NGATS Institute Fills Executive Post

 - September 28, 2006, 4:19 AM

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Institute has named Stephen Fisher its executive director. A former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, he will oversee daily operations at the institute.

The NGATS Institute is an industry partnership supporting the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in developing and implementing NGATS, a technologically advanced ATC system for the future.

Fisher succeeds Dale Goodrich, who resigned in October to return to military active duty to backfill personnel scheduled for overseas deployment. Fisher was most recently a senior account manager with Northrop Grumman’s information technology sector overseeing FAA and Transportation Department programs and services.

He previously served as an executive staff officer in the national military command center at the Pentagon and a program director at the FAA, where he led advanced technology research and development efforts for general aviation and vertical flight emerging technology. He has more than 16 years  flying experience in the active and reserve Marine Corps.

The institute also filled private-sector positions on seven of the JPDO’s integrated product teams (IPT). Almost 200 applicants from industry and academia applied to sit on one of the IPTs, and the institute placed 140 members in working groups. It plans to add more members with expertise in areas that are not yet represented.
The institute offers direct input from aerospace manufacturers, operators, academics and others involved in building the country’s technologically advanced ATC system. It works closely with the JPDO, the multi-agency body formed to build NGATS. JPDO set up IPTs covering safety, airports, global harmonization, shared situational awareness, weather, security, environment and an agile air traffic system.

The NGATS Institute is part of the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT), a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the AIA. Michael Romanowski has been named the new president of NCAT, succeeding Stan Siegel, who retired from the post last month. Romanowski is vice president of civil aviation at the AIA and remains in that position.