Director, Flight Standards Service
John S. Duncan is the Director, Flight Standards Service. As Director, he oversees the development, coordination, and execution of policies, standards, systems, and procedures: public rules, regulations and standards; and program plans that govern the operations, maintenance, and airworthiness of all US civil aircraft, including those of US flag carriers and foreign carriers when operating in and over the United States, its territories and possessions. His oversight responsibilities also include proficiency and certification of air agencies (flight schools/maintenance bases) and of qualified airmen (other than air traffic control personnel).
Prior to assuming his duties as Flight Standards Service Director, Mr. Duncan served as the Deputy Director, Flight Standards Policy Oversight. In this capacity, he shared the Director’s responsibility for administering and managing the full range of policy development, implementation, integration and evaluation across the organization. He provided executive direction and oversight over the following: International Programs and Policy, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Organizational Resources and Program Management, Air Transportation, Aircraft Maintenance, Flight Technology and Procedures, Flight Standards Training, Regulatory Support, Civil Aviation Registry, and General Aviation and Commercial Divisions.
Mr. Duncan joined the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986. His recent FAA assignments include serving as the Alaskan Region Flight Standards Division Manager from 1998-2007, General Aviation and Commercial Division Manager from 2007-2008, and Air Transportation Division Manager from 2008-2012. Mr. Duncan is a talented and dedicated safety professional with a sustained commitment to safety, excellence, and service to the people of the United States of America.
Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Florida Technological University. He holds a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with commercial privileges in seaplanes and gliders. He has worked as a flight instructor, chief pilot, chief flight instructor, corporate pilot, and air carrier pilot during his 20-year industry career.