Robert Hanley

AOE Advisory Board

  • Graduate, 1982, United States Naval Test Pilot School, as a flight test engineer he flew in over 25 different tactical aircraft and accumulated over 150 hours of flight time
  • B.S., 1979, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Graduate, Defense Systems Management College
  • Graduate, Federal Executive Institute

Bob Hanley is currently the Director of the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) airworthiness Office, located at Patuxent River, MD.  He oversees the flight safety and certification of all of the Navy and Marine Corp’s 4,000 plus manned and unmanned aircraft to include the Presidential Helicopter, the Blue Angel’s Flight Demonstration Team and all of the combat and non-combat aircraft flown by the DoN.  Mr. Hanley has served in this position since 2001.  Bob was the Head of the Navy’s Flight Dynamics Branch from 1995 to 2001 where he was the DoN expert on Stability and Control and Flying Qualities.  From 1991 to 1995, Bob was the Senior Aerodynamics Engineer for Tactical Aircraft in the Flight Dynamics Branch.  Prior to coming to this position, Bob was the South east/west Asian Action Officer in the Navy’s International Program Office from 1990 to 1991 where he oversaw Foreign Sales of DoN equipment, aircraft, submarines and ships to countries such as Pakistan, India and Egypt as well as being responsible for providing humanitarian support and relief under Presidential Order to countries, such as Bangladesh, following major catastrophic events.  From 1983 until 1990, Mr. Hanley worked the Blue Angel program and numerous new developments such as the Advanced Tactical Aircraft, Navy Advanced Tactical Fighter and the predecessor to the Joint Strike Fighter.  Bob began his career with the Navy in 1979 working with logistics and support equipment. 

Some of the awards that Mr. Hanley has received in his career include the Department of Defense (DoD) Distinguished Civilian Service Award which is the highest civilian award given by the Department of Defense; the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award;  the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award;  the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award,  the T. Michael Fish Award for excellence in leadership in the Navy; the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition Innovation Award, and the Heinemann Aerospace Achievement Award. 

Bob currently chairs the National Airworthiness Council comprised of senior members of the FAA, USAF and U.S. Army as well as the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Coast Guard.  He is also the Chairman of the Joint Strike Fighter Independent Flight Test Readiness Review Team and is chairing the Virginia Tech Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Advisory Board.

Robert Hanley