McVenes has a long history with aviation standards, as he has served as a member and industry co-chair of the FAA Voluntary Aviation Safety Information Sharing (VASIS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
McVenes comes to RTCA after spending the past decade at The Boeing Company, where he held the position of Director of System Safety and Regulatory Affairs. In this position, McVenes directed operations support to assist countries and customers with regulatory approvals to ensure efficient and effective flight operations.
His past experience also includes serving as Executive Air Safety Chairman at Air Line Pilots Association, International, where he represented pilots on airline safety and engineering matters, including working with airlines, aircraft manufacturers, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has also worked to foster international collaboration on aviation safety issues with senior levels of FAA and Transport Canada, including the FAA Administrator, FAA Associate Administrators and Transport Canada Director General.
McVenes has been an aviator with multiple type-ratings and over 17,000 flight hours over the past 30 years. He has been a Board Member of Flight Safety Foundation with the Board of Governors, and a Board Member of the SKYbrary Supervisory Board.
McVenes joins RTCA fulltime on December 1, 2018. He takes over from outgoing acting Executive Director Andy Cebula, and previous President Margaret Jenny.