Matt Van Gundy

Senior Aviation Analyst

University of Southern California
Aviation Safety and Security Certification, 2017

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Master of Science, Aeronautics; Aviation Safety Management Systems, 2011

California State University of Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science, Aviation Administration, 2004

Mr. Van Gundy began his career as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. After attending California State University Los Angeles, where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration, he continued his education and received his Master’s of Aeronautical Science degree with a specialization in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle. In addition, Mr. Van Gundy holds an FAA Private Pilot certificate.

Aside from working as an avionics technician/aircraft mechanic for a Part 121 air carrier and helicopter manufacturer, Mr. Van Gundy has worked for the National Transportation Safety Board as an Air Safety Intern. While at the NTSB he learned much about on-scene aircraft accident investigation, report writing, and accident database record keeping.

Mr. Van Gundy has also worked as a Product Support Engineer for an avionics manufacturing company. In this position he investigated reliability issues, wrote service bulletins, and monitored the throughput of avionics units in the repair facility. He also visited customer’s maintenance facilities and helped solve operations and testing equipment issues.

Following this, Mr. Van Gundy supported the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) as a Systems Engineer in Washington D.C. Under the Technical Operations division, he assisted with safety risk management activities, wrote technical performance studies for operational analysis, updated training courses, and helped develop Enterprise Architecture products.

Mr. Van Gundy previously worked for PAI Consulting as an Aviation Analyst and Deputy Director of Industry Affairs.  He performed technical research and writing tasks to include researching issues and drafting reports, manuals, rulemaking documents, evaluation reports, records of meetings, white papers, and other similar documents.  Mr. Van Gundy also performed directed aviation studies to include researching historical accident and incident reports to identify trends and safety issues and presented the results and findings in written and graphical format.  Additionally, he provided meeting support for rulemaking committees, tasks forces, public meetings, and other similar groups to include organizing and attending meetings, documenting meeting decisions, providing meeting facilitation support as necessary, drafting records of meeting, tracking action items, and organizing and storing meeting materials.  Finally, Mr. Van Gundy performed summary and analysis of public comments for rulemaking and other Government actions.

Most recently, Mr. Van Gundy was a Flight Data Analyst for Southwest Airlines.  In this capacity, he used his technical writing and analytical skills to perform analysis of flight data from Southwest’s Boeing 737 fleet; monitoring event trends and event severity.  He presented his analysis of the data to senior leadership in Flight Operations, wrote safety updates, and drafted weekly event summaries of relevant safety data.