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ATCA Annual Aireon Arena

Aireon Arena: Schedule of Events

Monday, October 16, 2017

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Abstract: The FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance is tasked with conducting cutting-edge research designed to enhance the training and NextGen technology of air transportation personnel, including air traffic controllers and technicians, aviation safety inspectors, airway transportation system specialists, engineers, and pilots. The Center is a world-class, public-private partnership of over 65 academic institutions and corporations.

Members of the Center will provide an overview of research activities, training, and technology plans. The panel will also lead a discussion with the audience to discuss innovation ideas critical to advancing the future training of aviation professionals.  

Karen Callihan, FAA
Dr. Mark Friend
Sid McGuirk, ERAU
Dr. James Pappasand, OU
Stephen West, OU
Dr. David Delaine, Ohio State
Jeff Tyrcha, Adacel
Walt Cochran, Leidos
Mark Marchese, JMA Solutions

11:45 - 12:15 a.m. 

Topic:  Help from Above: UAS as the new first responder

Abstract:Whether it is forest fires in the west or hurricane damage in the east, deploying unmanned aircraft are readily effective eyes in the sky to assess damage and support a search and rescue. But is everyone following the rules? Have there been challenges with coordinating drone operations with different first responder teams?

Join Tara M. Stearman with Propel UAS by Evans Incorporated to discuss the benefits and challenges of drone operations for emergency management, including leveraging partnerships and lessons learned from natural disasters the US has faced in 2017.

Speakers:  Bob Etris, Lauren Thomas, Evans Incorporated

12:20 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Topic: AeroMACS Milestones and FCC Rulemaking Petition

Abstract: Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) operates in the protected 5091-5150 MHz spectrum band for airport applications allocated by the ITU. It creates a new airport surface data communication system that is robust, efficient, secure, safe, and flexible. These capabilities enable significant improvements in safety and efficiency envisaged by programs such as NextGen in the United States and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative. This year’s presentation will highlight the new standards development, latest security announcements, FCC Implementation Report and Order and new FCC Petition for AeroMACS Service Rules Adoption, worldwide tests, other successful implementations and milestones.


Declan Byrne, President, AeroMACS - WiMAX Forum

Brent Phillips, Senior Systems Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Topic: CGH Technologies



2 - 3 p.m. 

Topic: Pioneering Remote Towers in the USA: Northern Colorado Regional Airport

Abstract: The FAA recently announced plans to install, test and certify a remote air traffic control tower at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland — one of the first of its kind in the United States. During this session, speakers will highlight the rationale behind the investment, the benefits to the airport and how technology is being implemented to achieve the program objectives. 

Speakers: David Ulane, Director, Aeronautics Division, Colorado Department of Transportation  
Jason Licon, Airport Director, Northern Colorado Regional Airport
Neil Bowles, Head of ATM Technology, Searidge Technologies

3:30 - 4:30 p.m

Topic: MITRE



 4:40 - 5 p.m.

Topic: Migration TDM to IP - The good, the bad and the ugly

It is in the news every day: Telecoms around the world are discontinuing their telephone line service commonly called TDM and replacing them with the internet protocol service, known as IP. This second wave of digitalization is happening in every household, and it is also entering our world of Air Traffic Management. Although looking simple from the outside, this change has major impacts on how communications between air traffic control facilities will be conducted in the future. Decade old paradigms on telecom circuits and networks will change. Telecom technicians will have to become computer engineers, and skills and knowledge base will need to change. A proven recipe for success builds upon three pillars addressing the technical, social, and governance topics.

Stefan J. Galler, Frequentis AG

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

9:30 - 10 a.m.

Topic: Evolving the Human Element in an Increasingly Automated World

Abstract: Separating aircraft is no longer achieved via tactical control using paper flight progress strips. Within a “system of systems”, digital technologies and automation capabilities have changed the role of the human in air traffic management. System design in air traffic management used to be about keeping the human “in-the-loop” - now it’s about finding the best ways to keep the human “ahead of the loop”. Join Bob Etris and Lauren Thomas from Evans Incorporated as they talk about supporting analog thinking and problem solving in a digitized airspace system.

Speakers: Tara Stearman, PropelUAS by Evans Incorporated

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Topic: CGH Technologies



11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Topic: MITRE



1 - 1:45 p.m.

Topic: CSRA



2 - 3 p.m.

Topic: What the Flight! Over Six Billion ADS-B Position Messages in Seven Months

Abstract: This has been an exciting year for Aireon!  With the first 4 launches of the Iridium NEXT satellites in 2017, the Aireon hosted payloads have seen over six billion ADS-B position messages in just seven months.

As the Iridium NEXT constellation moves towards completion, Aireon gets closer to achieving its goal of 100 percent global, real-time air traffic surveillance coverage.  The on-orbit test campaign has progressed significantly, exercising about 20 different test cases that includes reference transmitter calibration and customized flight tests with NAV CANADA and the FAA.  With live operations planned for early 2019, the Aireon team has been conducting rigorous on-orbit turning and system acceptance tests, while ensuring successful data flow to customers. 

You’re invited to hear more about this exciting endeavor from the experts who explore the performance frontier of this system every day!

Speakers: Mike Garcia, Director of Systems Engineering, Aireon
John Dolan, Senior Systems Engineer, Aireon

3 - 4 p.m.

Topic: YAP Tower Talks



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10 - 11 a.m.

Topic: MITRE



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