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James Linney

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Director of Air Traffic Systems, PMO

Jim Linney is the Director of the FAA’s Air Traffic Systems within the Program Management Organization.  The ATS directorate provides life-cycle program and system management to large-scale programs and policies that span all phases of flight and a broad customer base, including airports, airlines, public data, general-aviation users, domestic- and international-aviation organizations and the military. 

The directorate provides live operational management and support, as well as engineering, implementation, operational and program management across the United States and territories and in support of US efforts with foreign aviation organizations and governments. 

With a budget of $1 billion to $2 billion annually, these programs and systems provide critical air-traffic services and are vital to FAA sustainment, modernization and NextGen. 

Mr. Linney has been working in the air-traffic-control arena since 1990. His roles have included management, development, testing, deployment, and life-cycle management of various military and FAA surveillance, weather, information, and automation systems.   

Before his role as Director, Mr. Linney led a number of significant technology- and culture- changing programs.  As Manager for all of the FAA’s air-traffic-control automation programs, he led the successful deployment of the FAA’s En Route Automation & Modernization program (ERAM), which replaced the FAA's air-traffic-control systems across the country. He was also responsible for other FAA NextGen program efforts, including the design and implementation of ADS-B in the central United States. That program successfully establishing a completely new air-traffic-control capability over the Gulf of Mexico.