Bruce Tarbert

Bruce Tarbert has over 35 years of demonstrated professional leadership roles in both Air Traffic Operations and Civil Aviation Regulatory Policy and Procedures including 33 years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Bruce held numerous positions serving in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, Aircraft Certification Office, and the Flight Standards Services. He has served as the Director for the New Mexico State University’s Unmanned Aircraft Test Center as well as the Airspace and Airworthiness manager for the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, one of six FAA designated UAS test sites. Bruce has led numerous domestic and global aviation committees in efforts to safely integrate new technologies such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Advanced Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) into airspace systems. Bruce was responsible for enabling the first designee program for the issuance of Special Airworthiness Certification in the Experimental Category for a UAS. He holds a commercial instrument pilot certificate.

Bruce has worked with various proponents to gain operational approvals for unmanned aircraft systems including the nation’s first Part 137 - Agricultural Aircraft Operations, utilizing an unmanned helicopter system. Currently, Bruce is currently working on a Type Certificate project for an unmanned aircraft system.


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Director, Airspace Mgmt and Integration

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