Free Education

At ATCA Annual, we aim to Connect, Collaborate, and Educate. This year, we're offering all hall visitors two presentation theaters with over 30 hours of free education from our exhibitors, sponsors, and government partners! Take a moment and plan your journey today. We look forward to seeing you!
Monday, October 21, 2019
9 - 9:25 a.m.
Erzberger Theater

Topic: Radar Reimagined: Low Level Airspace Surveillance - See What You Have Been Missing
Speaker: Michael Dubois, Engineering Manager, Raytheon
Abstract: Reimagine tomorrow’s radar systems as multi-function, short-range sensors that overcome the inconvenient truth of the Earth’s curvature, and mitigate the impact of buildings and topographical changes to address the evolving airspace needs, from the ground up.  This discussion invites you to consider the potential of a distributed network of radars and how such emerging technology is modernizing our skies, and here to stay.

9 - 9:40 a.m.
Williams Theater

Topic: Operationalizing NextGen
Speaker: Arthur Orton, Branch Manager, NextGen Management & Technology Division, FAA
Abstract: NextGen has succeeded in modernizing the infrastructure of the National Airspace System (NAS) across communication, navigation, surveillance, automation, and information system domains, making aviation in the United States even safer, more efficient, and more flexible. Moving forward, our priority is to complete operationalization of NextGen by driving toward our vision for a Trajectory Based Operation (TBO). In order to do this, the FAA is using an integrated implementation strategy. A second key element is our continuing collaboration with the industry on the aircraft capability elements of this modernization. Finally, we are focused on leveraging the data and information available with our modernized infrastructure to continue to innovate and bring benefits to the NAS.

9:35 - 10:10 a.m.
Erzberger Theater

Title: Cloud Network Management, Telemetry and Analytics with Microsoft
Speaker: Diego Baccino, Senior Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft
Abstract: The Microsoft Azure cloud is a unique platform offering one of the largest private networks in the world, well positioned to handle the explosion of data and telemetry that comes with increased air traffic. Microsoft processes 26 billion messages a day across 700 buildings globally and tens of thousands of remote workers. Correlating this data together and driving actionable insights requires visibility and telemetry across the entire enterprise. In this presentation, Microsoft will speak about our vast network, the network telemetry, hot & cold path analytics and walk the audience through a case study of how we manage our network today. Come learn how Microsoft's Azure cloud can help aviation networks and service providers transform to improve airspace and passenger safety.
9:50 - 10:20 a.m.
Williams Theater
Title:  Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Full IP-based VCS Deployments
Speaker: Gregory McKenney, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.
Abstract: As a leading provider of air traffic control communications solutions, Rohde & Schwarz has been deploying ED-137 compliant VCS systems with Full VoIP at the Core around the world over the past ten years. With over 200 VCS systems deployed in over 55 countries since 2010, Rohde & Schwarz experienced advantages, challenges and best practice on multiple fronts, from technology to integration and test, to physical deployment and transition of multi-country installations, tower systems and even oil rigs. During this session Rohde & Schwarz looks forward to share some of those lessons learned with the ATCA community. 
10:20 - 10:40 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Where Should Drones Fly? A Data-driven, Risk-based Decision Making Framework Using AI and Big Data
Speaker: Bhavik Bhatt, Project Lead, GDIT
Abstract: The UAS Risk Analysis Model quantifies unmitigated collision risk of manned aircraft with existing UAS Facility Map altitudes (Part 107 sUAS operations) and recommends low-risk altitudes using the Safety Management System (SMS), Big Data and Machine Learning principles. The model will be one of the first projects to use FAA's newly developed Cloud Platform - Enterprise Information Management (EIM).
10:30 - 11 a.m.
Williams Theater
Topic: SWIM: State of the Program
Speaker: Melissa Matthews, Acting Program Manager, Capabilities Lead, SWIM Program Office, FAA 
Abstract: Coming soon
10:50 - 11:40 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment (ARIA)
Speakers: Mike Balder, Group Manager for Quality Assurance, FAA & Chris Delvin, MITRE Portfolio Manager for Safety and Training
Abstract: While existing regulations, compliance checks, and safety data analysis has produced the safest decade of air travel in history, new approaches are needed to address the safety issues that new and increasingly complex operations may introduce. Utilizing an advanced data analytic framework and leveraging innovative machine learning techniques, The MITRE Corporation and the FAA have been developing a new technique to automatically identify high risk aviation events and prioritize them for daily examination. The capability, known as Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment (ARIA), ingests radar data and analyzes it for near real-time analysis. In this session, the presenters will discuss how ARIA is changing the way risk is identified and prioritized in the National Airspace.
11:10 - 11:40 a.m.
Williams Theater
Topic: ATM-X (eXploration) Project Description 
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Barmore, Deputy Project Manager for Technology, NASA
Abstract: Projected increases in new vehicle types, new missions, and the continual growth in traditional (e.g., airlines, general aviation) aviation will require changes to the current air traffic system, particularly to accommodate the desire of operators to be more involved in air traffic decisions. To address these challenges, the National Airspace System (NAS) needs to move towards a more scalable, flexible, user-focused system that addresses safety and security requirements and resiliency for current and new users. The presentation will describe how NASA’s ATM-X project is working with stakeholders to enable full-scale Urban Air Mobility operations in the NAS and leveraging NASA’s prior ATM achievements to improve traditional airspace operations.
11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Business Continuity for the FAA: Key Capabilities for Avoiding Disruption to the Mission
Andis Kalnins, Senior Manager, Business Continuity and Emergency Management, Verizon
Abstract: To deliver on its mission of keeping the flying public safe, the FAA cannot accept disruptions to its critical infrastructure and operations.  Business continuity is paramount and requires the highest level of end-to-end network resilience and reliability.  From physical security to cybersecurity, service monitoring, situational awareness, incident mitigation and more, Verizon’s Andis Kalnins will highlight the critical capabilities the FAA must have in place and evolve to ensure continuous delivery on its mission.

