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Air and Space Friend
Aerospace Industries Assn Of America
John Goglia has had a lifelong interest in aviation. John served as a member of the
National Transportation Safety Board from 1995-2004, and is the only member of the Board ever to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic's certificate. As a Board member, became widely recognized for his interest in airport safety improvement in the areas of fire and rescue operations as well as wildlife hazards. John was an early advocate of the need to focus attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance as a factor in aviation accidents, and also pressed for the integration of civilian and military safety information.
John has been an outspoken advocate for greater compassion and sensitivity in dealing with surviving family members of victims of transportation accidents. In 2001 the National Air Disaster Alliance presented its Aviation Safety Award to John in recognition of his dedication to helping grieving families.
After leaving the Board in 2004, John assumed the position of professor of aviation science in Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. In addition to the teaching, research and advising components of this position, John's responsibilities include the pursuit of initiatives that address safety internationally.
Prior to joining the Board, John held numerous positions in the airline industry, and for more than 20 years was a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. John also operated his own aircraft service company for 12 years, and served as the Governor's appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board.
John was Chair and a founding member of the National Coalition for Aviation Education, an aviation industry organization that advances education among America's youth and aviation workforce. John was also a charter member of the Steering Committee to establish the International Society of Aviation Maintenance Professionals, a society dedicated to advancing safety and professionalism throughout the aviation maintenance industry.