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a B.S. in Accounting (magna cum laude)
from LaSalle College and an M.P.A. in Public Sector Management and Finance from
the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania. He was also a military
officer and helicopter pilot from 1967 to 1972.
T. Jenny was appointed president of RTCA, Inc., in August 2008, succeeding
David S. Watrous. She arrived at RTCA after heading aviation consulting firm
MJF Strategies, LLC, with partner John Fearnsides, formerly director of the
MITRE Corporation Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD).
to forming MJF Strategies in 2001, Jenny served as vice president of corporate
business development at ARINC, director of Airline Business and Operations
Analysis with US Airways, and technical director at MITRE CAASD. She also
served as co-chairperson of the RTCA Free Flight Select Committee. She has a
bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana University and a master's degree in
computer science from American University.
Lynn Ray is the Vice President, Mission Support Services for the FAA’s Air
Traffic Organization (ATO). Ray joined the FAA in 1984, beginning her career as
an air traffic control specialist at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control
Center, where she held several positions including that of air traffic manager.
She’s held various management and staff positions at the FAA’s Southern Region
and at FAA Headquarters. She was first selected as an FAA Executive in 2008 as the
director of system operations, airspace & aeronautical information management
in the ATO. She has been the vice president of mission support services since it
was established in 2010.
holds a B.S. (with honors) in biology from Milligan College; an M.S. in zoology
from the University of South Florida; and a J.D. (with honors) from Georgia
State University College of Law. In addition, she is a member of the Georgia
Bar Association, Air Traffic Control Association, and Professional Women
Rudinger has extensive
experience in government relations, aviation policy, regulatory affairs, and ATM.
She has worked for AOPA’s members for 23 years, spending most of that time in
the Association’s Government Affairs Division and leading a team that advocates
for general aviation interests on matters affecting airmen, aircraft, airports,
and air traffic control. She has also represented AOPA’s international policy
interests at ICAO and EASA and other international regulatory bodies.
Prior to AOPA, Rudinger was
the manager of a Part 141 Flight School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She also
owned and operated a Hot Air Balloon business that maintained a fleet of
balloons to conduct both flight training and sightseeing rides. She holds a
commercial pilot certificate and a lighter-than-air rating. She has FAA Academy
training in airspace design and management, regulatory procedures, and environmental
analysis. In addition, she has served as an FAA Accident Prevention Counselor.
Victoria Wassmer is the FAA's
Acting Deputy Administrator. She is responsible for helping to ensure the safe
and efficient operation of the world's largest and most complex aerospace
system. As Chief NextGen Officer, she is also leading the FAA's transformation
and modernization of the nation's air traffic control system from a radar-based
system with radio communication to a satellite-based system that leverages new
technologies to shorten routes, reduce fuel consumption and traffic delays,
increase capacity, and improve safety.
Wassmer has more than 20 years of
experience in establishing and leading high-profile organizations and programs
in both public and private industry. Most recently, she served as the FAA's
Assistant Administrator for Finance and Management where she directed the agency's
$16.3 billion budget and a finance and management workforce of 3,500 employees.
Previously, Wassmer served as Vice President of Administration and Finance at
the Millennium Challenge Corporation from 2010-2011, a federal agency that
works with developing countries to reduce poverty through economic growth.
From 2004-2010, Wassmer held
several senior positions within the FAA, including Deputy Assistant
Administrator and Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Director of the Office
of Budget, and Manager of Performance and Cost Analysis. Prior to that, she was
a Senior Associate with the Carmen Group and worked in the Office of Capital
Programs & Oversight for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Authority. From 1996-2002, Wassmer was a policy analyst at the Office of
Management and Budget. In 1994, Wassmer worked in South Africa as a research assistant
at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In addition, she holds a master’s
degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political
science from Bryn Mawr College.
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Brown, chief operating officer for the National Business Aviation Association
(NBAA), oversees all of the Association’s activities relating to aircraft
operations and flight department management issues, as well as the
administrative, financial, and human resources functions.
to joining NBAA on October 4, 2004, Brown served as a top official with the FAA
as vice president of operations planning. Brown also has previously served as
associate administrator for air traffic services, managing the 35,000 air
traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection
pilots, and administrative personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day
operation of the nation’s airspace systems.
joining the FAA in 1998, Brown was president of the National Aeronautic
Association and served as senior vice president of government and technical
affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also has taught a
number of aviation-related courses at Texas A&M University, where he was a
member of the faculty; has worked for the Texas Aeronautics Commission; and has
been employed as an air taxi pilot and full-time flight instructor.
is a graduate of the executive management programs at the Pennsylvania State
University and the University of Virginia and is a qualified aviation accident
investigator certified by the University of Southern California. He holds a
bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in industrial education.
Cass oversees American Airlines’s operations control teams at the new Robert W.
Baker Integrated Operations Center in Fort Worth, TX. The state-of-the-art
facility serves as the nerve center of American’s global network and houses
more than 1,600 employees who plan, oversee, and dispatch the airline’s more
than one million annual mainline flights.
has more than 35 years of industry experience and prior to joining American
served as the director of airport surface efficiency within the FAA’s Air
Traffic Organization. He has extensive experience in airline operations control,
ATM, emergency response, and business continuity.
began his aviation career as an air traffic controller and moved to the airline
industry as an agent for Western Airlines. He later worked for several years
leading dispatch, meteorology, ATC, and emergency response functions for
Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines. He also holds FAA commercial pilot
ratings as well as certification as an aircraft dispatcher and air traffic control
Church is President of Aviation Management Associates, Inc., an aviation
consulting firm established in 1984 with a staff of two dozen former government
and industry aviation senior managers and executives.
started his aviation career flying airplanes in Alaska in 1969 and later moved
on to the FAA and served as an air traffic controller and staff specialist at
the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center from 1971 to 1980. He left
the FAA in 1980 to join the Air Transport Association (ATA) as manager of air traffic
control in Washington, DC. During his tenure at ATA, he coordinated the air
traffic controller strike plans with the FAA and airline industry and was later
active in the aftermath of the strike in adjustments of ATC system capacity and
demand initiatives. As a result of these activities, Church was able to form
Aviation Management Associates, Inc. in 1984 to serve the ATC needs of the
airline industry. Later, this role expanded to airports and with the advent of
the FAA NAS modernization initiatives, moved Aviation Management Associates
into a proactive role with aviation vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers.
