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
Mr. Kelley began his aviation career in 1986 when he joined the US Navy, accumulating
thousands of flight hours in multi-crew, land based aircraft including hundreds of
hours of combat time during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. As a qualified
aircraft and mission commander and instructor pilot, Mr. Kelley accrued worldwide
experience flying the P-3, C-12, T-39, C-20 and C-9 aircraft including multiple tours
flying high ranking VIPs for the Navy’s executive transport operations at Andrews
Air Force base.
Mr. Kelley post-dated his Naval career with an airline pilot position at Delta Air
Lines. He flew extensively in the domestic high density northeast, mid-Atlantic
and southeastern regions as well as internationally to Europe gaining years of valuable
experience in part 121 airline operations flying the B-727, B-737 (-200, -300, -800)
B-757 and B-767 (200, 300-ER).
Following his Delta career Mr. Kelley joined a national business jet charter company
as their mid-Atlantic regional Chief Pilot. He managed a base of 15 aircraft and
crews while also flying as PIC on multiple Gulfstream aircraft for part 135 and 91
operations. Mr. Kelley was subsequently asked to create and manage a flight department
for a Washington DC based financial company. The department achieved many milestones
during its years of operation under his direction, including ISBAO certification,
while operating both Bell and Gulfstream aircraft.
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-TBO)
/ Flow Management, Closely Spaced Offset Parallel Approaches, Trajectory Synchronization
and 4-Dimensional Trajectory (4DT) programs including Advanced Interval Management
and Dynamic Required Navigation Performance initiatives (AIM / DRNP) where he helped
design the flight operational test and evaluation plan. He is a key contributor
and team member on NextGen projects such as Flight & Flow Information for a Collaborative
Environment (FF-ICE), Global Air / Ground System Wide Information Management (Global
AG SWIM), and International Interoperability Harmonization & Validation (IIH&V),
including participation in large scale exercises at the Florida NextGen Test Bed
in Daytona Beach.
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.