Exhibit Hall

Virtual Interactive Exhibit Hall Open  

10 – 10:30 AM ET

Annual Session Welcome and Opening Remarks
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA

10:30 – 11:45 AM ET

Annual Session

Blue Skies Initiative Executive Committee Conversation and Update
Moderator: Peter F. Dumont, ATCA

Gene Hayman, Collins Aerospace
Donna McLean, PlanzerMcLean
Jim Eck, L3Harris Technologies
Charles Keegan, Aviation Management Associates
Terry McVenes, RTCA
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA

Abstract: We as an aviation community have agreed that technology is no longer the most challenging hurdle facing the NAS today. With the rapid development of innovation and new capabilities over the last decade, we need a paradigm shift in how we transform operations, leverage investments made in infrastructure upgrades – all while maintaining the safest, most secure and efficient airspace system in the world. 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. To answer this challenge, ATCA has created the Blue Skies Initiative (BSI). BSI is an industry-government collaborative effort that will deliver a future-ready framework for modernizing the US NAS – one that defines a short-, mid-, and long-term vision for aviation while ensuring optimization of resources for all ATM stakeholders and users; is economically sustainable and scalable; educates the aviation community, flying public, and new users; and implements new entrant technology without sacrificing security and safety. Join us for the Blue Skies Initiative discussion on the importance of the BSI to the aviation ecosystem, what actions have been taken to date since the Call-to-Action at ATCA's Annual Conference. and what the future plans are to achieve success. The session will be moderated by the BSI Working Group Chair with panel members made up of the BSI Executive Committee.

Take a look at our new Fall 2020 BSI ebook HERE!


11:30 AM – 1 PM ET Networking Join your colleagues, clients, and friends in Networking Pavilion!    

12 – 1 PM ET  Annual Session FAA Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition

Abstract: Join us to recognize innovative thinking focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. The FAA hosted this competition to stimulate and advance innovation in aviation research; promote the development of a robust aviation workforce to support a growing and evolving aerospace system; develop a pipeline to fill current and projected shortages via partnerships with academia and industry; and drive a passion for aviation in today’s youth of all ages and backgrounds. ATCA Annual is pleased to present the three finalists.

Visit the FAA NextGen booth in the Interactive Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Student Challenge and these incredible teams!

WheelTrip: A Holistic Approach to Improving Passenger Experience for the Differently Abled at Airports

University of Texas at Arlington

University of North Dakota

The Wheels-Up Solution
Purdue University


1 – 2 PM ET

Exhibit Hall 'Connect Live' Hours in the Interactive Exhibit Hall  
2 – 3 PM ET Annual Session ATCA Tech Talks

Enabling Cooperative Operations in Upper Airspace

Michelle Cady, Program Manager, FAA Office of NextGen

Future ATM Challenges - ENAV Operational Approach and Vision
Marcello Davide Mannino, Operations, IDS AirNav, an ENAV Group Company

The European Air Traffic Management Modernisation Journey Continues
SESAR Deployment Manager

3 – 5 PM ET
SPECIAL EVENT Welcome Reception in the Networking Pavilion   
24/7 Exhibit Hall Virtual Interactive Exhibit Hall Open  
8 – 10 AM ET Networking International Networking Coffee (2-3 PM CEST) in the Networking Pavilion  
10 – 11 AM ET Exhibit Hall 'Connect Live' Hours in the Interactive Exhibit Hall  
10 – 11 AM ET  Annual Session  ATCA Technical Paper Presentations

Selected Social, Environmental, and Behavioral Consequences and Considerations for Urban Air Mobility

John Varian and Mitchell Watkins, Booz Allen Hamilton

Adaptive Risk-Based Conflict Detection for Stratospheric Flight Operations
Leonard Bouygues, Loon, Bobby Kluttz, MITRE, Caspar Wang, AeroVironment, Inc.

