Paul Hernandez is a former Air Traffic Controller and has over 27 years experience. Paul started his career with the Navy in 1982, where he was sent to Air Traffic Control (ATC) School at NAS Memphis in Millington, TN. His first assignment after graduating was Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Jacksonville where he controlled military traffic in the Operating Areas (OPAREA) and Warning Areas from Charleston, SC to Daytona Beach, FL. Paul also controlled traffic at NAS Meridian, MS as a GCA controller. Paul moved on with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 1989. He started in the FAA as an Air Traffic Assistant and a year later became an Air traffic Controller. He held the controller’s position in different air traffic facilities for 12 years before accepting a supervisory position which he held for 3 ½ years.
In 2004, Paul was accepted as the Quality Assurance Specialist for the Eastern Service Area Unit. As a Service Area Quality Assurance Specialist, he acquired an extensive knowledge of the agency’s Quality Assurance program. He provided assistance to FAA Air Traffic Control Towers and Federal Contract Towers. On a daily basis Air Traffic Managers (ATM) counted on him to provide expert advice on operating procedures in their respective facilities. With the knowledge of procedures and policies, others in the agency have asked for his assistance in completing numerous tasks, and at times, put it into practice.
Paul then continued his career by joining the System Operations Litigation Office 2 years later, and became a Litigation Investigator for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), where he was the liaison between the Government attorneys and the various ATO Service Units, service areas, service centers, offices, facilities, and personnel.
Paul has been involved with the automated air traffic accident package generator for 2 ½ years. He was also involved in improving the generator to an automated and enterprise-based solution, utilizing lessons learned in building the current application that will help allow for national deployment and supportability, reduce areas of manual processes, improve package turnaround time, and reduce the rate of errors in package generation.
He was also involved with other duties which include the Digital Audio Legal Recorder (DALR), Digital Voice Recorder System (DVRS), radar replays on all radar equipment used in the National Airspace System (NAS) and he maintained the highest standard of credibility and posses the working knowledge of every aspect of the ATO, including all appropriate guidelines, regulations, and procedures. Paul also commonly provided lectures on air traffic evidence preparation and Quality Assurance across the country to regional headquarters staff, air traffic controllers, support managers, operation managers and facility managers.
Paul also provided lectures to the Lawyer Pilot Bar Association, which he is a member as well. Paul is working as an air traffic control consultant and is currently working on air traffic cases.