US transport modernization body names Bergman head

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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.”