2015 Annual Symposium

Right on schedule

Videos from 2015 RTCA Symposium Now Available!

The 2015 Global Aviation Symposium was a huge success and now it’s captured on video! See below for videos on 2015 Symposium sessions. If you have any questions, please email symposium@rtca.org


Time Day 1 – June 3, 2015 Videos
7:45AM – 8:10AM Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: saic-logo-web
8:20AM – 8:50AM huerta-home-d1Opening Keynote:
Michael Huerta, Administrator, FAA
8:55AM – 9:55AM Session 1: Prioritize, Plan, Implement, Repeat: How the FAA & the NIWG
institutionalizing a repeatable process for NextGen
Description: Set priorities, develop a comprehensive, integrated plan (who, what, where, and when), implement the plan, track progress together, mitigate risk, leverage opportunities, nail it!  Repeat.  Also evaluating benefits before mitigating risks.

Moderator: Tim Campbell, Senior Vice President Air Operations, American Airlines

Dan Allen, Senior Manager Air Traffic Operations, Fed Ex
Ed Bolton, Assistant Administrator NextGen, FAA
Peter Challan, Vice President Government Relations, Harris Corporation
Captain Steve Dickson, Senior Vice President-Flight Operations, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission

9:55AM -10:15 AM Networking Break Sponsored by: saic-logo-web
10:15AM -11:15AM Session 2: NextGen: Safety Matters

Description: Panel discussion on the safety perspectives of NextGen.

Introduction video by Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency

Moderator: Paul Engola, Vice President Transportation and Financial Solutions, Lockheed Martin
David Batchelor, Liaison Officer, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Mel Davis, NextGen Liaison, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Joe DePete, First Vice President, Air Line Pilots Association, International
John Hickey, Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA
Jerry Johnson, Director of Engineering, Thales ATM U.S.

11:20AM -11:55AM Session 3 Special: Spectrum: Protecting the Current Aviation System & Introducing New

Description:  An examination of the work underway by RTCA and the industry to balance aviation needs with potentially competing interests between conventional and evolving modes of operation.

Moderator: Steve Brown, COO, National Business Aviation Association

Chris Hegarty, Director, CNS Engineering & Spectrum, The MITRE Corporation
George Ligler, Consultant, Project Management Enterprises Inc

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12:00PM – 1:20PM Awards Luncheon – Sponsored by:

Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker:Chris Hart, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
Recognition of Award Winners

1:30PM – 2:20PM Session 4: Performance-Based Navigation

Description: Key element of NextGen: PBN Blueprint, Metroplex, Multiple Runway Operations: Wake Re-categorization and beyond

Moderator: Captain Bryan Quigley, Managing Director Flight Operations, United Airlines

Gary Beck, Vice President, Flight Operations, Alaska Airlines
Jim Crites, Vice President for Operations Division, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Jodi McCarthy, Director, Airspace Services, FAA
Captain Brian Townsend, Technical Pilot – Airspace Optimization, American Airlines
Emily Tranter, Government Relations Specialist at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Federal Government Relations Group and Representative from the National Organization to Insure A Sound Controlled Environment (NOISE)
Jeff Woods, National Program Management Office (PMO) Representative, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

2:25PM – 3:25PM Session 5: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS): Detect & Avoid, Command & Control

Description: Where are we on the safety, policy, and technical barriers associated with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System?

Moderator: Paul McDuffee, Vice President, Government Relations and Strategy, Insitu

Stephen George, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airworthiness Section Manager, FAA
Rose Mooney, Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership Executive Director, Virginia Tech Test Site
Paul Schaeffer, Air Borne Sense and Avoid Program Manager, United States Air Force
Ed Waggoner, Director of the Integrated Systems Research Program Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

3:25PM – 3:45PM Networking Break Sponsored by:
3:45PM – 4:50PM Session 6: DataComm

Description: A critical NextGen capability: examination of FAA and International initiatives and future conops

