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WELCOME TO THE ATCA TECH SYMPOSIUM


September 14 – 18, 2020
A Fully Virtual Event

 

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SCHEDULE: Monday, September 14, 2020  

9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory.
 
Take Me to the Tech Center!
9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall

The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall will be live soon for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitors and their technology offerings.

Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall
10 – 10:15 AM Symposium Begins Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA
 
10:15 – 10:45 AM Symposium Session

FAA Remarks and Facility Briefings 
Pamela Whitely,  Acting Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
Shelley Yak, 
 FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center


10:45 – 11:15 AM Symposium Session NASA Remarks and Facility Briefings 
Akbar Sultan, NASA

 
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall Live Interactive Exhibit Hall 

Meet our Exhibitors Live!
12:30 – 1.30 PM  Symposium Session Virtual Fireside Chat
Daniel K. Elwell, FAA Deputy Administrator
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA President and CEO

See Session Abstract
1 – 4 PM   Symposium Networking Networking Pavilion Open 
 
2:15 – 3.45 PM 
Symposium Session

Laying the Groundwork to Enable Future Technology 
Tech Talk: Jim Eck, L3Harris Technologies 
Panel Discussion Moderator:  Carl Burleson 
Panelists: 
Rowayne Schatz , DoD
Akbar Sultan , NASA
Steve Bradford , FAA 
Andy Cebula, Airlines for America
Amanda Richardson, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

See Session Abstract
4 - 5:30 PM   Symposium Networking Opening Day Networking Reception with Exhibitors in the Networking Pavilion  

 
       
 
SCHEDULE: Tuesday, September 15, 2020  
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week

See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory. 

Take Me to the Tech Center!
9 AM – 5 PM  Interactive Exhibit Hall The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall will be live soon for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitor technology offerings.
 
Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall

10 AM – 3 PM

Symposium Networking  Networking Pavilion Open
 
10:30 – 11 AM  Symposium Session  Advanced and Urban Air Mobility (AAM/UAM) Tech Talk with Biruk Abraham  See Session Abstract
11:30 AM – 1 PM Symposium Session

Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART): Intelligent Airports and the Technology That Enables Them
Tech Talk: Lauren Moore, Atlantic County Economic Alliance 
Panel Discussion Moderator: Mike Paglione, FAA
Panelists: 
Shahrzad Ahmadi, Shipcom Wireless
Vijay Narula, OST
Manuela Sauer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
Jonathan Torres, FAA

Shawn Engelland, NASA
Chris Oswald, Airports Council International - NA

See Session Abstract

1:30 – 3 PM  Live Interactive
Exhibit Hall
Live Interactive Exhibit Hall Open Meet our Exhibitors Live!
3 – 4:30 PM Symposium Session Working TDM in an IP World 
Tech Talk: Indrajit Ghosh, ConnX (formerly Atlas Communications Technologies)
Panel Discussion Moderator: 
Charles Burand, FAA
Panelists: 

Joe Knecht, FAA
Mark Graham, Capital Group
Lionel Merrien, Thales 
Kymber Weese, MITRE
Steve Pitchon, ConnX

See Session Abstract 
       
SCHEDULE: Wednesday, September 16, 2020  
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory 
Take Me to the Tech Center!
9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall will be live soon for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitors and their technology offerings 

Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall
9 AM – 2 PM Symposium Networking  Networking Pavilion Open 

 
12:15 – 12:45 PM Symposium Session X-57 Maxwell and Electric Propulsion Tech Talk with Vince Schultz, NASA Langley 
See Session Abstract
1:15 – 2:30 PM Symposium Session

Evolving NAS Services for Emerging Aircraft Operations 
Panel Discussion Moderator: Diana Liang, FAA
Panelists: 

Gene Dolgin, ClimaCell 
Dr. Chip Meserole, Boeing
Parimal Kopardekar, NASA
Earl Lawrence, FAA

See Session Abstract
2:30 – 4 PM Live Interactive 
Exhibit Hall
Live Interactive Exhibit Hall Open

Meet our Exhibitors Live!

