Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Doug Davis is Director, Office of Independent Airworthiness, Research, Technology, and Engineering at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
In this Executive role, Doug leads all aspects of airworthiness support across all divisions of the company’s Aerospace Systems sector. He is responsible for flight certification for all manned and unmanned aircraft programs. Doug is an established global influencer with broad industry expertise, technical breadth and strong leadership skills in driving airworthiness policies, balancing risks with cost, auditing airworthiness requirements during the capture/proposal phase and conducting independent reviews.
Doug began his aviation career in 1984 as an FAA air traffic controller at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). He completed staff time in Traffic Management, Military Operations, and Airspace and Procedures and served as a first-line supervisor at the Atlanta ARTCC before moving to FAA HQ in Washington DC in 1997. He served as the manager of Enroute Procedures in Air Traffic before going on to be the Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Air Traffic Services. After the events of 9/11, Doug was asked to serve as the FAA Liaison to HQ NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO. which he did for 3 years. He was then selected to return to FAA HQ and chosen as the Assistant Manager, Avionics Systems in Aircraft Certification, and was subsequently picked to be the Aircraft Certification Lead for Unmanned Aircraft. In 2005, he was selected as the first manager to stand-up, organize, and lead the newly created Unmanned Aircraft Program Office. Doug crafted the initial certification and operational guidance that is primarily still in use by the FAA.
Doug left the FAA in 2009 and then spent over 4 years with NMSU/PSL as the Director, Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Strategic Initiatives for the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory. He served as the technical advisor to the chairman of EUROCAE WG-73, created and led an independent, international team of UAS and airspace subject matter experts called the Global Airspace Integration Team and Co-Chaired the RPAS and Emerging Technology Workgroup for the Civil Air Navigation Service Organization (CANSO). Doug currently represents CANSO on the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Panel, and chairs the ICAO UAS Advisory Group. Doug was elected to be the Vice Chairman of the CANSO Operations Steering Committee in 2017.