Moderator: Chuck Stewart, Chief Technical Pilot, United Airlines

Steve Bradford, Office of the Chief Scientist, FAA
Captain Perry Clausen, Manager ATC Systems, Southwest Airlines Flight Operations
Jerome Condis, Multi-program Datalink and FMS Manager, Airbus
Rick Heinrich, Director, Strategic Initiatives for the Commercial Systems Business, Rockwell Collins
Rob Mead, Chief Program Engineer, Air/Ground Data Communications, BR&T Airspace and Flight Efficiency, The Boeing Company
Don Walker, Surveillance Team Lead, FAA

5:15PM – 7:00PM Industry ReceptionSponsored by:
Time Day 2 – June 4, 2015 Videos
8:35AM – 9:35AM Session 7: ADS-B: Preparing for Jan 2020 Mandate and Beyond

Description: Discussion of what it takes to prepare for 2020 operations

Moderator: Lillian Ryals, Senior Vice President, The MITRE Corporation

Doug Carr, Vice President, Safety, Security, Operations & Regulation, National Business Aviation Association
Bruce DeCleene, Manager, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, FAA
Marke Gibson, Executive Director, NextGen Institute, FAA
Jens Hennig, Vice President Operations, General Aviation Manufactures Association
Captain Christian Kast, Advanced Flight Manager, UPS
Col Juan Narvid, Military Director, Policy Board in Federal Aviation, Department of Defense
Melissa Rudinger, Vice President Government Affairs, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

9:40AM – 10:30AM Session 8: An Evolving NAS: Implementation Challenges and Implications
on Operations TodayDescription: An open conversation with aircraft operators, controllers, and pilots on tackling the devil in the details and resolving current issues

Moderator:Trin Mitra, Program Director, RTCA

Chris Baum, Manager, Engineering and Operations, Engineering and Air Safety Department, Air Line Pilots Association, International
Jim Bowman, Vice President of Flight Operations, Fed Ex
Mark A. Hopkins, Director, Air Traffic Management & Industry Affairs, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Bob Lamond, Director of Air Traffic Services and Infrastructure, National Business Aviation Association
Abby Smith, Director of Aeronautical Navigation Products,FAA
Dale Wright, Director of Safety and Technology, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

10:30AM – 10:50AM Networking BreakSponsored by:
10:50AM – 11:45AM Session 9: Global ATM Modernization: Implementing the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades

Introduction video: Tony Tyler, CEO and Director General International Air Transport Association

Description: International industry representatives examine current initiatives

Moderator: Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA

Chris Barks, Director of Western Hemisphere Office, FAA
Carlos Cirilo,Regional Director Safety and Flight Operations, The Americas, International Air Transport Association
Steve Creamer, Director Air Navigation Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Christian Schleifer-Heingärtner, Secretary General, The European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment
Ikuo Takagi, Executive Director, Electronic Navigation Research Institute

12:15PM – 1:30PM Industry Luncheon – Sponsored by

A Conversation on FAA Reform

Moderator: John Hughes, President National Press Club and Editor First Word, Bloomberg News

Ed Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association
Craig Fuller, Chairman, The Fuller Company
David Grizzle, CEO, Dazzle Partners LLC
Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

1:45PM – 2:40PM Session 10: Emerging Technologies: Automation, Cyber Security and Human Factors

Description: An examination by leaders from the manufacturing and supplier community

Moderator: Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Kris Ganase, President, L-3 Aviation Products
Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA
Justin Ryan, President, BendixKing
John Uczekaj, President and CEO, Aspen Avionics
Mark Van Tine, Vice President, Digital Aviation, The Boeing Company and CEO, Jeppesen

2:45PM – 3:30PM Session 11: NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC): How the FAA and NAC are collaborating to facilitate the successful implementation of NextGen

Description: Open dialogue from members of the NAC

Moderator: Tom Hendricks, President and CEO, National Air Transportation Association

Richard Anderson, NAC Chair and CEO, Delta Air Lines, Inc
Mark Baker, President and CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Ed Bolton, Assistant Administrator NextGen, FAA
Frank Brenner, Director General, EUROCONTROL
Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer Air Traffic Organization, FAA
Chip Childs, President, SkyWest, Inc
Per Noren, Vice President Customer Solutions, The Boeing Company

Click on the tabs to the right to see past year’s agendas and a list of organizations that attended last year’s symposium.