11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Williams Theater

Title: Speech Signal Enhancement Through Machine Learning
 Sam Gonzalez, GDMS
Abstract: We implemented a LSTM-RNN (long short-term memory, recurrent neural network) to improve the quality of speech signals by mitigating audible noise and interference. Balancing computational complexity with performance, our machine learning (ML) algorithm is easily hosted on a software defined platform employing an A53 processor, consuming less than 400 kB of memory, and operating with less than 2 msec latency. We demonstrate our resulting ML-speech signal enhancement through direct audio comparisons between “with ML” vs “without ML” across both stationary and non-stationary noise environments, different languages, as well as captured ATC recordings.
12:25 - 12:55 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: How Cobec Utilizes Dashboard Visualization Tools to Positively Impact the National Airspace System (NAS)
Gene Crabtree, Executive Advisor, Cobec Consulting
Mark Reeves, Executive Director, Global Markets, Cobec Consulting
Chris Teigue, Chief Technical Advisor & Co-Founder, Cobec Consulting
Chris Schmidt, Senior Director: FAA Strategy and Growth, Cobec Consulting
Abstract: Coming soon

12:30 - 12:50 p.m.
Williams Theater

Title: In Plane Sight: Keys to Success with Remote Towers
Speakers: Mark Edry, Technical Director Remote Tower pursuit, Raytheon, and Dieter Eier, Vice President Business Development, Frequentis USA
Abstract: No longer considered experimental, the notion of a Remote Tower as a replacement for a traditional brick-and-mortar tower has earned acceptance with regulators, controllers, and aviators across the globe. From technology and training to transition and tenacity, what does it take to successfully deploy Remote Tower solutions? Chat about how airport operations can take off with Remote Towers.
1 - 1:20 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: How US Airports are Advancing Remote Towers and Services
Speaker: Rick Koller, Sales Operations & FNL Program Manager, Searidge Technologies
Abstract: Through customer examples, learn how Searidge’s open technology platform is enabling a digital ecosystem where data converges and is harnessed to advance the deployment of Remote Towers and Remote Services across the United States. During this session, we will highlight how a variety of U.S. sites are using remote services to improve their airport operations, including: 
- How Searidge, the FAA and Aeronautics Division of CDOT are collaborating to bring ATC to a non-towered airport: Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL)
- The success of the Virtual Ramp Control system at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 
- Using AI to improve throughput and safety at remote de-icing facilities at Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
1 - 1:30 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Deep Learning Demystified
Speaker: Donald Polaski, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Abstract: The Booz Allen / NVIDIA Deep Learning Demystified session is a 30-minute lecture that provides an overview of deep learning ideal for the executive audience. The lecture covers the key terminology, FAA and Aviation industry use cases, how deep learning differs from the previous algorithmic approach, and how a deep neural network gets trained, optimized, and deployed. You’ll learn how deep learning can be applied to challenging problems, what types of problems benefit most from deep learning, what skills and knowledge are needed to use deep learning, and the characteristics of successful deep learning projects.
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: Why Do We Make Innovation So Hard?
Moderator: Lisa Sullivan, Palantir
Nadine Alameh, OGC
Steve Bradford, FAA
Kristen Beverly, LS Technologies
Bob Etris, Evans Incorporated
Abstract: The challenges of today are often solved with the processes and technologies of the past. In complex systems like our NAS, we must ensure the technologies, processes, and policies we put in place are well thought through and are carefully considered, but are we over-correcting? In our safety-critical culture where new ideas are often met with reluctance, are we missing out on opportunities? It’s become difficult for our industry to adopt and implement new technologies and ideas from the commercial and markets. Why do we make innovation so hard? Join our esteemed panel members for views on this topic where we will discuss how we as a safety-focused industry can more effectively harness innovation to gain the strategic improvements for which we all strive.
1:40 - 2:10 p.m
Erzberger Theater
Title: Geo/Location Tech Trends Impacting Aviation
Speaker: George Percival, CTO & Chief Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) 
Abstract: In this industry, Geo/Location is literally everywhere: airports, runways, taxiways, waypoints, obstacles and many other aeronautical features all have a location associated with them; the airspace boundaries, the flight plans, flight changes, procedures, and so on all have a location element to them; the NOTAMs, the weather forecasts, turbulences, and so on all relate to location as well. This talk provides an overview of the Tech Trends in Geo/location as consolidated by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) - the consortium that defines the standards for making Location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). These range from edge computing (including Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Virtual Reality), to autonomous vehicles, to security and ethics to spatial thinking. Drop by to learn about the latest GEO/location trends and how they could impact the Aviation domain. 
