Ron Ellis

Ronald Ellis, an automation specialist located in the Dallas Fort Worth System Support Center (SSC), is often referred to as the “go to technician” within the D10 TRACON. Recently, his expertise and dedication to safety were recognized at the 2014 FAA ATO Awards. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, ATO Chief Operating Officer Teri Bristol and ATO acting Deputy Chief Operating Officer Randy Park presented Ellis with the award for outstanding technician. Ellis was nominated by his peers for his extraordinary ability to support NextGen programs.

Ellis continues to play an instrumental role in helping facilities throughout the National Airspace System (NAS) as they transition from Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS) to the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). He has been able to offer his automation expertise to implementation sites across the country. “It is quite a learning curve when you get any new system. It was a pretty big change,” Ellis said. Ellis works closely with a number of NextGen programs, such as the Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR), and oversaw the successful deployment of STARS G4 facilities.

Over the years, Ellis has volunteered for numerous details and become known for his eagerness to assist with projects, but it was his work in Kalamazoo, Mich., that earned him the recognition of outstanding technician. His presence was requested at the AZO facility when a key NextGen program was faced with crippling delays. Thanks to Ellis’ ability to provide vital operational sight specific support and training, as well as give performance exams to airway transportation systems specialists, Kalamazoo was able to achieve STARS initial operating capability on schedule. Ellis continues to bring significant improvements to a wide range of programs through successful use of available resources.

It is the work of Ron Ellis and so many more that support the ATO’s mission that continue to keep the NAS safe and efficient. Ellis has built an impressive career in aviation, starting in the Air Force working with nuclear weapons, followed by seven years spent in the private industry, and finally landing at the FAA in 1992. Additionally, Ellis has been a private pilot since 1995. With such passion and dedication for his craft, it is no surprise that Ellis urges all new PASS members to get involved, volunteer and have a voice. “If you see an opportunity to provide feedback, do it,” he stressed. “Make recommendations and help change things for the better. I’ve seen hard work come to fruition, that’s one of the many benefits of joining PASS.”

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