Russ Chew, JetBlue President & Former FAA COO, Joins Era’s Board of Directors

Era Corporation announced today that Russell Chew is bringing his 20+ years of air transportation leadership to the company’s Board of Directors.

Reston, VA – January 29, 2008 – Era Corporation announced today that Russell Chew has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Chew brings over 20 years of air transportation leadership with a strong focus on strategic planning and operations.

Mr. Chew is the current President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of JetBlue Airways, where he leads the airline’s strategic direction and operations. Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Chew was the COO of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), overseeing the FAA’s research and acquisition programs and the U.S. air traffic management system. Mr. Chew also held various leadership positions with American Airlines, including the management of Strategic Operations Planning, which included the evaluation and implementation of new aircraft and ground technologies for airline fleet and operations planning.

“We are honored that Russ has accepted a position on our Board of Directors,” said Dave Ellison, Era’s President and CEO. “Russ’s experience with strategic programs in both government and commercial sectors makes him uniquely positioned to provide valuable insight and guidance in support of Era’s growth plans and strategic direction.”

Mr. Chew’s service to the industry has been substantial. He has served as the chair of the ATC Steering Committee for the Air Transport Association and Flight Operations Committee for the International Air Transport Association. Mr. Chew has spent a great deal of his career focused on new technologies and global air traffic management modernization programs.

“Our industry faces unprecedented growth, challenges and opportunities in the coming years. The value proposition of Jet Blue and the satisfaction of our customers are directly related to the safety and efficiency of the ATM system of today and tomorrow. Next-generation technologies from companies like Era are essential to modernizing the global air transportation system,” said Mr. Chew. “I am looking forward to working with Era’s leadership team to help accelerate and advance ATM performance around the world through the use of their proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies.”

Era has also added some of the industry’s best talent to its leadership team in recent days, with Tim Quilter, former Roke Manor Executive, and Dr. Werner Langhans, Austro Control’s former Head of Technology, both joining the Era team.

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About Era
Era Corporation is a pioneer and leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic management, military, security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high-performance, high-reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 airport, air traffic management and military customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Era’s investment in research and development and its track record of product innovation has resulted in a substantial patent portfolio. Era is headquartered in Reston, Virginia with leading product research and development centers of excellence in the U.S. and Czech Republic.

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