major transportation accidents and adjudicating appeals of FAA Enforcement Actions for violation of Federal Aviation Regulations. In more recent years, John’s focus has been directed toward teaching and serving on Aviation Safety Commissions and consulting and lecturing internationally. John is recognized among his peers as a world renowned authority on aviation and airport operations, a leading expert in aviation and transportation safety, and an internationally acclaimed speaker and author. John has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions through the years. Among those, he was our Recipient of the 2020 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award.



Henry Gourdji
The 2021 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
Henry Gourdji
Award Committee Chair

Henry Gourdji has a lifetime of experience working in the aviation sector, including more than twenty-two years in the international arena with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), holding prominent senior management positions.
Prior to his retirement from ICAO, Mr. Gourdji held the position of Acting Director of the Bureau of Administration and Services and led the administration of all of ICAO and its secretariat for a period of eighteen months which included not only playing key role in running of the 40th General Assembly of ICAO, but also pivoting the organization so as to operate under the Pandemic of COVID-19. Prior to this temporary assignment, he was appointed Head of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Partnerships in the Office of the ICAO Secretary General. Previously to this role, he was Deputy Director, Monitoring and Oversight, in the Air Navigation Bureau and was responsible for developing and managing the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), one of ICAO’s leading programs, known today as the world’s ‘watchdog’ for aviation safety.

Mr. Gourdji previously worked in the Canadian civil service, including ten years with Transport Canada, managing Canada’s Civil Aviation National Audit Programme. Mr Gourdji holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Strategic Studies with the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds a Canadian aircraft maintenance and engineering license for airframes and power plants and is an active pilot with a multi-engine rating. He retired after 31 years of Canadian military reserve service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Mr. Gourdji received the Military Canadian Decoration for his service to Canada in 2009 and was the recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation President’s Citation award in 2011 for his contribution to world aviation safety. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C) by the Governor General of Canada for monitoring compliance and augmenting safety procedures around the world and enhancing Canada’s reputation as an international leader in the field of civil aviation. In 2021, he was awarded the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award for his significant contributions in improving aviation safety worldwide.



Nancy Graham
The 2015 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
Nancy Graham
Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation Chair

Nancy Graham is the President of Graham Aerospace International, which assists the aviation and aerospace industry in understanding the aviation community needs so that privately funded initiatives can be safety accepted into the global aerospace system to enhance the human experience at a societal and economic level.

Nancy previously as the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organization (2007-2015) where she led the Bureau through a major transformation.

Major accomplishments included the complete overhaul of both of the Global Aviation Plans (Safety and Air Navigation) with specific performance priorities and targets, a first in the United Nations system. Nancy is a strong believer in government/industry partnerships, sharing common objectives to improve aviation safety and efficiency, and instituted realtime reporting against those Global Plan common objectives.

Pushing ICAO beyond its traditional boundaries, Nancy produced the first ICAO Symposium on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (also known as UAV’s) and oversaw the development on ICAO’s first set of standards for these new craft. Nancy also produced ICAO’s first Symposium on Commercial Space to prepare ICAO to support this industry.

Prior to joining ICAO, Nancy was an Executive with the Federal Aviation Administration for many years serving in Washington DC, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia representing the FAA throughout the globe.

Nancy holds a Masters degree in Technology Management and serves on the Board of Directors for the Singapore Air Traffic Management Centre of Excellence through Nanyang University (Singapore), and the Dreams Soar Foundation.



The Honorable Richard F. Healing
Co-Chairman LTBASAB
Senior Partner
R Cubed Consulting, LLC

Richard F. Healing, a professional engineer and internationally recognized safety expert, joined R Cubed Consulting, LLC as a Senior Partner on August 1st, 2005 after retiring from a Senate Confirmed, Presidential Appointment as Board Member on the National Transportation Safety Board, where he served since March 2003.  In 2008, he became CTO for R³ Engineering in order to lead the development of an all weather sense and avoid system for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) under a contract with the Office of Naval Research.

During his term at NTSB, Member Healing held the Safety Engineering position, and provided key technical inputs on several investigations with major national interest – the major aviation disaster when American Airlines Flight #587 crashed in New York, the Staten Island Ferry boat crash in 2003, the US Airways commuter flight crash in Charlotte, N.C.,  and several rail and highway accidents.  Member Healing is credited with bringing new focus to air medical crashes and offshore aviation services helicopter accidents.  The NTSB and FAA have both conducted critical reviews addressing the unnecessary, increasing losses in these communities.

At the time of his nomination to the NTSB, Mr. Healing was Director of Transportation Safety and Security for Battelle Memorial Institute where, since March of 2002, he held primary responsibility for Battelle’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration and provided program oversight for most of Battelle’s aviation safety programs, including the Aviation Safety Reporting System, operated for NASA.

