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Monday, October 1, 2018
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Title: Autonomy

Abstract: The transportation industry is quickly integrating aspects of autonomy into many sectors.  Transportation autonomy is a quickly developing area that will change the landscape of transportation over the next couple of decades.   For this presentation, we will focus on the direction of the industry around transportation autonomy.  Specifically, we will focus on: (1) What transportation autonomy means for surface transportation; (2) What’s been happening across the landscape of autonomous driving including how the industry is strategically aligning around opportunity space; and (3) An overview of autonomy applications in aviation, including drones, and passenger carrying urban air mobility.

Speakers: Chris Devlin, Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corp.
11:45 a.m- 12:15 p.m.  Title: An Introduction to FAA Cloud Adoption and the FAA Cloud Services Program

Abstract: From the FAA’s cloud adoption journey to the exciting work happening on the FAA Cloud Services Program, join a compelling discussion about cloud technology and innovation, and the options for using FCS to move FAA workloads into the cloud.

Speaker: Chris Carver, FAA Cloud Services Chief Architect, GDIT
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Title: Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) Tower Talks
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Title: SWIM Core Messaging with Solace - Accelerated Data Movement

Abstract: SWIM Core Messaging is covered, specifically how Solace has been and can be the NextGen solution for ANSPs at the State, Regional and Global levels. Understand why having roots in finance and broad acceptance across industries greatly benefits SWIM Core Messaging and especially Solace as a GEMS. This is even more important in the event-driven landscape where airlines, airports, drones, big data, real-time analytics and machine learning are all contributing to and consuming from the data movement ecosystem. In the extreme world of finance, the adoption of a rock solid NextGen message bus has been a game changer over the last decade. Learn how to take advantage of this resilient, powerful data movement foundation as extreme becomes the new normal.

Speakers: Wayne Osse, Chief Architect, Global Aviation and Transport, Solace
2 - 2:45 p.m.  Title: Digital Towers: The Future Is Now

Abstract: The remote tower at Northern Colorado Regional Airport is a reality. This session will highlight how Searidge, the FAA and Aeronautics Division of CDOT are collaborating to bring ATC to a non-towered airport. 

More and more airports are looking closely at the business case for implementing digital tower services. Attendees will hear how technology:
     - Helps them realize the business benefits of a digital/remote system.
     - Supports data sharing within the airport (e.g. SWIM initiative).
     - Creates opportunities for airports to grow.

Speakers: Rick Koller, Program Manager, Digital Towers, Searidge Technologies 
3 - 4 p.m Title: US Government Trade Facilitation Services

Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
     - Jonathan Alvear, International Trade Specialist, Industry & Analysis
     - Paul Matino, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service (Baltimore, MD)
     - Barbara Farrar, Middle East and Africa Team Leader, The Advocacy Center

Mr. Alvear will convey how Industry & Analysis supports U.S. jobs through work to remove foreign trade barriers, supply market intelligence, pursue trade promotion activities, and detect and address unfair trade policies.  Mr. Alvear also will introduce a new Salesforce Toolkit designed to better connect U.S. vendors of air traffic management products and services with potential customers. Mr. Matino will discuss how the U.S. Commercial Service can help U.S. businesses grow internationally and how the Commercial Service utilizes its global network of trade professionals to connect U.S. companies with international buyers worldwide.  Ms. Farrar will clarify how the Advocacy Center supports American companies pursuing government procurement opportunities abroad through government to government engagement to create a level playing field.

Export-Import Bank of the United States

     - Pamela Ross, Senior Loan Officer, Project & Structured Finance Division

Ms. Ross will explain the role of the Export Import Bank in supporting U.S. trade, describe its services, and the highlight a couple of transactions. 

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
     - Kevin Curley, Associate Director

Mr. Bennett will provide an overview of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, discuss how OPIC supports U.S. businesses through financing and political risk insurance, and explain how best to apply for OPIC’s services.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
9:45 - 11:30 a.m. Title: FAB Europe Central (FABEC) Cooperative Solutions for a Changing Aviation Market
Moderator: Jennifer Beechener, Freelance ATC Writer

9:45 - 10 a.m.
FABEC: Regional Cooperation in Operations

Europe’s Functional Airspace Block Europe Central, known as FABEC, was officially launched in June 2013. It comprises the airspace of the six FABEC States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland and is one of the busiest in the world. FABEC handles about 5.8 million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic. The objective of FABEC air navigation service providers is to achieve optimal performance through the common development and implementation of innovative operational solutions. FABEC - we work together to keep the skies safe.

Speaker: Johan Decuyper, Chairman FABEC CEO Board/CEO Belgocontrol

10 - 10:45 a.m. 
Volatility in ATM: Evidence, Challenges, and Solutions 

External shocks such as the crisis in Syria and the opening and closing of Ukrainian airspace are having a significant impact on the stability of the aviation sector. In addition, there are also repercussions caused by new weather phenomena, the sudden launch or shutdown of city pairs by low-cost carriers or changes to ATC service charges. Based on concrete case studies FABEC will present different kinds of volatility, their impact on operational management for day-to-day business and will discuss ways of achieving predictability in the given framework.