       
SCHEDULE: Thursday, September 17, 2020  
 9 AM – 5 PM FAA Tech Center Week See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory.
 
Take Me to the Tech Center!
9 AM – 5 PM Interactive Exhibit Hall The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall will be live soon for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitors and their technology offerings. 

Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall
11 AM – 12:30 PM Live Interactive 
Exhibit Hall 
Live Interactive Exhibit Hall Open Meet our Exhibitors Live!

12:15 – 12:45 PM Symposium Session Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Safety Talk with Member Jennifer Homendy, NTSB

See Session Abstract
12:30 – 3 PM Symposium Networking 

Networking Pavilion Open

 
1:15 – 2:30 PM Symposium Session  Safety in an Ever-Evolving Aerospace System
Panel Moderator: Ali Bahrami, FAA
Panelists: 

Hassan Shahidi, Flight Safety Foundation 
John Koelling, NASA   
Mark Roboff, EUROCAE Joint Committee on AI in Aviation
John Illson, Uber Elevate  
Steve Hansen, NATCA
Bobbi Wells, FedEx

See Session Abstract
3 – 5 PM Symposium Networking

ATCA Women in Aviation Tech Reception In the Networking Pavilion
PLEASE NOTE: Are you already registered for the Tech Symposium? Then you are fully registered for this event! If you have not registered for the Tech Symposium, you can attend this event for free by registering as an “Exhibit Hall Visitor" for the ATCA Tech Symposium to attend. There is a complimentary registration type to attend the networking event and interactive exhibit hall. Simply select "Exhibit Hall Visitor" to register for free. Registration is now open!

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SCHEDULE: Friday, September 18, 2020   
9 AM – 5 PM  FAA Tech Center Week See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory.  Take me to the Tech Center!
9 AM – 5 PM  Interactive Exhibit Hall The Tech Symposium Interactive Exhibit Hall will be live soon for you to meet with, speak to, and see exhibitors and their technology offerings.
Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall
10 – 11 AM  Live Interactive 
Exhibit Hall
Live Interactive Exhibit Hall Open Meet our Exhibitors Live!
11 AM – 12 PM Symposium Session 

ATCA Technical Symposium Recap and Look Forward Roundtable 
Peter F. Dumont,  ATCA
Jaime Figueroa,  William J. Hughes Technical Center
Barry Sullivan, NASA
Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA

See Session Abstract
12 – 2 PM Symposium Networking Last Chance to Connect in the Networking Pavilion

 
12:30 – 2:30 PM  Symposium Workshop

*EARN 2 CPE CREDITS! ACCESS IS FREE!*
ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity Preview Workshop: “Cyber Hygiene in a Time of Pandemic” 

Panel Moderator: Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technologies 
Panelists:  
John Grim, Verizon
Jay Ryerse, ConnectWise
Vince Crisler, DarkCubed
Stacy Mill, State of Kansas

See Session Abstract


Monday, September 14, 2020 - Abstracts

12:30 – 1.30 PM 

Virtual Fireside Chat
Daniel K. Elwell, FAA Deputy Administrator • Peter F. Dumont, ATCA President and CEO

ABSTRACT: In our next installment of ATCA's Virtual Fireside Chat, we take you inside the office of the FAA's chief NextGen officer and 2019 Glen Gilbert Memorial Award winner, Daniel K. Elwell. From COVID-19 to the Northeast Corridor, bring your questions (and your lunch!) to this can't miss session with ATCA President and CEO Pete Dumont. 

