Air Traffic Control SME
Steve joined AAG in July, 2012 as an Air Traffic Control Subject Matter Expert. He is currently the ATC SME on the AAG-NASA Controller Acceptability Studies for UAS in the National Airspace System. His current duties include the design of computer simulations of UAVs in the terminal ATC system as well as the conducting of experiments utilizing these simulations with ATC subjects. In addition, he is currently serving as an RTCA group member on the UAS Detect-and-Avoid Workgroup as well as the Right-of-Way workgroup.
Steve served as an Air Traffic Controller (Radar) in the U.S. Army in the early 80’s. Following military service, he was hired by the FAA in 1986. His first assignment was as a tower controller at Teterboro Airport (TEB). In 1989, he transferred to Norfolk Air Traffic Control Tower and Approach (ORF), where he served as a tower and terminal radar controller until his FAA retirement in 2012. During his time at ORF, Steve served on numerous committees and workgroups such as Facility Advisory Board and Quality Through Partnership. He also served as the Facility Representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for 15 years. In this capacity, he worked with management to assist in oversight of and participated on numerous projects including air traffic plans, procedures, automation, training, and new facilities/equipment. He was also an on-the-job training instructor for most of his career.
Outside of work Steve enjoys fishing and golfing. He currently holds a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Resident License for State Fresh/Saltwater Fishing and is also a member of the United States Golf Association.