The Federal Aviation Administration last week filled four top posts. Steve Brown was named FAA deputy associate administrator for air traffic services. He will manage the country's 35,000 air traffic controllers, engineers, technicians and support personnel. Brown was most recently president of the National Aeronautic Association.
The FAA named Charlie Keegan director of the free-flight program office, which will now report directly to the FAA administrator. Keegan had been acting associate administrator of the FAA's air traffic systems requirement service. Jim Washington, formerly the acting head of the FAA's air traffic service, will replace Keegan. In his new post, Washington will develop concepts and plans to improve air traffic systems.
Shelly Myers was named the director of communications, navigation and surveillance systems at the FAA. Myers joins the FAA from Mitre Corp., where she worked on the senior principal staff at the Center for Advanced Aviation.
Kenneth Szalai, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., will retire from NASA on Aug. 1 after 34 years at the space agency. Szalai will join IBP Aerospace Group Inc. on Aug. 3 as president and chief operating officer to manage the company's domestic and international business. Kevin Petersen, Dryden's deputy director, will act as director while NASA searches for a successor.
Informix Software Inc. last week appointed Dick Martin as its federal sales manager. Before joining Informix, he was national sales director for civilian agencies at NCR Corp.