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2:30 – 3.45 PM 

Laying the Groundwork to Enable Future Technology 
Tech Talk: Jim Eck, L3Harris Technologies
Panel Moderator:  Carl Burleson
Panelists: Rowayne Schatz, DoD • Akbar Sultan, NASA • Steve Bradford, FAA • Andy Cebula, Airlines for America • Amanda Richardson, NATCA

ABSTRACT: 
With the realization of the NextGen vision coming to fruition, we shift our focus to emergent vehicle classes and operations and consider the development of ATM-like services in order to support these applications. We’ll invest in game-changing technologies that maintain today's excellent safety record while opening the skies to the vehicles and operations that once existed only in sci-fi novels. These technologies will take advantage of network-enabled operations, advanced information systems supporting unmanned and autonomous aircraft, and AI-enabled operations that reduce the cost of operations and transform piloting requirements. Development and evaluation of artificial intelligence capabilities and machine learning for command and control and collision avoidance systems will be paramount to enabling these future capabilities. This panel will explore the challenges to enabling ATCA’s Blue Skies Initiative (BSI) and how we can leverage successful NextGen implementations to enable future technology in the national aerospace system. 

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 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Abstracts
10:30 – 11 AM 

Advanced and Urban Air Mobility (AAM/UAM) Tech Talk with Biruk Abraham 

ABSTRACT:  Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) include manned and unmanned, highly autonomous, and pilot-supervised aircraft of varying size and mission operating safely and responsibly in the National Airspace System (NAS). These can include both electric and hybrid aircraft. While in its infancy today, advances in electric propulsion and control systems, computer systems, sensors, precision position and navigation information, and other technology are facilitating the development and operation of these new air vehicles. These new operations must meet the required standards to safely operate in the NAS in terms of the overall integrity of the vehicle and its adherence to the rules in a given airspace. 

Beyond new air vehicles, advanced air mobility requires a vastly more capable flight environment. Gaps exist between today’s NAS and what the community envisions. Tying together air vehicles, airspace, navigation, surveillance, communications, information, and infrastructure is a challenge the FAA and industry must tackle together. So, where do we begin and how do we coordinate the process, given innumerable system interdependencies and needs of different stakeholders?

The basis on this talk will center on how the FAA is collaborating with industry and NASA on many aspects of UAM. In particular how these air vehicles will likely operate with increasing degree of automation in a performance-based ATM environment. Whether through delivery of goods in urban environments, linking rural areas to population centers through passenger and cargo aviation, or an entirely new methods of passenger travel within a metropolis and its surrounding areas, these modes of transportation can make aviation a part of daily life.
 

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11:30 AM – 1 PM

Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART): Intelligent Airports and the Technology That Enables Them
Tech Talk: Lauren Moore, Atlantic County Economic Alliance
Panel Moderator: Mike Paglione, FAA
Panelists: Shahrzad Ahmadi, Shipcom Wireless • 
Vijay Narula, OST • Manuela Sauer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation • Jonathan Torres, FAA • Shawn Engelland, NASA • Chris Oswald, Airports Council International - NA

ABSTRACT: A SMART airport is a little artificial intelligence and a whole bunch of 21st Century innovation. It means that from passenger, terminal, and operator points of view, an airport will be linked, automated, and ultimately, completely streamlined. COVID-19 is undoubtedly speeding up some smart airport and aircraft technology to ease passenger and worker health concerns and make air travel as safe (and touchless) as possible. SMART airports are also a nexus for industry, academia, and governments, at the federal, state, and municipal level. Academia is driven by ideology and ideation; industry is driven by profit and efficiency; and government is driven by safety and data. Our panel of experts will discuss how technology will drive innovation in aviation and connect the world, one smart airport at a time
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3 – 4:30 PM 

Working TDM in an IP World 
Tech Talk: Indrajit Ghosh, ConnX (formerly Atlas Communications Technologies)
Panel Moderator: 
Charles Burand, FAA
Panelists: 
Joe Knecht, FAA • Mark Graham, Capital Group • Lionel Merrien, Thales • Kymber Weese, MITRE • Steve Pitchon, ConnX

