Captain John M. Cox

A veteran major airline, corporate and general aviation pilot, Captain John Cox has flown over 14,000 hours with over 10,000 in command of jet airliners. Additionally, he has flown as an instructor, check pilot, and test pilot in addition to his extensive involvement in global air safety.

Awards and Recognition

  • Sir James Martin Award More Information
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, England
  • Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
  • Master Air Pilot Certificate Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
  • Air Line Pilots Association Air Safety Award (ALPA’s Highest Safety Award)
  • Air Line Pilots Association Leadership Award
  • Air Line Pilots Association Steering and Oversight Award
  • US Airways Safety Achievement (US Airway’s Highest Safety Award)
  • US Airways Boeing 737 Training Department Certificate of Appreciation
  • Outstanding MBA Graduate, Daniel Webster College in recognition for academic excellence
  • Laura Taber Barbour Award

Education and Affiliations

  • Graduate of University of Southern California Air Safety Program
  • United States Navy Post Graduate School Aviation Safety Command Program
  • Accredited International Standard Business Aircraft Auditor (IS-BAO)
  • International Air Transport Association Trained Airline Auditor (IOSA)
  • NTSB Group member on Systems, Structures, Powerplants, Air Traffic Control, and Operations.
  • Six major NTSB investigations with numerous field office investigations.
  • Masters Business Administration – Aviation Management, July 2010, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, New Hampshire

Public Appearances and Speaking Engagements

  • National Transportation Safety Board – Witness (twice)
  • National Safety Council Congress – Numerous guest lectures
  • ALPA Air Safety Week – Host 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations – Numerous guest lectures
  • University of Southern California – Numerous guest lectures
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Numerous guest lectures
  • Department of Transportation’s Transportation Summit – Numerous guest lectures
  • Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina – Guest Lecturer
  • SAE G-10- Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace Conference – Speaker
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) – Speaker
  • Flight Safety Foundation – Speaker

Aviation Media Interviews

  • ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, MSNBC, CSPAN, CBN, Sky 4, NPR, Time Magazine, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Air Safety Week, USA Today, Associated Press, United Press International, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York, Los Angles Times, Time, St. Petersburg Times, Dallas Morning Star, Atlanta Constitution, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Orlando Sentinel, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Conde Naste Traveler among others.
  • Captain Cox’s Air Safety Work Captured in Books
  • The Mystery of Flight 427, Bill Adair, Smithsonian Intuition Press
    Flight 427 Anatomy of an Air Disaster, Gerry Byrne, Copernicus Books

Air Safety Positions Held

  • December 2004 – February 2001:
    Executive Air Safety Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), served as the top safety official for the largest non-governmental air safety organization in the world.
  • February 2001 – March 2000:
    Executive Air Safety Vice-Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
  • May 1995 – August 1986:
    Numerous safety positions for a major US airline including Central Air Safety Chairman, Central Air Safety Vice-Chairman, Regional Air Safety Chairman, Local Air Safety Committee Chairman, and Local Air Safety Committee Member. The point of contact by the airline and ALPA on safety matters. Managerial responsibility for over thirty air safety representatives and oversight for the positions taken by ALPA on air safety matters.

Aviation Employment

  • December 2004 to Present:
    Chief Executive Officer, Safety Operating Systems, Washington, DC. As the founder of SOS, Captain Cox has led the growth from a start up into a major consulting success. Clients now include international and domestic airlines, government regulators, manufacturers, business and corporate flight departments and other consulting firms.
  • December 2004 – February 1980:
    Captain, Check Airman, Acceptance Test Pilot, Ferry Pilot for major US airline. Scheduled Air Carrier operations in North America, Caribbean and Bermuda. Operations in one of the world’s most technically advanced aircraft in all weather conditions to domestic and foreign destinations.
  • January 1980 – April 1979:
    Corporate flight operations in North America.

Certificates and Ratings

  • Airline Transport Pilot: AMEL Captain Type Ratings: Airbus 320, Boeing737, Fokker 28, Citation 500
  • Commercial Privileges: Airplane Single Engine Land, Glider