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Former FAA Administrator, joins Archer as Chief Safety Officer

Archer Aviation announced today it has appointed Billy Nolen, former acting FAA Administrator, as its Chief Safety Officer. “Nolen’s expertise in aviation safety and flight operations, along with his deep passion and excitement for advanced air mobility, will further strengthen Archer’s ability to successfully commercialise urban air mobility at scale” the company reports.

According the press release “While serving as the acting administrator at the FAA from April 2022 to June 2023, Nolen led certification reform and new safety management systems for airports. Prior to that, he was the associate administrator of aviation safety for the FAA, which covers more than one million registered aircraft, more than one million active pilots, thousands of approved manufacturers, and over 50,000 flights every day. He has more than 33 years of experience in corporate safety, regulatory affairs and flight operations. Nolen started his career as a pilot for American Airlines, followed by numerous safety leadership positions at WestJet Airlines, Qantas Airways, Airlines for America and American Airlines.

“Nolen served tours of duty in the U.S. Army as an airplane and helicopter pilot and safety officer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as specialised aviation safety management certificates from the University of Southern California, United States Army Safety Centre, and the United States Navy Postgraduate School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.”

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