Offshore Precipitation Capability for Air Traffic Control
Randall Bass, Steve Kim, and Dr. William Bauman, FAA

11 AM – 12:30 PM ET Annual Session Ensuring Safety and Earning Public Trust
Keynote: Hon. Chris Hart, NTSB, ret.
Moderator: Carl Burleson, FAA ret.
Hon. Chris Hart, NTSB, ret.
Kim Pyle, FAA

Dr. Robert Mauro, University of Oregon
Mark Roboff, SAE
Dr. Mary Connors, NASA ret.
Sean Cassidy, Amazon Prime Air

Abstract: Remember the days when we weren’t supposed to get into cars with strangers? Now ridesharing is ubiquitous, considered its own mode of transportation. We bank over the internet, ride unmanned trains to get from airport terminals to baggage, trust our rear mirror blind spot monitoring, and use navigation and map apps with nary a thought about the trustworthiness of these technologies. So, what happened that allowed us to accept these technologies? Not policy, rulemaking, or the technology itself. What will it take to get people into fully self-driving cars, and then into airborne vehicles such as air taxis?  Aviation is the safest mode of transportation but considering the viral pandemic that has devastated our industry coupled with a few highly visible aircraft accidents, these questions get even more interesting. This panel will explore what makes people trust that something is safe "enough" or not. Are people willing to pay for safety? And does intrinsic expectation of safety conflict with consumers’ willingness to pay for it through higher ticket prices and fees? 

1 – 1:45 PM ET  Annual Session  Mission to Mars on Earth: One Analog Astronaut’s Story
Speaker: Mounir Alafrangy, Mosaic ATM

Abstract: Mounir Alafrangy knows a bit about isolation and being quarantined. In October 2019, he successfully completed a 45-day confined space mission at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as part of the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). During his analog mission to the Martian moon of Phobos, he participated in activities similar to those performed on the International Space Station such as simulated cargo transfers with the Canadarm, virtual EVAs, Lunar Landing Control, Spacecraft Maintenance, and sample evaluation. HERA is a ground-based analog used by NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) to study the effects of isolation and confinement on humans. The research being done there will help NASA better understand the hazards of human spaceflight as it prepares to send astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars and bring them safely home. Mr. Alafrangy will discuss his HERA experience and how it is influencing his current research with the use of AI in deep space exploration.

2 – 3:30 PM ET Annual Session  Operational Excellence in an Industry Where Excellence is Not Optional
Keynote: Huntley Lawrence, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Moderator: Pam Whitley, FAA

Kelvin Coleman, FAA
David Grizzle, Dazzle Partners, LLC
Jim Linney, FAA

Danielle Rinsler, Uber Elevate

Peter Sachs, FAA
Rich Swayze, Delta Air Lines

Abstract: The national airspace system (NAS) continues to evolve with expanded operations with some even noting we should begin to call it the national aerospace system. These expanded operations while introducing new complexities into the system offer an exciting opportunity to rethink from a first principles standpoint how we both measure and achieve operational excellences in the US. The US NAS is undergoing a transformative time to become the National Aerospace System, so join us to hear from industry leaders from traditional NAS to the newer entrants discuss how we look to maintain the excellence we have achieved for years, but also continue to challenge and expand our ways of thinking around achieving a balanced NAS with multiple operators, a resilient and agile technology & infrastructure system, and continue to drive safe and efficient operations. Further hear how with these changing times- in order to achieve operational excellence- we might evolve our way of thinking around business models and policy. Ensuring a novel, safe, and efficient aerospace system for all users and ultimately a stronger transport and economic engine for the US. 

3:30 – 5 PM ET SPECIAL EVENT ATCA Awards Recognition and Reception
Join us in recognizing greatness in air traffic management! Learn more about ATCA Awards HERE.
24/7 Exhibit Hall Virtual Interactive Exhibit Hall Open  
8:15 – 9:30 AM ET Annual Session ATCA - ICAO - SESAR Collaboration: High-Altitude Operations    
9:30 – 10:30 AM ET Networking Networking Coffee in the Networking Pavilion  
10 – 11:30 AM ET Annual Session  Global Leadership: Resiliency and Recovery
Keynote: Jeff Shane, former Under Secretary for Policy, DOT
Moderator: Daniel K. Elwell, FAA ret.

Alex Bristol, skyguide
Patrick Ky, EASA
Lirio Liu, FAA
Ed Mortimer, US Chamber of Commerce
Yvette Rose, Cargo Airline Association
Paul Winstanley, Global Air Traffic Controllers Alliance

Abstract: In the beginning of 2020, the US domestic and global economy was surging upwards. The FAA had its authorization for the first time in a long time. A year earlier, the federal government was recovering from a total shutdown. Planes were packed, airlines were adding new routes, airports were expanding terminals, and the FAA was pushing hard to increase the controller work force. Much of the energy had turned towards integrating new entrants into the air space – autonomous air taxis and accommodating the pace of the commercial space industry. Then reports of an outbreak of a new strain of the corona virus – COVID-19 in China where people were becoming infected and dying at alarming rates. The virus soon spread to Europe and eventually to New York then throughout the US. By late March the world economy and air travel shutdown as borders closed and business and leisure travel decreased some 90%. The aviation industry (ANSPs, Governments & Regulators, Airlines, Pilots, other stakeholders) in-turn had to adjust first to the impact COVID-19 has had on the operations and the work force and change operating models to ensure the safety of the work force and the flying public. The industry is adjusting, making changes, and traffic is slowly increasing. This panel explores the actions segments of the industry have taken, international collaboration, the challenges ahead, and the outlook for what the new-normal will look like for the industry.