FAA Licensing Manager at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Kevin
Hatton is responsible for managing licensing activities for all Falcon 9 and
Falcon Heavy missions. He collaborates with FAA’s Office of Commercial Space
Transportation and Air Traffic Organization to schedule and manage launch and
reentry operations in the NAS.
was formerly employed at the FAA and has over 20 years’ experience in ATC, traffic
management, and NextGen research. He was FAA Program Manager for Space Vehicle
Operations (SVO) and developed the SVO Concept of Operations. His research
produced advanced prototype capabilities for dynamically managing space
launches and reentries while improving NAS safety and efficiency. He has
authored numerous papers on aerospace topics, including space vehicle
operational impacts upon NAS air traffic management, probabilistic modeling of
airport arrival demand, and modeling of time-based flow management during
transient disruptions. Hatton was a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian
National Air & Space Museum from 2011-2016. He is a 2001 graduate of the
University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive
Science, with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction.
Paul Rinaldi began his three-year term as the sixth president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in October 2009. In March 2012, Rinaldi was re-elected by acclamation, and again in April 2015 for an unprecedented third term as NATCA president. An 18-year veteran air traffic controller from Washington-Dulles Tower, Rinaldi served three years as executive vice president prior to being elected as union president.
Rinaldi has served NATCA in a variety of roles since the beginning of his air traffic controller career. He was elected vice president of the facility's local NATCA chapter in 1995 and became the facility representative a year later. In 2003, Rinaldi accepted the challenge to represent the entire Eastern Region and agreed to serve as the region's alternate vice president.
Rinaldi has spent his entire Federal Aviation Administration career working on behalf of union members. His leadership as IAD facility representative resulted in 100 percent of the bargaining unit members becoming dues-paying NATCA members. On two occasions, Rinaldi served as a member of NATCA's National Contract Team.
Rinaldi has also served the union as an Eastern Region Third Level Grievance Team member, a trained arbitration advocate since 2000 and an air safety investigator from 1997 to 2006. In addition, he executed many responsibilities in the opening of the Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, which brought together control of the terminal airspace for the entire Washington, DC area under one roof.
Enjoying unprecedented success with winning grievances on behalf of NATCA members both locally and regionally, Rinaldi has negotiated countless agreements with the agency on a variety of issues, all resulting in a better quality of life for the membership. Rinaldi has extensive congressional and media experience and has been an outspoken advocate for air traffic controllers on the national stage.
Dan Smiley currently
serves as the FAA’s Vice President of System Operations Services within the Air
Traffic Organization (ATO). His responsibilities include overseeing the Air Traffic Control System Command Center. He manages NAS operational
security issues including emergency and disaster response. All national flight
service functions are provided through his organization as are the ATO’s data management
policy and NAS data release; the ATO’s operational performance analysis,
measures, and metrics; and the ATO’s international liaison activities.
Prior to this appointment, Smiley was the deputy vice president
of FAA System Operations Services. He served as the director of surface
management and was instrumental in refining concepts and developing
requirements for airport surface congestion tools. In 2010, he became the first
operations program manager for the Civil Air Navigations Services Organization
(CANSO), developing and implementing the international operations work program
that is in place today. He served as the NextGen Senior Advisor for the Office
of International Affairs, was the FAA’s Command Center Manager, and has held
numerous management positions at FAA Headquarters, regional support centers, and
field air traffic facilities.
Smiley has over 31 years of experience with the FAA, starting
his career as an oceanic and radar controller at Oakland Air Route Traffic
Control Center. Before joining the FAA, he was in the US Navy as a shipboard
radar operator and anti-submarine air controller.
J. “Andy” Thurling is currently Director of Product Safety and Mission
Assurance at AeroVironment in Simi Valley, California. He is a Distinguished
Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School as well as the Air Force Institute of
Technology. He has held several positions as a test pilot including Chief of
Test and Evaluation in the F-22 Program Office and instructor at the Test Pilot
School. His career in the Air Force culminated as Commander of the 452d Flight
Test Squadron and Director of the Global Vigilance Combined Test Force, the group
responsible for the flight test of the nation’s newest unmanned aircraft.
AeroVironment, Thurling has been responsible for all phases of testing on
AeroVironment’s revolutionary hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft, the Global
Observer, from strategic test concept development to acting as initial cadre
instructor pilot. He was awarded the 2011 AUVSI Foundation “Operations Award”
for this work. He is currently leading airworthiness, certification, and
airspace access strategic efforts for AeroVironment. He is actively involved in
shaping the domestic and international regulatory environment as a member of
RTCA SC-228, several ASTM working groups, and as the Vice-Chairman of EUROCAE WG-93.
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Gilligan became Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety on January 5, 2009
after serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator in that organization for 14
years. She has been at the FAA since 1980. As Associate Administrator, Gilligan
leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing, and enforcing
safety standards for all parts of the aviation industry.
June 2014, Gilligan received the 2014 L. Welch Pogue Award for Lifetime
Achievement in Aviation. The award recognizes her visionary leadership in the
aviation community and was given by Aviation Week & Space Technology and
the International Aviation Club. In October 2011, she accepted the Roger W.
Jones Award for Executive Leadership.
serves as the government co-chair of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team
(CAST), a joint industry/government group committed to improving aviation
safety by reducing the risk of accidents. In May 2009, Peggy and her Industry
co-chair accepted the Robert J. Collier Trophy in recognition of CAST’s work in
developing an integrated data-driven strategy that reduced aviation fatalities
in the United States by 83 percent over 10 years. In April 2006, Gilligan and
her Industry co-chair received the Laurel Award from Aviation Week & Space
Technology magazine for improving aviation safety and “reducing the risk of
fatalities in world aviation” through CAST.
was Chief of Staff at the FAA, serving four Administrators. She also served in
the Chief Counsel's office in Washington and as a staff attorney in FAA's
Eastern Region in New York. In addition, she is a graduate of Boston University
School of Law and of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
Hampton is the US DOT's Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits. He
is responsible for managing reviews of a wide range of FAA programs, including NextGen.
He has over 25 years’ experience in evaluating FAA safety, capacity, and air
traffic control modernization programs. He received his undergraduate and
graduate degrees from American University.
