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Join us October 16 - 19 for the largest Air Traffic Control Conference and Exposition in the Americas


Join us at ATCA Annual for an exclusive cross-agency workshop.
Wed., Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
ATCA Arena Theater
The DOT and FAA, in partnership with the DoD, DHS, and NOAA, intend to stand up a cross-agency program titled Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR), to assess the feasibility of acquiring new surveillance solutions that may result in a consolidation of incumbent legacy surveillance radars, or a system of systems surveillance capability. This exclusive workshop is free of charge and open to the public. This  workshop is free of charge and open to the public. However, as the workshop takes place on the Exhibit Hall floor, attendees will still need to register for the conference in order to access the program. 

If you are currently registered for the Conference, you do NOT need to register for this workshop as your registration will grant you access. However, if you have not yet registered, and due to potential wait time on site, please REGISTER for the conference online. Please note that all registration categories allow access to the workshop.

As a lead up to the workshop, 61st ATCA Annual is excited to feature a special panel with Q&A opportunities with the speakers below, as well as others from DHS, MITRE, DOD, and the FAA SENSR office. Get ahead of the pack and join us at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
(Please note, full conference registration is required for admittance into this panel discussion. Register Here.)

FAA Surveillance Strategy

The FAA will be providing a holistic view of the surveillance strategy which will include information on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar Program (SENSR) and Policy.

Jay Merkle, Director, Systems Integration and Requirements Analysis
Carl Burleson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy  
Paul Fontaine, Director, Advanced Concepts and Technology Development
Rebecca Guy, Manager, Emerging Solutions
Robert Nichols, Manager, Surveillance

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Attend the 61st ATCA Annual:

  • Experience the largest ATC conference in the Americas with 3,000+ conference participants from more than 40 countries.
  • Network with key corporate and government decision-makers from throughout the world in attendance.
  • Listen to extensive panel discussions, breakouts, and keynote speakers covering the issues you want to hear about.
  • Participate in numerous networking opportunities and industry connections to be made
  • Visit more than 100 exhibiting companies, government agencies, and NGOs.


61st ATCA Annual Conference & Exposition
The 61st ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition takes an in-depth look at the future of air traffic control. As ATC/ATM industry thought leaders, ATCA continues to make its annual conference the premier forum for aviation professionals. The Conference is three days of presentations, seminars, networking opportunities and exhibition with the participation of internationally recognized experts in the ATC/ATM industry.


The 61st ATCA Annual is taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD located in the Washington, DC-area, from October 16 through October 19, 2016. There is also a free shuttle that runs a loop between the Gaylord and FAA FOB10A (800 Independence Avenue, SW). The shuttle will pick up at the C Street Entrance (7th and C St, SW – one block from L/'Enfant Metro Plaza).

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Committee Chair: Patrick Forrey, SAIC
FAA-Co-Chair: Paul Fontaine, FAA
Jim Ries, CSRA, Inc.
Roger Stern, Leidos
Mike Ball, Northrop Grumman 
Tony Militello, MITRE
Jessie Hillenbrand, Aireon
Mark Rodgers, CSSI, Inc. 
Mike Hawthorne, Veracity Engineering
Kara Evanko, Metron Aviation
David Grizzle, Dazzle Partners, LLC
Jonathan Fath, Harris
Teri Barbee, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Eric Nixon, Engility
Donna McLean, Donna McLean Associates
Rachel Kinney, Gryphon Sensors
Beth Larson, Thales
Steve Lang, Human Solutions
Jeff Williams, Tetra Tech



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ATCA is an international association of nearly 3,000 professionals representing all aspects of ATC from private corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, NGOs among many others. Our collective aim is to enhance the safety, security, innovativeness, and efficiency within the global airspace. The thoughtful and targeted programming and robust networking opportunities you will experience at ATCA Annual are just two reasons to become a member. Let us introduce you to the other sides of ATCA. Participate on one of our many executive committees. Enjoy exclusive access to our renowned magazine, e-newsletters, and white papers. Help ATCA encourage the next generation of aviation leaders with mentorship and scholarship opportunities. The list goes on.

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