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Richard McSpadden, Executive Director of AOPA Air Safety Institute

Richard McSpadden leads ASI’s efforts to reduce general aviation mishaps through research, education, and industry collaboration.

Richard is a commercial pilot and CFI with over 4,500 hours in 30 years of flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He has extensive experience in aviation safety, including ground, flight, and special event operations.

Prior to joining ASI, Richard had a successful career at Hewlett Packard leading large, geographically dispersed operations providing business-critical information technology services. Prior to HP, Richard closed his 20-year Air Force career as the Commander and Flight Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team where he headed the U.S. Air Force’s flagship organization and led over 100 flight performances.