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Association of Airworthiness Professionals
Fostering Innovation and Excellence in Airworthiness

Board of Directors


Don Roberts

As a retired Lockheed Martin Fellow for Airworthiness and Airworthiness Certification, Don brings over 35 years of expertise in Design, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Airworthiness Engineering. He gained this experience through working numerous civil and military programs at both Boeing and LockheedMartin. He served on the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science Board of Advocates. Don currently serves as an Associate at Dayton Aerospace, Inc.


Mike Fox

A Lockheed Martin Fellow for Airworthiness and Airworthiness Certification, Mike has over thirty-five years in the aircraft design, test, and certification field. Mr. Fox has focused on military aircraft while at General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin and advanced aircraft concepts while at NASA Langley Research Center. He has been an integral team member in numerous aircraft programs from the design through test flight phases. He led the origination of the F-35 Airworthiness Certification approach and process through the joint industry, government, and customer forum, which has resulted in providing U.S. and international customers with an airworthy aircraft for fleet operations.


David Cripps

Mr. Cripps served over twenty-six years on active duty in a variety of operational Army Aviation and acquisition assignments and rising to the rank of Colonel. His military career culminated after serving for three years as COmmander of the Army's flight test center and as the Army's senior experimental test pilot. Upon retirement from active duty, Dave returned to serving the nation as a Department of the Army Civilian with the Systems Readisness Directorate of the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command (DEVCOM) Aviation & Missile Center at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where he currently serves as the Chief Airworthiness Engineer.

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Samuel Benavides, PhD

Dr. Benavides is a Technical Warrant Holder in the Airworthiness Sustainment Branch of the Coast Guard where he provides airworthiness and engineering support to the entire USCG aviation enterprise of HC-130, HC-144, and HC-27 fix-wing aircraft as well as H60 and H65 rotary-wing helicopters. Dr. Benavides brings over two decades of airworthiness and engineering expertise in support of pivotal airworthiness and engineering endeavors to include developing aircraft service life extension programs, expanding aircraft depot induction intervals, integrating new technologies, participating in major mishap investigations, designing new and novel aircraft parts, and developing predictive life models.

Dr. Benavides is a graduate adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He developed one of the core courses for the Master of Science Degree in Airworthiness Engineering that is designated as an FAA accepted program toward a DER certification. Dr. Benavides was a long-time coach for Odyssey of the Mind and now serves on its State Board.


Dawn McGarvey-Buchwalder

Ms. McGarvey Buchwalder has more than 30 years of experience in civil service. She began her career as a Crew Systems engineer at the Aeronautical Systems Division in Dayton, Ohio. Ms McGarvey-Buchwalder’ s career has had her leading life support programs on X-32, X-35, F-22, YF-22, YF- 23, KE-3A, and C-12 with a focus to ensure that warfighter protection was commensurate with aircraft capability. Appointed in August 2011, as the first Technical Advisor and Branch Chief for Airworthiness (AW), to execute Air Force Policy Directive 62-6, USAF AW, released June 2010. After retiring from her USAF Engineering position, Ms. McGarvey-Buchwalder joined Dayton Aerospace, Inc. in 2016.  She has recently been named Dayton Aerospace Vice President and member of the firm’s board of directors.


Sue Reviello

Sue Reviello is the senior airworthiness manager for Boeing Defense and Space (BDS) responsible for the oversight of military programs under the Product and Services Safety organization. She is responsible for the airworthiness of both domestic military and international military programs and has experience working with numerous airworthiness authorities. Sue is responsible for the creation and management of the enterprise European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMAR) 21J military design organization (MDO) for international programs and holds a delegated authoriation for several international programs. Prior to this, Sue was the airworthiness senior manager for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter program responsible for the successful airworthiness authorizations for several international programs. Previously, Sue was the senior software development manager for Future Combat Systems (FCS) and manager of the software development of the Comanche helicopter.

Sue joined Boeing in 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Artss degree in Economics for East Stroudsburg University. She is the Boeing representative for the Airworthiness Defense Industry Advisory Group (ADAIG), a member of the Boeing Leadership Association, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Boeing Women in Leadership (BWIL) and is a USA Ice Hockey Level 4 certified coach and girls' varsity ice hockey coach.


Will Mahoney

Mr. Mahoney has worked in the aerospace industry for over 25 years and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Leidos Airborne Solutions. In this position he supports the design, modification, fielding and operation of crewed and remotely piloted aircraft systems around the globe.

Prior to joining Leidos, he was Director for Program Airworthiness at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. In this role, he was responsible for manned and unmanned programs in the areas of Airworthiness and Airworthiness Certification. This included ensuring the necessary engineering personnel, skills, processes, tools and independent oversight on programs. Mr. Mahoney began his career at Sikorsky Aircraft as a structural test and certification engineer, supporting military and commercial programs. From there, he held engineering and leadership positions on various domestic and international development, manufacturing, and sustainment programs for United Technologies and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.