I have known and worked with Don for over 20 years. When I was a National Operations Manager at the Command Center, Don and I worked together managing the National Airspace System (NAS). As the FAA’s CDM Manager, I worked with Don for many years in the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) world. Don was fully committed to both, always representing the airline community and their interests, but always keeping in mind the best outcome for the NAS as a whole. As an ATC Coordinator, Don was very involved in the operation, always representing the airlines with the best of intentions. He always asked the right questions and always brought possible solutions to the table, earning the respect of the FAA’s NAS community. In CDM Don was a leader, stepping up to do the difficult jobs that needed to be done. He was the Airline Lead for the CDM Future Concepts Team (FCT) which developed the current day Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). Thanks to Don’s leadership skills, CTOP has become a reality and the procedure will eventually provide the aviation community the ability to choose optional reroutes around adverse weather. Don has outstanding technical knowledge and an extensive aviation background that would benefit any company looking for an Aviation Expert.
- Mark Libby | Retired FAA manager
I have known of Don Wolford from afar for quite some time. More recently, I have had the pleasure of personally interacting with Don several times during his time as a member of the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Future Concepts Team (FCT). Based on my experiences with both CDM and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it is a tricky balancing act to represent the entire industry while working for one particular organization. It is also difficult to think strategically and into the future while being involved in the day-to-day airline operation. Somehow, Don was able to be both a civil aviation thought leader and good corporate representative, a futurist and a pragmatist simultaneously. It takes a rare person to be able to walk those lines; Don Wolford is one of those rare people.
-Matt Fronzak | Weather Portfolio Adviser and Lead Aviation Systems Engineer- The MITRE Corporation