ATCA 2017 Technical Symposium Schedule of Events

​Monday, May 15, 2017 

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

2 - 5 p.m.

Registration Open

Resorts' Ballroom


Tuesday (Tech Center Tuesday) 
May 16, 2017 

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

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

Registration Open

Resorts' Ballroom

8 a.m.  Bus departs to FAA Tech Center (boarding starts 7:45 a.m.) Resorts Hotel  
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m Exhibitor Setup of Exhibit Booths Resorts' Ballroom
12:30 p.m.  Bus departs to Resorts Hotel (boarding starts 12:20 p.m.) FAA Tech Center 
1:15 p.m. Bus departs to FAA Tech Center (boarding starts 1 p.m.) Resorts Hotel
5 p.m.   Bus departs to Resorts Hotel (boarding starts 4:30 p.m.) FAA Tech Center 
6 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception at Landshark Bar and Grill
Sponsored by:    
Landshark Bar & Grill



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration Open

Resorts' Ballroom

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Speaker/Moderator Room Open   Horizon
Room
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Welcome Breakfast 

Coffee and Beverages Sponsored by:

Resorts' Ballroom 
8:30 - 9 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks  

Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) 
Barry Sullivan, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Integration Manager for the Airspace Systems Program Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Shelley Yak, Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Charles Keegan, Chairman, ATCA
Superstar Theater 
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open   Resorts' Ballroom  
9 - 9:30 a.m.  Keynote:

Jim Eck, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
Superstar Theater 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Transition of the NAS to a Time-Based Management System - Technologies and Capabilities

Transforming the National Airspace System (NAS) to a flexible, scalable, and Time-Based Management (TBM) system is the fundamental driving force behind much of the FAA’s NextGen work, from research to infrastructure development and operational integration. TBM is management of an aircraft trajectory using time in all phases of flight, both tactically and strategically across multiple time objectives. Instead of simply adding short-term capabilities to an aging infrastructure that couldn’t accommodate broader transformation, a flexible, robust, and resilient NextGen infrastructure is being implemented. In many cases, new technologies are installed on board aircraft as well as on the ground. The integration of this improved infrastructure, enabling technologies, new decision-support tools, and controller applications, improves operations across all phases of flight and time horizons to support the ultimate NextGen goal of Trajectory Based Operations (TBO).  

TBO is an air traffic management (ATM) concept for the NAS that enables airspace users and the ANSPs to strategically manage and optimize trajectories throughout the operation based on the aircraft’s ability to fly precise paths in time/space, and the increased ability to exchange trajectories, aeronautical, flight, and weather information. The objective of TBO is improved flight efficiency, efficient use of capacity, improved schedule predictability, and increased operational flexibility. TBM is one of two key elements of TBO; the other is Performance Based Navigation (PBN). This panel will discuss some of the challenges that need to be addressed in the development of TBM as we transition the current NAS to TBO.

Co-Moderators:
Kristen Burnham, FAA
Jeff Woods, NATCA

Speakers:
Bryan Barmore, NASA
Ian Levitt, FAA
Michele Merkle, FAA
Elly Smith, The MITRE Corporation

Superstar Theater 
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break Resorts' Ballroom
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Transition of the NAS to a Time-Based Management System - User and Operational Challenges

Building off the first panel, transforming the NAS to a flexible, scalable, and TBM system is the fundamental driving force behind much of the FAA’s NextGen work, from research to infrastructure development and operational integration. However, many of the challenges are not just adding new systems, technologies, and capabilities. To realize operational integration for the end state TBO vision, a well-trained workforce and new policies, procedures, and processes need to come together in an integrated fashion to produce a completely new system — a transformed NAS.  

With the emergence of TBO comes new challenges to the NAS workforce. Pilots, controllers, airline operations, airports, and system providers and integrators will all experience changes to their work environment. These challenges include not only technical challenges but cultural changes to roles and responsibilities. When we add in a well-trained workforce, new policies, procedures, and processes, these different layers come together in an integrated fashion to produce a completely new system – a transformed NAS. NextGen is a collaborative effort that hinges on both air and ground investments, and the FAA cannot be successful without stakeholder buy-in and partnership. Operational integration is the key to fully realizing NextGen benefits. This panel will discuss some of the user and operational challenges that will need to be made to transition the current NAS to a TBM System.

Co-Moderators:

Kristen Burnham, FAA
Jeff Woods, NATCA

Speakers:
Michael Baiada, ATH Group, Inc.
Jack Christine, Charlotte International Airport
Captain Wes Googe, American Airlines
Rob Hunt, FAA
Superstar Theater 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Buffet

Resorts' Ballroom and Capriccio Dining Room
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  

Risk Mitigation Activities for Enabling UTM Operations

Potential Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) initiatives are underway by the UAS community, introducing cutting edge technology solutions that may pave the way to successful integration with manned aircraft operations.    

