Captain Hank Krakowski is CEO of the Conure Aviation Group, a global aviation consultancy service. Hank previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As COO, he was responsible for all aspects of the US air traffic control system – operations, maintenance, financial performance, research, acquisition of new systems & equipment and planning for NEXTGEN, the air traffic control system of the future.
Hank came to the FAA from United Airlines where he spent nearly 30 years in a variety of flight and senior management positions. His last position was Vice President of Flight Operations, and he was previously United’s Vice President of Corporate Safety, Security & Quality assurance. Hank has flown the Boeing 727, 737, 747 and Douglas DC-8, DC-9, and DC-10, as well as a variety of commuter and corporate turboprop and jet aircraft. He is also an experienced aircraft dispatcher and certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. He has a Master’s degree in Business & Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Hank has served as co-chair of the Collier Trophy winning Commercial Aviation Safety Team, chair of the Star Alliance Safety Committee, and a member of the Airlines 4 America Safety and Operations Council.