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May 24, 2016 11:00 AM, EDT

FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker to Leave Agency

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Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker will leave the Federal Aviation Administration at the end of June, the agency announced May 24.

Whitaker, who also serves as Chief NextGen Officer for the agency, led the effort to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, including the installation of ADS-B ground stations throughout the country, and the technology upgrade, known as ERAM, of all the air traffic centers.

"Mike has been an invaluable partner in all this agency has accomplished over the last three years,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “His industry experience and business focus were invaluable in leading the deployment of NextGen, integrating drones into the airspace, and working with the general aviation community to make flying safer and more accessible."

Prior to joining the FAA in June 2013, Whitaker spent most of his career in the airline industry, including stints as a senior vice president at United Airlines, and group CEO of InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of IndiGo, India's largest airline.