Jim Malecha is an Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) in the FAA’s General Aviation Operations Branch and has been with the FAA since July 2001. As a UAS liaison, Mr. Malecha participated in writing the Small UAS Rule, and led the team that developed the associated Advisory Circular. He has served on several Aviation Rulemaking Committee workgroups, helped develop guidance for inspectors on UAS operations, and was the team lead for developing the guidance and proposed regulatory changes to incorporate UAS into part 137, Agricultural Aircraft Operations. Mr. Malecha was on the Section 333 exemption team and wrote the first exemption for night operations.
Mr. Malecha holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate in Airplane Multi-Engine Land with three type ratings, and Commercial privileges in Airplane Single Engine Land and Sea, Glider, Lighter-than-Air Balloon, and a Remote Pilot Certificate. Additionally, he holds a Flight Instructor certificate in Airplane Single and Multi-Engine, and Instrument Airplane. Mr. Malecha is remote-sited, living in New Hampshire.