Blue Skies: Moving Beyond NextGen 

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW,Washington, D.C. 20001
Independence Ballroom B C

September 6, 2018  

Modernization is a perennial process. As we approach the 2025 milestone for NextGen, we find ourselves asking again and again “What comes next?” 

 Join ATCA on September 6 for a half-day discussion on the future 

of the National Airspace System (NAS) and how policy, operations, and technology 

will shape the next phase of modernization.

How much will aviation’s landscape change in the next seven years, and what does the future of aviation look like after that? With a boom in technology over the last decade, we need to change how we look at the transformation of operations, all the while leveraging newly implemented NextGen technologies to maintain the safest, most secure airspace system in the world. Regardless of if or when funding and FAA organizational structural changes occur, the aviation community is facing a fundamental paradigm shift in the 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. 

This conversation is the second in a discussion series that ATCA started at the 2018 ATCA Technical Symposium in May.
The NAS can’t wait and neither can this conversation. We need your voice and expertise. 

 Won’t you join us?


Agenda 2018 Blue Skies last update: July 3rd

Thursday, 6 September 2018 
7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration Open  
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Breakfast  
8:30 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks Peter F. Dumont,
President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association
8:30 – 9 a.m. Keynote TBA
9 – 10:15 a.m. Panel 1 – Policy

How do we leverage the successes of NextGen without repeating the mistakes of our past? Conversations and ideas abound regarding what business structure would best foster an increased pace in technology adoption and enable the operational changes our aviation system needs to address in order to remain the largest, safest, and most efficient in the world. This panel will focus on how policy changes could solve many of challenges we face today and what obstacles will need to be examined moving forward.
James Washington, JJW & Associates LLC

Donna McLean, PlanzerMcLean
Anna Gomez, Wiley Rein LLP
Rich Swayze, Delta
Nan Shellabarger, FAA 
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 – 12 p.m. Panel 2 – Technology

We are all aware of how fast technology changes these days. Our ability to adapt – and most importantly, implement – technological advances will determine how competitive we will be in the decades to come. How do we in the aviation community keep up? With the advent of artificial intelligence, autonomy, and remotely piloted vehicles, this panel will focus on how we can exploit our current capabilities today to move aviation technology into the next golden age.
Mike Hawthorne, Veracity 

Vinny Capezzuto, Aireon
 12 – 1 p.m. Panel 3 – Operations

Regardless of regulatory pace, the landscape the Jetsons woke up to every day is quickly becoming our new reality. From burrito delivery to air taxis, traditional and non-traditional aviation players want to use the airspace in ways we could only dream of before. This panel will focus on how making changes to the operational environment today will impact how we will manage the airspace and do business in the future.
David Grizzle, Dazzle Partners
1 p.m. Closing remarks Peter F. Dumont,
President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association


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    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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