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Steve Fisher, Director of Air Transportation Systems (NGATS) Institute Will Speak at Global Knowledge Congress’ FAA & Building a New Traffic Control System Teleconference


New York, NY, July 21, 2006 --(PR.com)-- The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that Steve Fisher, Director of Air Transportation Systems (NGATS) Institute and former Director of FAA’s General Aviation and Vertical Flight R&D Program will speak at the upcoming teleconference on “The FAA & Creating A New Traffic Control System” scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:00 AM (EDT).

The nation's air traffic control system is seriously in need of an upgrade. Problem is, who will pay for it? A new proposal under consideration would allow the FCC to issue bonds that it would pay back via user fees. This system would shift funding responsibilities from the major airlines to general aviation. Lobbying groups on all sides have already begun to dig in for the fight. The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts, to help analyze these changes and their impact on the companies servicing this industry. These experts will present their findings, which include a "best practice" panel, at a comprehensive two-hour teleconference scheduled for July 31, 2006

About Steve Fisher

Executive Director, The Next Generation Air Transportation System Institute (NGATS Institute)

· Native of Atlanta, Georgia
· Attended Georgia Tech as a freshman prior to receiving an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1968
· Graduated from Annapolis in 1972 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and commissioned as a Marine Corps Lieutenant
· Received the Gold Wings as a Naval Aviator in 1974
· Received MBA from University of Maryland in 1984

30+ Years Military Service (Active and Reserves)
· Over 2,000 flight hours as pilot and aircraft commander; holds Commercial, IFR rated helicopter pilot certificate.
· Served 18 months as Forward Air Controller with Marine infantry battalion
· Recalled to active duty for First Gulf War and again after 9-11
· Awarded Defense Superior Service Medal for as a senior watch officer in the Secretary of Defense Executive Support Center during Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.
· Retired in 2002 with rank of Colonel

FAA Aviation Operations Evaluation, Research and Management:
· Director of FAA’s General Aviation and Vertical Flight R&D program and managed various advanced technology projects including:
- Flight test evaluation of night vision devices for commercial emergency aero-medical operations.
- Developing first satellite-based instrument approach procedures permitting emergency medical helicopters to land directly at hospital landing zone.
- Director of Operations for Operation HeliSTAR --- a joint industry/government team that provided airspace command, control and security for 1996 Olympics in Atlanta in first ever, ADS-B applied technology project
· Retired from FAA in 2002

Executive in private sector IT Industry
· Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Internet-based, high technology firm (prior to being recalled to active duty)
· Senior Account Manager for Civil Aviation with Northrop Grumman prior to coming current NGATS Institute position

Over 33 years in various technical, safety, security and administrative operations for the military, private and public sector:

Commercial Business Operations, Association Management and Administration:
· Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Internet-based, high technology firm servicing over 3,000 IT professionals and small businesses members and associates.

Aviation Operations, Research and Management:
· Director of FAA’s General Aviation and Vertical Flight R&D program.
· Flight test project manager to evaluate use of night vision devices for commercial emergency aeromedical applications.
· Project coordinator for developing first satellite-based instrument approach procedures permitting emergency medical helicopters to land directly at hospital landing zone.
· Director of Operations of joint industry/government team that provided airspace command, control and security for 1996 Olympics in Atlanta in first ever, ADS-B applied technology project for surveillance, weather and security response (Operation HeliSTAR).

Government Affairs and Executive Support:
· Senior watch officer providing daily briefings, operational analyses and total force assessments to senior executive DOD officials and flag-rank commanders related to operations from the Global War on Terrorism.
· Advocate for vertical low altitude infrastructure development, presenting various positions and arguments to senior government officials to increase federal agency expenditures in support of industry priorities and needs.
· Senior account manager for major aerospace corporation to FAA and DOT; developed business development strategies to expand company’s commercial civil aviation and transportation systems business opportunities

30+ Years Military Service (Active and Reserves):
· Over 2,000 flight hours as pilot and aircraft commander; hold Commercial, IFR rated helicopter pilot certificate.
· Awarded Defense Superior Service Medal for as senior watch officer in the SecDef Executive Support Center during Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.
· Awarded Meritorious Service Medal as commander of Marine Reserve Detachment supporting Headquarters Marine Corps Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources.
· Helicopter aircraft commander in the CH-46 and CH-53 aircraft; other aircraft flown include TH-57, UH-1, UH-60, AeroStar, Sikorsky S-76, Bell Jet Ranger and R-22 helicopters and T-34, T-28, Piper Cherokee and Cessna-172 airplanes. Accumulated over 40 hours in prototype Civil Tiltrotor aircraft simulator.

