Mike Helvey was named the Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Obstruction Evaluation Group in March 2014. The Group is within the Airspace Services Directorate of Air Traffic Organization’s Mission Support Services.
Mike leads the Obstruction Evaluation Group in preserving navigable airspace and airport capacity through a formal aeronautical study process and by determining whether structures would be a hazard or may impact the National Airspace System. The Obstruction Evaluation’s process is certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO), governed by 14 CFR, Part 77, and subject to discretionary review by the Airspace Policy Group.
Prior to this capacity, Mike served as an auditor in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service and served for over 24 years in the Air Force in Air Traffic Control, Airfield Operations, Airspace Management, and Command. During his military service, he worked in operational facilities in various capacities, led facilities and larger organizations, as well as regional and headquarters level staffs. Mike’s service included work in the orderly transition of Iraq and Afghanistan airspace from military control to civilian control under an independent Civil Aviation Authority working towards full ICAO compliance.
Mike has light fixed-wing aircraft aviation experience. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Sociology, and master’s degrees in Business Organization Management, Strategic Studies, and Biblical Studies.