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Schedule of Events

2018 Schedule of Events

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
September 30 – October 3, 2018

Track Abstracts Coming Soon

Schedule updated Aug 9

SATURDAY, September 29, 2018

Exhibitor Registration (Setup Only)/Badge Pickup

Generic badges for access to Exhibit Hall can be picked up outside of the exhibit hall

SUNDAY, September 30, 2018
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ATCA Board of Directors Meeting

Presidential Board Room

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Exhibitor Registration Only
Atrium Level
3 - 7 p.m. General Registration Open
Atrium Level, Exhibit Hall Registration

MONDAY, October 1, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Registration Open
Atrium Level, Exhibit Hall Registration

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Coffee

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony and Remarks
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA 

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address           
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 
Exhibit Hall A & B
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

General Session:
Blue Skies: Beyond NextGen

Gene Hayman, CACI

Carl Burleson, FAA
Jack Christine, Charlotte International Airport
Donna McLean, PlanzerMcLean
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA

How much will the traditional airspace, aircraft, and airport landscape change in the next seven years, and what does the future of aviation look like 2025 and beyond? With the prospect of air taxis replacing traditional auto taxi trips, autonomous cars replacing short-haul flights, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) replacing local delivery trucks, it seems that our current view of air transportation is poised to be turned on its head. More than ever before, the traditional lines between surface transportation and aviation are becoming blurred, demanding integrated approaches and solutions to support tomorrow’s travel and distribution choices.

Technology no longer appears to be the barrier to this future vision, as advanced sensors, high-speed wireless communications, autonomy, and real-time data analytics are entering the marketplace. With this boom in technology, we need to change how we look at the transformation of operations, all the while leveraging recently implemented technologies to maintain the safest, most secure air transportation system in the world.

Regardless of if, or when, funding and FAA organizational changes occur, the aviation (airspace, aircraft, airport) community is facing a fundamental paradigm shift in the operational, functional and performance requirements of the global airspace system right now. The challenge will be to establish a conducive environment that will accommodate the increased pace of adoption of new technologies and new operational business models, such as autonomous vehicles and space transportation. 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Track Sessions

  Innovation: The Next NAS

  Integration: Airlines use of SWIM Data: a New Twist on a Not So New Topic

  Policy: Procuring Innovation Requires Innovative Procurement Policy

 12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch with Keynote
 2 - 3 p.m.

Track Sessions

  Innovation: Weather Innovation

  Integration: TBO 
Moderator: Greg Feldman, Cavan Solutions
Michele Merkle, FAA

  Policy: New Entrants Integration

 3 - 4 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
 4 - 5:15 p.m. General Session
Embracing the New Workforce Reality

Frank Matus, Thales

In a time when marketers continue to move away from mass advertising to micro-targeting, and thought leaders emphasize the uniqueness of individuals, we continue to make sweeping generalizations about the next generation of our workforce. The demographic commonly known as Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) comprises over 75 million people. According to Pew Research, this generation became the largest generation in the workplace three years ago and will make up 50 percent of the global workforce by the year 2020. As such, Millennials and post-Millennials are driving significant change in the workplace.

Starting with the Wright Brothers and evolving through the development of the autopilot and the jet engine, aviation was a beacon industry for people looking to work on the leading edge of technology and innovation. Over the past 30 years, we have created the safest airspace system in history and made air travel accessible to the masses around the globe. At an unprecedented level, and to our credit as an industry, people today generally take aviation for granted. For all the good that goes with that progress, that mindset is hindering our ability to attract the best and brightest. To many people outside the industry, aviation has “lost its cool.”

For those of us who call aviation home, we know that could not be further from the truth. With the development of unmanned systems and commercial space transportation, the re-emergence of supersonic and (someday) hypersonic transport, and other advancements too numerous to name, the aviation industry remains on the cutting edge of technological innovation. So how do we make aviation exciting for the next generation of people who will need to develop and operate the system? What are these new emergent workers looking for in a job? A career? How do they want/need to be trained? What does our risk-averse, sometimes slow-to-evolve industry need to do to make itself attractive to people who have grown up in the digital age of social connectivity and on-demand access to everything and everyone? This panel will bring together several thought leaders from across a variety of industries to discuss how to interest, incentivize, train, and retain in this new workforce reality.

5:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Closes
Exhibit Halls A & B
5:30 - 7 p.m. Welcome Reception
7:15 p.m. Open Evening

TUESDAY, October 2, 2018
7:30 a.m - 4 p.m. Registration Open
Atrium Level, Exhibit Hall Registration
7:30 - 8 a.m. ATCA Membership Breakfast Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome Coffee
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.  General Session
Cybersecurity: On the Frontiers of Integration, Innovation and Policy in Air Traffic Management

Let’s face it. Cybersecurity is on everyone’s minds these days, in every organization and every industry including air traffic control. The question then becomes: what is unique to the cybersecurity issues and solutions in this domain? Over seven years ago, ATCA began dedicating a separate event for aviation cybersecurity to advance how we address this question. Out of ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity 2018 bubbled up a few key themes that highlight specific challenges to this industry:

(1) Our National Airspace System (NAS) is part of the US Critical Infrastructure, and hence protecting it from cyberattacks is naturally of utmost priority.

(2) The NAS is a rather complex system of systems – very distributed, asynchronously built, and highly dependent, and YET it still has to work together in a safe and secure fashion.

(3) With the modernization efforts and adoption of mainstream technologies in this domain, not to forget the disruptive effects of UAVs, aviation increasingly faces lower barriers to hacker entry, and needs to figure out how to best balance the benefits of information sharing with security and safety.

Based on the above, there’s an agreement that cybersecurity needs to be looked at as part of a holistic picture, combining technology, policy, procedural, and operational controls. With that in mind, the purpose of this is to articulate the issues and solutions of cybersecurity as they directly relate to air traffic control policy. How is addressing cybersecurity different from addressing the safety mandate? When will we have policies that account for security requirements of not just individual systems but the entire ecosystem? How are we planning to leverage innovation to stay ahead of the threats in order to be proactive rather than reactive? Are the right actors engaged in making sure the NAS part of our critical infrastructure protection is safe and secure today and tomorrow?

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Halls A & B

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors
Exhibit Halls A & B

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

Track Sessions

  Innovation: Small UAS Update

  Integration: ADS-B Update: Look Out Mandate, Here We Come
Dan Hicok, FAA

  Policy: Interagency Panel
Mike Freie, FAA
Deborah Lawrence, FAA

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. ATCA Awards Luncheon
Learn more about the awards HERE.
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Programming

Exhibit Halls A & B

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Break with Exhibitors 

Sponsored by:

Exhibit Halls A & B

3:15 - 4 p.m.

State of the ATO
Exhibit Halls A & B

4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
6 - 7 p.m.  2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Reception
Riverview Ballroom Foyer 
Sponsored by:  
7 - 9 p.m. 

2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet Honoring Hon. Linda Hall Daschle
Riverview Ballroom

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9 - 10 p.m.   2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial After Dinner Reception 
Riverview Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored by:  

WEDNESDAY, October 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Registration Open
Atrium Level, Exhibit Hall Registration
8:45 - 10 a.m.

Women in Aviation Breakfast

(Pre-Registration Required) 

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Halls A & B
9 - 10 a.m.

Welcome Coffee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. General Session
If You Think Infrastructure is Mundane, You’re Not Paying Attention

Josh Gustin, FAA  

Throughout the history of air traffic control, there has been a critical, yet unheralded player working behind the scenes to ensure the system works safety and effectively. The most leading-edge technology doesn’t work without the connectivity it provides, and the most forward leaning procedural changes won’t fly without the reliability it ensures. What we’re talking about here is enterprise infrastructure. Not the slick, new, big-name capabilities we’ve spent the past couple decades developing for controllers, pilots, traffic managers, and others to help them do their jobs; rather, the glue that holds that massively complex system of systems together.

Historically, the purpose of such infrastructure was simply to meet the needs of the people and technologies it connects. It’s time to turn that paradigm on its ear and look at how innovations and advancements in enterprise technologies can enable new operational capabilities. What will cloud services allow us to do that we couldn’t have envisioned in the past? Are there new capabilities that can change the way controllers interact with their decision support tools and to one another? Are there mobile capabilities – terrestrial-based or otherwise – that should make us rethink the way we operate, monitor, and control the system? Will advancements in cybersecurity allow the infrastructure to protect the systems it serves instead of vice versa?

The purpose of this panel is to discuss the massive leap in networking technologies that the private sector has driven over the past decade and discuss how those technologies could play a role in the future vision for the NAS and its users.

12 - 12:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA

12 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
Exhibit Halls A & B

2018 Schedule of Events

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
September 30 – October 3, 2018


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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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