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RTCA Spring Symposium 2010: Bringing NextGen into Focus

April 6 - 7, 2010
The RTCA Spring Symposium explored the collaborative efforts of the Task Force and the FAA to implement the recommendations into the FAA's NextGen Implementation Plan.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
8:45 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Introduction and Opening Remarks

Introduction: Edward Bolen
, Chairman, RTCA, Inc. and President & CEO, National Business Aviation Association

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Session 1: FAA Response to NextGen Task Force Recommendations; Overview of the 2010 NextGen Implementation Plan
The RTCA NextGen Task Force submitted its recommendations to FAA in September 2009. The FAA response to the task force recommendations is documented in the 2010 NextGen Implementation Plan (NGIP), an overview of the NGIP will be presented during this session.

Moderator: Victoria Cox, Senior VP, NextGen and Operations Planning Services, Federal Aviation Administration
Panel Members:
Leo Eldredge, Manager of the Global Navigation Satellite System Group,
ATO Technical Operations
, Federal Aviation Administration
Rowena Mendez-Ruano, NextGen Engineering Manager, ATO En Route Program Operations, Federal Aviation Administration
Gisele M. Mohler, Manager of Airspace and Performance Based Navigation
Integration, ATO System Operations
, Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Michael C. Romanowski
, Director, NextGen Integration and Implementation, Federal Aviation Administration
Stephen Ryan, Senior System Engineer, ATO Terminal Services, Federal Aviation Administration
Kip Spurio, System Engineering Manager and Chief System Engineer, ATO
Terminal Services
, Federal Aviation Administration

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: NextGen Implementation Activities

Achieving the benefits of NextGen operational capabilities requires timely and coordinated implementation. This session will highlight progress in many of the key NextGen initiatives.

Moderators: Rick Day, Senior VP, Operations, Federal Aviation Administration
John Hickey, Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
Panel Members: Teri Bristol, VP of Technical Operations Services, Federal Aviation Administration
Bruce DeCleene, Manager of Avionics Systems, Federal Aviation Administration
Rick Heinrich, Director of Strategic Business, Rockwell Collins Inc.
Nancy Kalinowski, Vice President of Systems Operations Services, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration
Jack Kies, President, Metron Aviation
Julie Marks, Environmental Policy and Operations Manager, Federal Aviation Administration
Steve Osterdahl, VP Terminal Services, Federal Aviation Administration
Sandy Samuel, VP Aviation Solutions, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Leslie Smith, Division Manager of Flight Technologies and Procedures, Federal Aviation Administration

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Award Luncheon
Presenting the RTCA Achievement Award for 2009 and the William E. Jackson Award.

Introduction: Edward Bolen, Chairman, RTCA, Inc. and President & CEO, National Business Aviation Association
Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA Inc.
Keynote: The Honorable J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Session 3: NGIP and TF5…How is the Collaboration Going?
Members of the RTCA ATMAC NextGen Implementation Workgroup will present their assessment of the NGIP alignment with the TF Recommendations. The panel will then discuss perceived gaps, possibilities for resolving issues; opportunities for acceleration ideas for determining priorities for implementation.

Moderator: Capt. Steve Dickson, Senior VP Flight Operations, Delta Air Lines
Panel Members: Lorne Cass, Director, ATM & Industry Affairs, Delta Air Lines
Robert G. Lamond Jr., Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure, National Business Aviation Association
Dave Nakamura, Chief Engineer, BCA Aviation Infrastructure, The Boeing Company
Craig Spence, VP Operations & Internal Affairs, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Capt. David Strand, B-757/B-767 Program Manager/Technical Pilot, American Airlines
Capt. Brian Townsend, Flight Technical Operations, US Airways
Steve Vail, Sr. Advisor Air Traffic Operations, FedEx

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Session 4: Making it Real: Challenges to Implementing NextGen at a Metroplex
What will it take to implement the TF-recommended capabilities in a complex Metroplex location? The session will begin with a presentation of an exemplary suite of operational capabilities, and follow with a discussion among key stakeholders about the challenges and potential risk mitigation strategies to ensure successful implementation.

Moderator: Lillian Ryals, Director, System Operations, Safety and Performance, The MITRE Corporation
Panel Members: Bruce DeCleene, Manager Avionics Systems, Federal Aviation Administration
Capt. Mary McMillan
, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Division, CSSI, Inc.
Chris Oswald
, VP Safety and Technology, Airports Council International – North America
Elizabeth Lynn Ray
, Director, Airspace & Aeronautical Information Management, Federal Aviation Administration
Capt. Ken Speir
, Chief Pilot, Atlanta, Delta Air Lines
Capt. Rip Torn, Air Traffic Services Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association
Dale Wright, Director Safety and Technology, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Session 5: Building the SESAR Business Case – Development, Implementation and Deployment
This session will present an integrated, transparent and re-usable modeling for business cases. When considered from a stakeholder point of view and in the context of international standardization, should the business case of the future better reflect the global interoperability perspective?

Introduction: Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA, Inc.
Speaker: Patrick Ky, Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Session 6: Looking Forward – Future Trends in the NextGen Business Case
This session will address the NextGen business case from the perspective of key investors in NextGen capabilities—the FAA and aircraft operators—with due consideration of data-driven decision making, environmental issues, and the regional economic benefits of NextGen investments.

Moderator: Kirk Rummel, Managing Director of Finance-Operations, Continental Airlines, Inc.
Panel Members: Kristin Burnham, Director of Investment Planning and Analysis, Federal Aviation Administration
Deborah Kirkman
, Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Nancy LoBue, Acting Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Environment, Federal Aviation Administration
Fred Messina, Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
Craig Spence, Vice President of Operations and International Affairs, AOPA

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 7: Policy and Political Implications of NextGen Implementation
This session will feature a panel discussion on a wide range of topics including economic forecast and aviation demand; FAA Reauthorization and NextGen; NextGen funding and incentives; aviation security; streamlining implementation—safety and environmental processes.

Moderator: Edward Bolen, Chairman, RTCA, Inc. and President & CEO, National Business Aviation Association
Panel Members: Gerald Dillingham, Director of Civil Aviation Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Margaret Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
Giles Giovinazzi, Staff Director, House Aviation Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives
Matt Hampton, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Department of Transportation
Hank Krakowski, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration
Gael Sullivan, Democratic Professional Staff Member, US Senate Committee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security


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