Sarah O'Brien

Senior Aviation Analyst

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science, Professional Aeronautics, 2002
Minor, Communications

Certifcations and Ratings
Airline Transport Pilot—Airplane, multi-engine land
Type Ratings—Cessna 525, Single Pilot
FCC Radio Telephone Operators Permit

Ms. O’Brien has over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry working in a variety of operations including Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 135, general, and corporate aviation.  As a Senior Aviation Analyst at PAI Consulting, she uses her regulatory skills and operational aviation knowledge to assist in projects and provide meeting support services.  She provides support to government and industry clients, develops reports in support of working groups executing regulatory and government-mandated efforts, and analyzes and drafts prospective regulations.

Ms. O’Brien’s major projects at PAI have included drafting aviation regulations for a foreign Government client, as well as supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program and regulatory projects.  This support includes planning and facilitating committee, working group, and writing team meetings; preparing, reviewing, and updating meeting materials, schedules, work plans, and communications briefings; tracking attendance, taking notes, and writing daily meeting summaries and records of meeting; and assisting with the development, production, and distribution of final reports to the FAA, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Congress.  In addition, Ms. O’Brien has served as project manager of several projects, cataloged incident and accident reports, and provided onsite support at the twice‑yearly Aviation Safety InfoShare conference.

Ms. O’Brien graduated Cum Laude from Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University.  While at Embry-Riddle, she served as an intern in flight operations at Northwest Airlines’ training facility and completed the McDonnell Douglas DC–9 First Officer training program.  After graduating, Ms. O’Brien held a variety of positions for part 135 charter operations, including check airman, assistant director of operations, chief pilot, and captain.  Ms. O’Brien has over 4,000 hours of flight experience, is type-rated in the Cessna 525 aircraft, and was a part 135 check airman for the Beechcraft King Air series of aircraft.