Speaker: Geoffroy Ville, CM FABEC Standing Committee Operations/Dep. COO DSNA 

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Adverse Weather and ATM: Consequences of Climate Change

Torrential rainfall, extreme thunderstorms, gale-force winds and quantities of snow not seen for decades: Climate change has reached Europe - and is having a major impact on the air transport system. Airports have to be closed, flights cancelled or huge detours flown. FABEC will talk about concrete everyday examples of what is otherwise a theoretical discussion. Using facts, case studies and concrete operational initiatives, approaches to solutions will be presented.

Speaker: Wolfgang Bretl, CM FABEC Head of ACC Group/Head of ACC Munich
11:35 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. Topic: GUTMA Presents: Dive into UTM - Initiatives and Technical Solutions

Richard King, Director, Network Designs Inc. (NDi)
     Amit Ganjoo, Founder & CEO, ANRA Technologies: UTM in the US (TCL1 to 4, LAANC)     
     Bill Goodwin, General Counsel, Airmap: UTM internationally (U-Space and Asia-Pacific initiatives)
     Philip Hall, CEO, RelmaTech: Remote identification and tracking, with an update on the US remote ID plans
     Manu Lubrano, Co-founder & CEO, Involi: Flight awareness, merging manned and unmanned data, with an update on
          EU plans
     Reinaldo Negron, Product Manager at Project Wing @ X: InterUSS, data sharing and deconfliction (global)
1 - 1:30 p.m.
Title: Artificial Intelligence Innovation in Air Traffic Management

Abstract: The past few years has seen a significant increase in Artificial Intelligence (AI) based applications, services and platforms. AI is rapidly becoming ubiquitous across industries and various fields. This session will focus on the near term opportunities and risks of using AI within an ATM technology ecosystem, featuring some practical lessons learned from both a management and technology implementation perspective. It will also highlight some of the already existing AI solutions and products deployed in the industry and specifically how they are used in the Digital Tower context. AI has been successfully deployed in many different countries for applications such as traffic light automation and automatic gate occupancy detection.

Speakers: Pat Urbanek, Key Account Executive, Searidge Technologies
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Title: The Power of Two: Couples in Aviation

Abstract: Join us to delve into the fascinating world of managing matrimony and career progression in the same field.  Three intrepid couples will bring their perspectives on advancing in their careers in aviation.  Some of the benefits of working together include appreciating the struggles of your partner, and enjoying larger combined networking opportunities.  Some struggles include defining your individual paths, and setting boundaries around work and personal life.  Enjoy some humor and candor as we reflect on some couples that made it work in aviation.    

     Peter and Vanessa Dumont
     Jay and Michele Merkle
     Ariel and Glen Scheirer
3:15 - 4 p.m. Topic: State of the ATO Interview

     Teri Bristol, COO, Air Traffic Organization, FAA
     Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Topic: Proactive Safety in an Evolving NAS

Abstract: As we walk through the ATCA Exhibit Hall, we are struck by the great variety of advanced technologies and capabilities that are planned to be introduced into the National Airspace System (NAS) over the coming years. These include both aircraft and ground automation capabilities, with the goal to improve the efficiency and safety of the system. While the FAA and aviation industry have measurably improved safety through proactive programs, these new capabilities and technologies introduce new complexities into the system. This panel will discuss the opportunities the new systems provide, and also discuss proactive and predictive safety methods that can mitigate emerging risks by identifying, developing, and fielding timely and appropriate corrective actions. As new Air Traffic Management procedures and technologies are introduced into the NAS, corresponding advancements in capabilities to identify, monitor, maintain, and improve the safety of NAS operations will be required. This panel will explore how combining predictive analytics, modeling, and other advanced technologies will enable the FAA and aviation industry to identify patterns and trends in large amounts of data in order to anticipate the next safety hazards.

 Hassan Shahidi, Director, Aviation Safety and New Entrants Integration, MITRE

     Michael Quiello, Vice President, Corporate Safety, United Airlines
     Craig Hoskins, Vice President of Safety, Security, and Technical Affairs, Airbus
     Steve Jangelis, Air Safety Organization Aviation Safety Chair, ALPA
     Mark Milam, Vice President, Flight Safety Foundation
10:45 - 11 a.m.
Topic: The Use of Technology and Innovation to Increase Success Rates of Air Traffic Control Academy Graduates at Facilities Nationwide

 This presentation discusses possible reasons for the current high failure rate of ATC Academy graduates once assigned to facilities nationwide. The paper also suggests ways to alleviate the problem by use of specific matured technology that is not currently being used despite being available for almost a decade.

 Shahar Ladecky, Head of R&D, Air Traffic Simulation, Inc.

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Introducing the ATCA-ERAU AMS Workshop

Make the AMS Work for You!

 ATCA is excited to offer an exclusive members-only AMS Workshop, a joint-initiative developed by ATCA and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). We have created this professional development curriculum to help aviation professionals like you harness the full capabilities of the FAA Acquisition Management System (AMS). From service analysis and strategic planning to in-service management, this one-day course will equip you with the tools and insight you need to not only effectively navigate the AMS but to maximize your competitive edge.
Our course, led by ERAU associate professor Dr. John Longshore, is designed to engage participants at all levels of AMS experience in both industry and government. At the end of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion, jointly signed by ERAU and ATCA.

The one-day ATCA/ERAU AMS Workshop will take place on the last day of ATCA Annual, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Gaylord National Harbor. The class size is extremely limited—only 30 participants! Registration is $799.

Questions? Email Paul Planzer today or call 703.299.2430.

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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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