FAA Makes Aviation Safety Management Changes

Long-time US FAA executive John Duncan has been appointed to the role of Deputy Associate Administrator of Aviation Safety (AVS) effective July 22. He replaces John Hickey, who retired January 30 after 28 years at the agency.

Duncan has been leading FAA’s Flight Standards Division as its Executive Director. He joined FAA in 1986 as an aviation safety inspector and held roles in flight standards, air transport and general aviation divisions before assuming his current role six years ago.

Replacing Duncan at the top of Flight Standards will be Rick Domingo, a former Flight Standards Aircraft Maintenance Division executive who has been acting Deputy Associate Administrator for the last several months. Domingo’s most recent permanent full-role at the agency has been Director of Flight Standards’ office of Safety Standards, a position created in FAA’s recent Flight Standards reorganization.