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José Muñoz Area of Specialization:

Mr. Muñoz has over twenty eight years experience providing expert guidance within the civil aviation safety oversight, regulatory, engineering, manufacturing, flight test, certification, safety, quality assurance and project management areas.  He is among the leading industry experts in airworthiness and regulatory standards. Mr. Muñoz’ broad and extensive project leadership experience in the air transport industry enables him to consult across a wide range of areas. As an experienced aviation safety, regulatory and quality practitioner, José has performed hundreds of operational assessments and audits of civil aviation authorities (safety oversight), airlines, maintenance organizations and OEMs. José has participated and lead several technical assistance projects involving Civil Aviation Authorities, air carriers, production approval holders, maintenance facilities/repair stations and aeronautical parts distributors.  For the past 19 years, José has been involved with several CAA projects (among them: China, Singapore, Mexico, Bermuda, the U.A.E, Bahrain, Chile, ACSA {Central American Regional Civil Aviation Authority}, France, Greece, Cape Verde, Turkey, Colombia, Cyprus, Nigeria, and Angola); air operators in North America, South America; Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa; OEM’s in the USA, Brazil and Europe covering an array of activities such as type certifications, safety oversight inspections, audits, training and organizational restructurings. Mr. Muñoz is also a certified IATA IOSA Lead Auditor & Evaluator, IS-BAO auditor and part of the FAA ATOS Qualified Certification Consultant Team.

Relevant Project Experience:

Client Engagement
Civil Aviation Authority of China Regulatory reform assistance
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Regulatory assistance in General Aviation
UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Regulatory assistance & safety oversight project guidance
Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs Safety Oversight and FAA IASA Project Guidance
Mexican Civil Aviation Authority Technical Assistance & Restructuring Project
Bermuda Dept. of Civil Aviation Safety Oversight of ICAO 83bis Transport Category Aircraft
Cyprus Dept. of Civil Aviation Technical Review of Department
Chilean Civil Aviation Authority Training
Central American Aviation Authority Training; Safety Agency
Greek Civil Aviation Authority Safety Oversight and FAA IASA Project Guidance
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Technical Assistance and Restructuring Project
DOT- Inspector General Technical Support Services - Safety & Security
National Air Transportation Assoc. Safety Management System
Various US & Latin American airlines Consulting Quality, Safety  & Regulatory Compliance
Various Middle East and African airlines Consulting Quality, Safety & Regulatory Compliance
Major European Vacation Operator Safety oversight audits of hired airlines
Several Oil Exploration Firms Safety oversight audits of hired operators

 

Additional Project Experience Details:

  • Managed safety gap analysis assessments and established ICAO USOAP & FAA IASA compliance implementation plans for two Arab Gulf State Civil Aviation Authorities at the request of their governments.

  • Assisted in the development of a general/business aviation regulatory reform project for two prominent Asian Civil Aviation Authorities.

  • Assisted in developing a safety reporting system & aviation safety process optimizations for a prominent Arab Gulf State Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Lead several aviation safety assessments at aircraft & helicopter manufacturers; FAA Part 145 & EASA Part 145 Maintenance Facilities; and FAA Parts 91, 121, 125, 129, 135, 133, 137 & EASA OPS 1 and Part M operators.

  • Participated and lead IATA IOSA audits conducted at air carriers in the North America, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the CIS.

  • Managed a safety gap analysis assessment and established a FAA IASA compliance implementation plan for a Latin American Civil Aviation Authority at the request of its government.

  • Managed a safety gap analysis assessment and implementation plan of a European Civil Aviation Authority at the request of its Government.

  • Managed safety gap assessments and implementation plan of two African Civil Aviation Authorities at the request of their governments.

  • Participated in safety audits at executive aviation operators in the USA, Europe and the CIS on behalf of a prominent fractional aircraft operation.

  • Participated on the implementation of SMS and Safety First webminars for FBOs sponsored by NATA.

  • Participated in an US DOT IG project to assess the effectiveness of the FAA oversight activities of FAA Part 121 air carriers’ substantial outsourced maintenance.

  • Lead a team of professionals restructure an air carrier banned by the European commission as a result of safety deficiencies.

  • Managed the development of Operations Manuals, Cabin Manuals, Maintenance Manuals and Safety Manuals for a number key international airlines and air operators.

  • Successful completion of the FAA ATOS Consultant Certification qualification process.

  • Participation (speaker) at IATA, Aviation Outlook MENA and ALTA conferences.

