The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named Craig R. Wanke, the ehief engineer at MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), as its editor-in-chief of the Journal of Air Transportation (JAT). Wanke’s appointment was announced shortly before the AIAA said Mark Drela of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would be the Journal of Aircraft’s next editor-in-chief.

Wanke will take over from NASA aerospace engineer Karl Bilimoria while Drela is to replace Eli Livna, the University of Washington’s Boeing-endowed professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

“JAT is a critical source for peer-reviewed, leading-edge ATM [air traffic management] innovation, and it is a great honour to have been chosen as the editor in this exciting time,” said Wanke.

“The Journal of Aircraft is a valuable venue for advancing engineering knowledge, tools, and methods that are critical to developing new aeronautical concepts, vehicles, and systems to further the field,” Drela said.

The AIAA describes itself as “the world’s largest aerospace technical society” with around 30,000 individual members from 91 countries and 100 corporate members, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin.