The board of directors have approved the appointment of two new directors, both of which will serve two-year terms.
See a directory of all our volunteer leaders at www.pama.org/leadership.
Gregory Feith is a former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator and “Go-Team” captain, and spent more than 21 years with the Safety Board serving as the Investigator-In-Charge or U.S. Accredited Representative for numerous high profile aircraft accidents, including Valujet in the Florida Everglades; American Eagle ATR-72 in Roselawn; Korean Air Boeing 747 in Guam; among many others. He led a team of mountain climbers to 21,000 feet on Mt. Illimani in Bolivia to investigate Eastern Airlines Flight 980, the highest controlled-flight into terrain (CFIT) crash in aviation history.
Greg received a BS Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; he holds Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Instrument Instructor (CFII), and Small Unmanned Vehicles pilot certificates. He has won numerous NTSB and aviation industry awards including the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award in 1996, and the 2001 ERAU Distinguished Alumni Award.
In addition, Greg is the Co-Inventor of the LapKidz (LapKidz.com), an aviation child safety restraint (ACSD) device for infant/toddlers under the age of 24 months; and he is a partner in In-Flight Labs (inflightlabs.com), a company that has developed a suite of “SMART” electronic systems which include SMART ELT, a distressed aircraft tracking system utilizing the on-board aircraft ELT.
Greg conducts safety lectures world-wide, appears regularly in aviation safety-related television programs such as MAYDAY, Seconds to Disaster, and Why Airplanes Crash, and he is the Aviation Safety Analyst for NBC News (winning a National Emmy Award as part of the NBC News team). In January 2016, Greg was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, an elite group of professionals who have made significant contributions in aviation and aerospace.
Ric Peri has more than 45 years in aviation maintenance as a mechanic, instructor, writer, consultant and auditor. In his current role as vice president of government and industry affairs with the Aircraft Electronics Association, Peri advocates for the avionics and maintenance industries before the aviation authorities worldwide with a primary focus on the Americas, Europe and the South Pacific regions.
Peri has more than 20 years in association management and supports the AEA membership through consultation and advocacy of aviation issues, with an emphasis on global maintenance, manufacturing and certification regulations. As an award-winning journalist, Peri has been communicating issues pertinent to the aviation industry since the mid-1980s in a wide range of aviation and engineering publications.
As an instructor, Peri has supported the aviation industry as adjunct professor at two universities and currently conducts organized training and education for the association’s membership. He also has been a guest speaker at several industry events worldwide.
Peri is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a USCG veteran having served in various maintenance and aircrew roles throughout his career.