Tim Arel is the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). The organization is responsible for maintaining the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
Tim is passionate about realizing the great possibilities that unmanned and autonomous systems can provide. He firmly believes in leveraging government and industry’s collective experience to create solutions that support the safe integration of new entrants into the airspace. This requires ongoing collaboration with industry and government stakeholders, risk-based decision-making, transparency, and data sharing.
Together, with our stakeholders, the ATO aims to define the art of the possible, while maintaining the safety of the manned and unmanned operations that are transitioning through the same airspace. Under Tim’s leadership, the organization continues to develop robust technologies that facilitate the safe integration of drone and commercial space operations into the airspace.
Mr. Arel began his FAA career as an air traffic controller in 1989, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has a background in Public Safety having worked as an emergency medical technician, firefighter, and police officer.