Rolfe was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NATS, the UK’s leading provider
of ATM services in May 2015. He is responsible for the 24/7 service operation
employing 4500 staff and providing an air navigation service in UK and North
Atlantic airspace for 2.2 million flights per year. Previously, he was the managing
director of operations responsible for delivering NATS’ en route regulated
to joining NATS, Rolfe worked for the Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was
managing director of the UK civil business, reporting to the UK CEO. In this
role, he was responsible for all Lockheed Martin business with UK government
departments as well as international air traffic business worldwide.
career started with the European Space Agency working in orbital mechanics.
Since then Martin has worked in the ATM domain for 18 years across a number of
companies leading large multinational teams across Europe, the US, the
Commonwealth of Independent States and the Far East, with customers including
air navigation service providers, central government departments, and military
organizations. He holds a master’s degree with merit in aerospace systems engineering
from the University of Southampton.
Marc Warren is a partner and the Aviation practice
group leader in the Aviation and Administrative Law & Regulatory practice
groups in Crowell & Moring's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining
Crowell & Moring, Marc served as acting chief counsel of the FAA. He was
previously the executive director of the American Inns of Court Foundation and
also served as the deputy chief counsel and deputy chief counsel for operations
at the FAA.
Before his FAA appointment, Warren served in
the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, from which he retired in 2007 after having been selected for promotion to brigadier general. Warren’s military service included assignments as the senior legal
officer for Multi-National Forces Iraq, V Corps, 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Joint Special Operations Command. His
military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of
Merit, and Bronze Star Medal (2), and the Master Parachutist, Pathfinder, Air
Assault, and Canadian and German Parachutist Badges.
Warren received a B.A. and J.D. from the
University of Florida; an LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General's School, US
Army (TJAGSA); and a master of strategic studies (2002) from the US Army War
College. He is a member of the bars of Florida and the District of Columbia, US
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, US Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He serves on the
ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law and on the Governing Committee of
the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law; he is a former President of the Judge
Warren is co-holder, with the late Colonel
Waldemar A. Solf, of the Solf-Warren Honorary Chair in International and
Operational Law, TJAGSA. He is an adjunct professor at The George Washington
University Law School. Warren was the ABA Outstanding Young Army Lawyer,
received the Florida Bar Association Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence, is
in the University of Florida Hall of Fame, and was the Federal Bar
Association's "Transportation Lawyer of the Year" in 2012. In 2015,
he received the Judge Robinson O. Everett
Distinguished Life Service Award from the Judge Advocates Association.
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Lassooij works for the Air Navigation Bureau of the International Civil
Aviation Organization. In his capacity as the Chief of Navigation and
Information Management, he is heading,
among others, Performance Based Navigation, SWIM, and cyber safety programs, as
well as resilience activities. He has a master’s degree in aerospace
engineering from the Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands. Before his
tenure in ICAO, Lassooij was deputy head of flight technical affairs in the
Dutch Civil Aviation Authority.
Deborah Lawrence is the Manager for Navigation
Programs at the FAA. She provides leadership, direction, and guidance to
Navigation Programs within the Enterprise Services Directorate, Program
Management Organization, which is a large multi-function organization that
provides a wide range of highly complex technical systems and support to
operational systems throughout the NAS. She is the technical expert for
Navigation within the Enterprise Services Directorate. Navigation Programs is
comprised of Satellite Navigation (WAAS and GPS Civil Monitoring), Ground Based
Navaids (ILS, DME, and VOR) and Lighting Systems (ALSF-2, MALSR, PAPI, REILS,
RVR, and Lead-in Lights). Her duties include leading the various programs in
management, development, acquisition, and implementation.
Additionally, Lawrence has served as the FAA’s
GNSS Manager, WAAS PM, TLS PM, ILS Special Projects Lead, and RVR Lead. Prior
to her career with the FAA she worked with the US Naval Air Warfare Center,
Patuxent River, where she was a Mission Systems Engineer evaluating the
avionics suite in helicopters. She has over 25 years of experience in
development, test, acquisition, and implementation of Navaids. She received her
Bachelor of Science in EE from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
Jeff McCoy has been
serving as the FAA’s Deputy Vice President, Technical Operations for the past 3.5
years. He leads a team of 10,000 employees implementing, maintaining, and
certifying over 65,000 pieces of equipment and services at over 4000
facilities. As the ATO's Cyber Security Executive, he also has the primary
responsibility for securing the NAS domain from emerging threats. He began his
career with the FAA as a radar, automation, and communications specialist at
the Minneapolis airport. Throughout his 25-year career with the FAA, McCoy has
served in key roles. As the lead for terminal surveillance and automation for
the Great Lakes Region, he led the implementation, optimization, and second-level
technical support activities for all radar and automation platforms for key
airports including O'Hare, Midway, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.
In 2004, McCoy
became the manager for the Great Lakes Region Spectrum Engineering and Telecommunications
Group. In 2006, he moved to Washington, DC, to establish and lead a new
national-level Telecommunications Operations Team where he oversaw the
transition of over 25,000 critical FAA telecommunications circuits to the FAA
Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI). In 2011, he established and led the
ATO's National Enterprise Operations Directorate responsible for the
operational oversight and management of the NAS Infrastructure and Leased
Services providers. In addition, he has a B.S. in electronic systems technologies
from Southern Illinois University and has completed over 6,000 hours of
resident technical training on ATC concepts and systems at the Mike Monroney
Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK.
Townsend, manager and technical pilot for Airspace Optimization at American
Airlines, supports the company’s NextGen initiatives and system airspace
activities. Through his efforts, the airline has become a recognized leader in
the development and successful implementation of performance-based operations
resulting in optimized and integrated procedures in many areas of the NAS.
leads the airline’s ADS-B In program, which continues to work closely with the
SBS Program Office to develop and explore the operational benefits that ADS-B
can bring to the flight deck and PBN operations. Captain Townsend also serves
as a member and in leadership roles with various stakeholder groups and action
teams, including the CNS (Communication, Navigation and Surveillance) Task
Force, Industry Technical Pilot Work Group, and as a co-chair on various PARC
(Performance-Based Aviation Operations Rule Making Committee) and RTCA work
groups and committees.
Supporting RTCA has
been a priority for several years. He has participated in special committees
covering UAS, Data Comm, ADS-B, Trajectory Operations, Class B Airspace, and
Task Force 5. More recently, Townsend
serves as co-chair for the PBN Blueprint and Community Outreach Task Groups and
the PBN NextGen Integration Work Group. He has
been a professional pilot for 35 years, flying a variety of transport and
general aviation aircraft. He devoted seven years to general aviation as a professional
flight instructor and fixed-base/airport operations manager, as well as a pilot
for a Fortune 50 company, and is serving his 26th year at a major airline.
