Tim Arel

Tim Arel


Tim Arel was appointed as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) in January 2017. The ATO encompasses more than 30,000 employees across 8 Service Units that include Air Traffic Services; Technical Operations; System Operations; Safety and Technical Training; Mission Support Services, Management Services, Flight Programs; and the Program Management Organization.

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Arel oversees the daily operation of the ATO and is responsible for safe, efficient, and secure air traffic operations across the entire National Airspace System. In his role, he supports and executes the vision of the Administrator and Chief Operating Officer and provides leadership and direction through a team of Vice Presidents. He ensures the continued synchronized and timely delivery of services while deploying and implementing the modernization programs of NextGen.

Mr. Arel was the Vice President of Air Traffic Services from 2015 through 2016, and has served as the Deputy Vice President of both Air Traffic Services and Safety and Technical Training. He held several safety leadership roles in the ATO to include managing the ATC Investigations Team, the Compliance Services Group, the Quality Assurance Group, the Safety Services Group, and as Director for Safety.

Mr. Arel has a broad range of experience throughout ATO and began his FAA career as an air traffic controller in 1989. He worked in the System Operations service unit where he held positions as an Air Traffic Security Coordinator, Program Manager for National Security Events, and as a National Traffic Management Officer at the ATC System Command Center. He has also served in management support positions at the New England Regional office and in headquarters Management Services, specializing in resource management, labor relations, and training.

Mr. Arel is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has a background in Public Safety having worked as an emergency medical technician, firefighter, 911 operator, and police officer. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute's, Leadership for a Democratic Society and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government's Driving Government Performance.