Richard A. Peri is vice president of government and industry affairs at the Aircraft Electronics Association in Washington, D.C. AEA is a worldwide organization that represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including those specializing in the maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. Peri manages the association’s Washington office as well as the AEA office in Cologne, Germany.
An ASTM member who joined the organization in 2004, Peri currently serves as chairman of Committee F39 on Aircraft Systems. In this role he has worked closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to expedite the development of new safety standards on aircraft wiring systems. He is also a member of Committees F37 on Light Sport Aircraft and F44 on General Aviation Aircraft. For his contributions, Peri received the ASTM President’s Leadership Award in 2008.
In his more than 40 years of aviation experience, Peri has touched nearly all facets of aviation support. Before joining the AEA staff in 2001, Peri held the position of director of government affairs at the National Air Transportation Association. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1975 to 1998, working on aviation technical issues including aircraft maintenance, repair and alteration, and he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1975.
Outside ASTM, Peri has been part of several aviation rulemaking and advisory committees in North America, Europe and Australia. He has served as assistant chair for general aviation certification and operations issues on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, and he is a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance. Peri has written more than 100 articles on aviation regulations.
A 1993 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics, Peri is a private pilot and mechanic who holds airframe and powerplant licenses.