Airservices to speak in the US on air traffic control standards

17 May 2013

Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Jason Harfield has been invited to speak at the Committee of the United States National Academy of Sciences as part of a study on air traffic controller staffing.

The academy has been commissioned by the United States Congress to make recommendations regarding staffing standards for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic controllers.

Mr Harfield will speak at the July meeting of the committee and discuss Australia’s approach to air traffic controller staffing, workforce planning and training.

Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Staib, said that the organisation was honoured to participate in the study.

“Along with representatives from other international air navigation service providers (ANSP), Airservices will be used by the committee as part of an international benchmarking exercise,” Ms Staib said.

“This invitation is recognition of our international standing on air traffic control operations.”

Mr Harfield has more than 25 years experience in air traffic control operations and is currently Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control.

His current role is to manage operational activities associated with the provision of effective and efficient air traffic control within Australia including air traffic services, air traffic management policy and planning, aeronautical information and data services.

From 1 July 2013, Mr Harfield will take up a new role within Airservices as Executive General Manager Future Service Delivery.

This will see him oversee the delivery of Airservices next generation services and air traffic management platform with the Department of Defence.