The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, has joined the association as Director of Engineering & Airworthiness.
Archer most recently provided key support for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA Aviation Certification Service (AIR) pilot study implementing a voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations. A Project Management Professional, Archer also provided aviation safety, certification, and system integration expertise on FAA NextGen Air Traffic Management (ATM) initiatives. Prior to this role, Archer served as a Systems Engineering Manager at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where he focused on improving engineering design and development processes. Previously, Archer held senior airworthiness, certification, and systems engineering positions in the United Kingdom for Raytheon Systems Ltd., Datel Defense Ltd., Marshall Aerospace Ltd., and BAE Systems.
“Jonathan’s vast experience—both with the FAA and the general aviation manufacturing industry—will be of immense value as we work toward a more efficient and effective certification process that provides more safety-enhancing products and technologies to our customers,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “His leadership on airworthiness standards, expertise on NextGen, and wide-ranging technical knowledge of avionics systems throughout the world will further enhance GAMA’s highly regarded engineering team.”
A native of York, England, Archer holds a Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Engineering and Technology from Leicester Polytechnic in the United Kingdom.