David Webber

Research/Flight Test Engineer, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA

David is an FAA Research/Flight Test Engineer for the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service, supporting standards development, certification, and international validations across all aircraft product lines. He is involved in several flight research projects designed to support regulatory policy development for new and novel aircraft technologies and is currently supporting NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility project as the FAA’s Certification Flight Test Liaison.

David is an aerospace engineer, experimental airplane builder, and instrument-rated pilot, with flight experience in fighter, fixed-wing, aerobatic, rotary-wing, weight-shift, and lighter-than-air aircraft. David started his career in 1990 at Edwards AFB where he worked as an Air Force civilian performance and flying qualities engineer and test conductor for the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability demonstrator at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. At the completion of the X-31 program, David transferred to NASA after a brief stint as a B-2 Flight Test Engineer. As a NASA Operations Engineer, David worked all phases of Research projects as a Flight Test Engineer, Test Conductor and Flight Crew member on the F-18 Systems Research Aircraft and the DC-8 Airborne Laboratory.

In 2003, with two children approaching school age, he escaped the Mojave Desert, relocating to the Pacific Northwest where he worked for many years as a Certification Flight Test Engineer for the FAA’s Seattle Aircraft Certification Office. In Seattle, he supported many domestic and international fixed-wing and special-class aircraft certification projects and was a primary contributor to the FAA’s “Lessons Learned from Aircraft Accidents” online library. Always intrigued by new and novel technology, David transferred to Kansas City in October of 2016 in order to be actively involved in facilitating the emergence of Small Aircraft technologies including Urban Air Mobility and other forms of Advanced Air Mobility.

Now in the 3rd trimester of his civil service career, David is happily out of his comfort zone, continuing to climb a steep learning curve on the technical nuances of electric-powered, vertical flight. He enthusiastically supports applying targeted research activities, with profound knowledge of the nation’s regulatory system, to aid the emergence of innovative, but pragmatic, aviation transportation systems with efficiencies and operational safety records borne from lessons learned from existing air transportation, military, and related aviation use cases.