Former airline pilot and Boeing executive Terry McVenes has joined standards organization RTCA as its new president and CEO.

McVenes began the position Dec. 1, succeeding previous president Margaret Jenny and acting executive director Andy Cebula in managing the organization, RTCA said. He formerly served as Boeing director of system safety and regulatory affairs from 2009-2018 and as senior manager of aviation system safety from 2008-2009, according to a LinkedIn profile.

A former US Airways captain, McVenes earned multiple type ratings as a pilot and logged 17,000 flight hrs. over 30 years. He has served as executive air safety chairman with the Air Line Pilots Association and as a board member with the Flight Safety Foundation and the SKYbrary supervisory board.

Founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, and known more recently by its acronym, RTCA, develops performance standards for avionics, unmanned aircraft systems and ground equipment. The FAA the incorporates finished standards in regulatory and advisory documents released to industry.

Following the May 29 expiration of its long-held status as a federal advisory committee, RTCA reorganized as a Standards Development Organization. Jenny retired as president in August after serving 10 years in the post. Cebula, who served under Jenny as VP-policy and programs at RTCA, joined trade organization Airlines for America in November as VP-NextGen and new entrants.

McVenes said, “RTCA has an exemplary history of making aviation safer since its inception, and we have additional challenges arising every day, as our airspace and aircraft become more complex. I am also looking forward to building on past successes in international cooperation and have RTCA continue in its role as the premiere global aviation standards organization.”

Bill Carey, bill.carey@aviationweek.com