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RTCA Fall Symposium 2010: The Technologies Fueling NextGen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The RTCA Fall Symposium brought together U.S. and international aviation stakeholders who discussed the latest emerging technical issues associated with NextGen and provided insight on the future of NextGen technologies.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Introduction & Keynote Address
Introduction: Agam Sinha, Chairman, Board of Directors, RTCA, Inc. and Senior Vice President & General Manager, The MITRE Corporation
Keynote Address:
Michael Huerta, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Remarks by: 
The Honorable Mark Begich, Senator of Alaska, United States Senate, Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Session 1: ADS-B: Expediting the Technology and the Applications
Gain insights from all points of view on the transition to air traffic management operations enabled by the introduction of ADS-B Out and In applications. Learn about the critical role of the key committees working to ensure that the requisite performance standards and related TSOs and ACs are in place in a timely manner.

Moderator: Steve Brown, Sr. Vice President, Operations and Administration, National Business Aviation Association
Panel: Vinny Capezzuto, Director of Surveillance and Broadcast Services, Federal Aviation Administration and Co-Chair, RTCA ADS-B Work Group
Jens Hennig, Vice President of Operations, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
John Kefaliotis, Vice President, Next Generation Air Transportation Systems, ITT Corporation
Kathleen O'Brien, Associate Technical Fellow - Air Traffic Management, The Boeing Company
Capt. Brian Townsend, Flight Operations Technical, US Airways
Dale Wright, Director, Safety and Technology, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 2:
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): What’s in a Name?
Learn about the many challenges related to the introduction of UAS into the airspace. Hear from the leaders of SC-203 about the progress being made in developing the technical performance standards for UAS as well as the work being done for nearer-term accommodation of UAS into the airspace.

Moderator: Tom Haines Sr. Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Panel: Rose Mooney, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Director of UAS Airspace Integration, AAI Corporation
Steve Pennington, Acting Executive Director, DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation, United States Air Force
Les Smith, Division Manager, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, Federal Aviation Administration
John Walker, President, JSWalker Group/Aviation Solutions, Inc. and Co-Chair, RTCA Special Committee 203
Andy Zeitlin, Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation/CAASD

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
RTCA Awards Luncheon

Get a fresh perspective on the future of air transportation and the role of the providers of the critical technology fueling the transition to NextGen. Join your colleagues as they receive much deserved recognition for their leadership roles in the completion of key RTCA products during 2009.

Presenters: Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA, Inc.
Agam Sinha, Chairman, Board of Directors, RTCA, Inc. and Senior Vice President & General Manager, The MITRE Corporation
Luncheon Address:
Steve Loranger, Chairman, President and CEO, ITT Corporation

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session 3: Update on NextGen Implementation
Hear an up-to-date summary of progress and collaboration on implementation of Task Force 5 recommendations from those closest to the activities.

Moderator: Fred Messina, Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
Panel: Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist, NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration
Chris Oswald
, Vice President, Safety & Technical Operations, Airports Council International - North America
Melissa Rudinger, Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Capt. Ken Speir, Director, Line Operations, Delta Airlines
Steve Vail, Sr. Advisor - Air Traffic Global Operations, FedEx

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session 4: Accelerating Data Communications Operational Capabilities
Hear about the work of RTCA Special Committee SC-214 aimed at facilitating the FAA’s Data Communications program and global harmonization. Hear from the leadership of the Trajectory Operations Work Group helping to define the NextGen mid-term environment. Get the operators’ perspective on the transition to data comm operations.

Moderator: Andy Cebula, Vice President of Strategy and Programs, RTCA, Inc.
Panel: Jim Eck, Director for Program Operations Services, Technical Operations Service Unit, Federal Aviation Administration
Paul Mettus, Principal System Architect, Lockheed Martin and Chairman, RTCA Special Committee 214
Dave Nakamura, Chief Engineer - Aviation Infrastructure, The Boeing Company and Co-Chair, RTCA Trajectory Operations Work Group
Capt. David Strand, Boeing 757/767 Program Manager and Technical Pilot, American Airlines

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Session 5: Global Harmonization
Learn about the efforts of the global standards bodies under the leadership of the ICAO Air Navigation Bureau to expedite the development and adoption of new performance standards for NextGen and SESAR. Gain insights into the U.S.-European partnership on near-, mid-, and long-term harmonization of NextGen and SESAR.

Moderator: Nancy Graham, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization
Panel: Gilbert Amato, Secretary General, The European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment
David Bowen, Head of ATM Systems, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA, Inc.
David Knorr, FAA/ATO Liaison to DFS, Federal Aviation Administration
Di Reimold, Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration
Capt. R.E. "Rip" Torn, Chairman, Air Traffic Services Group, Air Line Pilots Association, International

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Speaker: Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA, Inc.

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