Bobby Sturgell is senior vice president of Washington Operations for Rockwell Collins and an executive officer of the company. His responsibilities include developing and implementing the company’s governmental, regulatory, legislative and industrial affairs strategies, and maintaining relationships with Congressional members, staff and other administration officials.
Before joining Rockwell Collins, Sturgell served as acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) overseeing the regulation of commercial and private aviation in the United States. Before joining the FAA, he served as the senior policy advisor at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Sturgell came to the federal sector after flying for United Airlines, where he was a flight operations supervisor and line pilot. He also practiced aviation law in Washington, D.C.
A former naval aviator, Sturgell was an instructor at Top Gun, the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. He has flown the F-14, F-16, F-18 and A-4 aircraft, and retired from the Navy as a commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law.