|9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Blue Skies: Beyond NextGen
Moderator: 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.
| 4 - 5:15 p.m.
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.