2:20 - 2:50 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Impact of the Introduction of ATS Surveillance in the North Atlantic
Vincent Capezzuto, CTO and Vice President, Aireon
Ben Girard, Vice President, Operational Support, NAV CANADA
Martin Donnan, Prestwick Director, NATS 
Abstract: Earlier this year, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B service was introduced into trial operations in the North Atlantic, specifically in Gander Oceanic, operated by NAV CANADA and Shanwick, operated by NATS.  More than one-third of the world’s oceanic traffic is now positively controlled using space-based ADS-B. The launch of the service came after vigorous research, design, testing and regulatory validation over the past several years. This presentation will dive into a few aspects of the deployment: What have the experiences been so far? How did this transition occur? What impact have Air Traffic Controllers seen in their day-to-day operations? What were the benefits observed thus far and what are the expected longer-term benefits? How have aircraft changed their behavior to-date? Join Aireon, NAV CANADA, and NATS for a first-hand account of the deployment and utilization of space-based ADS-B. 
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: Surface to Space
Moderator: Dean Fulmer, Portfolio Manager Commercial Space Transportation, The MITRE Corporation
Timothy LeRoy, Chief- Space Enterprise Operations Division, US Air Force
Kevin Toner, Portfolio Director – Department of Commerce, The MITRE Corporation
Bob Porter, Chief Strategist for Special Programs, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Scott Kordella, Portfolio Director – Space Systems, The MITRE Corporation
Abstract: Space launch and reentry operations are experiencing a revolution in design, performance, and mission capability. New operators with new vehicles in new locations are completing their missions with increased frequency. This growth in space launch and reentry operations is placing increased pressure on the National Air Space (NAS) and underscores the need to integrate a diverse set of operations from surface to space. This panel explores the evolving aerospace environment, emerging operations, and the transformational capabilities that will define it. Special attention will be placed on simulation and modeling capabilities needed to identify, examine, and incorporate emerging operations into the future NAS.
3 - 3:30 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: How Do ATC Workplaces of the Future Look?
Speaker: Manuel Witzke, International Sales Manager, Wey Technology Inc.
Abstract: Future proofed ATC workplaces must be efficient, secure and flexible. This session presents an overview of smart multiscreen workplaces designed for efficient and intuitive operator workflows all over airports but specifically in Air Traffic Control towers. WEYTEC KVM-over-IP solutions provide for the efficient transmission, control, distribution and display of real-time data in mission-critical environments. WEYTEC solutions are increasingly finding their way into ATC towers across Europe, Asia and the USA, e.g. the JFK Airport in NYC. In this session, we will discuss how KVM products and solutions switch and distribute all information sources in any combination to an unlimited number of desks, video walls and screens.
3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: A Vision on How Mobility Will Evolve
Speaker: Jon R. Damush, Senior Director, New Business Ventures, Boeing NeXt
Abstract: Coming soon
3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Williams Theater

Title: RNAV Procedures in Terminal Airspace: Eight Drivers of Air Traffic Controller Acceptance
Speaker: Lauren Thomas and Alicia Serrato, Evans Incorporated
Abstract: This presentation provides a summary of results from a research project commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration NextGen Human Factors Division to explore the factors associated with air traffic controller acceptanace of a Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedure, “Established on Required Navigation Performance” (EoR). A framework of the results is presented, providing insights into how to support air traffic controllers in moving towards trajectory-based operations. The results could be used to increase the probability that the potential benefits of PBN procedures can be realized.

4:20 - 4:50 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: AeroMACS: Standardized Solution Enabling Secure Connectivity Worldwide at the Airport Surface
Speaker: WiMax Forum 
Abstract: Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS) is a wireless broadband technology that supports the increasing need for data communications and information sharing on the airport surface for both fixed and mobile applications. Based on the mature WiMAX standard (IEEE 802.16e), AeroMACS operates in the protected and licensed aviation spectrum band from 5091 MHz to 5150 MHz, which has been designated on a worldwide basis by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the World Radio communication Conference in 2007.

