The Return of ATCA’s Technical Symposium a Huge Success!

May 2, 2023

After a three-year, pandemic-mandated hiatus, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Technical Symposium hosted more than 400 attendees who took part in three days of professional development. The symposium was held April 25-27 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Themed "Enabling Technologies and Capabilities for the Future NAS", this year’s gathering saw the return of the popular Tech Center Tuesday at the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, as well as a busy show hall which featured 37 speakers, 23 exhibitor booths, and 18 sponsors. Highlights also included a fireside chat from the FAA’s Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development, Steve Bradford, and panels with government and industry experts on cybersecurity, info-centric NAS, spectrum engineering, automation evolution strategy, integrated safety management, aviation sustainability, and simulation.

 As in the past, this year’s ATCA Tech Symposium included the presentation of winning technical papers. Shulu Chen of George Washington University won the competition with his paper titled, "Arrival Management for High-Density Vertiport and Terminal Airspace Operations". Chen’s paper will be featured in the fall edition of the Journal of Air Traffic Control.

 Thank you to everyone who attended, exhibited, presented, sponsored, and showed your support!