ABSTRACT: The TDM technology that ran your organization’s network in the last century continues to operate many of today’s air traffic systems. With telecommunications carriers—as well as equipment suppliers—announcing they are discontinuing TDM services, the FAA is off to the races. The Agency has been dependent on TDM throughout approximately 90% of the FTI network, with over 23,000 services migrating to IP. The telecommunications industry has begun to alter market approaches with a shift to IP-based services based on demand, resulting in decreased repair capabilities for TDM-based services, while the FAA considers a number of options for transforming the FAA’s dependency on TDM-based services. Join the FAA, industry, and the telecom world in the race to modernization.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Abstracts
 12:15 – 12:45 PM

The X-57 Maxwell and Electric Propulsion Tech Talk with Vince Schultz, NASA Langley 

ABSTRACT: The X-57 Maxwell, NASA's first piloted experimental aircraft in decades, is a pathfinder for developing standards for electric propulsion, and is pioneering advances in Distributed Electric Propulsion that will herald innovations for greatly expanded air mobility. NASA is laying the foundations for electric aircraft, working to identify approaches to certification for these revolutionary vehicles and standards to safely operate these new aircraft in airspace systems around the world. This talk will summarize achievements to date, lessons learned along the way, and projected impacts for the future NAS from these increased levels of operations and the opening of whole new markets for transportation.
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 1:15 – 2:30 PM

Evolving NAS Services for Emerging Aircraft Operations 
Panel Moderator: Diana Liang, FAA
Panelists:  
Gene Dolgin, ClimaCell • Dr. Chip Meserole, Boeing • Parimal Kopardekar, NASA • Earl Lawrence,FAA

ABSTRACT: We all know the challenges we face in the mission to enable advanced air mobility (AAM) and integrate other new entrants. These types of operations, including eVTOL operations, could be conducted today assuming the number of operations is manageable in magnitude. However, potential service providers are looking at operations in the hundreds (and even thousands) as they come on-line and become more viable. Urban air mobility (UAM) will require much more than airspace access and new methods of communications. In order to enable these “higher tempo” operations, the government and industry need to determine the requirements to address issues related to weather, flight planning, contingency planning, and separation and safety assurance, to mention a few. Additionally, these operations will be flying at lower altitudes than commercial operations and will coexist with general aviation operations, below 400 ft., and in densely populated urban environments. The FAA will not have the resources to control these vehicles operations, but someone (or something) will need to manage them. In all likelihood, these services will be provided through third-party services, opening up new business operations within the aviation industry. Essentially these operators will need to provide the types of services that are used in commercial operations to these new vehicle operations, in a safe and cost-conscientious way. Obviously, these operations will be “piloted” initially and may not become widely affordable until more automation or autonomous capabilities are realized and certified in the future. That said, new V&V methodologies to ensure that these future systems can actually operate with increasing levels of autonomy while ensuring aviation safety. This panel will explore the various issues and technical capabilities that will need to be addressed in order to enable AAM services as a routine form of commuting in the future.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Abstracts  
 9 AM – 5 PM 

See on demand pre-recorded sessions from the William J. Hughes Technical Center - the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory 

ABSTRACT: Join us virtually at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center September 14-18, 2020 for Tech Center WEEK! This year’s online experience will allow participants to use an electronic boarding pass to navigate through nearly 50 online exhibits containing videos, virtual lab tours, and technical content. The exhibits will highlight the many projects and activities underway to support the sustainment and modernization of the National Airspace System, including how the Tech Center workforce is contributing to “Advancing Aviation into the Next Decade and Beyond.” Join us all week for this virtual experience into the nation’s premier laboratory facility for research, engineering, development, testing, and evaluation of advanced aviation technologies.
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 12:15 – 12:45 PM

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Safety Talk with Member Jennifer Homendy, National Transportation Safety Board

