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Schedule of Events


Monday, October 17, 2016
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Topic: FlightAware and Aireon Partnership: Real-Time Flight Tracking and GADSS Compliance

Abstract: ICAO has recommended that airlines develop a tracking capability that will provide information on longitude, latitude, altitude and timestamp at least once every 15 minutes for airborne flights. In the longer term, ICAO has also recommended even more stringent requirements in the event of an aircraft experiencing a distress event- the airline is required to automatically receive position updates from the aircraft at least once every minute. Join Aireon and FlightAware for a panel discussion on the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) requirements and the solutions that will make airlines GADSS compliant, leveraging technology available with no additional avionics or equipage required.

Speakers: Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon and Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware 

11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Topic: Tracking UAVs – Data Processing Perspective

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the processing of UAV position data as gathered from multiple sensors and sources.   It will address distribution of real time target tracking information that is compatible with ATC automation systems, command and control operation centers, and other commercial applications, requiring real time visual and data information on the sUAS and BVLOS UAVs position.   

Speakers: Robert Walczak, Senior Vice President, Sunhillo

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Topic: Snowflake Software SWIM User Experience

Abstract: A year ago, the Snowflake Software team shared with the ATCA audience their SWIM User Experience from a small business perspective dealing with SWIM in the US and in Europe. This year, Snowflake Software is looking forward to share how much SWIM has matured over the last year, and how us, as an industry, we have matured as well. When last year, the focus was on the process of on-ramping to SWIM, on dealing with the feeds and the data volume – in short the nitty gritty details. This year, it will be quite apparent how much we (and the industry) have come along as we begin talking about how we’re using SWIM to either replace legacy feeds, or to enable big data analytics, or to empower futuristic applications like Trajectory-Based Operations for UASs. Today the challenge has become about mediating and correlating across data sources rather than connecting to individual ones one by one. Nadine and Ian will conclude with a look forward, on what they anticipate they will be talking about in 2017! 

Speakers: Nadine Alameh, CEO, Snowflake Software

2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Topic: IT Security for the FAA

Abstract: Security in information technology is more challenging than ever. As systems become more complex and integrated, it’s a challenge to keep them secure. NextGen programs are providing great value through data sharing and integration so our strategies around security and management of those systems must keep up. The good news is that a host of new ideas and technologies from the open source community are changing the security landscape. DevOps practices, infrastructure automation, cloud, and container technology can help the FAA manage and secure their critical systems while expediting development and implementation.

Sebastian Dunne, Federal Solution Architect, Red Hat

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

Topic: Overview on Regulatory Challenges in Commercial Space

Abstract: Presentation will provide  a perspective on some of the regulatory challenges of Commercial Space operations.

Speakers: Dr. Scott Goldstein, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, ENSCO 

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Topic: Human-in-the-Loop Investigation of Bird Threat Information Displays for Air Traffic Controllers

Abstract: The Wildlife Surveillance Concept (WiSC) Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) Laboratory Demonstration examined novel methods for presenting bird threat information to air traffic controllers in a simulated Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) environment.  We recruited five controllers from ATCT facilities with significant bird strike prevalence to participate in this study.  The experiment took place at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City New Jersey in March 2015.

We presented a total of four research conditions to each participant.  In the baseline condition pilot reports (PIREPS) served as the only source of avian threat information.  Participants followed current procedures and protocols for the dissemination of avian threat information.  The three experimental conditions included WiSC target, WiSC text, and WiSC supervisor presentation methods.  In the WiSC target condition, precise avian threat information was provided directly to the participant’s primary radar display in the form of a bird symbol and information tag.  The WiSC text condition consisted of avian threat information supplied in an abbreviated “textbox” format in the upper left of the controller’s primary radar display.  The WiSC supervisor condition contained the same abbreviated information found in the WiSC text condition but it was handed to the participant by laboratory personnel instead of being presented on the display.

We analyzed several different types of objective and subjective data related to controller performance and preference using small-sample inferential statistical methods.  Results of the analyses indicated that participants considered WiSC to be a major improvement over current methods without introducing unnecessary complexity, workload, or bird-related voice communications.  Participants were unanimously in favor of receiving more accurate avian threat information and considered the presentation methods to be a good first step towards the effective presentation of this information in the ATCT environment.

Speaker: Mark R. Hale, CSSI, Inc.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Topic: Building a Security Strategy

Abstract: Security impacts everything we do, and the strength of our strategy can make all the difference.  We will share a few security strategies that are consistent, functional and repeatable:  A strategy that includes UEFI Secure Boot, Wireless management / quarantine, new data encryption standards like FPE (Format Preserving Encryption) and key technologies that will save you time and cost as it relates to an ATO (Authority to Operate - US Federal Security Baseline).  Come spend a few minutes learning about key security technologies that will have a positive impact on your security strategy.

