Terry McVenes, who has a long history with aviation standards, has been named the new President and CEO of RTCA. He has served as a member and industry co-chair of the FAA Voluntary Aviation Safety Information Sharing (VASIS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
McVenes comes to RTCA after spending the past decade at The Boeing Company, where he held the position of Director of System Safety and Regulatory Affairs. In this position, McVenes directed operations support to assist countries and customers with regulatory approvals to ensure efficient and effective flight operations.
His past experience also includes serving as Executive Air Safety Chairman at Air Line Pilots Association, International, where he represented pilots on airline safety and engineering matters, including working with airlines, aircraft manufacturers, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has also worked to foster international collaboration on aviation safety issues with senior levels of FAA and Transport Canada, including the FAA Administrator, FAA Associate Administrators and Transport Canada Director General.
McVenes has been an aviator with multiple type-ratings and over 17,000 flight hours over the past 30 years. He has been a Board Member of Flight Safety Foundation with the Board of Governors, and a Board Member of the SKYbrary Supervisory Board.
McVenes joins RTCA fulltime on December 1, 2018. He takes over from outgoing acting Executive Director Andy Cebula, and previous President Margaret Jenny.
“I am looking forward to this challenge,” said McVenes. “RTCA has an exemplary history of making aviation safer since its inception, and we have additional challenges arising every day, as our airspace and aircraft become more complex. I am also looking forward to building on past successes in international cooperation and have RTCA continue in its role as the premiere global aviation standards organization. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with the work undertaken by our Special Committees and RTCA staff and I am optimistic all of our members and member organizations will rise to any challenge placed before them. It is certainly an honor to be chosen to lead this organization.”