AeroMACS benefits extend beyond a higher throughput in ground communications. AeroMACS enables ground-to-aircraft communications to support both current applications and new ones that require more bandwidth. The technology has multiple advantages over currently used wireless solutions: quality of service (QoS) functionality to optimize traffic management; security and privacy to protect passengers and the air system; standards-based solution; scalability and interoperability to support global deployments across aircraft types and airports.

Major airports throughout the world lack the communications capacity to meet today’s airport traffic demands. To this end, having gone through over a decade in the standardization process, AeroMACS has been adopted worldwide to support such emerging and evolving airport surface communications needs. AeroMACS is a key technology to the aviation industry to improve communications on the airport surface by providing increased transmission of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Airline Operations Communications (AOC) to relieve traffic, congestions, and delays, and to support the safety and regularity of flight. 

AeroMACS provides the capacity and efficiency needed to sustain demand for communication between aircraft, vehicles and ground infrastructures. Its ecosystem is gaining momentum and the number of deployments is increasing. AeroMACS creates a new airport (surface) data communication system that is robust, efficient, secure, safe, and flexible.

In the US, the FCC on June 2019 has adopted an NPRM proposing service rules for the AeroMACS. The NPRM proposes specific technical and licensing rules that are required before commercial AeroMACS operations can become routine at U.S. airports.  The WiMAX Forum offers its President, Declan Byrne, as its representative speaker to give a presentation that will analyze the FCC NPRM, AeroMACS advancements, implementations and focus on a comprehensive view of all AeroMACS deployment activities around the World. The WiMAX Forum will make this an appealing presentation to anyone interested in the innovation Communication Networks related to the Aviation Industry.
4:20 - 5:20 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: NAS Innovation in the Information Age
Speaker: Steve Winter, Engineering Fellow, ATS Technical Director & FENS Chief Engineer, Raytheon
Abstract: Since its very origins, the National Airspace System, or NAS, has been evolving. Initially, analog signals were used for communications. Over time, analog communications have been replaced by digital data communications, and now, data communications are being replaced by information exchanges over System Wide Information System, or SWIM. But where is all this signal to data to information to ? evolution going and how will it shape the NAS in the future? This presentation offers some insights and predictions about how knowledge management concepts will shape the future of Air Transportation in the United States over the next 10-20 years.
4:55 - 5:250 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: Building Event-Driven Data Repositories with Red Hat's Open Data Platform
Speaker: Nimish Rawal, Red Hat 
Abstract: This session discusses how a supported open-source platform can help you build event-driven data repositories. Agencies like the FAA are looking to turn data into information for its internal customers and external partners. FAA collects data from several disparate systems and disseminates internally and externally to various partners. As technology evolves, so has the need for people and processes to address mission needs faster with actionable and intelligent data-driven decisions. We will explore how “Open” event-driven data architecture can enable FAA mission to turn data into information adhering to industry standards like AIXM, FIXM, and others. We will also discuss API’s, IoT, AI/ML, and edge computing and how we address it with our flexible and supported open data architecture. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:25 - 8:55 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Weather Research Overview
Speaker: Dr. William H. Bauman III, Division Manager, Aviation Weather Division, ANG-C6, FAA
Abstract: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of NextGen Aviation Weather Division’s Weather Research Branch, including the Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) and the Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) Program, performs applied research to minimize the impact of weather on the National Airspace System (NAS) from both a safety and operational efficiency perspective. AWRP has a long history of sponsoring important research initiatives including the development of convection, icing, turbulence, and ceiling/visibility products available via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service (NWS) Aviation Weather Center webpage as well as information and products available internally to the FAA for use by air traffic controllers, planners and other users. WTIC is largely involved in research to develop new standards, requirements, and guidance to ensure pilots have access to timely and relevant weather information. This presentation will highlight successful AWRP and WTIC research projects that have enhanced safety of flight and increased efficiency of the NAS. The presentation will include a review of the FAA’s weather requirements process to meet future aviation weather needs.
9 - 9:30 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: The Innovation and Technology Advisory Council: Ushering a Culture of Innovation at the Tech Center
Speaker: Michael Konyak, ANG-E001, William J. Hughes Technical Center, FAA            
Abstract: The Director of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center has identified five focus areas to facilitate the achievement of the Technical Center’s mission and goals:  Core Work, Technology Advancement, Partnerships, Outreach, and Workforce. In order to be proactive in the Technology Advancement focus area, leverage technical expertise in the pursuit of technology innovation, and usher in a culture change to an empowered workforce, the Director established the Innovation and Technology Advisory Council (ITAC). The ITAC is a team of Technical Center employees charged with empowering the Technical Center’s diverse technical workforce, engaging Technical Center partners, identifying innovative opportunities for aviation technology advancement, and advising the Director and the Technical Center’s Senior Management Team on strategies and actions that support the Technology Advancement focus area. In this presentation, Mr. Konyak describes the activities of the ITAC, how the Council works together to meet their objectives, the Innovation Maturation Process they’ve developed, and a selection of the great ideas they’ve received from the Technical Center workforce.
9:10 - 9:40 a.m.
Williams Theater
Topic: How Does The Transition to a more Autonomous Mobile Future Affect Aviation Safety? 
Dr. Misty Davies, Research Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, Ames Research Center, NASA
John Koelling, Project Manager, System Wide Safety, NASA 

