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Aviation Traffic Control and Radar Consultant with over thirty-five years experience with the Federal Aviation Administration.  This expert was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to develop and lead an independent safety oversight organization to oversee the United States air traffic control system. 

He directed and revamped emergency operations for the FAA following September 11, 2001 and has extensive experience as an FAA spokesperson with the national media, congress, and at high-visibility public hearings.

This expert has top-secret security clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI).

Academic Background

  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, “Leading in a Connected World,” November 2004.
  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, “Mastering Visionary Leadership,” April 1993.
  • Federal Executive Institute, “Leadership for a Democratic Society,” October 1989.
  • FAA executive and managerial training: Managerial Effectiveness, 1982; Management Objectives, 1983; The Managers Course, 1984; Executive School, 1985; Executive School Phase II, 1986; Managerial and Supervisory Effectiveness, 1988; Commitment to Mastery, 1989; Congressional Testimony Workshop, 1990; Effective Mediation, 1996.
  • Air Traffic Managers Course, August 1984.
  • ATC Orientation Course, Terminal, January 1984.
  • ATC Operational Remembering and Listening, July 1983.
  • OJT Techniques for Air Traffic Control Specialists, April 1983.
  • Supervisors’ Course, May 1979.
  • Facility Instructor Training, February 1978.
  • Fundamentals of Supervision May 1976.
  • Computer Theory and Operations for Air Traffic Control, February 1974.
  • Terminal Interim Training Course, August 1971.
  • West Virginia State College, 1969.

Professional Experience

  • Consultant in aviation-related matters specializing in domestic and international air traffic standards and procedures, RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, 2006 to present.
  • Under the Secretary of Transportation, established and organized a new position within the FAA to oversee and regulate the agency’s air traffic control system. The position provides oversight over the largest and most complex air traffic system in the world (over 175,000 takeoffs and landings every day).  Oversees daily operations, audits of field facilities and employee performance, and ensures safety through reviews of national procedures and programs, 2004-2006.
  • Director of Emergency Operations for the FAA.  Following 9-11-01, was responsible for designing and building an emergency operations center to house the FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The 24/7 operation with state-of-the-art secure and non-secure communications capabilities instantaneously links the FAA, TSA, military, security and law enforcement organizations, 2001-2004.
  • Director for the Office of Air Traffic System Effectiveness, responsible for overseeing the performance of more than 600 air traffic control facilities nationwide. Also responsible for investigating aircraft accidents and supporting the Department of Justice in litigation against the federal government.  Served as principal witness at National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearings on several high-profile accidents, including Korean Air 801, Egypt Air 900, and TWA 800.  Responsible for media briefings and testified before Congress on air traffic matters relating to major accidents. Helped lead the team that orchestrated the grounding (and subsequent resumption) of all flights in the United States following 9-11-01 attacks, 1990-2001.
  • Manager of the FAA’s Eastern Regions Air Traffic Division with jurisdiction over approximately 3,500 employees who were responsible for providing all air traffic control services for New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia, 1987-1990.
  • Various management appointments overseeing air traffic control towers in Erie, PA and Newark, NJ, 1971-1990.

 

Recognitions

  • Secretary of Transportation Medal for Meritorious Service and Sacrifice related to the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01, July 2003.
  • FAA senior executive performance awards: 2004, 2003, 1994 and 1991.
  • FAA management awards:  1987, 1986, 1985 and 1984.
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