Flight Test Manager
Bruce graduated from the University of Vermont in 1978 (B.S. Civil Engineering) and USNTPS in 1986 (M.S. Aeronautical Engineering). Navy flight test projects included S-3B and T-34C flying qualities, carrier suitability, ordnance and avionics flight tests, including T-34C high angle of attack, stall, and spin testing. Selected as the 1987 Naval Air Test Center Test Pilot of the Year. After S-3B operational tours, Bruce returned to USNTPS in 1991-1992 as the Senior Fixed Wing Flight Instructor/Chief Flight Instructor, and from 1995-1998 as Chief Test Pilot/Commanding Officer of the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Squadron, leading a flight test organization responsible for the execution of over 200 flying qualities, performance, and avionics flight test programs in 22 RDT&E aircraft of 7 type/model/series. After Navy retirement in 1998, Bruce worked at Lockheed Martin as a Test Pilot conducting experimental, developmental, and FAA certification flight tests of the C-130J Hercules II. Bruce presented a paper on C-130J Maximum Crosswind Testing at the 2000 Flight Test Safety Workshop and 2000 SETP Annual Symposium. Bruce continued his flight test career as an Experimental Test Pilot at Raytheon Aircraft Company (Wichita, KS) conducting experimental, developmental and certification flight testing of the Hawker Model 4000 Business Jet. Bruce joined the FAA in 2003 as a Flight Test Pilot in the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, and was selected as the Flight Test Branch Manager in 2005, responsible for managing a highly active organization consisting of Flight Test Pilots, Flight Test Engineers, and Human Factors Specialists, conducting certification flight testing of airplanes, helicopters, gliders, and balloons.