Abstract: In order to achieve the number and variety of flights that are predicted a decade from now,  the roles and responsibilities of the human operators in the system (including passengers, pilots, controllers and dispatch) will almost certainly have to change.  However, since the current  system relies on people as the final safeguards for safety,  this change in roles raises several questions:  (1) How can we help the people in this future system maintain operational safety? and (2) Does our current way of ensuring safety during design allow for the operational changes that will be required?
9:35 - 10:20 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: New Developments in Aerospace Transportation Vehicles
Speaker: Dr. Melchor Antuñano, CAMI Director, AAM-3, FAA             
Abstract: This presentation will provide an update on revolutionary technological developments that are changing and improving aerospace transportation including: 1) New types of airline transports for increased efficiency, greater capacity, enhanced comfort, and more physiologically friendly for occupants, 2) New aircraft designs to reduce noise pollution and decrease the adverse impact of flight operations over populated areas, 3) Future occupant-centered aircraft designs, 4) The emergence of very-light jets for on-demand air taxi service, corporate transportation, and personal use, 5) Hybrid aircraft that combine the functional features of airplanes and helicopters, 6) New designs of flying cars and motorcycles, 7) Electric aircraft to reduce air pollution and decrease reliance on fossil fuels, 8) Next generation of lighter than air (dirigibles/airships) commercial transports, 9) First-of-a-kind designs of innovative personal flying devices, 10) The rapid growth and expansion of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for civil aviation applications, 11) The next generation of supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, 12) Suborbital and orbital commercial space flight vehicles, 13) Commercial and private spaceports, and 14) Commercial and private space stations. All of these technological developments will also be discussed in the context of operational safety and regulatory challenges.
9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
Williams Theater
Title: SWIM Cloud Distribution Service (SCDS)
Speaker: Damon Thomas, On-Ramping and Implementation Lead, SWIM Program Office, FAA 
Abstract: SCDS is a new concept that leverages cloud solutions as an alternate method to make information services available to the public while relieving strain on the FAA's NAS Enterprise Security Gateway (NESG). Use of automation in SCDS creates a decrease in on-ramping time from months to days for consumers. Join us for a brief overview of SCDS and its features, and learn how to get connected.
10:25 - 11:10 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: Human Factors in Training and Automation Enhancements – Scalable Strategies to Promote User Readiness and Acceptance of NextGen Changes
Speaker: Tara Holmes, PMP, Division Manager (A), NextGen Human Factors Division, ANG-C1, FAA     
Abstract: Foundational investments in Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) changes are enabling the phased transition from current-day operations to Trajectory Based Operations (TBO). TBO has three distinct concepts of operation: Initial TBO (2016-2020), Full TBO (2021-2025), and Dynamic TBO (2026-2030). Each concept of operation focuses on the expanded use of air/ground communication, navigation, surveillance (CNS), automation, decision support, and data exchange products to improve NAS efficiency, throughput, predictability, and flexibility (FAA, 2016). To support this transition, FAA Human Factors (ANG-C1) is conducting research to strategically identify and address the system-wide impacts that will be introduced by TBO to air traffic controllers and pilots. This research aims to drive the evolution of training philosophies across the aviation community to include change management - a scalable process which methodically guides the transition of individuals and teams from their current state to a desired future state (FAA, 2012). The long-term success of TBO hinges on user-readiness and user-acceptance of NAS changes (RTCA, 2016). This spoken presentation will describe ANG-C1’s multifaceted approach to support the concurrent development and implementation of TBO changes by incorporating human factors and change management into training. It will also describe the Division’s plan to influence far-term training materials based on operational human performance data and lessons learned.
10:35 - 11:15 a.m.
Williams Theater

Title: GUTMA: It's Time to Make UTM Operational
Moderator: Reinaldo Negron, Co-President, GUTMA
Speakers and Topics: 
FAA's UTM Concept of Operations: Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development, at the Office of NextGen – Federal Aviation Administration

The ASTM Remote ID Standard and How Industry is Embracing it: Mike Glasgow, Technical Standards & System Architect, Wing

Broadcast and Network Remote Identification – Myth vs RealityAmit Ganjoo, Founder & CEO, ANRA Technologies

Meeting the UTM Challenge - Tracking and Remote ID: Philip Hall, Co-Founding Director & CEO, RelmaTech