Prior to March of 2002, Mr. Healing was the Director, Safety and Survivability, for the Department of the Navy, beginning in 1985.  During his Navy civilian career, his work focused on aviation safety and emphasized benefits from sharing military safety information with others in the aviation community, including commercial aviation. He also was a founder of the Navy’s highly successful Human Factors Quality Management Board, which was responsible for major reductions in aviation accidents and savings of lives and losses of assets exceeding billions of dollars.

In 2001, Mr. Healing was presented the Navy’s highest civilian award – the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He also was recognized with the SAFE International “General Spruance Award” for safety education achievement, and an Aviation Week “Laurel” for bringing new awareness to the importance of wire health and condition monitoring technology in aviation. Other awards include the Navy Superior Public Service Medal for creating the Navy’s Safety Non-Developmental Items program, and the Defense Superior Service Medal for active military service during Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
From 1971 to 1983, Mr. Healing was President and CEO of an engineering, construction and contracting services firm in Connecticut. He also was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Fairfield Precision Industries, a manufacturer of replacement parts for the military.

A licensed Professional Engineer since 1974, Mr. Healing attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Engineering Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Harvard University, and Georgetown University. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1990, and was selected to participate on the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange. In 1991, he was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University.

Mr. Healing served 6½ years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. After 30 years of service, including four commands, he retired from the Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Captain.  He is an active member of Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), Helicopter Association International (HAI), the American Helicopter Society International (AHS), and the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA).

Mr. Healing’s work at R-Cubed Consulting has included primary safety consultant to the largest commercial helicopter operator in the world; the Executive Committee of the International Helicopter Safety Team; the executive advisory committee of Parks College of Engineering, St. Louis University; the research advisory board for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Board of Directors of STI (Systems Technology, Inc.) of Hawthorne, CA; Executive Steering Committee of GAIN (Global Aviation Information Network); the Aviation Safety Task Force of the Department of Defense; the Private Motor Vehicle Task Force of the Department of Defense; selection to be on the Defense Safety Advisory Commission; and numerous national and international speaking engagements.  As Chief Technology Officer for R³ Engineering, he is responsible for technical oversight of a multi-million dollar effort to overcome constraints against integration of UASs into the United States National Airspace System (NAS) through development of a collision avoidance technology suitable for small UASs, that can also provide collision avoidance capability for any light or legacy aircraft operating in the NAS.  Mr. Healing also provides business consulting services to small companies, with emerging technologies, wishing to initiate or expand business with the federal government and its agencies.



Captain Craig T. Hoskins

Craig T. Hoskins is currently the Vice President, Safety and Technical Affairs for Airbus Americas, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the facilitation and coordination of Airbus activities and interests related to safety, regulation and certification standards, human factors and operational matters in the Americas.

Craig is a graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course, University of Southern California Aviation Safety Certificate Program, NASA-Ames Fatigue Countermeasures Course and holds a M.S. Degree in Training and Leadership.

He has accumulated over 32 years of aviation/human factors experience that includes military and commercial operations as a Technician, Pilot, Safety Consultant, Mishap Investigator, and Human Factors Senior Analyst.

Craig has also developed and conducted numerous training courses/seminars on Aviation Maintenance, Crew Resource Management, Threat and Error Management, Human Factors, Fatigue Countermeasures, and Team Building/Process Improvements for military operations, government organizations, and airlines world-wide.



Frank Jackman

Frank Jackman is Director of Publications for the Flight Safety Foundation and editor-in-chief of AeroSafety World, the Foundation’s monthly journal. Prior to joining the Flight Safety Foundation in April 2012, Jackman spent nearly 25 years with McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week. He started as a reporter and financial editor for Aviation Daily, and later was editor-in-chief of the group’s award-winning Overhaul & Maintenance (O&M) magazine before becoming editorial director of O&M and the World Aviation Directory. After a brief foray into Lean Six Sigma and business process management, Jackman returned to the editorial side as deputy managing editor, civil aviation for Aviation Week, and later served as editor of Aviation Daily and managing editor, civil aviation, for the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. During his tenure Aviation Week, he also was involved in new product development, database development and was an early and frequent contributor to the highly successful MRO Conference & Exhibition event series. Before moving into aviation journalism, Jackman was a reporter for the Tampa Tribune and reporter and editor for the Danville (Va.) Register.



The 2023 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
Tom Kok

The AviAssist Foundation provides deliberately different safety support to the African aviation industry since 1995. Having lived, worked and flown (PPL) in Africa for many years, Tom has gained unique expertise on African aviation safety issues. As a result, he is well-versed in the technical as well complex political, social and cultural issues that play an important role in improving aviation safety in Africa. He has facilitated countless safety trainings & workshops in Africa since 1997 and is a regular speaker at meetings in and on the continent.



The 2012 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
Bob Sheffield

Bob Sheffield graduated from Mississippi State University in 1972 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF). After undergraduate pilot training, he spent almost ten years in the USAF flying a variety of fighter aircraft including the F-4 Phantom, the F-5E Tiger II and the Mig-21. During this time Bob served in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Okinawa, Somalia, South Korea, Taiwan, and various locations in the United States.

