Dec 6, 2011

New chair for Airservices Australia

The Gillard Labor Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Ret’d) as the next Chair of Airservices commencing from 3 June 2012.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has joined the Airservices Board today and will replace David Forsyth, the current Chair of the Board, when his second term as Chair expires next year.

Air Chief Marshal Houston has had an outstanding career in the Australian Defence Force and will bring considerable aviation, governance and leadership experience to the Board.

His experience will assist the Board in the delivery of a five year, $1 billion capital expenditure program which is replacing and upgrading vital air traffic infrastructure and improving aerodrome rescue and firefighting services.

Airservices has been working closely with the Royal Australian Air Force over the past few years to harmonise civil and military air traffic management and deliver improved safety and efficiency.

Over the next decade, this partnership will become much stronger and Air Chief Marshal Houston’s experience will be invaluable as Airservices and RAAF work together on a future air traffic management plan for Australia.

Airservices is a wholly Government-owned authority.

It manages around 11 percent of the world’s airspace with more than three million flights carrying 75 million passengers each year.

As well as providing air-traffic control services, the organisation also delivers rescue and fire fighting services at the nation’s major passenger airports.

More information about Airservices and its current Board Members is available at: www.airservicesaustralia.com.