Woods is currently the NATCA National Optimization of Airspace and Procedures
in the Metroplex (OAPM) Study Team Lead and the Program Management Office (PMO)
Representative. He has over 24 years of air traffic control experience and has
worked in a variety of environments including military installations, towers,
en route, and approach facilities. He began his air traffic control career in
the US Navy, where he served as a controller first on the USS Kitty Hawk during
Desert Storm and Shield and then on NAS Whidbey Island where he was certified
in tower and approach. He joined the FAA in 2001 working at the agency’s tower
in Beaumont, TX. In 2003, he transferred to Houston ARTCC where he worked for six
years before transferring to Houston TRACON. Throughout his tenure Woods has
been involved in special projects and assignments, such as helping staff the
temporary tower in Lufkin, TX, that was established in direct support of the
Space Shuttle Columbia recovery effort in 2003. In addition to being the OAPM
Study Team Lead and the PMO Representative, he also serves as the NATCA member
on the Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee (ATPAC).
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Albertus-Verboom was appointed Director General of the NAATC (since May 31,
2012, when the NAATC changed into DC-ANSP) on January 1, 2006, and is in charge
of the overall operations of DC-ANSP. Albertus-Verboom is also chair of CANSO’s
Latin America and Caribbean CEO Committee, which seeks new members and industry
partners to strengthen the ATM system in the Latin America and Caribbean regions.
In 2011, during CANSO’s ATM Summit and 15th AGM in Bangkok, Thailand, Albertus-Verboom
was appointed as member of the Executive Committee of CANSO.
Georges has been the Director of DSNA (Direction des services de la navigation
aérienne –FRANCE) since 2009. DSNA is the French ANSP, established as a
functionally autonomous department within DGAC, the French Civil Aviation
started at DSNA in 1996 as the head of user charges and cost controlling
office. Since then, he’s held positions of increasing responsibility at DSNA
including general manager of Brest Area Control Centre, head of international
relations, head of strategy and planning, and en route director of operations.
In addition, he holds degrees in mathematics, aviation engineering, and
As Executive Vice President, Service Delivery at NAV CANADA,
Rudy Kellar provides leadership and direction for operations, technical operations,
and engineering, ensuring effective alignment of these key functions in the
provision of safe, efficient, and cost effective air traffic services.
Kellar began his career in aviation in 1982, with Bradley Air
Services (now known as First Air) working as a Dispatcher in Resolute Bay. He
subsequently held various positions within management, including senior director
where he played a role in the expansion of the airline into new cargo,
passenger, and charter applications. From 2001-2005, he served as the Chief
Executive Officer of Air Contractors, a cargo transport airline based in
Dublin, Ireland, leading a successful repositioning of the company into new
market segments. In addition to his duties at Air Contractors, he also served
as the Vice Chairman of the Federation of Aerospace Enterprises Ireland, an
Irish airline operators group.
Kellar joined NAV CANADA in October 2005 as General Manager,
Edmonton Flight Information Region. In 2007, he was appointed Vice President,
Operations, and in this position has led technology and service initiatives
such as the introduction of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B)
in the airspace over Hudson Bay, and its subsequent expansion into Eastern
Canada and <st1:place w:st="on">Greenland</st1:place>. Under his leadership, NAV CANADA continues to make significant progress in the application of new
technologies, procedures, and concepts for improving the safety and efficiency
of the ANS, while focusing on collaborative initiatives to reduce customer fuel
burn and GHG emissions.
David McMillan has had
a long career in the transport sector, with a focus on aviation. He stood down
as chair of the global Flight Safety Foundation in 2015 and was director general
of EUROCONTROL from 2008 to 2012. Before that he was UK Director General of
Civil Aviation and spoke for Europe on environmental issues at ICAO. Earlier in
his career, he led for the government on the establishment of both the NATS PPP
and of Network Rail; spent five years as Transport Secretary at the British
Embassy in Washington, DC; and was Secretary to the RUCATSE report on airport
capacity in Southeast England. McMillan started his career in the Diplomatic
Service and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Transport and the
Royal Aeronautical Society.
Neil Planzer is Vice President of Airspace Solutions and Air Traffic Management for Boeing Digital Aviation. Planzer leads the development and implementation of the company’s ATM strategy and business pursuits. In partnership with airline customers and Air Navigation Service Providers, Planzer and the Boeing Airspace Solutions and ATM team develop and test advanced air traffic management concepts and technologies, with the ultimate goal to improve the safety, reliability, capacity and efficiency of the U.S. domestic and global air transportation systems.
Before joining The Boeing Company in April 2003, Planzer worked for the U.S. DoD, where he had served since 1998 as executive director of the DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and as associate director, Civil Aviation, U.S. Air Force. Before joining DoD, Planzer spent more than 25 years with the FAA in progressively more responsible positions, including terms as director of both the Office of Air Traffic Program Management and its Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service.
Throughout his career, Planzer has worked with regulatory agencies and served as advisor to international groups concerned with developing air traffic control policies and systems. Planzer is a member of the CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) Executive Committee, ATCA Board of Directors and the European Institute’s Board of Directors.
Shum is the Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. He
is responsible for the development of Singapore as a sustainable aviation hub. He
is also on the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Asia Pacific CEO Committee
(APC3) in the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). He also has special
interests in competitiveness, safety and productivity issues in the aviation sector,
as well as the development of UAS.
to this, Shum was Deputy Secretary (International) at the Ministry of
Transport, where he helped to oversee Singapore’s policies in the aviation and
maritime sectors. His primary responsibilities included developing new
infrastructure for the Singapore Port and Airport. He has also worked at the
Ministry of Finance. His previous experience included stints at the Singapore
Workforce Development Agency, the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Trade
and Industry, and International Enterprise Singapore. He graduated from the
National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (honours)
in Economics and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International
Studies with a Master’s in International Public Policy. He also studied at the
Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. He received the Public
Administration Medal (Silver) in 2011.
Ed Sims joined Airways New Zealand in July 2011. His career spans 27 years in the tourism and aviation industries, encompassing airlines, tour operators, and air traffic control.