12 – 1 PM ET Annual Session State of the ATO Fireside Chat
Teri Bristol, COO, ATO, FAA
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA 

Abstract: The Air Traffic Organization (ATO) is the operational arm of the FAA. It is responsible for providing safe and efficient air navigation services to 29.4 million square miles of airspace. This represents more than 17 percent of the world's airspace and includes all of the United States and large portions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more about Teri and the important work the ATO performs each and every day during our annual State of the ATO fireside chat.

1:45 – 3 PM ET Annual Session FAA’s UTM Pilot Program Phase 2 Briefing and Roundtable
Moderator: Praveen Raju, FAA

Mark Blanks, Virginia Tech
Jarrett Larrow, FAA
Ted Lester, AiRXOS

Reinaldo Negron, Wing
Andy Thurling, NUAIR

Abstract: Following the success of UPP Phase 1 in 2019, the FAA, NASA, and Industry kicked off UPP Phase 2 earlier this year. As directed by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, UPP is required to meet additional objectives prior to completion, including testing of Remote Identification (RID) technologies and operations with increasing volumes and density. The program conducted test and demonstration activities of these additional UTM capabilities at UAS test sites in Virginia and New York this fall. Flight tests were conducted in collaboration with industry partners including Wing, AirXOS, ANRATechnologies, AirMap, AX Enterprise, and OneSky and will showcase multiple capabilities that will further enable BVLOS operations, including remote ID and strategic deconfliction. Want to know how it went? Join leaders from FAA NextGen and the UPP 2 test sites as they share the current state of UTM architecture and the next steps in FAA rule-making activities and UTM enhancements.

3 – 4 PM ET Exhibit Hall 'Connect Live' Hours in the Interactive Exhibit Hall  
Open Evening for Sponsor Events (visit our Exhibitors for more info!)

24/7 Exhibit Hall Virtual Interactive Exhibit Hall Open

9 – 10 AM ET SPECIAL EVENT ATCA Membership Meeting in the Networking Pavilion

Join ATCA leadership and your fellow members for an exclusive meeting to examine the past year and explore the future goals of our Association. ATCA Annual registration encouraged but not required. 

10 – 11:30 AM ET Annual Session The New Normal: Innovation Applied
Keynote: Dr. Charles Clancy, Sr. VP, GM, and Chief Futurist, MITRE Labs
Moderator: Steve Bradford, FAA

Jodie Brinkerhoff, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Ashish Kapoor, Microsoft
David Rottblatt, Eve Urban Air Mobility
Rowayne Schatz, US Air Force
Kip Spurio, Raytheon Technologies
Akbar Sultan, NASA

Abstract: COVID-19 has turned our lives and our economy upside down. There is nothing good about it, other than perhaps our ability to learn from it. There is a new normal in almost every industry in America. Although painful and uncertain, we are beginning to adapt to the changes. Teleworking, for example. Do you really miss the long commute stuck in traffic? Isn’t it nice and better for all of us to have fewer cars on the road? Think of all the time and fossil fuel that is saved everyday with this one change alone. Once we learn how to manage this process and achieve some balance between personal contact and efficiency, this is one new normal that might be around for a while.  The new normal in air travel will also require us to adapt. Even before COVID-19 ravaged the aviation industry, many of us were working to adapt to the rapid increase in innovation resulting from the evolution of unmanned aircraft, electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Advance Air Mobility integration, and the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the NAS. Our panel of experts from traditional and new entrant industries will explore the challenges and necessities of bringing this incredible innovation into the NAS and challenge participants to once again adapt our NAS to enable this integration safely, even at a time when air travel, as we knew it, is challenged.  Our definition of safety itself will have to evolve along with technology. The informed participant will help determine our new direction.

