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Kevin Chamness,
Director, ATO International

The ATO International Directorate mission is to:

  • Collaborate across ATO Service and Business Units on the development and maintenance of a unified international strategic focus to effectively address global, regional and cross-boundary plans, activities and policies, including ATM, meteorological services, safety, security and the environment;
  • Promote the development of clear and consistent ATO goals, objectives and positions that support the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and effectively integrate these within broader FAA, U.S. Government, and global civil aviation community initiatives;
  • Coordinate ATO support of CANSO executive level meetings and technical working groups;
  • Manage the ATO International Executive Steering Group to address a wide array of international activities and initiatives that potentially impact the ATO.
  • Review ICAO-initiated policies, standards and other documents and the positions crafted in response to them in order to ensure they have been coordinated within ATO, across other necessary FAA lines of business, and through the Interagency Group on International Aviation (IGIA);
  • Ensure the timely establishment of bilateral agreements to support planned ATO international activities and initiatives;
  • Lead ATO preparation for, or participation in international forums to advocate the adoption of U.S. air traffic standards, procedures and technology in support of a cohesive global air transportation system, today and into the future;
  • Provide ATO Service and Business Units and senior leaders with insight into policies and technical/operational direction of foreign organizations through our representatives stationed in Brussels and Singapore; and
  • Maximize the efficiency of ATO international travel and ensure necessary State Department country clearances are in place prior to international travel.

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