ATCA global conference & expo

08:00 AM – 06:30 PM

  • Exhibit Hall
  • All Day

Registration Open - Sponsored by infina

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

08:30 AM – 06:30 PM

  • Exhibit Hall
  • All Day

Exhibit Hall Open

 
 

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM

  • Keynote Theater

Coffee Break

 
 
 

09:00 AM – 09:15 AM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 15 Minutes

Welcome Remarks

Speakers

Brian Bruckbauer

President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

 
 
 
 

09:15 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Keynote Address 1 - Blurring the Lines Between Air and Space

Speakers

Pam Melroy

Deputy Administrator NASA

 
 
 
 

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM

  • ATM Theater
  • 15 Minutes

Smartsheet Gov: Collaboration and Innovation when Safety Is Non-Negotiable

Session Open to All Attendees

Speakers

Chris Aherne

Vice President of Federal Smartsheet

Samuel Perez

Solutions Consultant Smartsheet

The Policy and Innovation Division (AIR-600) at the Aircraft Certification Service needed an array of tools to quickly and comprehensively grow and innovate while maintaining the nation’s overall fleet safety. Email and shared document platforms wouldn't cut it; the volume is too large and the stakes are too high to rely on old ways to track and manage policies and documents that need critical approvals from multiple stakeholders. What they needed was a task-driven workspace with a focus on planning and execution; where they could combine task, project, workflow, and automation capabilities with conversations, content publishing, reporting, analytics, and dashboards.This session explores how AIR-600 slashed its policy review process from 8 months to a fraction of the time by minimizing human errors, manual tasks, redundancy, and risk while maximizing productivity and creating solutions that scale by utilizing Smartsheet Gov. Learn how teams across functional domains can use Smartsheet Gov, the first FedRAMP and DoD IL4 authorized collaborative work management platform built for the federal government, to transform the way they work.  See what’s possible when teams can easily share data, track and automate tasks, and get real-time visibility to make better decisions faster. 

This session explores how AIR-600 slashed its policy review process from 8 months to a fraction of the time by minimizing human errors, manual tasks, redundancy, and risk while maximizing productivity and creating solutions that scale by utilizing Smartsheet Gov. Learn how teams across functional domains can use Smartsheet Gov, the first FedRAMP and DoD IL4 authorized collaborative work management platform built for the federal government, to transform the way they work.  See what’s possible when teams can easily share data, track and automate tasks, and get real-time visibility to make better decisions faster. 

 
 
 

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 15 Minutes

Speech Signal Enhancement Through Machine learning

Session Open To All Attendees

Speakers

Sam Gonzalez

Ground to Air Radio Systems Sr Business Development Manager General Dynamics Mission Systems

We implement a LSTM-RNN (long short-term memory, recurrent neural network) to improve the quality of speech signals by mitigating audible noise and interference.  Balancing computational complexity with performance, our ML-algorithm is easily hosted on GDMS’ URC-300 SDR platform employing an A53 processor, consuming less than 400 kB of memory, and operating with less than 2 msec latency.  We demonstrate our resulting ML-speech signal enhancement through direct audio comparisons between “with ML” vs “without ML” across both stationary and non-stationary noise environments, different languages, as well as captured ATC recordings.

 
 

10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

  • Exhibit Hall
  • 30 Minutes

Coffee Break Sponsored by Crown Consulting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Roadmap for Readiness and Modernization

Speakers

Mark DeNicuolo

Vice President, Program Management Office, ATO Federal Aviation Administration

Steven A. Ruehl, Sr.,

Executive Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Policy Board on Federal Aviation U.S. Air Force

Rich Santa

President NATCA

David Spero

President Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO

Dan Hicok

Director of Strategy, Mission Support Services, ATO Federal Aviation Administration

Neil Planzer

Board Chair Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

 
 
 
 
 
 

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

  • ATM Theater
  • 45 Minutes

CyberSecurity of a Federated Airspace

Speakers

Adam Monsalve

Cybersecurity Analyst CNA Corporation

Kenneth Freeman

Aerospace Engineer NASA AMES Research Center

CyberSecurity of a Federated Airspace – Briefing “Systematic Evaluation of the Security Risks of a Federated Airspace Environment.” Center for Enterprise Systems Modernization, Institute for Public Research, CNA (Center for Naval Analysis. Dr. Steven Habicht, Adam Monsalvo) Abstract: The novel approach to air traffic management, eXtensible Traffic Management (xTM), leverages a federation of industry service suppliers to perform traffic management functions historically performed by the Federal Aviation

Administration. Many of the new entrants in aviation, such as uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), will leverage xTM approaches to support novel operating environments involving new technologies. With these novel operational environments being components of critical infrastructure in the transportation sector, xTM stakeholders should prioritize the cybersecurity of xTM environments. We evaluated the characteristics of novel xTM operational environments and identified important Research Areas that National Aeronautics and Space Administration should consider as it continues to develop xTM concepts. The report leverages the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure to structure the analysis in such a way to consider the entire spectrum of cybersecurity concepts.