Since graduating from Oxford University in 1985, Sims has worked in the European, North American, and Australasian markets, holding senior positions within the Tui, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Groups. He joined Air New Zealand in 2001 and in 2004 was appointed general manager of the international fleet. In 2006, he was promoted to group general manager, adding offshore sales and marketing, commercial, airport, and cargo functions to his remit. His extensive expertise in leadership, innovation, offshore sales and marketing, operations, and change management supports Airways’ increasing presence in the international marketplace and its continued delivery of a safe and efficient network in New Zealand.
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Bertram is a founding partner of B + S Strategies, a Washington, DC-based
public policy consulting firm. Recognized as one of
the foremost transportation policy and financial experts in Washington, he has
held senior positions in the US Congress and the Executive Branch. His
ability to work with different administrations and Congressional members and
staff from both sides of the aisle have led to unprecedented legislative
Prior to founding B + S Strategies, Bertram was the Staff Director
for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the US House of
Representatives. During his tenure, Bertram served as the Chairman’s senior staffer
for all legislative activity within the Transportation and Infrastructure’s
jurisdiction. The Committee’s legislative accomplishments include the
development of the most transformative Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
bill in almost 60 years.
to his selection as Staff Director, Bertram served as the Assistant Secretary
for Budget and Programs and the Chief Financial Officer for the US Department of Transportation, a position to which he was unanimously
confirmed by the US Senate. Bertram also served as a member of the Northeast
Corridor Commission, and was the recipient of the Secretary’s Gold Medal – the
Department’s highest award.
Before confirmation as Assistant Secretary, Bertram
a senior professional staff member with the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation. In that position, he was
involved in developing legislation related to aviation, auto and highway
safety, transportation security, pipelines, railroads, and fuel efficiency
standards for automobiles.
his career, Chris also held the position of the FAA's
Assistant Administrator for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer. In
that position he was responsible for the management and oversight of the agency’s
$13 billion budget and 50,000 employees. In addition, he served as Staff
Director for the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Through his firm Dazzle Partners, David Grizzle currently provides new venture formation and organizational strategy consulting, especially among firms in the aerospace industry. Over his wide-ranging career, Grizzle spearheaded industry-shaping deals, including the SkyTeam Alliance on behalf of Continental Airlines and improving the relationship between the FAA’s unions and management.
Prior to opening his consultancy, Grizzle served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization from 2011 until 2013. In that role, Grizzle led the FAA's 33,000 professional controllers, technicians, engineers, and support personnel who are responsible for keeping air traffic moving safely and efficiently.
Previously, Grizzle served as the FAA's Chief Counsel and Acting Deputy Administrator, from 2009 to 2011. He led the 300-person legal team responsible for agency regulation, safety enforcement and compliance programs, airport and environmental matters, personnel, and labor law.
Before joining the FAA, he was with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years, retiring in 2008 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. Prior positions he held at Continental and its affiliates include general counsel, senior vice president of corporate development and marketing strategy and vice president of legal affairs.
Robyn is a public policy expert who writes and consults on issues related to energy,
transportation, and telecommunications. She has 35 years of experience in
government, academia, and consulting. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Robyn was the
Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service in the US General Services
Administration. From 2009 to 2012, she was the Deputy Under Secretary of
Defense for Installations & Environment in the Department of Defense, where
she provided Department-wide oversight of US military bases around the world.
From 1993 to
2001, Dr. Robyn was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy on
the staff of the White House National Economic Council. As the White House point
person on aviation and commercial aerospace, she was involved in high-priority
issues such as foreign aircraft subsidies, the European Union’s threat to block
the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger, international aviation (“Open Skies”)
negotiations, reform of the US air traffic control system, and Motorola’s
threat to de-orbit the Iridium satellite constellation. Dr. Robyn previously
was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; a Guest
Scholar at the Brookings Institution; and a Principal with The Brattle Group,
an economic consultancy, where her practice focused on aviation policy. She has
an MPP and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nathan Tash has been with the Federal government for over 25 years in various positions. He started his career as a procurement law staff attorney in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel. From there, he moved to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). At OFPP, Tash worked on such projects as the FAR Part 15 rewrite (for which he received the Vice President’s Hammer award) and the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act. Prior to leaving OFPP, Tash was appointed a Deputy Associate Administrator for Procurement Innovation.
Since returning to the FAA, Tash has worked in a number of positions and offices as both a certified Program Manager and a Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant. He has served as a manager on the ATOP, ERAM, ATCOTS, and Technical Training programs. Prior to his current position, Tash was the Assistant Chief Counsel for Acquisition and Fiscal Law in the Chief Counsel’s Office. Currently, Tash serves as the FAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition and Business Services and is the FAA’s Acquisition Executive.
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Burleson was named Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International
Affairs, and Environment (APL), at the FAA in 2011. As Deputy Assistant
Administrator, he leads the Agency's efforts to increase the safety and
capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner.
This includes leading FAA's strategic policy and planning efforts; coordinating
the agency's reauthorization before Congress; overseeing the national and
international aviation policies, strategies, and research efforts in the
environment and energy arenas; managing the FAA’s aviation activity forecasts,
economic analyses, and regulatory evaluations; and dealing with the aviation
war risk insurance program.
the Manager for Technology Development Group, Paul Fontaine is responsible for
a portfolio of developmental/demonstration NextGen programs spanning all areas
of operations within the FAA. He also manages the NextGen Integrated Test Bed
environment, together with government/industry partnerships, enabling joint
testing of emerging technologies.
has over 20 years of DoD and FAA engineering program management experience,
working a range of cutting edge programs including communications, automation,
and surveillance systems. In the US Air Force, he worked both at the program
office and air staff level on a variety of advanced communications programs,
many of which are now deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global
War on Terror.
