FAA picks leader for Free Flight tools

Free Flight Phase 1 site

The Federal Aviation Administration has appointed a software systems manager steeped in many of the agency's high-profile technology developments to lead the implementation of two new tools for air traffic controllers.

Claire Robinson was placed in charge of the Center/Tracon Automation System in the FAA's Free Flight office, the FAA announced Wednesday.

CTAS includes two critical tools in the Free Flight Phase 1 program: Traffic Management Advisor and passive Final Approach Spacing Tool.

Once all Free Flight software is deployed at air traffic control facilities, the tools will be used with other new technologies to help controllers and pilots find more direct and efficient routes.

Robinson has worked for the FAA since 1992, most recently as program manager for the FAA's Mode-S beacon system, a radar system at 144 sites nationwide. In 1996, she became product development manager for the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, a joint FAA and Defense Department acquisition being deployed to 177 airports.

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