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Air traffic control executive to head Airservices Australia

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A former chief of America’s air traffic control system, Mr William H (Bill) Pollard, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Airservices Australia.

His appointment was announced today by the Board of Airservices, which Mr Pollard also will join.

In his six years as Associate Administrator for Air Traffic with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington, Mr Pollard had responsibility for a $2 billion budget and 26,000 employees engaged in providing air traffic control services for the United States.

His career with the FAA spanned 30 years, providing him with extensive management experience in three of the FAA’s major regions in America, as well as management of the air traffic control system.

Mr Pollard will officially take up duties with Airservices on 1 December. Prior to that he will spend some weeks in Australia familiarising himself with the organisation, before returning to the United States to finalise business affairs there.

Mr Pollard, who holds a United States’ pilots licence, began his career as an air traffic controller and air traffic operations specialist.

Prior to leaving the FAA he was responsible for the nation-wide management of U.S. air traffic control facilities and personnel and for the development of national policies, procedures and standards required to provide military and civil air traffic services.

He left the FAA in May 1994 to take up an executive position with a major US consultancy firm with aviation interests.

Mr Pollard was selected following a world-wide recruitment exercise.


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The Airservices Board said Mr Pollard will bring a wealth of knowledge and a new perspective to the position, leading Airservices in its goal to achieve world best practice in all areas of its operations.

He will be responsible for ensuring that The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) is in place on time, within budget, and that the expected return on the investment is realised.

The Board has highlighted the environmental aspects of airspace management as one of Mr Pollard’s early priorities.

The Board placed on record its appreciation of the outstanding contribution made by Mr Buck Brooksbank, as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Mr Brooksbank will continue in this position until Mr Pollard takes up duties.

28 September 1995

Airservices Australia was established by the Commonwealth Parliament in July, 1995 to provide cost-effective operational services to the Australian aviation industry. These include air traffic control, aeronautical information services, airport rescue and fire fighting, radar and communications, radio navigation services and search and

rescue. Airservices regards the safety of air navigation as its most important consideration. It is also required to act in a manner that ensures, as far as practicable, that the environment is protected from the effects of aircraft operations.


Bill Pollard was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airservices Australia on 27 September 1995.

His appointment by the Board of Airservices followed a 30 year career with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) -- a career which saw him rise to the position of Associate Administrator for Air Traffic, with responsibility for a $US2 billion budget and 26,000 employees providing air traffic control services.

Mr Pollard began with the FAA as an air traffic controller in Memphis in 1964. During the next 15 years he held various specialist and management positions including Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Tower Manager and Assistant Manager, Great Lakes Region Air Traffic Division.

In December 1979, he was appointed manager of the FAA’s Central Region Air Traffic Division. Six years later, Mr Pollard became the Deputy Director, Southern Region, the FAA’s largest with more than 8000 employees.

In March 1987, he was appointed Director, Great Lakes Region with responsibility for all FAA activities in that region’s eight states. This included air traffic control, civil aviation security, flight standards, airport safety and improvement, maintenance of navigation aids and other equipment, and the infrastructure to support more than 7000 staff.

In December 1988, Mr Pollard moved to FAA headquarters in Washington DC as Associate Administrator for Air Traffic. As well as responsibility for day-to-day management, Mr Pollard was instrumental in developing and recommending national policy, and establishing national programs, regulations, standards and procedures.

He retired from the FAA in May 1994.

Mr Pollard joined Airservices Australia from his position as Vice President, Resource Management and Product Assurance, with NYMA Incorporated, a major US consultancy firm dealing with aviation interests, in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Mr Pollard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and is the holder of a US private pilot licence.

September 1995

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Airservices Australia major projects

The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS)

T A A A T S will provide two new A ir Traffic Services Centres in Brisbane and Melbourne and upgrade Terminal Control Units in Cairns, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth to provide a uniform Australia-wide air traffic management system by 1998.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance and Data Link Interim System (ADIS)

ADIS will provide graphic position displays for aircraft over the Pacific Ocean using digitally encoded satellite-based information.

Some other completed and current projects are:

• Sydney Airport Development Project including the new control tower

• National Aeronautical Information Processing System (NAIPS)

• Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System

• Review of Services to General Aviation

• Australian Airspace Classification System

• New Tamworth Control Tower

• DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) Replacement Program

Other organisations involved in Australian civil aviation

The Department of Transport administers the Government’s domestic and international aviation policies.

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation is responsible for the investigation of all aviation accidents and incidents.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority provides safety regulation of the aviation industry.

The Federal Airports Corporation operates major Australian airports, including capital city airports.

For further information contact: Public Relations Airservices Australia GPO Box 367 Canberra A C T 2601

Phone: (06) 268 4477 Fax: (06) 268 5688

A v ia tio n plays a v ita l role in the everyday life o f A ustralia. Airservices A ustralia is one o f the m ajor organisations involved in A ustralian aviation.

Airservices A ustralia was established by the C om m onw ealth Parliam ent in July, 1995 to provide a range o f

operational services to the A ustra lian avia tion industry. T his brochure provides a b rie f summary o f those services.

Airservices Australia

Function of Airservices Australia The function of Airservices Australia is to provide cost-effective services for Australia’s aviation industry. These include: air traffic control; aeronautical information services; airport rescue and fire fighting; search and rescue; and, navigation services. Airservices regards the safety of air navigation as its most important consideration. It is also required to act in a manner that ensures, as far as practicable, that the environment is protected from the effects of aircraft operations.

Mission The corporate mission of Airservices Australia is to serve Australia and international aviation by pursuing high standards of aviation safety through effective and efficient provision of world - class aviation traffic services.

The organisation The Head Office is in Canberra, and there are offices in most capital cities. Airservices Australia has a Board of eight members

appointed by the Minister for Transport and a Chief Executive Officer appointed by the Board. The Chief Executive Officer manages Airservices under policy direction from the


There are three operating divisions:

Air Traffic Services provides airways services, including air traffic control, traffic and flight information and search and rescue.

Rescue and Fire Fighting Service provides rescue and fire fighting services to airline passengers and crews involved in aircraft incidents.

Facilities Management maintains and manages the technical systems that comprise the Australian Airways System. It also manages Airservices’ property assets and the administrative computing network.

There are five support divisions:

Projects is responsible for Airservices’ capital investment and re-equipment programs and non-capital projects.

International and ICAO is the focal point for Airservices’ international programs. It coordinates Airservices’ participation in the work of ICAO's [International C ivil Aviation Organization] Committees and regional groups.

Planning and Development coordinates strategic and corporate planning and undertakes research and development for the application of new technology and systems.

It provides environment monitoring services and promotes industry and business development.

Human Resources establishes the Airservices staff policy framework, coordinates the development of skills and practices and provides HR support services.

Finance and Administration coordinates all financial planning, legal and security matters, develops and implements policies, standards and procedures on all aspects of financial management, accounting standards and taxation. It has responsibility for library services.

International activities Airservices Australia has a prominent role in the implementation of the global Future A ir Navigation System (FANS) which utilises satellite technology to provide a more efficient air traffic system.

It offers assistance and cooperation to other civil aviation authorities, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region.