During his tenure at the FAA, Fontaine worked the Safe Flight 21 (SF-21)
Program as the program manager, resulting in implementation of Automatic
Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology. He led earlier efforts to
define the business case for the Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X
(ASDE-X) program, and served as the original program manager for the Airport
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Merkle became the FAA director of system integration and requirements analysis,
AJM-1, in the PMO for the ATO in April 2015. In this role, he leads the PMO in
developing effective, timely, and innovative solutions to evolving business
needs. The PMO directorate’s focus areas are program control, cross-cutting
analysis and integration, and special initiatives. Additionally, the PMO
strengthens the relationships of Mission Support Services, Aviation Safety, and
the NextGen organizations among other programs to ensure value for the
operation and promised NextGen benefits for airspace users.
to his current position, Merkle was manager of systems integration for
portfolio management and technology development within the NextGen
organization. He has more than 25 years of engineering and program management
experience in both the defense industry and the FAA. Early in his career,
Merkle was an engineer working in cockpit and crew station design on several
aircraft, including the C-17 large transport aircraft. Since joining the FAA,
he has held positions as the lead engineer for tower, terminal, and en route
automation systems, the chief system engineer for en route and terminal
domains, and he also served as the chief architect for NextGen at the JPDO.
holds a master's degree in industrial engineering and operations research from
the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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Dallas Brooks is the Director of the Raspet Flight
Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University and the Associate Director
of the ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence (COE). As the Raspet Director, he is
responsible for MSU’s broad spectrum of government and commercial manned and
unmanned aviation research, development, test and engineering (RDT&E)
programs. As the Associate Director for ASSURE, he develops and coordinates
research strategies and focus areas for over 20 of the nation’s leading universities
specializing in unmanned systems integration, safety, operations, and policy.
A recognized national leader in unmanned systems
integration, Brooks engages and coordinates with national and international
regulatory, support, and administrative agencies to help ensure that the
tremendous capabilities of unmanned systems are realized. His aviation and
technical experience spans over 30 years, more than 20 of which were in service
to America’s armed forces at home and overseas. Brooks serves on multiple
national-level boards, committees, and steering groups. He is the Executive
Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the Association of
Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). He also serves as co-chair for the
Federal multi-agency UAS Sense and Avoid Science and Research Panel, supporting
seven Federal agencies including the FAA, DoD, NASA, and DHS to identify and
solve key sense and avoid challenges. He has served on multiple FAA UAS
aviation rulemaking committees, and is a regular featured speaker on UAS
integration issues and solutions.
Dr. John Cavolowsky is responsible for the overall planning, management, and evaluation of the directorate's efforts in foundational air traffic management and operational safety research that enables development of revolutionary improvements to, and modernization of, the National Airspace System. He also supports the ARMD associate administrator in a broad range of mission directorate activities, including strategic planning and external coordination.
Previously, he was director of the Airspace Systems Program, where he provided strategic management of technical product across multiple projects within the program, and supported the former Joint Planning and Development Office in the ongoing development of NextGen. He was also the deputy program director and associate program manager for the Airspace Systems Program, and the project manager for the Human Measures and Performance Project.
Cavolowsky began his career at NASA Ames in 1989 as a project manager for aerothermodynamics addressing research and development challenges in hypersonic propulsion and thermal protection systems. He also served as a technical manager for aerospace programs in the Office of the Center Director at Ames. Cavolowsky received the Gene Zara Award for outstanding contributions as a national team member to the National Aerospace Plane program, as well as a number of agency achievement awards. He has published more than 25 technical papers. He has a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Craig Marcinkowski is Director of Strategy and
Business Development for Gryphon Sensors, LLC, a SRC Company. He has over 12
years of experience in the defense and aerospace industries, including software
engineering, capture and program management, and domestic and international
business development. As the director of strategy and business development for
Gryphon Sensors, Marcinkowski is responsible for developing market and new
product strategies, forming domestic and international partnerships, and
capturing business in the highly exciting and fast-growing UAS market.
Prior to this current role, Marcinkowski was a
business development manager who led international business development for
SRC. He was responsible for the company’s first international partnership
agreements and the first international direct commercial sale of SRC’s radar
systems. He was also the business development lead for the creation of new SRC
processes pertaining to conducting international business and signing
Prior to joining SRC, Marcinkowski began his
career as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He then served
as a program and capture manager for a major Army radar program, with a focus
on international business. In addition, he holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree
in computer engineering from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.
Travis G. Mason is the Chief of Staff at X (formerly
Google[x]). He has the last five years at Google working with engineers,
regulators, and industry leaders to advance next generation technology in
health, energy, transportation, and more recently Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Before Google, Mason worked at Booz Allen Hamilton with
government leaders at the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and State.
He graduated from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and
was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, one of the country's most
prestigious undergraduate awards for public service. He earned his Master’s
degree from the University of Michigan and has also studied at Princeton
University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government as a Galbraith Scholar.
Saleh is vice president of business development and strategic partnerships at
AirMap. With over 20 years of diverse experience in the aviation industry, Saleh
leads the company’s sales and customer support organization. Before joining
AirMap, Saleh was regional director of strategy and business development at The
Boeing Company, where he supported strategy development activities and M&A
efforts for Boeing's Air Traffic Management organization. Prior to Boeing, Saleh
was a regional sales director at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation responsible for
marketing and sales of business aircraft to corporations, high net worth individuals,
and government organizations throughout Asia and the US Pacific Northwest. He has
also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company where he focused
on strategy and operations within the airline and aerospace industries. Saleh
began his career at Continental Airlines where he was a captain on the EMB-145
regional jet and ATR-42/72. He holds an airline transport pilot certificate with
six type ratings including the Boeing 747, and has nearly 7,000 hours of flight
experience. Saleh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School
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Mike Ball is currently the Senior Manager for FAA
Initiatives at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. He has extensive government
and industry experience in aviation and air traffic management operations,
systems specification, solutions delivery, and strategic planning. At Northrop
Grumman, he is involved in business development and has been a program manager
for several programs. Previously, at Rockwell Collins, he led a multi-company
team that provided a NextGen technology demonstration in Xian, China.
At the FAA, Ball was the Traffic Flow
Management Integrated Product Team Leader. He is a retired USAF Colonel who commanded
several USAF multi-disciplinary aviation and technical organizations. He has
credentials as a USAF Command Pilot with FAA Air Transport Pilot and FAA Flight
Inspection Pilot certifications. He is also an FAA Certificated Air Traffic
Controller with experience in tower, approach control, en route, and traffic
flow management disciplines. Ball is a member of ATCA (on the Board of
Directors and the Publications Committee), president of the USAF Flight
Checkers Association, and a member of the Air Force Association.
Engola is Senior Vice President, Transportation & Financial Solutions for
Leidos’ Civil Group, providing mission-critical advanced technology systems and
services for government transportation, commerce, and financial services
customers including the US. Department of Transportation, US Department of
Commerce, General Services Administration and US Department of the Treasury. He
held the same position within Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global
Solutions, which merged with Leidos in August 2016, for more than four years.
