Pearce named acting director of US FAA/NASA-led JPDO

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Robert Pearce has been named acting director of the US FAA/NASA-led Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) following Charles Keegan’s departure for Raytheon.

Pearce’s previously served as JPDO deputy director and previously held numerous management positions within NASA’s aerospace technology enterprise.

“He is a visionary leader who will do an outstanding job of coordinating the six-agency effort to develop an integrated plan for the air transportation system of the future,” says FAA administrator Marion Blakey in a statement.

JPDO is a collaborative effort between the FAA, NASA, the White House office of science and technology policy, and the US departments of commerce, defense and homeland security. It is tasked with upgrading the country’s national airspace system by 2025.

Apart from Pearce’s promotion, the FAA is also announcing Ronald Esposito’s appointment as acting director of the FAA’s technical center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, following the retirement of Anne Harlan.

The FAA has also named several new air traffic organization directors.