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TRAVEL: Air Traffic Regulator Makes Personnel Changes Following Controversy

5/3/2011 9:37 AM ET

In the wake of reports of sleeping air traffic controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration, the country's regulator of air traffic, has taken further steps to improve operations. Three senior managers at the FAA have been reassigned, as part of a shakeup following a series of embarrassments for the agency.

"We are continuing to do everything in our power to ensure that our nation's aviation system remains the safest in the world," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

Under the changes announced last week, Walt Cochran will takeover the FAA's terminal operations and Chris Metts will have responsibility for "en route" and oceanic operations. Meanwhile, Glen Martin has been named air traffic manager for the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center.

This is part of a series of moves by the FAA to react to the recent controversy, which was sparked by a sleeping air traffic controller at Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. The agency has already seen the resignation of its Air Traffic Organization and has changed policies to help eliminate extremely long shifts for controllers.

by RTT Staff Writer

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