JOHN P. KELLEY BIO
John Kelley is the President of Kelley Aviation LLC, a Washington DC based aviation consulting company focusing on issues including airspace modernization and UAS integration. He is an active Captain on a DC area Gulfstream aircraft serving both domestic and international destinations.
Mr. Kelley began his aviation career in 1986 when he joined the US Navy, accumulating
thousands of flight hours in multi-
Mr. Kelley post-
Following his Delta career Mr. Kelley joined a national business jet charter company
as their mid-
Desiring to lend his extensive aviation / airspace experience to make a positive impact, Mr. Kelley embraced the concept of building his own company focusing on advocacy, NextGen operations and airspace consulting. One of the most significant challenges that aviation faces today is the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. This is a major focus of Kelley Aviation.
Mr. Kelley is an avid supporter of business aviation and very active in interfacing
with the FAA and regional and national associations including NBAA, AOPA and AUVSI.
He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Greater Washington Business
Aviation Association, a Director of the Virginia Aviation Council, a member of NBAA’s
Access Committee for Airspace and Technology, and a Runway Safety Action Team member
at both the Dulles International and Manassas Regional airports. He is actively involved
with the FAA in creating and implementing the Washington DC and nationwide Metroplex
initiatives, and acquires immediate feedback to their effectiveness during FAA group
meetings and while flying in U.S. airspace. Sought after for his operational airspace
expertise, he has participated in the design and rollout of numerous DC area procedures
from Charted Visual Approaches to RNAV SIDs and OPD RNAV STARs and has participated
on numerous teams evaluating concepts such as Limited Time Based Operations (L-
He is currently involved with the Virginia Department of Aviation’s effort to implement an automated remote tower at the Leesburg airport and is a member of the FAA’s safety panel evaluating that project.
Mr. Kelley is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the US Navy’s flight school and instructor pilot program. He and his family have lived in the Washington DC area for over 20 years.
Kelley Aviation LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business approved by the Veterans Administration.