This quarter's luncheon will feature Mr. Brett Hoben of the FAA's Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG). Brett will be discussing the certification process for aircraft. Brett was recently on the team tasked with certifying the new Cessna 408 Sky Courier.
Brett grew up on a farm in SE Iowa and attended the University of Dubuque with a degree in Flight Operations and Aviation Management. He then became an instructor with UD, eventually becoming the school's Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Brett also flew 135 for Elliott Aviation out of the Quad Cities.
Brett has been an Aviation Safety inspector for 8 years. The first 5 years of his FAA career were as a Principal Operations Inspector (POI) for the Des Moines FSDO. In that role he oversaw several aviation operations in the state performing safety inspections, check rides, accident/incident investigations and pilot deviations. During that time he was tasked with being the UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) focal point, coordinating any UAS issues that arouse within the jurisdiction of the DSM FSDO. He also educated the public and potential drone operators on the current rules and regulations on safe drone operations.
Currently, Brett is with in the FAA's AEG office working with aircraft manufacturers in the certification of new aircraft and establishing new aircraft type ratings along with the checking, training and manual requirements that are required.