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Benedict D. Castellano

Ben Castellano retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 34 years with the agency. His last position before retirement was the National Resource Expert for Airport Safety and Certification. He was actively involved in airport certification and safety since 1990 when he became the Airport Certification and Compliance Branch Manager. Here he oversaw the administration of the airport certification program (14 CFR Part 139). Additionally, he was responsible for the wildlife hazard management program, the airport compliance program, and the aircraft rescue and fire fighting program.

In 2001 until 2007, he became the Acting Manager of the Airport Safety and Operations Division when the division manager was assigned a long term detail to the Runway Safety Program Office. During the time in these positions, Mr. Castellano was responsible for the Congressionally mandated revision to the airport certification program. This revision encompassed a complete rewrite of Part 139. He was also a driving force behind the FAA and the American Association of Airport Executives highly-touted cosponsored Airport Safety and Operations Specialist School, which was started in 1990 and is still in existence today. He oversaw the airport compliance program from 1990 to 1998 and was instrumental in writing the original airport revenue diversion policy. Throughout these years, he was also heavily involved in helping to reduce runway incursions caused by vehicle operators through the establishment of airfield driver training programs and correct usage of airfield signing and marking.

Mr. Castellano holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston and a B.A. in Political Science from the Catholic University of America. He served in the United States Air Force as a Navigator/Bombardier including a tour in Vietnam.

His aviation experience includes being a Senior Operations Supervisor at Boston’s Logan International Airport and a Special Assistant to the Airport Manager at Washington National Airport. He also worked for Pan American World Airways and Eastern Airlines and headed up the aviation program at a community college.