FAA Names UAL Captain As Chief Operating Officer For ATO

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Henry (Hank) Krakowski, vice president of flight operations for United Air Lines, has been named chief operating officer (COO) of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization. He will lead the 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel who run the National Airspace System. As COO, he will oversee operations and finances as well as research and acquisition programs. “Hank is the right person to help implement the next generation of aviation technology,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. “His commitment to safety, outstanding operational experience, and leadership abilities will advance our efforts to modernize our nation’s air transportation system.” Krakowski worked at UAL for almost 30 years, and his background includes all aspects of aviation, including flying, labor relations, air traffic and scheduling. He's a Boeing 737 captain and has flown the Boeing 747, 737 and 727 as well as the Douglas DC-10 and DC-8. Krakowski starts his new job Oct. 1. He replaces Russell Chew, who left in February.