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: UTM/Remote ID
Speaker: Praveen Raju, ANG-C53, and Daniel Fumosa, ANG-E142, FAA             
Abstract: UAS Traffic Management (UTM) development is entering a new phase as the FAA looks to enable the latest UTM technology. Building upon the various research activities conducted by NASA, the FAA looks to test, validate, and establish an infrastructure and architecture to support scalable small UAS operation in the NAS. Through the UTM Pilot Program (UPP), various capabilities within the UTM Ecosystem are tested and demonstrated, in turn informing regulation and policy development. The UPP also provides a venue for the FAA to collaborative with industry to refine new capabilities and inform standards bodies. As the FAA continues to advance these concepts, the next phase of UTM and UPP will look to investigate additional capabilities such as Remote Identification and empower UTM stakeholders.
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Williams Theater

Title: Time-Based Launches: Maximizing Airspace Access While Accommodating Commercial Space Launches
Paul Behan, NATCA
Andy Cebula, Airlines for America
Duane Freer, FAA Command Center
Caryn Schenewerk, SpaceX
Abstract: Time Based Launch Procedures and Dynamic Launch Windows have been accepted as an agency priority goal (APG) and delivered to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. This session will provide the background, coordination, collaboration with industry (users, launch sites, etc.,), and implementation sequence. 
•Phase I Implementation – August 2019: Uses existing traffic management procedures and processes (Flow Constrained Area based reroutes). Adds Cape Launch or Reentry playbook currently in coordination phase. Aids during FCA reroutes for AR closures. Publication on August 15, 2019.
•Phase II Implementation – August 2020: Leverages industry launch window triggers to more efficiently manage traffic (dynamic launch windows). 

12:15 - 1 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Pilot Evaluation of Proposed Go-Around Criteria for Transport Category Aircraft
Speaker: Dr. Angela Campbell, ANG-E272, FAA            
Abstract: The primary objective of this research was to capture pilot feedback and decision-making with regard to proposed, hypothetical, go-around criteria that were developed based on previous research. A secondary objective was to assess crews' awareness of the aircraft state on approach. An experiment was conducted using B737-800 and A330-200 Level D full-flight simulators, in which pilots flew multiple approaches that were on the borderline of the proposed go-around criteria at 300 ft. Pilots were instructed that they could either execute a go-around or land the airplane on each run, forcing a decision for the borderline cases at 300 ft. Pilots were instructed to go around if the aircraft was outside of the go-around criteria at 300 ft or if either pilot was uncomfortable with the approach. The results revealed: 1) the most important factors that drove go-around decision making during the experiment were airspeed and localizer deviation, 2) whereas the objective data suggests that the 300-ft gate is viable, many pilots were uncomfortable with the gate; perhaps more emphasis on checking the stability at 1000 ft and 500 ft, which would make more pilots comfortable with the 300-ft go-around gate, 3) allowing for momentary deviations should be considered, and 4) the acceptability of the criteria is highly dependent on each pilot's risk tolerance. Overall, the proposed criteria performed well, and most pilots would find the criteria acceptable with some minor adjustments.
12:25 - 1:05 p.m. 
Williams Theater
Title: Increasing Airport Capacity is Easy; Overcoming the Politics of Opposition is Another Matter
Speaker: John H. Johnson Sr., Watts Antenna Company 
Abstract: Proven advanced technology exists today to increase all weather landing operations, reduce Runway Occupational Time (ROT) and increase Airport Departure Rates (ADR). Further benefits include but are not limited to: simplifying air traffic control (ATC) operations, providing substantial development opportunities (both in and around the airport), providing smoother coupled approaches, improving operational safety, reducing fuel consumption, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
1:10 - 1:40 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: A New Playing Field
Speaker: Sherry Yang, Research Manager, and Alvin Sipe, Operation Efficiency Lead, Boeing
Abstract: Coming soon 
1:10 - 1:50 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: CAMI Research in Marijuana Detection and Impairment Analysis
Speaker: Stacey Zinke & Kacey Cliburn, AAM-600, FAA             
Abstract: In recent years, there have been significant changes in the state laws with regard to the use and criminalization of marijuana in the USA.  Marijuana is listed, federally, as a “Schedule I Drug”.  While this has traditionally posed some significant barriers to research into its potential for medicinal or therapeutic, the relaxation of state laws has led to an increase in the research into its potential use in many different areas.  This has understandably led to an increase in the use and distribution of marijuana, which has in turn, led to an increase in the detection of marijuana and metabolites in individuals involved in fatal aviation accidents.  These presentations will cover the current status of marijuana use and research in the USA, and cover the work done by the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City, at reliably detecting its presence in the remains of airmen involved in fatal aviation accidents.
1:50 - 2:20 p.m.
Williams Theater
Title: Artificial Intelligence 101
Speaker: Marco Rueckert, Lead, AI Solutions, Searidge Technologies
Abstract: What is AI? How is AI being used in ATM? This session is a great opportunity for you to learn the ins and outs of AI as it relates to the Air Traffic Management market. Through their innovative development efforts and global customer experience, hear about the lessons learned by Searidge and the opportunities and challenges AI presents for your Airport operation. 
1:55 - 2:35 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: Collaborating with SWIFT
Speaker: Joshua Gustin, Enterprise Services, Communications, Information & Network Programs, AJM-31, FAA
Abstract: Data and information are changing the aviation world! System Wide Information Management (SWIM) has and is making NAS operations information available to help airspace users, researchers, and entrepreneurs bring innovative solutions to the challenges facing global air traffic management. The next step in the evolution in air traffic modernization is in understanding how information enables operational improvements. To that end, the FAA has established the SWIM Industry-FAA Team (SWIFT), a partnership with industry to bring together operations, IT architects, operations research, policy leaders, software engineers, and business analysts to leverage SWIM and NAS Information Services. The SWIFT is a communications platform that enables airspace users to collaborate in integrating near real-time NAS Information Services over SWIM with legacy systems and new technology, delivering tangible operational improvements. This discussion introduces the purpose and objectives of the SWIFT, its membership, and workshop approach.  
2:30 - 3:05 p.m.
Williams Theater
Topic: Safety-Related Human Design in an Automated Environment - Mitigation of User Rejection Risk through UX Oriented Testing
Speaker: Theodor Zeh, Director Control Room Consulting, Frequentis AG
Abstract: Based on the necessary demand to increase operational capacity and to reduce costs, automation is seen as one of the key factors to improve the situation. But does a proposed automation solution complement human abilities, mitigate human limitations, and meet human needs? The understanding how humans can be most safely and efficiently integrated with the technology was not always timely and properly translated into ATM projects, equipment design, training, policies, or procedures causing lack of desired enhancement of human performance.  Safety-related design comprises all aspects of day-to-day, human-human and human-machine interaction and communication, supporting the business process mapping. It identifies the necessary system landscape and builds improved ‘Joint System’, whereby the user expectations of how interface design should look, feel, function and respond, are considered. This presentation gives insights about methods to address the human aspects necessary to be understood in the context of the overall business process to reach the defined operational goals supported by objective evidences delivered through UX - oriented testing.
2:45 - 3:25 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Remote Towers in the NAS
Speaker: Mitchell Bernstein, Aerospace Engineer, ANG-C53, FAA            
Abstract: For many years countries around the world have been researching the feasibility of controllers using camera and other surveillance technologies (i.e. remote towers) to provide airport Traffic control tower (ATCT) services in place of a conventional tower cab and associated out-the-window view. In 2015, the FAA started evaluating a 3rd party remote tower system for use at Leesburg Executive Airport in Leesburg, Virginia. Subsequently, the FAA formally established a remote tower pilot program to 1) evaluate the feasibility of applying the technology across the NAS, 2) establish minimum standards for operating the technology, and 3) analyze the remote tower business case. This technical session will discuss the FAA’s remote tower research and accomplishments to date, as well as the future plans for the pilot program.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Williams Theater

