FAA orders air traffic control management shake-up

Posted April 29, 2011, at 8:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday replaced three high-level managers in the nation’s air traffic control system after embarrassing incidents of controllers sleeping on the job and making potentially dangerous mistakes.

In a shake-up of the system, new managers were appointed to key positions that oversee the operation of airport towers and regional radar centers that handle planes flying at high altitudes as well as approaches and departures, the agency said in a statement. A new manager also was appointed to run a regional radar center near Cleveland. The previous managers are being reassigned.

The performance of midlevel managers also is being reassessed, the FAA said. And teams of experts are examining several of the agency’s more complex facilities, including the Cleveland center and one on Long Island in New York, to ensure agency policies are being followed and professional standards upheld.

 

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