FAA Certification Director Liu Retiring

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The FAA has confirmed that Lirio Liu, the executive director of the Aircraft Certification Service, will retire next month. “Lirio Liu plans to retire from the FAA at the end of June after 33 years with the agency. The FAA has not selected a permanent replacement,” the agency said in a statement. “We continually develop leaders to ensure a seamless transition when senior officials depart.” Liu is also the co-chair of the End Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions and will presumably be leaving that post.

Meanwhile, the other co-chair of EAGLE, Curt Castagna, says he will continue in that role and also as president of the National Air Transportation Association after he was fired by the owners of the hangar leasing company he managed in California a month ago. Aerolease Associates LLC is also suing Castagna, alleging he used company funds and resources to benefit his own competing company. Castagna downplayed his change of circumstances in an interview with AVweb. “I have a 40-year history in the industry that speaks for itself,” he said, adding that he believes the issues with his former employer will be worked out. “We just have to unravel this in a rational way.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

15 COMMENTS

  1. You’d think when a head of certification retires, there would be a proud announcement of how many new aircraft were certified under their leadership. The omission speaks volumes.

    • She was named head of certification April 8, 2022. A brief cursory look at aircraft certified during the two years which Lirio Liu was Director of Certification Services includes the G700 and G800. G stands for Gulfstream, Eric.

  2. I looked up the FAA announcement. It reads like a bad résumé.

    No accomplishments, just a list of job titles. The idea the FAA doesn’t consider that insulting to the employee and the institution itself also speaks volumes.

    • She was named head of certification April 8, 2022. A brief cursory look at aircraft certified during the two years which Lirio Liu was Director of Certification Services includes the G700 and G800. G stands for Gulfstream, Eric

    • Yes…. seems pretty clear that her head is full of cotton wool. It was childs play to pull it over her eyes for that to happen!

  3. Ms. Liu actually did some good things in the brief time she was in that position. I understood there were some personal reasons for retiring. The scary part now is you never know who is coming up next. There are some great picks that won’t be promoted, and there are some truly scary ones for the integrity of future certification efforts. This will be interesting!

    • Ms. Liu is smart, well-educated, and has excellent experience with the FAA system. She would have been my choice for FAA Administrator during the Phil Washington fiasco.

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