Title: SESAR Deployment: Delivering Performance Benefits to EU Aviation
Speaker: Marcel Sobottka, Chief Finance, Partnerships & Corporate Services, SESAR Deployment Manager
Abstract: This presentation brings you the essentials of Single European Sky deployment in practice. You will discover how the European ATM industry is organized and delivering capacity, environmental and operational benefits for European passengers, citizens and economy under the oversight of the European Commission. An update on the modernization of the European ATM in a nutshell.
3:35 - 4:10 p.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: Aviation and the Environment
Speaker: Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America 
Abstract: Aviation represents 2% of global COemissions. Around 4.3 billion people flew in 2018 and air traffic is expected to double by 2040. Despite global economic and social benefits, the growth of aviation could add to aviation’s carbon footprint without action. Environmental advocates are ramping up the pressure on aviation and their “Flight Shame” campaign could have a major impact. Also, although PBN procedures reduce both CO2 emissions and  numbers of people exposed to aircraft noise, they can concentrate noise exposures. This session will address measures the industry is taking to take on the climate change challenge through technology, operations, sustainable fuels and air traffic management (ATM) advances to stabilize net CO2 emissions from international civil aviation at 2020 levels as well as probe the tension between fuel efficient routing and concentration of perceived noise exposure, with a call for  further innovation in ATM to achieve complementary benefits.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:10 - 9:50 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Title: The Application of AI in the NAS: The Rationale for AI-Enabled Airspace Management
Speaker: Ronald L. Stroup, Chief Systems Engineer, FAA
Abstract: The Application of AI in the NAS: The Rationale for AI-enabled Airspace Management (IEEE, 2019, Stroup, Niewoehner, Apaza, Mielke, Maurer) looks at why the current technologies, enterprise architecture, and future program plans may not be enough to address emerging operational challenges. This paper further explores why emergent operational concepts, business models, and demand profiles may necessitate Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced Communications, Navigation and Communications (CNS) infrastructure to disrupt current operational impediments. European airspace, as well as the NAS, has similar challenges. Key challenges explored in this study include: traffic flow management of diverse users; UAS Traffic Management – Air Traffic Management (UTMATM) airspace integration; equitable access to airspace; information exchange networks and airborne-ground interoperability of AI applications. Finally, we examine why trustworthiness and resiliency will be key mileposts on the regulatory pathway to AI certification.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Williams Theater