Speakers: Jeffrey Lush, Chief Technologist, HP Federal - Civilian

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Topic: How to Talk to a Pilot who is Not a Pilot: Communication Challenges in the UAV World

Abstract: Disruptive technology trends in aviation such as unmanned aircraft bring with them new issues never before faced by the Air Navigation Service Provider community.   Among them, one of the most significant changes will be between the pilot and the service provider. The introduction of a new type of pilot certificate, Remote Pilot, has allowed individuals to enter into the National Airspace System without traditional pilot training and instruction. How the FAA and other regulatory entities communicate with this new type of stakeholder will be paramount to the integration of UAVs, and also to the safety of the air above us. This presentation shows how taking a human-centered approach can support successful communication outcomes.

Speakers: Andy Osantowske and Michelle DeLauer, Evans Incorporated

11 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Topic: How Airports Can Benefit from a Versatile Remote Tower Platform​

Abstract: From replicating out-the-window views to fully digitized capabilities, learn how Searidge Technologies is positioning ANSPs and ​airports for sustainability and growth with its Remote Tower platform. During the talk Searidge will showcase its ​versatile video and display capabilities that are in use to provide safe and efficient ​air traffic services today​. Relevant projects in Italy, Dubai, Hungary, ​France, and Canada will be discussed. 

Speakers: Neil Bowles, Head of Air Traffic Management, Searidge Technologies

11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Topic: How Airports Can Benefit from a Versatile Remote Tower Platform​

Abstract: Weather is the leading cause of delays to air travel in the United States, causing more than 65 percent of all delays. It impacts both the safety and the efficiency of operations. Yet, much of the weather impact is avoidable. With improved weather integration information, we can significantly mitigate delays and accidents. However, lack of shared information on operational constraints by all stakeholders (pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, traffic managers, etc.) limits our ability to do so. This presentation will examine the impacts of weather on air traffic, and how emerging data-driven analytics can mitigate weather impacts,  including:

  • Depicting accurate avoidance fields for various types of weather hazards (convective, winter, hurricane, tornado, turbulence, etc.)
  • Identifying route and airport based demand-capacity balances
  • Being integrated into existing operation support tools

Speakers: Rafal Kicinger, Principal Analyst, Metron Aviation

12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Topic:  Tomorrow’s Air Traffic Controllers: CTI High Complexity TRACON Simulation Training

Abstract: How one CTI school, with the addition of high fidelity radar simulation coupled with highly motivated instructors and students, moved from classroom instruction through initial radar to training in highly complex and crowded  airspace.

Speakers: Lily Alexander, Daniel Andrate, Keran Hanna, Kelsey McGrath, Omar Ramos, Lizmarie Rodrigues, Marco Taborra; Vaugh College 

1:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Topic: Aviation Data exchange and Analysis

Abstract: A survey of the evolution of aviation data access and development with a focus on distributed information management solutions. A typical "Big Data Ecosystem", with tools and techniques for the archive and analysis of aviation data will be presented.

Speakers: Paul Comitz, CACI

2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Topic: Migration of TDM to IP in the NAS – Risk Mitigation Solutions

Abstract: FAA systems depend on TDM-based services provided by telecom carriers (approx. 21,000 services – many using T1 Line connectivity).  TDM services will phased out and migrated to IP over the next few years.  The TDM services used in the NAS include voice, surveillance, weather, maintenance systems, and inter-facility / flight data a list that encompasses nearly the entire NAS. Sunhillo will present our view of some of the issues and solutions from the perspective of cost and schedule risk and risk mitigation.

Speaker: Steve Wigent, Manager, Business Development, Sunhillo

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

Topic: Overview of Aircraft Cyber Security Challenges

Abstract: Presentation will provide  an overview of the Aircraft Cyber Security problem space along with some of the distinctive challenges encountered when exploring the problem space.

Speaker: Eric Jacobs,, Director, MSAG

3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.  Young Aviation Professionals (YAPs) Tower Talks 

Short discussions on the ATM Industry from the views of YAPs.

Jared Stout, FAA

Ashley Spencer, JMA

Phil Yeung, Noblis

4 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Topic: Aviation Industry Inefficiency

Abstract: We imagine a world where aviation is safe, efficient, comfortable, predictable and affordable for all – supporting people’s ambitions, hopes and dreams, connecting people and fueling economic growth. A critical element to this world is the ability to plan, monitor, manage and assess aviation capacity, efficiency and operational effectiveness – and to be able to react to improve. This presentation will discuss the issues the aviation industry faces today, with actions and solutions to improve the industry wide inefficiency that exists. One such solution, Thales ECOsystem, will be examined in detail.

Speaker: Mark Palmer, Innovation Director, Thales

Wednesday, October 18, 2016
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Young Aviation Professionals Panel

How to Get (and Stay) Engaged
Opportunities for career growth are critical to ensuring that today’s early career professionals gain the skillsets needed to provide future leadership to the aviation industry. Advancement opportunities also provide career satisfaction, helping to ensure that promising future leaders remain engaged in the aviation industry. This panel will provide perspectives from several generations of the workforce on the type of activities early career professionals are seeking for development and growth and what activities have been effective for organizations to develop and retain early career professionals.

Katie Kondub, Noblis
Lee Weinstein, Leidos

Cindy Castillo, CSSI Inc. 
Mark Cianni, Aircraft Services International Group
Jonathan Fath, Harris Corporation
Kelly Mulholland, FAA
Jon Standley, FAA

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