John W. McGraw is the founder and principal of John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, LLC.
Prior to forming the company, Mr. McGraw served the Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Standards Service from November 2008 until March 2012. An organization of more than 4,800 employees, Flight Standards is responsible for ensuring the safety of flight for civil aircraft by setting standards for and certificating air carriers, air agencies, general aviation operators, airmen, and designees. Flight Standards is also responsible for oversight of certificated operators and airmen and enforcement of the federal aviation regulations. In addition, the organization manages the aircraft and airmen official registry system.
As Deputy Director, Mr. McGraw oversaw the Flight Standards divisions that produce policy and work instructions for aviation safety inspectors and guidance for the aviation industry.
Previous assignments in the FAA include Manager of Flight Standards’ Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, AFS-400, where Mr. McGraw was responsible for the implementation of new technologies into a performance-based national airspace system.
Before joining Flight Standards Mr. McGraw worked in the Aircraft Certification Service as Acting Assistant Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, AIR-100; Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate Standards Staff; and, Manager, Airplane and Flight Crew Interface Branch in the Transport Airplane Directorate. Mr. McGraw’s first assignment in the FAA in 1995 was as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office.
Before entering the FAA, Mr. McGraw served as a Test Director/Test Pilot for the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center and as a Flight Test Engineer for the U.S. Navy Rotary Wing Test Directorate at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River.
Mr. McGraw has over 44 years of aviation experience, including 13 years in flight test. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army, active duty, Guard, and Reserve. He holds a Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate with an Instrument rating, has over 4,000 hours of flight time, and is a U.S. Army Master Aviator. In 1984, he graduated cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics degree, and in 1987, he graduated with high honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree.