Keegan to lead FAA modernization

Keegan to lead FAA modernization

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JUNE 22—Free Flight Office director Charlie Keegan will head the Federal Aviation Administration's 10-year, $11.5 billion modernization effort.

Keegan will take charge of implementing the Operational Evolution Plan, a blueprint by which the agency hopes to decongest its air traffic systems [see story at].

The goals are to accommodate a 30 percent increase in air traffic, reduce delays, provide better weather data to pilots and air traffic controllers, locate aircraft precisely and give pilots more freedom to choose flight paths.

'Charlie's exceptional success in leading Free Flight qualifies him to take on a greater responsibility in implementing OEP,' FAA Administrator Jane Garvey said.

A 22-year FAA veteran and former air traffic controller, Keegan has headed the Free Flight Office since its inception three years ago. Free Flight is a program to phase in new technologies and procedures for the National Airspace System.

Keegan also has been acting director of the Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service. Robert S. Voss, deputy director of the Free Flight Office, will succeed him.

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