Paul D. Russell


George Washington University
Master of Engineering Administration, 1971

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Bachelor of Science, Communications Engineering, 1967

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Bachelor of Science, Naval Engineering, 1960

Upon joining Boeing in 1984, Mr. Russell served as a Boeing 737 Flight Crew Instructor and editor of B737 operations manuals. In 1990, he became the Flight Crew Training Technical Specialist for the B737. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Russell was the Chief Engineer for Airplane Safety Engineering. In this capacity, he was responsible for helping to ensure the safety of Boeing commercial airplanes throughout their design, production, and in‑service experience.

From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Russell served Boeing as Chief Engineer, Aviation System Safety. In this capacity, he was responsible for working with Government and industry throughout the world to enhance aviation safety by helping to identify and implement accident prevention initiatives. He has served as the industry co-chair for several subcommittees of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), including the Joint Implementation Measurement and Data Analysis Team (JIMDAT), and was the U.S. aviation industry representative to the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST). He also was the industry co-chair of the Safety Concepts Working Group, which was charged with developing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Upon leaving Boeing, Mr. Russell joined PAI Consulting as a consultant. In this capacity, he continues his efforts to ensure safety by analyzing pilot reports and operational data to identify vulnerabilities in the aviation industry. Mr. Russell continues to support CAST and JIMDAT on safety initiatives.

Before joining Boeing, Mr. Russell served for 24 years in the United States Coast Guard, retiring with the rank of Captain. During his Coast Guard career, among other assignments, he served as the chief training pilot, commanded two aviation units, and coordinated search and rescue and disaster relief operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, and the North Pacific Ocean.

A pilot for over 45 years, Mr. Russell has been rated in a variety of helicopters and airplanes, from seaplanes to modern transports. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy, a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University.

Mr. Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a past member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, the International Advisory Committee of the Flight Safety Foundation, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), and the Safety Committee of the National Business Aviation Association. He has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for his support of CAST and has been awarded a Flight Safety Foundation President’s Citation for Safety Leadership.