Former US Air Force pilot and industry veteran Charles
Bergman has taken the helm at the Next Generation Air Transportation System
(NGATS) Institute, an organization created to assist the FAA to modernize the
country’s air transportation network.
Bergman, who previously worked as special assistant for
industry affairs to the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), replaces
Steve Fisher as executive director of the NGATS Institute.
He will be responsible for all operations of the NGATS
Institute, which was created in 2005 under an agreement between the FAA and the
National Center for
Advanced Technologies (NCAT), a non-profit affiliated
with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
The NGATS Institute provides a framework for stakeholder
input into NextGen and the JPDO.
“Charlie [Bergman] has solid experience in
government-industry partnerships and has demonstrated an ability to bring
people with varied viewpoints together to reach consensus solutions,” says NCAT
president Michael Romanowski.
Air Transport Association president and CEO – and co-chair
of the NGATS Institute’s management council – James May adds: “We are pleased
and proud that Charlie has been named to this extremely important position. He
is a strong leader and a results-oriented executive known for getting the job
done. Charlie is the absolute right choice for the enormous challenges the
institute faces going forward.”