William C. Withycombe

Past President

William (Bill) Withycombe is the Former Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Western-Pacific Region. His expertise in aviation policy and operations is the result of a five-decade career in the industry.

Bill’s aviation bona fides include service with the United States Air Force and senior management experience with the Helicopter Airline Los Angeles Airways, where he served as special liaison to the FAA from 1961 to 1971.

His long career with the Federal Aviation Administration began as an Aviation Safety Inspector in 1971. He advanced to Flight Standards Division Manager and a senior executive as the Regional Administrator of the Great Lakes and Western-Pacific regions until his retirement in 2013.

Bill holds FAA Certificates as an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic and is an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot with Instrument and multi-engine ratings. He is a graduate of Northrop University and FAA General Aviation and Air Carrier Specialist Schools and completed graduate studies at the FAA Flight Standards Academy and Aircraft Accident Investigators Training School. Bill served on the Aero Club Board of Directors for over 10 years.