2019 Agenda and Information Coming Soon.
See you May 14 - 16, 2019!

Monday, May 14, 2018 




3 - 5 p.m.

Registration Open

Ocean Ballroom

Tuesday (Tech Center Tuesday) 
May 15, 2018 




7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration Open

Ocean Ballroom

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m Exhibitor Setup Ocean Ballroom
Tech Center Tuesday (May 15) Shuttle Bus Schedule

Shuttle bus service will be provided between Resorts Hotel and FAA Tech center from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:45 to 10 a.m. Shuttle buses running approximately 45 minutes between Resorts Hotel and FAA Tech Center 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuttle bus running approximately every 90 minutes between Resorts Hotel and FAA Tech Center 
3 to 5 p.m.  Shuttle buses running approximately every 45 minutes between Resorts Hotel and FAA Tech Center
First bus departs Resorts (outside main lobby entrance) for FAA Tech Center at 7:45 a.m.
Last Bus departs FAA Tech Center to Resorts Hotel at 5:00 p.m. 
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Landshark

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Landshark Bar & Grill

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Join us on Wednesday May 16th for our inaugural Fun Run with Mindy! Start your day with a 5k run on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – we will meet out front of Resorts Hotel at 6:15 a.m. – warm up at 6:25 a.m. and the run begins at 6:30 a.m. sharp! Mindy will lead the group north onto the brand new extended boardwalk of Atlantic City – with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Absecon Inlet. Interested?  Contact Mindy at




7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration Open

Ocean Ballroom

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Speaker/Moderator Room Open  

Atlantic 3

7 - 8 a.m.

Welcome Coffee and Breakfast 

Coffee Sponsored by: 

Ocean Ballroom 
8 - 8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks  

Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

Robert A. Pearce, Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategy, Office of the Associate Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Shelley Yak , Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Superstar Theater 
8:30 - 9 a.m.

An Interview with Richard A. Cutts

Manager, Small Business & Strategic Acquisition Division,
Acquisition Policy & Oversight, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Superstar Theater 
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open   Ocean Ballroom  
9 - 10:30 a.m. 

Blue Skies - What Does the Future Hold Beyond NextGen, Regardless of Privatization?

As we approach the milestone of 2025 for NextGen, what’s next? What does the future of aviation look like after NextGen? Regardless of the outcome of privatization, the aviation community requires an operational transformation of the NAS that enables new vehicle types and their associated modes of operations. This operational change will significantly change the functional and performance requirements of the global airspace system. The challenge will be to establish a continuously evolving airspace system that creates an environment for an increased pace of adoption of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomy; and new operational business models such as space transportation and package delivery systems; while maintaining the safest airspace system in the world.   In planning for the environment beyond NextGen, this panel WILL provide a framework for this year’s ATCA Technical Symposium


Gene Hayman, CACI

Michael Baiada, ATH Group, Inc
Steve Bradford, FAA
Michael Dyment, Nexa Capital
Donna McLean, PlanzerMcLean
Bob Pearce, NASA

Superstar Theater 
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:    

Resorts' Ballroom
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. It’s All About the Information 

The current US air transportation system, which has evolved over the past eight decades, is without question one of the most complex operating systems in the world. New technology insertion remains very methodical but slow when compared to industry, and the effects of new technologies on the NAS or even the need is hard to predict.
We cannot keep chasing the tail of technology. Today’s technology is more about providing information. However, because of the complex interactions required in the NAS, and technological forces in the air transportation system, it is extremely difficult to predict the impact of the next generation of technologies on the NAS, therefore which technologies should even be pursued. Consequently, there is a strong tendency within the system to maintain the status quo or take the cautious way out and not consider the use of evolving technologies like expanded use of cellular advancements, internet of things, advances in safety analysis, supercomputing or computing on the edge, increased use of cloud services or the use of third party services, connected vehicle technologies, and other safe and secure ways of sharing data. 

As a result, new information technologies have been limited to incremental improvements with long planning lead times for investment, many already too late in the pipeline to be useful and gain the NAS benefits. When they are deployed in the NAS often what was a new technology three years ago is no longer supported by industry. Therefore, the NAS suffers missed opportunities to improve safety, security, efficiency, flexibility, and predictability for its operations.

