FAA has asked standards organization RTCA to form a new advisory group of senior executives to focus on near- and mid-term implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
The new committee, chaired by FAA’s deputy administrator, will replace the Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (ATMAC), which has served as a forum for producing consensus recommendations to FAA for air traffic management modernization.
According to an announcement by RTCA, the scope of the new board will expand to include participation from the broader aviation community, including air-traffic management, safety, airports, environmental, and global harmonization concerns. "The committee’s mission will be, in part, to support and, when necessary, to identify opportunities for industry participation in NextGen implementation, and to help develop a common understanding of NextGen priorities in the context of overall NextGen capabilities and implementation challenges," RTCA said.
The organization said it will work with FAA and industry partners over the next several months to establish the new committee. More information is expected at the RTCA Fall Symposium, co-organized by Avionics Magazine, Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/rtca.