Mel Johnson Director, Organizational Performance Division, Aircraft Certification Services Federal Aviation Administration


Melvin (Mel) Johnson is Director of the Organizational Performance Division in the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). He leads the division that assesses the organizational performance of AIR, provides strategic leadership for planning and change management within the organization and is responsible for the AIR Safety Program. The division is a primary method for AIR senior leadership to understand current performance, and environmental input then adjust strategic plans and progams.

Previously, Mel was the Deputy Director of the Policy & Innovation Division, where he oversaw the development of Aircraft Certification Services Policy, such as airworthiness standards, production and type certification procedures, and continued operational safety policy.

Prior to joining the Policy & Innovation Division, Mel was the acting manager of the Small Airplane Directorate. where he directed the airworthiness standards, continued operational safety, policy, and guidance for small aircraft, gliders, light sport aircraft, airships, and balloons. The Directorate also managed the certification activities involving all aeronautical products within the geographical boundaries encompassing 21 states and international general aviation aircraft projects.

Before his career at the FAA, Mel worked for various aerospace companies designing and certifying modifications for a variety of aircaft from transport category aircraft such as the cargo loading systems for the Boeing 747 to performance enhancements on the Beechcraft King Air.

Mel graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.