This panel will discuss potential technologies and capabilities the FAA should consider for rapid deployment in the current and mid-term timeframes (current - 2028), and the means to assist in making that possible while mitigating the effects on current efforts.

Moderator: Natesh Manikoth, FAA

Chris Balcik, Samsung
Young Bang, Booz Allen Hamilton
Mark DeNicuolo, FAA
Joshua Gustin, FAA
Chris Metts, Deloitte
Bill Thigpen, NASA

Superstar Theater 
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Luncheon Buffet

Ocean Ballroom and Capriccio
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Keynote: Pamela Whitley, Acting Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  

Conference Proceedings with Live Voting

Addressing The Need for a Near-Term Solution to UAS Integration
by: Frank Matus and Brenden Hedblom, Thales

- Approach Runway Verification: A Tool to Aid Controllers in Preventing
Landing on Taxiways

by: Simon Hennin, Raytheon

- A White Paper Redefining Collaborative Air Traffic Management
by: Jeff Burke, FAA

Superstar Theater 
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. 

Ice Cream Break

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Ocean Ballroom
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Cutting-edge Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Support the Future NAS 

Modeling and Simulation (M&S) is used throughout the FAA and industry to validate operational concepts and test new technologies supporting the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). M&S allows us to look into the future and understand the complex system of systems that is the NAS. Transformative technologies, such as those that enable TBO and facilitate the integration of commercial space and UAS traffic, will require new M&S approaches that go beyond current capabilities. M&S is now also being used to validate or invalidate new technologies, strategies or tactics or assess the improvements gained in improved safety & efficiencies or reduced operating costs.  As we move to the future of the NAS, what do these advanced M&S concepts look like? Agent-based simulation, virtual reality, and hybrid systems are likely candidates. This panel will present the latest M&S activities within the FAA, NASA, and industry and discuss future concepts and capabilities. 

Moderator: Jennifer Morris, FAA

Dr. Heather Arneson, NASA Ames
Dr. Robert Cox, US Army
Dave Knorr, FAA
Paul MacWilliams, The MITRE Corporation
Premysl Volf, Agentfly Technologies/Czech Technical University

Superstar Theater 
5:30 - 7 p.m. 

Networking Reception with Exhibitors

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Ocean Ballroom
7 p.m. Open Evening  

Thursday, May 17, 2018




8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Open

Ocean Ballroom

8 - 11:45 a.m.  Speaker/Moderator Room Open Atlantic 3
8 - 9 a.m. 

Welcome Breakfast

Coffee Sponsored by:

Ocean Ballroom 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open  Ocean Ballroom  
9 a.m.


Superstar Theater  
9 - 10:15 a.m. Challenges for Embracing Autonomy/Autonomous Operations in and Beyond the NAS 

Everyday we see the impacts of emerging technologies whether it be our cellphones, laptops, iPADS, readily available data and information systems enabling advances in the medical, banking, travel industries, as well as the promise of autonomous cars driving for us in the very near future.   These ever-increasing levels of automation, autonomy and autonomous operations will become even more prevalent in the aviation industry.  This change may be the biggest change in aviation since flight itself. Autonomy could possible change every aspect of the aviation system from airport to air vehicles, from airspace classifications to ATC operations. This panel will discuss the technical challenges and issues facing the changing aviation landscape as autonomy continues to enter the aviation market.

Gerald Hoff and Glenn Rossi, The Boeing Company

Kenneth Goodrich, NASA
Joseph Dunagan, Raytheon
Dr. Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft
Dr. Thomas Prevot, Uber
Amy Prichett, Penn State

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. 

Networking Break

Sponsored by:

Ocean Ballroom  
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Challenges for UAS/UTM Implementation in the NAS 
Superstar Theater
12:30 - 12:45 p.m.

Symposium Summary and Closing Remarks

Barry Sullivan, NASA
Jaime Figueroa, Deputy Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, FAA
Peter F. Dumont, President & CEO, ATCA

12:45 p.m. Luncheon at Capriccio Dining Room or box lunch on the go Ocean

See you next time!
May 14 - 16, 2019

2018 Exhibitors

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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.)

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