Hon. Robert A. Sturgell
Vice President, Government Programs, Collins Aerospace
Bobby Sturgell is Vice President of Government Programs for Collins Aerospace, based in
Washington, D.C. Sturgell's responsibilities include developing and implementing the
company's governmental, regulatory, and industrial affairs strategies, and maintaining customerfacing
relationships with Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
leadership and other administration officials. He was named to this position in November 2018.
Prior to this role, he was senior vice president of Washington Operations for Rockwell Collins.
Before joining Rockwell Collins, he served as acting administrator of the FAA overseeing the
regulation of commercial and private aviation in the United States. He also led the agency's dayto-
day operations, capital programs and modernization efforts.
Before joining the FAA, Sturgell served as the senior policy advisor at the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He was the focal point for analysis and coordination of the
NTSB's safety recommendations, policies, programs and safety initiatives.
Sturgell came to the federal sector after flying for United Airlines, where he was a flight
operations supervisor and line pilot. He flew Boeing 757 and 767 airplanes on domestic and
international routes. Sturgell also practiced aviation law in Washington, D.C.
A former naval aviator, Sturgell was an instructor at Top Gun, the Navy's Fighter Weapons
School. He has flown the F-14, F-16, F-18 and A-4 aircraft, and retired from the Navy as a
commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School