12 – 1 PM ET Annual Session Fireside Chat with NASA's Akbar Sultan
Akbar Sultan, Director Airspace Operations and Safety Program
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) 
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA

Abstract: Join ATCA President and CEO Peter F. Dumont as he sits down with NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) Director Akbar Sultan. AOSP works with the FAA, industry and academic partners to conceive and develop NextGen technologies to further improve the safety of current and future aircraft. As radar-based air traffic control transitions to a NextGen satellite-based system to enhance safety, capacity and efficiency on runways and in flight, AOSP-developed NextGen methods and means will provide advanced automated support to air navigation service providers and aircraft operators to reduce air-travel times and delays, and to ensure greater safety in all weather conditions.

– 2 PM ET Exhibit Hall 'Connect Live' Hours in the Interactive Exhibit Hall  
2 – 2:45 PM ET  Annual Session Launching Aerospace Careers: The White House Initiative for HBCUs
Moderator: Ronicsa Chambers, ATO, Management Support and FAA HBCU Chairperson

Courtney Wilkerson, Esq., Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, FAA
Pamela Whitley, Assistant Administrator, NextGen, FAA
Arthur McMahan, Deputy Director, White House Initiative for HBCUs
Marcus Brownrigg, Supreme Solutions, Inc., White House HBCU Initiative Program Manager

Abstract: As the national aerospace system (NAS) continues to modernize and diversify, so must our workforce. The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities seeks to prepare today’s students to become the leaders of tomorrow. So what can we do to attract and retain these bright young people in aviation careers? Join us for an insightful conversation on how HBCUs are helping to help satisfy the aerospace industry’s deep need for qualified people and how racial diversity is critical for American STEM industries to maintain competitiveness on the global stage.

2:45 – 4 PM ET Annual Session Workforce and Culture: Unlocking Potential During the Lockdown
Moderator: Kate Lang, Aviation Workforce Outreach, FAA

Kate Gebo, United
Trish Gilbert, NATCA
Kyle Marcolini, West Coast Tech Company
Lisbeth Mack, FAA
Chris Sharp, FAA

One of the key issues the FAA is facing is ensuring that the US has a dynamic and skilled aviation workforce to meet the needs of today and the future. Work is underway at the agency to drive advances in workforce development programs and to address aviation workforce challenges. From appointing a Senior Advisor for Aviation Workforce Outreach, to establishing an Aviation Workforce Steering Committee, to launching two new advisory groups, the agency and private sector have taken tangible steps to move this issue forward. Innovation has also been part of many of the efforts to date in workforce planning as a mechanism to attract new talent to an exciting time in the new aerospace system, engage workers in their jobs, and empower individuals to push our industry forward. However this has also been a time of unprecedented upsets in 2020 with an economic downturn from the global pandemic. Traffic levels have hit record lows and the former glory of 2019 seems like a distant memory with the constant threat of layoffs in the private sector looming. How do we continue with the positive momentum building to date, engage with innovation to push the workforce forward, and turn the challenge of the pandemic into an opportunity? Hear from our panelists about the exciting efforts underway to unlock the potential of the National Aerospace System and the young people who will lead it.

4 – 5 PM ET SPECIAL EVENT ATCA Women in Air Traffic Management Networking Event
Across aviation's many sectors, women contribute to the success and innovation of the world's airspace each and every day. For the fourth year in a row, we're excited to host the ATCA Annual Women in Air Traffic Management Networking Event to continue providing a nurturing and inclusive environment for women in aviation to network and share their successes. Our goal is to enhance and inspire leadership and to encourage women to seek executive level positions within aviation and the aeronautical sciences. 


Exhibit Hall Virtual Interactive Exhibit Hall Open  

10 – 11 AM ET 

Exhibit Hall 'Connect Live' Hours in the Interactive Exhibit Hall   

11 AM – 12:15 PM ET

Annual Session

WTF: 2020 Year in Review Roundtable 
Closing Remarks: Peter F. Dumont, ATCA   
Moderator: Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA  

Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technologies (Cyber)
JJ Johnson, Raytheon (Tech)
Frank Matus, Thales (BSI)
Lisa Sullivan, Palantir Technologies (Annual)
Lee Weinstein, Leidos (Young Aviation Professionals rep)

Abstract: 2020 has been... weird. Let's talk about it.
12 – 1 PM ET

Networking  Last Chance to Connect in the Networking Pavilion    



We'll see you next year in person!

66th ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition
September 19 - 22, 2021
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

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