Jim Spillane – Air Navigation Commissioner

Jim Spillane – Air Navigation Commissioner

Jim Spillane was nominated by the United States in 2023 to serve as a member ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission.

Previously, Mr. Spillane was the Director of the ICAO and International Training Department in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of International Affairs and had overall responsibility for the FAA’s engagement with ICAO, as well as the primary focus for the FAA’s international outreach and training efforts.

Mr. Spillane’s aviation career spans 35 years, including 8 years abroad as the FAA’s Senior Representative in two locations.  In Singapore, he was responsible for promoting FAA’s bilateral efforts with 11 states in Southeast Asia and multilateral efforts with international organizations such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve aviation safety, system efficiency, and harmonization.  In Tokyo, he was responsible for managing the FAA’s bilateral relationships with 18 countries in a geographic area that included Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific islands.

Previously, Mr. Spillane held technical and managerial positions in various operational air traffic management and safety oversight roles with civil and military air navigation service providers and regulators in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Spillane also is a Mansfield Fellow, completing a two-year program where he studied Japanese language and culture and spent one year working inside the Japanese Ministry of Transport and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where he focused on air transportation modernization issues.

Mr. Spillane holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.