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MPPA program for UAS operations in television

 John McGraw, FAA alumnus, writes the handbook and gets EMMY

THE CATEGORY:  Low Latency Remote Controlled Airborne Video Platforms (non-military) for Television technical and engineering award.

Former Beckley resident wins Emmy for crafting MPAA drone regulations




























The Motion Picture Association of America, saw the potential that drones brought to their members’ enterprises. The group saw that the FAA faced a significant challenge in regulating this new form of aviation and eventually found John McGraw, an FAA alumnus who understood what was required to operate safely and how to express those limitations in regulatory terms.




The Television Academy reviewed the work which McGraw and Snaproll Media had done to enhance the capture of images from the drone platform and awarded them an EMMY. The MPPA site chronicles the work done to earn this honor:




·        MPAA Statement for the Record in the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Manufacturing Hearing “The Disrupter Series: The Fast-Evolving Uses and Economic Impacts of Drones”

·        Hollywood welcomes drones to the set

·        America’s Film and TV Industry Continues to Lead the Way with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

·        Building a Record of Safe and Innovative Storytelling with Unmanned Aircraft Systems

·        MPAA Technology Blog Roundup

·        Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Take Flight on “The Mentalist”


Mr. McGraw’s resume



John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, LLC

2012 – Present



John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, LLC offers unique and unparalleled expertise that encompasses and connects multiple aerospace disciplines. Experience includes engineering, certification, flight test, flight operations, standards, and continued operational safety in both civilian and military environments.

Senior Advisor, Regulation and Certification

Airbus Americas, Inc.


Director of Regulatory Affairs

National Air Transportation Association (NATA)

Jul 2013 – Present



Develop relationships with staff at federal agencies, primarily the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, to advance the association’s goals. Participate in the development and implementation of the association’s legislative strategies on Capitol Hill and attend Congressional hearings related to aviation. Actively participate on government/industry working groups to represent the membership on new regulatory initiatives. Participate in the development of plans and strategies concerning issues that impact member businesses providing services included in the Key Issue Areas.

Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service, AFS-2


Nov 2008 – Mar 2012



Oversaw the development and implementation of regulations and policy for more than 6,000 U.S. commercial airlines and air operators as well as for more than 1,000,000 U.S. pilots, mechanics, flight instructors, and flight attendants. Established requirements and led effort resulting in the first commercial development and flight validation of instrument flight procedures. Developed and established NextGen branches for every region nationwide, which will expedite the implementation of NextGen technologies. Sole representative for the Aviation Safety organization on the FAA Acquisition Executive Board. Established the Acquisition Program Office to manage all acquisitions within Aviation Safety, and sponsored a $107M contract to support NextGen implementation.

Manager, Flight Technologies and Procedures Divisi


Apr 2002 – Nov 2008



Drove the development and worldwide implementation of RNP and RNAV standards used today as a foundation for NextGen. Led the development of policy to implement new technologies including Enhanced/Synthetic Vision systems, Heads-Up Display Systems, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, and Electronic Flight Bags. Directed the $38M acquisition of both a Boeing 737 and an Airbus A330/340 full motion, high fidelity flight simulator.

Assistant Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division


Jun 2001 – Apr 2002



Key member of aircraft design team formed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Helped develop the cockpit door and other security requirements and served as primary interface with Special Operations community.

Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate Standards Staff


Sep 2000 – Jun 2001




Assistant Executive Director of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. Led the effort to develop an accelerated process to reach harmonization harmonize of FAA and JAA regulations to the greatest extent possible. This “fast track” process led the harmonization of worldwide aircraft design and flight test standards.

Manager, Airplane and Flightcrew Interface Branch


Jun 1998 – Sep 2000



Led the 737 Rudder Engineering Test and Evaluation Board with team members from NASA, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, DOD, and Russia. Team recommendation resulted in a re-design of the rudder system.

Senior Systems Engineer, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office


May 1995 – Jun 1998



Senior systems engineer for the Embraer 145 certification program. Technical expert for the Embraer-120 Icing investigation, including in-flight testing of the aircraft behind the US Air Force Icing Tanker. Performed flight test for newly designed hot-air balloons.

Test Director/Test Pilot

U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center

Jul 1989 – May 1995



Test Director for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Production Qualification Test. Successfully managed projects with budgets in excess of 3 million dollars. Performed in-flight evaluation of systems and subsystems under a full range of flight conditions including day, night, instrument flight, Nap-of-the-Earth and Night Vision Goggles for the OH-58C, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, UH- I H, and UH-60A/L





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