In April 1982 Bob left the USAF to apply his Petroleum Engineering degree with Shell in New Orleans. Afterwards, he was employed by various Shell companies and engaged in nearly all aspects of the oil and gas exploration and production business in California, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico and Texas; including managing logistics operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. During this time he obtained Masters Degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Business Administration (MBA).

As Managing Director of Shell Aircraft Limited from 2004 until June 2012, Bob was responsible for air transportation safety throughout Shell’s operations, including its corporate fleet, all of the aircraft chartered to support Shell’s operations worldwide, and global airline risk management. Shell operates or contracts for operation of about 100 aircraft that fly just under 100,000 hours to move more than 1 million passengers each year in over 50 countries, and Shell Aircraft conducts over 100 annual audits of these operations to improve air safety.

Bob served on the Aviation Subcommittee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), on the Board of Governors of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), on the Council of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and on the Executive Committee for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), which is working with global stakeholders to reduce helicopter accidents by 80%. Bob is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Bob led an international team of experts sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the new European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the British Helicopter Association (BHA) to revise the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to make it fully effective for helicopters. Bob retired from Shell in August 2012.



The 2007 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Recipient
The Honorable Robert Sumwalt III

Robert Llewellyn Sumwalt III, the 2003 Recipient of the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award, served twenty-four years as a pilot with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways, before managing the corporate aviation department for a Fortune 500 company. While at US Airways, Mr. Sumwalt served on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) assessment team.

With over 14,000 flight hours, Robert has performed aviation safety research in coordination with NASA’S Aviation Safety Reporting System and served as a faculty member of the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety and Security Program. He served as Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group and was co-founder of their Critical Incident Response Program, created to offer support to airline personnel in traumatic situations.

Mr. Sumwalt was appointed to the National Transportation Safety Board in 2006. He was named vice chairman by President George W. Bush for two years before being reappointed by President Barack Obama. Nominated by President Trump to become the Chairman of the NTSB, Mr. Sumwalt was confirmed by the Senate and assumed the position in August of 2017. He was reappointed to serve as Chairman through 2021. In September of 2021, Robert Sumwalt was awarded the Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award by Flight Safety Foundation.

In January 2022, Robert joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Distinguished Fellow in Aviation Safety and Executive Director of the university’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety.



Ricardo Traven

Ricardo Traven is the Lead Test Pilot for the 787 Dreamliner located in Charleston SC. He was formerly the Chief Test Pilot for all models of the Hornet family of aircraft, including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler. He also is the Boeing Air Show Demonstration Pilot for the Super Hornet and also supported the 737 flight testing on the Australian Wedge tail program and served as one of the lead test pilots on the Navy’s P-8A program envelope expansion. He was an engineering test pilot on the 787-10 program and flew first flight of the second aircraft and many engineering test flights to certify the 787-10.

A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a former U.S. Navy Test Pilot School instructor, Traven has more than 25 years of experience as a fighter pilot and test pilot. He retired from the Canadian Forces as a Major, and joined The Boeing Company in 1997.

As a test pilot, Traven has been instrumental in a number of key F/A-18 programs. While in the military, he developed the F/A-18 out-of-control and spin training program, the F/A-18 rig-test program, and flew as project pilot on NASA’s F/A-18 high alpha research vehicle. He also served as an instructor at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. Since joining Boeing, he became a senior experimental test pilot on the Super Hornet development program flying many of the high AOA and spin test flights. He was influential in the development of the pirouette flight control logic for high AOA maneuverability, the wing drop flight test program, the Vmc flight control logic, and the 10.7 FCC logic that vastly improves the high AOA flying qualities of the heritage F/A-18 Hornet using E/F technologies. He was the principal test pilot in designing and developing air show maneuvers for the Super Hornet.
Traven has published numerous engineering technical papers on the F/A-18 flight control system and F/A-18 flight-testing at high AOA. He is frequently invited to speak about F/A-18 flight-testing, flight controls and out-of-control recovery techniques to customers world wide, professional societies and universities.
For his work, Traven was named U.S. Navy Test Pilot of the Year in 1995. He is a three-time recipient of the Ray E. Tenhoff Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). He was elected as President of the SETP National Board in 2007-2008. Prior to this position, he served on all positions of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the Society.

Traven has flown Super Hornet demonstration flights at air shows around the world since 2001. In 2004 at the Royal International Air Tattoo in England, Traven was awarded the coveted King Hussein Memorial Sword for the best overall flight demonstration, and the As The Crow Flies Award for the best air display. He also was selected best foreign solo jet display by UK Air Show Review.

During his career, Traven has flown more than 5,000 hours in more than 60 models of aircraft, including the F-16, F-15, A-7, F-4, F-5 and T-2. He has logged more than 3000 hours in all models of the Hornet, and more than 1000 hours in the Super Hornet and was a combat-ready fighter pilot in NORAD and NA TO.