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Founder

Richard C. Jones

Mr. Richard C. Jones has over 40 years of experience in the Air Traffic Control field, including 28 years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and 4 years with the United States Air Force. He has over 20 years of experience in training, supervising and managing Air Traffic Controllers in the performance of their duties.


While employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Jones served as the coordinator for the development of the curriculum and training requirements designed to enhance controller skills in the areas of communication, team awareness, conflict resolution, optimum use of resources and stress management.


This program was introduced as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Controller Resource Management Program (CRM), which was later renamed the Air Traffic Teamwork Enhancement Program (ATTEP).


Upon retirement, Mr. Jones was employed by several contractor agencies as a Training Engineer. His duties included support of the Federal Aviation Administration’s projects, including EBUS, ERID, ERAM, and DPOS.

The accomplishments of Mr. Jones in the FAA are prominently featured in the book Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America and in the upcoming documentary, The Last Strike available Fall 2022.  

 
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Executive Director

Ryan M. Jones, Esq.

Mr. Ryan M. Jones was elected to the role of President in 2022 after serving as Vice President of Let's Go Up to the 21st Century. Mr. Jones has spent much of his childhood volunteering at his LGU's summer camps, attending aviation programs sponsored by the organization, and learning about the legacy of blacks in aviation. In recent years, Mr. Jones has helped develop strategic opportunities for the organization in his role as Vice President.


He holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law.