SOURCE: Rannoch Corporation

December 05, 2006 14:27 ET

Former FAA Director, David Ford, Joins Rannoch Corporation

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- David Ford has been appointed Vice President of Strategic Programs at Rannoch Corporation after having recently retired from a distinguished 31 year career at the FAA. Mr. Ford has successfully managed programs in the terminal environment, airport surface and oceanic airspace, serving as the catalyst for several ground-breaking improvements. Ford will be responsible for managing Rannoch's strategic surveillance programs where the company's ADS-B and multilateration technologies are positioned to improve air traffic safety, capacity and efficiency for the next generation of air traffic management.

Ford led the team on the deployment of the Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) program that controls traffic over 24 million square miles of oceanic airspace. ATOP is widely regarded as a monumental success in the industry as it dramatically increases capacity through reduction of aircraft separation standards from 100 to 30 miles which significantly reduces airline costs. Ford is also known as the "father of DOTS," the Dynamic Ocean Track System, which generates daily flight tracks to improve the efficiency of ocean crossing for the user community. And while leading the FAA's Safeflight 21 team, he was responsible for exploring many runway incursion tools that include surface applications of ADS-B and multilateration.

"The world's leading aviation authorities have recognized that the growth in air travel cannot be effectively and safely accommodated with today's radar infrastructure and are looking to our core technologies to help manage the next-generation airspace," said David Ford. "I'm excited about the challenges ahead of us to meet the growing demands on the system. Deployment of emerging technologies such as ADS-B and multilateration in the aviation infrastructure presents a great opportunity for our company to contribute to the future needs of our industry."

"David brings a track record of innovation and a remarkable ability to introduce progressive thinking to the issues facing our industry," commented Dave Ellison, Rannoch's President and CEO. "Rannoch, together with our strategic partners, is helping to shape the future of air traffic control and David's leadership and experience will ensure that our efforts are successful."

With its acquisition of ERA a.s. in October, Rannoch is now the global leader in multilateration and ADS-B technologies for air traffic control, air defense, homeland security and airport operations markets.

About Rannoch

Rannoch Corporation is a pioneer and leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic control, military, homeland security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high performance, high reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 commercial, air traffic control, and military customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Rannoch and ERA solutions are operating globally with hundreds of operational sensors covering over 500,000 square miles of the world's airspace. Rannoch has a substantial patent portfolio as a result of its track record in innovation with emerging technologies. Rannoch is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with leading product research and development centers of excellence in the U.S. and Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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