Engola served as Vice President, Coherent Technologies for Lockheed Martin
Space Systems Company’s Civil Space line of business. For more than a decade,
Engola served in positions of increasing responsibility within Lockheed Martin
Space Systems Company, including Director, West Coast Operations for Civil
Space, Space Segment Director for the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System
Program, Program Director in the Special Programs line of business, and
Business Development Director, Civil Space.
joining Lockheed Martin, Engola was a business strategy consultant with The
Boston Consulting Group, a leading global strategy and management consultancy. Engola
spent much of his early career involved in program execution within the
aerospace industry, first at Hughes Space and Communications Company in El
Segundo, California, and later at Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California.
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in aerospace
engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business
Administration with a Global Management Program certificate from Stanford
University’s Graduate School of Business. Engola serves on the Policy Board of
RTCA, and on the board of directors of the Washington Airports Task Force. He
is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, a lifetime member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,
and a private pilot.
Andy Hoag is a
Senior Systems Engineer at Aireon. He plays a leading role at Aireon in building
the first truly global air traffic surveillance system using Automatic
Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B). Hoag is also an active member of
the EUROCAE working group WG51 SG4 where he has contributed to ED-129B, the
technical specification for a 1090MHz extended squitter ADS-B system.
Prior to joining Aireon, Hoag worked as an engineer at Saab Sensis. His experience covers many air traffic surveillance technologies including
ADS-B, Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS), Surface
Movement Radar (SMR), and the surface Controller Working Position (CWP). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Rochester
Institute of Technology.
Ryals is director, senior vice president, and general manager of the MITRE
Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), the
federally funded research and development center sponsored by the FAA. She is
responsible for CAASD's strategic direction and sponsor and stakeholder
engagement, and oversees a broad domestic and international aerospace research,
engineering, and development portfolio.
Ryals has over 35
years of experience as a strategist, leader, and aviation expert. Since joining
MITRE, she has directed CAASD’s work for the FAA including National Airspace
System infrastructure modernization, ATM/CNS evolution, airspace and procedures,
system operations, and aviation system safety and security.
career, Ryals has been active in aviation industry committees and national and
international aviation standards bodies, including the International Civil
Aviation Organization, RTCA, and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. She is a member
of the RTCA Policy Board and NextGen Advisory Committee. She is also a member
of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Air Traffic Control
Association, and the Aero Club. She is also past chair of the board of directors
of Women in Aerospace.
As a Senior Financial Analyst, Ariel Scheirer coordinates the
automation of financial reporting on the FAA’s operating budgets, and enjoys
crafting data and statistics to tell the Agency’s story on operations and
staffing. Previously, she managed legislative affairs and business development
for Selex Systems Integration’s aviation products portfolio.
Scheirer is the former chair of ATCA’s Young Aviation
Professionals (YAP) committee, where she coordinated programmatic and
membership actitivities. YAP’s mission is to foster the next generation of
aviation leaders by empowering young professionals with the knowledge,
exposure, and relationships to tackle critical aviation challenges over the
course of their careers.
Scheirer has worked in aviation and international development
for 11 years, and is passionate about helping organizations tell their story to
stakeholders. She’s started her own aviation plane rental business, and strives
to engage and develop new leaders. In addition, she is a graduate of Columbia
University where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in quantitative methods. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American
University in international studies.
Sarah Staab is the
owner and director of operations at DTIS. Based upon her broad
domestic and international experience as a systems engineer and technical
project manager in the air traffic systems industry, she has developed a
strength in identifying customer needs and translating them into
system capabilities and program requirements.
Staab has performed
several leadership roles in the industry, including support of major FAA
programs such as Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), Airport Surface
Detection Model – X (ASDE-X), Runway Status Lights (RWSL), and Airport
Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC). Internationally, Staab was a senior
program manager for ERA Corporation, managing the European region of
business for multilateration, wide-area multilateration, and ADS-B surveillance
systems, including their integration into early Collaborative Decision
Making (CDM) systems.
Staab attended McGill
University where she received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a
minor in economics. She also attended George Washington University where she
received a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a Graduate
Certificate in Systems Engineering. In addition, she is a certified Program
Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Teri L. Bristol was named Chief Operating Officer
of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization in March
2014. As Chief Operating Officer, Bristol is responsible for ensuring the
safety, efficiency and security of air traffic operations across the entire
National Airspace System. The scope of her responsibilities includes strategic
leadership and direction of all service units within the Air Traffic
In her 20-year career she has had extensive
experience in leading, directing and managing Air Traffic and Technical
Operations. Most recently, Bristol served as the Vice President of Technical
Operations from 2009 to 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the
delivery of maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS. She
was also in charge of providing Spectrum and Telecommunication services to
support the ATO's service units, as well as providing worldwide flight
inspection services for the NAS and Department of Defense, including
combat/contingency support. She led a workforce of over 10,000 employees who
ensure that more than 65,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year, at more than 6,000 facilities.
Previously, Bristol was Vice President of the
Service Center, now a part of Mission Support Services. The Office of Service
Center was responsible for integration of NAS operational service needs and
supporting the needs within Service Areas. In 2007, Bristol served as the
Acting Director for Terminal Operations in the Western Service Area. Her
responsibilities included daily operation of Air Traffic Control facilities in
the Western Service Area, leading 2,700 employees geographically dispersed
throughout the Western US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Bristol worked in
coordination with FAA leaders, military officials, state and local governments,
Congress, media and other aviation stakeholders as operations adviser.
Bristol also served as Director of Terminal Program
Operations, where she was responsible for the delivery of surveillance,
weather, automation and facility programs, and second-level engineering
operational support for all Terminal automation systems in the NAS.
In her career with the FAA, Bristol has served in
several other leadership roles. Notably as the Manager for Terminal Transition
and Implementation, she helped successfully deploy the Standard Terminal
Automation Replacement System. As Program Manager of the Terminal Automation
ARTS IIE program, she successfully deployed Automated Radar Terminal Systems in
the US and Israel.
Bristol began her federal career in 1992 when she
was recruited into the Department of Transportation's Acquisition Management
Training Program, where she worked for the FAA, US Coast Guard and the Federal
Highway Administration. In addition, she holds a bachelor's degree in marketing
and transportation from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Program
F. Dumont’s career of more than 30 years in aviation ranges from his beginnings
as an US Navy air traffic controller,
to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the North American sector of a $3 billion
defense contracting services company, and now as President and Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA).
