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May 08, 2013

DFW Airport executive honored by the White House as a "Transportation Champion of Change"

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's executive vice president of operations, Jim Crites, has been honored by the White House as a "Transportation Champion of Change."

Crites is at the White House today and is being honored for overseeing DFW Airport's test and implementation of next-generation technology for the Federal Aviation Administration, including an airport surface detection system that helps air traffic controllers detect runway conflicts. He was nominated by the FAA for the honor.

"The mission to improve aviation safety and efficiency that is at the heart of NextGen does not succeed without a great deal of collaboration across the aviation sector, and our nation is already benefiting from the work we’re all doing together to improve our air traffic control systems," Crites said in a statement adding he was humbled by the White House distinction.

Crites will participate in a ceremony and panel discussion with 11 other honorees in Washington D.C.

-Andrea Ahles

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