Bobby Sturgell is senior vice president of Washington Operations for Rockwell Collins. Additionally, he is an executive officer of Rockwell Collins. Sturgell's responsibilities include developing and implementing the company's governmental, regulatory, legislative and industrial affairs strategies, and maintaining relationships with Congressional members, staff and other administration officials. He was named to this position in April 2009.
Before joining Rockwell Collins, he served as acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) overseeing the regulation of commercial and private aviation in the United States. He also led the agency's day-to-day operations, capital programs and modernization efforts.
Before joining the FAA, Sturgell served as the senior policy advisor at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He was the focal point for analysis and coordination of the NTSB's safety recommendations, policies, programs and safety initiatives.
Sturgell came to the federal sector after flying for United Airlines, where he was a flight operations supervisor and line pilot. He flew Boeing 757 and 767 airplanes on domestic and international routes. Sturgell also practiced aviation law in Washington, D.C.
A former naval aviator, Sturgell was an instructor at Top Gun, the Navy's Fighter Weapons School. He has flown the F-14, F-16, F-18 and A-4 aircraft, and retired from the Navy as a commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law.