Now that the FAA is completing the foundational aspects of NextGen, the agency is working with the aviation industry to deploy more immediate benefits and capabilities produced by Air Traffic Management modernization for commercial and charter airlines and the flying public.
Avionics for NextGen 2015 will bring together key industry stakeholders, including airlines, pilots, air traffic controllers and avionics manufacturers, to discuss their experiences, challenges and solutions with the implementation of these new technologies.


Captain Joe Burns
Managing Director of Technology and Flight Test
United Airlines
Captain Joseph D. Burns is the Managing Director of Technology and Flight Test at United Airlines. At United, he previously held positions as Managing Director – Flight Standards, FAA Certificate Director of Operations, Manager – Automation Systems, Pilot Instructor - A320/319,B-727, ALPA LEC Safety Chairman, and has flown B-737, 727 in line operations for UA. He is currently flying Captain on the B757/767 and A319/320. He is type-rated in B767, B757, A320, B-727, DHC-8, BE-1900 and BE300 aircraft.
Previous to United, Joe was the Director of Operations and Chief Pilot for USAir Express/Stateswest Airlines, a BAE-146 Pilot for USAir, B-727 Instructor and Pilot for Braniff Airlines, and SA-226 Pilot for Air Midwest.
He is on the Executive Advisory Board for Position, Navigation, and Time (GPS); an Advisory Board Member for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR/UCAR); Board Member for Aspen Avionics, previous Board Member for EMS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELMG), previous member of the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Council Subcommittee (NACSC); previous Board Member for Optical Detection Systems, Inc., previous Board Member for AirDat, LLC, Chairman of the Board of ATN Systems, Inc., Chairman of the Board for Agile Defense, LLC., and Board Member for Sensurion, LLC. Additionally he is Chairman Emeritus for the A4A Air Traffic Control Council, Chairman Emeritus of the A4A Airline Operations Committee, former Vice-Chairman of the Airborne Internet Consortium, and former Board Member of the FAA’s Free Flight Steering Committee. 
His engineering experience includes President of Inertia Technology, developing AWOS and Flight Sensor Systems, Chief Pilot and systems engineer for Coffeen, Fricke, and Associates (Lenexa, KS), Chief Systems Engineer for Ericsson, Inc.’s Fiber Optic Network Communications Division (Overland Park, KS), and Engineering Manager for Sprint’s Telenet/UniNet Division.
He holds an M.B.A. in Management from the Miami University School of Business and a B.S. in Aeronautics/Aeronautical Engineering from Miami University. Joe also holds multiple patents in Communications, Security, and Sensor Technology.