The shifts in business process for the future NAS will mirror the shifts in operations and capabilities.  As operations become increasingly flexible, a shift toward business models that are both scalable and economically viable becomes imperative.  Changes in policy, collaboration mechanisms, and financial management models will support innovation and faster in-service decisions. 

The role of the Federal Aviation Administration will shift from air traffic control/management to airspace management.  Operational safety standards are of primary importance.  Acquisition policy must focus on promoting the acquisition of services that support operations and capabilities of the future NAS, as well as allowing a more flexible approach whereby smaller, quickly implementable, and more agile projects can be quickly approved.

The capabilities of the future NAS infer that increased engagement and collaboration between operators and policy-makers must occur more frequently.  In the near-term, the NAS and the operators within it should focus on fielding capabilities and functions that drastically reduce barriers to operations and risk to the safety and security to the NAS at large.  New methods for obtaining operational inputs as well as business models will evolve as we move into the framework of dynamic airspace management.  New policies will enable innovative funding models emphasizing an integrated approach between traditional and non-traditional actors and stakeholders both in the public and private sectors.

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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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