Personal: Married; two children Hobbies: Artist/illustrator; golf; military and aviation history

University of Maryland - MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (1984)
U. S. Naval Academy - BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1972)
Georgia Institute of Technology (1966-67)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
Northrop Grumman Corporation (August 2002 to November 2005) - Senior account manager for Information Technology Sector business development for FAA and DOT program, product and service support.

Department of Defense (September 2001 to July 2002) Senior duty officer for Office of Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs) in the Executive Support Center of the Pentagon. Conducted daily briefings to senior civilian executives and general officers and assisted in actions related to use of military reserves and National Guard units mobilized for Homeland Defense and Security. Retired July 1, 2002 with rank of Colonel.

TechnologyNet, Inc. (February 2000 to September 2001) Executive for a small business specializing in high tech information technology services for computer value add resellers. Resigned and returned to active duty when mobilized on September 13, 2001.

Federal Aviation Administration (1990 to 2000) - Director of the FAA’s advanced technology research and development program for General Aviation and Vertical Flight emerging technology evaluations. Integrated Product Team Leader of joint industry, government and academia pilots, scientists, engineers, economists and security officials evaluating future communications, navigation and surveillance technology.

Advanced Technology, Inc. (1979 to 1989) Executive management team member and project manager for production and cost information systems support for DOD weapon and ship systems acquisition projects.

Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (1977 to 1979)Technical support for Navy advanced weapon systems program management information systems.

U. S. Marine Corps (Regular: 1972 – 1977, Reserves: 1977 - 2002) Helicopter pilot with over 16 years operational flying experience and over 12 years experience as senior staff officer at the Pentagon; awarded Defense Superior Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. Served as Forward Air Controller, Air Liaison and Fire Support Coordinator for Marine infantry battalion. Designated Helicopter Aircraft Commander and squadron division leader specializing in long range combat search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical evacuation missions. Other awards include Joint Meritorious Service Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal (Cold War, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom/Nobel Eagle), Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Recalled to active duty in support of HQMC Operations for Desert Shield, Desert Storm during 1991 Gulf War, Hurricane Hugo Emergency Operations Support and after 9/11/01 for Operation Nobel Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

For more information about Steve Fisher and his institute, please visit: http://www.ncat.com

About Air Transportation Systems (NGATS) Institute

Overview:
Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, Pub. L. 108-176, represents a multi-agency initiative to transform the future air transportation system. This act created the Joint Planning and Development Office as the means by which six government agencies will combine resources and talent to effect the transformation and further, Vision 100 directed that "the [Joint Planning and Development] Office shall consult with the public and ensure participation of experts from the private sector."

The NGATS Institute was established in March 2005 via a contract between the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "as the mechanism through which the JPDO will access world-class private sector expertise, tools, and facilities for application to NGATS activities and tasks." Professional, technical and consulting services from a broad spectrum of industry will be provided through the NGATS Institute "as requested by the JPDO leadership in support of planning, research, analysis, assessment, architecture, functional requirements setting, prototyping, simulation, and demonstrating future system attributes."

Co-located with the JPDO, the Institute is a fully involved partner in the day-to-day activities and process through which the JPDO accomplishes the Vision 100 and NGATS goals.

Purpose and Goals

The NGATS Institute was created in March 2005 with the purpose of:
· Enabling partnership between the government and private sector on goals and priorities and definition, development, and implementation of the NGATS;
· Establishing a mechanism for gathering and applying the best expertise in support of the NGATS;
· Encouraging the development of transformational ideas; and
· Sustaining a long-term undertaking by promoting jointly supporting solutions and coordinated investments.

The goals for the NGATS Institute are to:
· Establish the mechanism for the JPDO to access world-class expertise, tools, and facilities for application to the NGATS activities and tasks;
· Conduct JPDO-requested work in support of planning, research, analysis, assessment, architecture, setting functional requirements, prototyping, simulation, and demonstrating future system attributes;
· Validate new concepts and approaches;
· Establish a collaborative relationship between the government and private sector that will serve as a catalyst for fostering a shared vision of the NGATS and combine the talents and resources of government, industry and academia.
About The Global Knowledge Congress

The Global Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces teleconferences that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour teleconferences to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact, please visit: http://www.knowledgecongress.org

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The Global Knowledge Congress
Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
646-202-9344
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www.knowledgecongress.org
Therese Lumbao
Director, Account Management & Member Services
tlumbao@knowledgecongress.org

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