After retiring from the Navy, Dumont began his
private sector career with Serco, Inc., where he served as both Vice President
of Aviation and later COO. During his tenure, he oversaw multiple lines of
business. His responsibilities included airport management contracts, air
traffic control (ATC), ATC equipment installation, meteorology, weather
observation, ATC engineering, control tower fabrication and installation, ATM,
labor relations, business development, and a number of non-aviation related
contracts and corporate management functions.
Today, as President and CEO of ATCA, Dumont
serves a membership of nearly 3,000 in all aspects of the ATC/ATM community. He
interacts and collaborates daily with Fortune 500 companies as well as
government executives to develop strategy and policy for the future of ATC/ATM.
In addition to sitting on several boards of directors – including advisory
boards for a variety of UAS events – Dumont is a member of RTCA’s NextGen
Advisory Committee. In addition, he is the former president of Aero Club and
former chairman of the Institute Management Council (IMC) supporting the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in
professional aeronautics and Master of Science in aviation/aerospace
management, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Member Christopher A. Hart was sworn in
as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on March 17,
2015. He was originally sworn in as a Member
of the Board on August 12, 2009 and designated by the President as Vice
Chairman on August 18, 2009. In August 2013, President Obama
nominated him for a second term as Board Member and after Senate confirmation
of his nomination, the President, in October 2013, designated him for a third
term as Vice Chairman. He has served as Acting NTSB Chairman since April 26,
Hart joined the Board after a long career in
transportation safety, including a previous term as a Member of the NTSB.
Immediately before returning to the Board in 2009, Member Hart was Deputy
Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). He was previously the FAA Assistant Administrator for
He served as a Member of the NTSB from 1990 to
1993. After leaving the Board, he served as Deputy Administrator of the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, before moving to the FAA in
From 1973 until joining the Board in 1990,
Member Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He
holds a law degree from Harvard University and Master's and Bachelor's degrees
in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the
District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. Hart is a
licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. His two-year
appointment as Chairman will end March 17, 2017. His five-year term as a Member
will end 12/31/17.
P. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was
sworn in to office on January 7, 2013, for a five-year term and is responsible
for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He
oversees a $16.3 billion dollar budget and more than 47,000 employees.
his tenure, Huerta has worked to redefine the FAA's regulatory relationship
with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through
increased collaboration and widespread sharing of data. He also has led the
agency's efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control system through
the NextGen program while preparing the way for the safe integration of
commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
beginning of Huerta's term, the FAA has completed key building blocks of
NextGen, including the installation of modern information systems to serve as
the backbone for future technological improvements. The FAA also completed the
installation of a comprehensive network of ground-based radio stations that
enable the use of Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) instead of
radar to better manage air traffic. In addition, the agency has made
significant progress in harnessing GPS technology to modernize thousands of air
traffic routes in congested airspace. The FAA expects NextGen to deliver an
estimated $134 billion in direct airline, industry and passenger benefits by
2030. NextGen is already reducing the environmental footprint of aviation
through significant reductions in fuel consumption as aircraft use these more
Huerta's leadership, the FAA eliminated a decades-old ban on the use of
Personal Electronic Devices aboard airplanes, making it possible for passengers
to use many devices from gate to gate.
recently, Huerta led the agency's efforts to integrate small UAS into the
busiest and most complex airspace in the world. In late 2015, the FAA developed
and put into a place a registration system that enables the agency to keep
track of this growing segment of aviation while ensuring that new operators are
provided with important safety information. The agency collaborated with a
growing number of commercial operators and hobbyists to develop and issue a set
of sensible regulations that will ensure safety and create an environment that
fosters innovation, exhibited most recently in the rule for small unmanned
Huerta's leadership, the FAA continues to build on the unparalleled safety
record of the US aviation industry by harnessing the power of safety data
gathered with each commercial flight. In 2015, the FAA built upon its already
successful collaboration with the airline industry to adopt a new Compliance
Philosophy that relies on risk-based decision making to identify and correct
problems in the National Airspace System before they result in an accident or
incident. This system relies on an open and transparent exchange of information
between the FAA and the industry that is seen as the next evolution in
an experienced transportation official who held a number of key positions
before coming to the FAA. He was a Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter
Games focusing on the planning and construction of a variety of Olympic
transportation facilities, as well as the development of a highly successful
travel demand management system that ensured the transportation system operated
safely and efficiently.
joining the FAA as Deputy Administrator in June 2010, Huerta held senior
positions at Affiliated Computer Services from 2002 to 2009, rising to the
position of President of the Transportation Solutions Group; ACS is now a Xerox
company specializing in business processes and information technology.
was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade
and Commerce from 1986 to 1989. He then served as the Executive Director of the
Port of San Francisco from 1989 to 1993. From 1993 to 1998, he held senior
positions in the US Transportation Department in Washington, D.C., serving
under Secretary Federico Pena and Secretary Rodney E. Slater. He holds a
bachelor's degree in political science from the University of
California-Riverside and a master's in public affairs, with a concentration in
international relations, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs at Princeton University.
Roger A. Krone is Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of Leidos. Before being named CEO in July 2014, Krone
held leadership roles at some of the most prominent organizations in aerospace
for nearly 40 years. He is the driving force behind the company's culture of
innovation, the environment shaped to inspire employees to create innovative
technology solutions that respond to client’s challenges today and tomorrow.
Before joining Leidos, Krone
served as president of Network and Space Systems for The Boeing Company, where
he provided calculated direction for approximately 15,000 employees in 35
states and 12 countries. He joined McDonnell Douglas in 1992 serving as
director of financial planning, vice president, and treasurer after a 14-year
career at General Dynamics, where he held positions in program management,
engineering, and finance. Krone also previously served as chairman of the board
of directors of the United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture between
Boeing and Lockheed Martin that helps carry weather, telecommunications, and
national security satellites to space and employs more rocket scientists than
any other company in the world.
Krone earned a bachelor's degree
in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master's
degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and
a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of
Business. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Krone is both a licensed commercial pilot and
a certified public accountant. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in
the United Kingdom.
Krone is a member of the Georgia
Tech Foundation Board of Trustees, and a member of the board of WETA Public
Television and Radio in Washington, DC. He is a long-time supporter of the
Urban League, and currently serves on the board of the Greater Washington
chapter. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Aerospace
Industries Association (AIA) and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Board of Visitors.
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