 Surviving and Thriving as a Midsize Business at the FAA
Moderator: Jim Little, LS Technologies
Steve Murray, President, DigitaliBiz
Roberta Massiah, CEO, Aurora Innovations
Sonu Goel, Vice President, OST Global
Marcy Bettis, Vice President of Engineering Services, JMA Solutions
Abstract: What does it take to grow into a midsize company, and continue to succeed once no longer able to compete as small business? Join our panel of midsized company execs and learn firsthand how they navigated the complicated world of federal contracting in our tech-forward, safety-critical aviation industry.

10 - 11 a.m.
Erzberger Theater
Topic: Exploring Myths and Truths of AI/ML in Aviation Safety Applications
Moderator: Elizabeth Leeds Hohman, PhD, Chief Data Scientist, The MITRE Corporation
Shuo Chen, Software Systems Research Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Bryan Matthews, Data Science Research Engineer, KBR / NASA Ames Research Center
Capt. Scott Reeves, Manager Flight Safety, FedEx Express
Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are gaining increased attention as ways to leverage the world’s data to solve problems. Although AI and ML offer much potential, there are often misconceptions about the application of such techniques. This panel includes speakers from airlines and the research community who will present machine learning approaches they have developed on a variety of aviation data, including digital flight data, safety reporting data, and traffic flow data. They will discuss the purpose of the application, the data used, and the lessons learned in the development and deployment of their solutions. The panel will also focus on common pitfalls in developing an AI solution, the dangers of the current hype around AI, tips for gaining value from a ML solution, how to determine whether a ML approach is appropriate for a problem, and more. 
10:20 - 11:20 a.m.
Williams Theater

Title: Know Your Customer: FAA Executives on How Your Small Business Can Stand Out in the Crowd 
Moderator:  Cindy Rooney, Director, Acquisition and Business Services, ACQ-2, FAA
Kristen Burnham, Vice President, Program Management Organization, AJM-0, FAA
Sean Torpey, Executive Director, Office of National Engagement and Regional Administration, ARA-1, FAA
Pamela Whitley, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, ANG-1, FAA
Abstract: Successfully breaking into the FAA world as a small business. A panel of FAA leaders will share their insights on the agency’s flight path for FY20 and beyond, discuss how to focus and effectively (and appropriately) market capabilities to meet actual FAA need, and share experiences that can help participants navigate the acquisition process and promote constructive communication.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Erzberger Theater

Title: Urban Air Mobility (UAM): Discussing Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities
Moderator: Steve McMahon, Director of Safety Innovation, The MITRE Corporation
Jim Herrera, UAS Program Manager, UAS Integration Office, FAA
Fritz Langford, Program Manager, Aurora Flight Services
Jessie Mooberry, Head of UTM Deployment, Airbus

Abstract: The recent development of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) technologies has enabled a variety of new applications, from inspection services and photography, to package delivery and search and rescue. As the technology continues to improve, the applications for operating an unmanned aircraft are growing. Many companies now see an opportunity to develop passenger-carrying, highly automated, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to satisfy urban air taxi applications, often referred to as Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The envisioned use cases will involve flight above the 0-400 ft layer typically used by sUAS and into controlled airspace. This panel will discuss the UAM vision and explore challenges and opportunities for enabling safe and efficient UAM operations in the NAS. Topics will include exploring the scope of impacts UAM will have on the low altitude landscape, the scope of information exchanges needed to enable UAM integration, and discussion of how new aircraft designs and performance capabilities may change the way we approach airspace design.
11:25 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. 
Williams Theater
 Growing within the FAA: A Small Business Roundtable
Moderator: Marvin Poindexter, Director, Acquisition Policy and Oversight, AAP-1, FAA
Thomas R. Lamoureux, President, Veracity Engineering
Dave Schleicher, Vice President & COO, ATAC Corporation
J.J. Stakem, President, Objective Area Solutions
Urvashi Malhotra, Co-Founder and President, Changeis, Inc.
Alice Quinn, Sr. Vice President, Cavan Solutions

Abstract: Small business is the foundation of the American dream and a cornerstone of our economy. Navigating the complicated world of federal contracting can be intimidating, time-consuming, and risky as new businesses and owners try to gain a foothold, sometimes against industry titans. But you don’t have to go it alone! Join us for a panel of small business leaders who will share their advice, best practices, and strategies to help you succeed and grow within the FAA.  

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