Todd Thomas

Senior Safety Manager
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Todd Thomas is senior safety manager at Baldwin Aviation Safety and Compliance. He is a proven airline professional, bringing Baldwin more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier industry. Thomas worked his way up from part-time gate/ramp agent with USAir to his most recent position as director of safety for Eastern Airlines, LLC.  He has served in the FAA required Part 119 position of director of safety for four U.S. Part 121 Supplemental Air Carriers, three of which were passenger carriers and one an all-cargo carrier. 

Thomas was a member of two management teams of start-up carriers helping them successfully gain their U.S. Part 121 Supplemental Operating Certificates.  This provided him with a solid background in navigating and applying the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). As director of safety for 21 Air, LLC, he created and implemented a fully functioning Safety Management System (SMS) as part of their certification process. At the time, 21 Air was only the second U.S. carrier to be certified with a fully functioning SMS program already in place. Thomas utilized Baldwin’s SMS Lite system to successfully manage the certification of 21 Air’s SMS program and also integrated the Baldwin SMS Lite system at Eastern Airlines as well. 

All of Thomas’ director of safety positions have given him invaluable “hands-on” real world experience in change management and hazard risk assessment. As a result, Thomas offers a wealth of knowledge of 49 CFR Part 5 SMS requirements. He has extensive domestic and world-wide travel experience on behalf of air carriers conducting training and auditing.

Thomas is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force achieving the rank of Sgt. before his Honorable Discharge. He served in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Seymour Johnson AFB as part of the 68th Maintenance Squadron in support of the 68th Bomb Wing. Thomas holds a Private Pilot’s license.

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