Advisory Council Member & Expert
USC Aviation Safety and Security
Subject matter expert: Aviation Security
Council Member since 2016
Thomas Anthony participated in the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) for the proposed FAA regulation on SMS for aircraft operators. He has served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). He authored or co-authored four articles for AeroSafety World on Human Factors affecting aviation safety. He is an active media representative for USC on the subject of aviation safety and security and has delivered papers on Threat and Error Management to international conferences hosted by: the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), the Columbia Helicopter Corporation (CHC) and the NBAA/ Flight Safety Foundation at CASS.
Thomas Anthony established a new aircraft accident investigation facility for the USC program and acquired new wreckages to serve as the basis for investigative analysis. He has also served as mentor for an undergraduate computer engineering course project which won first place in a national competition for airport improvement projects and taught courses in Safety Management Systems in diverse international locations including South Africa and Korea.
As a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Aviation Security, he conducted training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Auckland, New Zealand.
He directed emergency security response to the World Trade Center II attacks and provided investigative efforts of aviation activities of the hijackers. Thomas Anthony served as the FAA point of contact and provided investigative assistance in the al Qaeda, Ahmed Ressam Borderbomb case and directed investigative efforts at the Los Angeles point of departure for Egypt Air 990.
As FAA Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security, he managed and directed assessments and inspections of US registered aircraft operators, foreign registered aircraft operators, and international airports throughout Asia and Oceania. He participated in the writing and review of international assessment reports for compliance with federal regulations and ICAO standards and recommended practices.
Thomas Anthony also drafted and implemented emergency aviation security regulations to prevent the transportation of PCP by air (Security Directive 94-07) and implemented emergency regulations throughout the region in response to the Unibomber emergency.