ABSTRACT: Jennifer Homendy was sworn in as a Member of the NTSB on August 20, 2018. From 2004 to 2018, she served as the Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, under the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She previously held positions with the Teamsters, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the American Iron and Steel Institute. Join Jennifer in a keynote discussion about the technology that drives the NTSB and the work the NTSB does to drive safety across all modes of transportation.
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 1:15 – 2:30 PM

Safety in an Ever-Evolving Aerospace System
Panel Moderator: Ali Bahrami, FAA
Panelists: 
Hassan Shahidi, Flight Safety Foundation • John Koelling, NASA Rep • Mark Roboff, EUROCAE Joint Committee on AI in Aviation • Steve Hansen, NATCA • John Illson, Uber Elevate • Bobbi Wells, FedEx

ABSTRACT: The number of operations in the NAS is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. In addition to the ever-increasing number of commercial operations, there will an increased emphasis on more efficient, greener vehicles, AAM, supersonic aircraft, and an increasing number of space launch vehicles that will need access to the NAS. The ATM system will need to harness new technology and employ new procedures to ensure safety. These operating procedures will rely on greater automation, which in turn will require new verification and validation (V&V) certification methodologies to address the ever-increasing use of complex systems resulting from increasing levels of automation and AI. In addition, vehicles that use alternative propulsive technologies (such as batteries) will also require thoughtful scrutiny since most of these operations and aircraft have not been certified for manned operations as of yet. This panel will explore the challenges to ensuring the safe operations of these emerging vehicles and operations and ideas on how to integrate them with the rest of the vehicles already operating within the NAS.

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 3 – 5 PM 

ATCA Women in Aviation Technology Networking Event 

ABSTRACT:  Across aviation's many sectors, women contribute to the success and innovation of the world's airspace each and every day. We're excited to host our second ATCA Women in Aviation Technology event at the ATCA Tech Symposium to continue providing a nurturing and inclusive environment for women in aviation, and especially tech fields, to network and share their successes, enhance and inspire leadership, and advance their careers within aviation and the aeronautical sciences. 

PLEASE NOTE: Are you already registered for the Tech Symposium? Then you are fully registered for this event! If you have not registered for the Tech Symposium, you can attend this event for free by registering as an “Exhibit Hall Visitor" for the ATCA Tech Symposium to attend. There is a complimentary registration type to attend the networking event and interactive exhibit hall. Simply select "Exhibit Hall Visitor" to register for free. Registration is now open!
 
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Friday, September 18, 2020 - Abstracts
11 AM – 12 PM 

ATCA Technical Symposium Recap and Look Forward Roundtable 
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA • Shelley Yak, William J. Hughes Technical Center • Barry Sullivan, NASA • Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA

ABSTRACT:  The straight scoop on a productive week exploring the key issues in aviation technology! Join ATCA and the Tech Symposium co-chairs, NASA and the FAA, to review the most important takeaways, goals, and ideas from the 2020 ATCA Virtual Technical Symposium.
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12:30 – 2:30 PM  

ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity Preview Workshop:
“Cyber Hygiene in a Time of Pandemic” 
Panel Moderator: Robert V. Jones, PResafe Technologies 
Panelists:  John Grim, Verizon • Jay Ryerse, ConnectWise • Vince Crisler, DarkCubed • Stacy Mill, State of Kansas

ABSTRACT: The natural world offers a strong reference model for so much, especially the digital world. Just as we are reminded how useful good personal hygiene (hand washing, social distancing, disinfecting surfaces, etc.) is to the effective mitigation of viral spreading during a pandemic, good cyber hygiene is equally effective in mitigating the spread of viruses in the digital world. The scariest part of COVID is what you don’t know. It’s the same with cybersecurity! Join us to explore how good cyber hygiene can help you remain safe and resilient during your online experiences, both personally and professionally. Come away with fundamental strategies, techniques and practices that enable you to establish and maintain good cyber hygiene and make appropriate investments for a more cyber-secure future.

 
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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner


    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert
     
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