The panel will provide a deeper dive into the risk mitigation and regulatory preparation actions various companies are taking as we transition from the NASA UTM concept for uncontrolled airspace to actual implementation.  NASA and industry will highlight current test activities, with particular emphasis on how data is being collected and shared so that FAA regulators can continue risk assessment activities, standards development, and updates to relevant regulations.

Moderator:
Sherri Magyarits, FAA

Speakers:

Tyler Collins, Precision Hawk
Mike Glasgow, Leidos

Frank Matus, Thales

Tom Prevot, NASA
Jennifer Richter, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Superstar Theater 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.  Ice Cream Break - Sponsored by:
  
Resorts' Ballroom
3:45 - 5 p.m. Conference Proceedings Presentations and Vote

Speakers:

Rocio Frej Vitalle, CSSI, Inc.
Charles Chen and Antonio Correas, Skymantics, LLC

Captain William B. Cotton, National Institute of Aerospace

David Wing, NASA Langley Research Center

Superstar Theater 
5 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception with Exhibitors Resorts' Ballroom
6:30 p.m. Open Evening  





Thursday, May 18, 2017

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration Open

Resorts' Ballroom

8 - 11:45 a.m.  Speaker/Moderator Room Open Horizon Room
8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast   Resorts' Ballroom 
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open  Resorts' Ballroom  
9 - 10:15 a.m. 

Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) Impact at the WJHTC and Contribution to the NAS

The FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center serves as the FAA national scientific test base for research and development, test and evaluation, and verification and validation in air traffic control, communications, navigation, airports, aircraft safety and security. Hear how YAPs are making an impact at the WJHTC and helping to advance NextGen.  

Moderator:

Lee Weinstein, YAP Co-Chair, Leidos


Speakers:

Michael Bevilacqua, FAA
Angela Campbell, FAA

Cuong Nguyen, FAA
David Providakes, FAA

Superstar Theater  
10:15 - 11 a.m.  Networking Break 
Coffee and Beverages Sponsored by: 

Resorts' Ballroom  
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Data Whispers That Turn Data Analytics to Action

Last year we reviewed the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) backbone that allows NAS data to flow almost immediately to anyone plugged into the system. Today’s panel focus will be on advanced solutions that already take advantage of not just SWIM data but other data sources in order to offer cost savings to airlines, improved services to the traveling public, and better safety insights to the administration. The panel will examine how NAS users are utilizing SWIM data to access better, real-time information on the NAS, the network, and the weather, and how SWIM allows airlines to work with the FAA to improve the NAS playbook, review reroute options around weather, offer data fusion elements to research safety incidents and improve insights, and inform the traveling public not just with flight status, but with insight on how their flights are likely to operate tomorrow or the next day.


Moderator:

Jonathan Fath, Harris Corporation


Speakers:

Jim Hetzel, Flightstats, Inc.
Chip Meserole
, The Boeing Company
Jennifer Morris, FAA
Alex Nakahara, Philadelphia Phillies
Dave Vennergrund, CSRA

Superstar Theater
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon Buffet  Resorts'
Ballroom and Capriccio Dining Room
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.  Integrating Commercial Space Operations into the NAS - A Technical Discussion

Space industry trends point towards increased frequency of operations using a greater range of vehicle types at more launch locations throughout the NAS. The FAA Office of Commercial Space (AST) and the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) must be ready to handle these operations in a more efficient manner, while also maintaining the current level of safety provided to all NAS operators. By planning for improvements now, the FAA and ATO will be able to implement such things as NAS infrastructure improvements, policy, regulation, and tools before growth in the space industry results in NAS performance deficiencies and delays.

Although space tourism could lead to a large increase in the number of space operations each year, an increase in operations is not the only challenge the FAA faces. The variety of vehicle types and their unique operating characteristics—from balloons to micro-launchers to re-useable launch vehicles and captive carry launches—create unique challenges that the FAA and ATO must be ready to meet. 

Additionally, new spaceports may require services from air traffic control (ATC) facilities that have not handled space operations in the past. These new launch sites may affect additional domestic airspace routes where more efficient and complex aircraft re-route options would be needed. These factors all contribute to the complex challenges that the FAA and the ATO face in achieving integration of space operations into the NAS safely and efficiently.

This panel will discuss the technical aspects of integrating commercial space operations in the NAS through policy, operations, and procedures (including automation and tools).

Moderator:

Jacqueline Jackson, FAA

 

Speakers:

Elliott Black, FAA

Rick Garceau, FAA
Kevin Hatton, Space X
Brian Julius, Virgin Orbit

Dan Murray, FAA


Superstar Theater  
2:30 p.m.  Symposium Summary and Closing Remarks  

Barry Sullivan, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Integration Manager for the Airspace Systems Program Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Shelley Yak, Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) 
Superstar Theater 

See you next time!
May 15 - 17, 2018
May 14 - 16, 2019



2017 Exhibitors



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