Background:

Prior professional experience, Mr. Muñoz served as:

Vice President, Aeronautics & Space Division Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. (1993-2005) - responsible for the Division's administrative, commercial and operational activities in the Americas region.  Prepared and monitored annual budgets, developed pricing policies and quotation guidelines.  Responsible for the preparation, pricing and submittal of proposals.  Monitored performance of training, auditing, aircraft inspection, quality, regulatory consulting and asset management services to several clients in the Americas and in Europe and Asia on an “as needed” basis.  These included foreign Civil Aviation Authorities/Ministries of Transport, airlines & operators, airframe & engine manufacturers, maintenance facilities, distributors, banks & leasing companies and insurance companies.  Performed ISO 9001/AS 9100 assessments in the aerospace/aviation fields under Group's subsidiary Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). A few project references include:

  • Managed the safety oversight outsourcing contract for a Civil Aviation Authority with an active Off-Shore Registry, where a group of engineers and inspectors oversaw the airworthiness of around 50 transport category aircraft operating in different parts of the world.  Also, acted as a Delegated Airworthiness Inspector of the Bermuda Department if Civil Aviation for Bermuda registered aircraft operating in the America’s (B767, B757, B737, B727, MD-83, A-320, A319, ATR and Global Express) as well as auditing of approved maintenance organizations

  • Participated in the development of Quality Management Systems (FAR 145, JAR 145 and ISO 9001:2000 certification assistance) at several operators and maintenance organizations in Latin America.

  • Participated as an aviation specialist in ISO 9001:2000 certification teams at OEM’s, MRO’s and Airlines.

  • Oversaw all Division regulatory and quality training given in the Americas. Clients included Civil Aviation Authorities, airlines, MRO and leasing firms.

  • Oversaw aircraft technical assessments/records collections and (on occasions) aircraft repossessions on behalf of banks and leasing firms.

  • Monitored Aviation Safety Audits on behalf of airlines, oil exploration firms and vacation package providers.

  • Managed the aircraft manufacturing inspection activities at Boeing on behalf of European, Latin American, African and Asian operators.

  • Oversaw the successful completion of aircraft manufacturing inspection activities on behalf of Latin American and Eastern European operators.

  • Managed a Technical Assistance Project with a major Latin American Civil Aviation Authority.  The project included development of regulations and inspection manuals, organizational restructuring, training and development of an IT system.

  • Participation (speaker) at IDB, IATA and ALTA conferences.

Group Quality Assurance Engineer, Rohr Inc. – now UTC Aerospace Systems: (1990-1993): Monitored production and quality performance and resolved regulatory issues at major European aerospace subcontractors and partners involved in the manufacture and integration of nacelle systems installed on Airbus Industrie and McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Responsibilities included:

  • Supervision of quality engineers located at several subcontractors in Europe and Israel and direct interface with clients and regulatory agencies;

  • Coordination and qualifications of manufacturing processes, special processes, functional tests, intechangeability/replaceability demonstrations;

  • Coordination of material review board activities and management of supplier audits. 

  • Coordinated quality assurance and certification activities between Civil Aviation Authorities, customers and major subcontractors.

Sr. Procurement Quality Engineer, General Dynamics Convair Division:  Commercial A/C Programs (1987-1990) - Monitored production and quality performance of several aerospace subcontractors in Italy and Israel during the initial production stages and type certification of the MD11 aircraft.  Responsibilities included:

  • Coordination of material review board activities,

  • Analysis of discrepancy trends and corrective actions,

  • Resolution of engineering and tooling problems,

  • Approval of subcontractor's quality plans and management of supplier audits. 

  • Coordinated quality assurance and certification activities between the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, the FAA, McDonnell Douglas and major subcontractors.

Flight Test Engineer - Tomawawk Cruise Missile Program, General Dynamics Convair Division, (1984-1987):

Worked as part of the flight test team and provided technical support for the coordination, execution and post flight analysis of flight tests under US Navy and US Air Force contracts.  Responsibilities included:

  • Support of test integrations, development of flight redline documents for instrumented parameters telemetered during flight test operations as part of mission safety requirements;

  • Provided on-site real-time data monitoring for turbofan engine, air data, electrical and mechanical systems during flight test operations.

  • Performed post flight evaluations to support performance, avionics and mechanical design groups,

  • Coordinated flight test data briefings and reports for customers and project management on a timely basis. 

  • Held US DOD Secret/COMSEC clearance.

Education:

B.S. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Minor – Operations Management
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (1984)

Languages:

English
Spanish
French
Italian

Credentials:

Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation DAI 210
ISO 9000 Lead Auditor Qualified - Cert 1937
IATA - IOSA Auditor Cert 078335
AS 9100 Aerospace Auditor
Active member of the American Society of Quality and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics