Jim Spillane


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Mr. Spillane was appointed as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Senior Representative to Southeast Asia in 2015. In his position in Singapore, he is responsible for promoting the agency’s bilateral efforts with 11 states in Southeast Asia and multilateral efforts with international organizations such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve aviation safety, system efficiency, and harmonization.

He was previously posted in Tokyo as the FAA Sr. Representative to the Pacific Rim, where he was responsible for managing the FAA’s bilateral relationships with 18 countries in a geographic area that included Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands.

Mr. Spillane has served the United States for more than 28 years, with 20 years’ experience in various operational air traffic management, airspace management, and air traffic flow management roles with civil and military air navigation service providers in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Spillane is also a Mansfield Fellow, completing a two-year program where he studied Japanese language and culture, and spent one year working inside the Japanese Ministry of Transport and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where he focused on air transportation modernization issues.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Master of Science in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University.