Ducharme joins Metron Aviation

Metron Aviation has appointed Rick Ducharme as Executive Vice President of Industry Relations.

Ducharme joins Metron Aviation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he was Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization (ATO). He has over 33 years of aviation experience across the full range of FAA Operations including en route, oceanic, terminal and system operations services.

Ducharme retired from the FAA with a recognized legacy for providing full executive direction and oversight for the safety, security and performance of the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS), airspace management, performance targets, mission support and infrastructure. He drove and directed the formulation and implementation of policies, standards and procedures governing the safe and efficient operation of domestic and international air traffic operations and was responsible for operationalizing and implementing Next Generation systems into the NAS. In addition to these significant accomplishments, Ducharme spearheaded the 2009 agreement with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) to ensure safe and continuous aviation operations.

“Metron Aviation is privileged to have Rick join the Metron Aviation Executive Team. He is recognized as a forward-thinking and vocal leader of the aviation community who takes a “big picture” strategic view towards advancing aviation via key programs such as NextGen,” said Jim Gaughan, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His proven track record of successfully managing high-performing organizations and achieving sustainable results perfectly aligns with Metron Aviation’s mission – to deliver our customers the highest standards of research, mission analysis and systems guided by a deep understanding of operations and stakeholder needs.”

“Metron Aviation is dedicated to the advancement of world-wide aviation by delivering improved performance and tangible benefits to aviation stakeholders. They are industry-leading in subject matter experts, quality of research and collaboration among stakeholders,” said Ducharme. “I am delighted to join this robust team and contribute to innovations that will yield operational benefits to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of global aviation.”

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