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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.  

Dr. David Delaine, The Ohio State University
Dr. Mark Friend, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Mark Marchese, JMA
Sid McGuirk, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dr. James Pappas, University of Oklahoma
Lindy Ritz, The Ritz Group
Dr. Scott Tarry, University of Nebraska – Omaha
Jeff Tyrcha, Adacel
Dr. Pat Watts, FAA

11:45 a.m- 12:15 p.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.

Bob Etris, Evans Incorporated
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: Bullets, Balloons, and Bounds - How early incursions into airspace over private property were dealt with and why Congress should care

Abstract: How do the laws view ownership of airspace at lower levels near the ground?  How has the law evolved to handle manned flight over private property? The Drone Federalism Act and The Drone Innovation Act of 2017, both pending in Congress, attempt to address these questions head on, and to a lesser extent the FAA Reauthorization bills and the Safe Drone Act of 2017. Where is the proper balance between private property rights, freedom of the NAS, and safe operation of all types of aircraft in the NAS?

David Lincoln, 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. 


Jenny Beechener, Freelance Editor, Jane's Air Traffic Control


Rick Koller, Program Manager, Remote Towers, Searidge Technologies
Jason Licon, Airport Director, Northern Colorado Regional Airport
David Ulane, Director, Aeronautics Division, Colorado Department of Transportation
Jim Ullmann, Director of Safety & Technology, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m

Topic: Commercial Space: Opportunities and Challenges


Moderator: Dean Fulmer, The MITRE Corporations

Dan Murray, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Phil Bassett, FAA NextGen Office
Duane Freer, FAA System Operations
Zheng Tao,The MITRE Corporation

 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:  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.

Tara Stearman, PropelUAS by Evans Incorporated

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Topic:  Data Exchange Between Manned, Unmanned, Airspace Regulators and Service Suppliers

Abstract:  CGH is working globally with Federal, State, local governments and international air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and regulators, developing service supplier capabilities for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unified threat management (UTM) services, upper airspace strategic planning services, analytical services and data exchange services and integrated tools to support information sharing between manned, unmanned and air traffic control operations. How are airspace regulators going to provide better data services?  How are airspace regulators going to consume data from external service suppliers? How are service suppliers going to provide data services?  How do manned and unmanned vehicles transmit and receive data?  Hear how these challenges are being tackled to support more robust data transaction paradigms for better data services. 

Prakash Manglanathan, CGH Technologies

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Topic: Industry Approach for the Advancement of UAS Safety

Abstract: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) are being used extensively in commercial, military and recreational use. Safety implications of UAS operations are highly debated in the media. With the growth in UAS operation the UAS incidents reported has increased as well. There has been additional scrutiny around UAS Safety with the increased use and potentially long list of commercial drone applications. While FAA is working on safety with regulations, waivers and Certificate of Authorization, Industry is doing their part to make UAS safe by focusing on time honored aviation safety practices in key areas: human factors, technology reliability, and safe organizations.

Speakers: Moderator: Derek Hufty, FAA- UAS Integration Office
William Williams, Flight Safety Manager, Insitu
Chad Budreau, Director - Public Relations and Government Affairs, AMA
Peter Menet, Vice President, UAS Advocacy Network
Jonathan Scott, UAS Operator and Instructor, AeroVironment
Anuja Verma, Principal, The MITRE Corporation

1 - 1:45 p.m.

Topic: Cloud-hosted Data and Analytics Services Speed Innovation

Abstract: The extremely large amount of air traffic data generated today by legacy systems and platforms will grow exponentially with the addition of new instrumentation, devices, and related external data sources like weather and social media.  Ingesting and managing this data – preparing it – and making it accessible for predictive analytics and deep learning places heavy demands on data architectures and analytics services.  Today, cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google offer data analytic platform services to economically manage large data stores, and elastically analyze that data for operational insights that have real mission impacts. CSRA will share its experience and lessons learned on this powerful new capacity to speed innovation

Dave Vennergrund, 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 three Iridium NEXT satellite launches completed, the testing and validation of the Aireon system vigorously moves forward. 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.  The system will go live mid-2018 and the Aireon team has been conducting rigorous on-orbit tuning 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!

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

3 - 4 p.m.

Topic: YAP Tower Talks



Aubrey Farrar, DCA Controller
Rocio FrejVitalle, CSSI, Inc.
Ashley Spencer, Veracity
Ian Wallace, LS Technologies, LLC

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

11a.m. - 12 p.m.

Topic: Blue Skies - Modernizing the NAS, Regardless of Privatization

Abstract: As we quickly approach the 15 year mark for NextGen, what’s next? How does the FAA and industry position ourselves for an ever-evolving NAS regardless of privatization.  Where should our focus be over the next 20 years?


Gene Hayman, CACI

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