Neil Planzer

Partner, PlanzerMcLean

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Neil Planzer has a long and successful career providing solutions in air traffic management and aviation. For 14 years, he served as the vice president of Aviation Infrastructure and ATM for the Boeing Company, leading a successful and profitable business unit, designing and implementing the company’s ATM pursuits. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Air Force Neil served simultaneously in two significant positions: Executive Director, DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and Director, Civil Aviation. Neil was a key adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council after the September 11th attacks. Neil had a 25 year career at the Federal Aviation Administration including serving as the Director of the Office of Air Traffic Program Management and Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service.

Neil has developed processes, procedures and airspace solutions with Air Navigation Service Providers and their regulatory agencies across the globe. His solutions helped members of the European Union and Eurocontrol,  EASA, China, Indonesia, Canada, Russia and Bermuda.

In 2010, Neil received the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. Among the most prestigious awards in aviation, the award recognizes the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual in the field of aviation.

Neil serves on the European Institute’s Board of Directors, Chairmen Emeritus on the ATCA Board of Directors, and served for 7 years on the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Executive Committee. Neil was appointed by the Secretary of Defense and served 3 years on the FAA Management Advisory Committee. Neil also served in the U.S. Air Force. Neil and his wife Andrea are active pilots and have operated their own aircraft for 30 years.

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