 

 

 

 
 
 

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

  • AAM/UAS Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Executive Update on Today’s New Entrant Operations in the NAS

Speakers

Tim Arel

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Federal Aviation Administration

Brian Wynne

President & CEO AUVSI

Abigail Smith

Deputy Executive Director, UAS Integration Office Federal Aviation Administration

Paul Fontaine

Acting Assistant Administrator for NextGen Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Director NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

  • Space Theater
  • 45 Minutes

The Future of Space Traffic Management – A Fireside Chat with Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt

Speakers

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt

Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force

Therese Jones

Senior Director of Policy Satellite Industry Association

Karina Drees

President Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Today’s airspace is getting more complex and congested.  Air traffic at higher altitudes used to be just for military purposes, but today we are seeing burgeoning advancements in unmanned systems, supersonic and hypersonic vehicles, high altitude balloons, and increased space traffic.  Today we will explore the seam between controlled airspace and space, who monitors and controls that area, and what we can expect in the future.

 
 
 
 
 
 

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 45 Minutes

FAA's Vision For The Future: Operations in an Info-Centric NAS

Speakers

Steve Bradford

Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for NextGen Federal Aviation Administration

Diana Liang

Enterprise Portfolio Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

John Maffei

Director (Acting), Portfolio Management and Technology Development Federal Aviation Administration

Exciting new opportunities are emerging in aviation and aerospace. Significant investments are advancing the research and development of autonomous vehicles, environmental friendly electric aircraft, high-speed and long-endurance solar powered aircraft flying in airspace above conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and new types of space vehicles. Charting Aviation's Future – Operations in an Info-Centric NAS is the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) vision for the NAS of the future.  It describes how the FAA will build on both the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and trajectory based operations foundations. It illustrates operations serving both the traditional air traffic management community and the extensible traffic management community in a safe, seamless, efficient and equitable manner ultimately leading to a more agile and flexible NAS.  This vision provides the foundation for full dialogue with all parts of the aviation community on assumptions, opportunities, and timelines to meet those opportunities.
 
 

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM

  • ATM Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Cyber Exercises Strengthen NAS Resiliency

Speakers

Stephanie Braxton

ATO CyberSecurity Group Federal Aviation Administration

Eric DeBisschop

Penetration Testing Team Federal Aviation Administration

Andrea Deitz

Foreign Affairs Specialist, Southeast Asia Federal Aviation Administration

Stephanie Supko

Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Response Division Federal Aviation Administration

Monica Balzano

SLTT Cyber Exercises, National Cyber Exercise Program Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Thomas Kopp

ATO CyberSecurity Group Federal Aviation Administration

Cyber Exercises Strengthen NAS Resiliency Abstract: Resiliency – the ability to continue operations under adverse conditions – is a key objective for the NAS. The FAA ATO has a growing Cyber Exercise capability that directly supports NAS resiliency and is in-line with the guidance provided by the DHS Exercise and Evaluation Program. The ATO NAS exercise capability provides a low-risk environment to create a holistic understanding of roles and responsibilities, increase operational readiness, build partnerships, and foster communications. The dynamic nature of cyber demands that exercises are performed regularly and can range from TTX’s to full blown virtualization on cyber ranges. It’s better to work with our stakeholders before a crisis instead of meeting our stakeholders and partners during a crisis.  

 
 
 

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM

  • AAM/UAS Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Certifying, Codifying, and Debunking the Myths

Speakers

Lisa Ellman

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Max Fenkell

Director of Federal Policy Joby Aviation

Abigail Smith

Deputy Executive Director, UAS Integration Office Federal Aviation Administration

Eileen Lockhart

Director of Utility Services & Customer Experience Spright - Air Methods Corporation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM

  • Space Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Benefits of Space - Why We Go To Space

Speakers

Jeff Foust

Senior Staff Writer Space News

Michael Gold

Executive Vice President, Civil Space and External Affairs Redwire

Dr. Bhavya Lal

Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy, and Strategy NASA

 
 
 
 
 

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Leveraging Mobile Tech for Pilots

Speakers

Diana Liang

Enterprise Portfolio Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

Sherry Yang

Sr. Manager of Boeing Airspace Operational Efficiency Boeing

Paul Diffenderfer

Senior Principal ATM Advisor The MITRE Corporation

Don Kauffman

Senior Manager, Advanced and Applied Technologies Honeywell Aerospace

The use of mobile devices by pilots is becoming a commonplace in the aviation community. General Aviation (GA) pilots use a mobile device to plan their flight, file their flight plan, and conduct their flight. More sophisticated pilot app provides flight planning features, maps, charts, and a host of other information valuable for flight operations. Concept exploration and research is being conducted to expand the role of the pilot's personal mobile device. This includes using commercial networks and service providers to exchange information safely and securely between the pilot and Air Navigation Service Provider.
 
 
 

12:45 PM – 01:30 PM

  • ATM Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Beyond 5G – Ensuring Spectrum compatibility for the Future

Speakers

Terry McVenes

President and CEO RTCA

Ed Hahn

Industry Chairman of RTCA Special Committee 242 on Spectrum Air Line Pilots Association

Andrew Roy

Director, Engineering Services Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. (ASRI)

Steve Sharkey

Vice President, Government Affairs, Engineering and Technology Policy T-Mobile

Michael Weiler

Manager, Spectrum Engineering Services Federal Aviation Administration

Steven A. Ruehl, Sr.,

Executive Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Policy Board on Federal Aviation U.S. Air Force

Spectrum allocation is a challenge for aviation and will impact the development and implementation of new technologies in the future (including ATM). Join this panel of subject matter experts as they discuss these challenges and opportunities for success.

 
 
 
 
 
 

12:45 PM – 01:30 PM

  • AAM/UAS Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Cybersecurity Implications in the AAM Ecosystem

Speakers

Luci Holemans

Manager, ATO Cybersecurity Group Federal Aviation Administration

 

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an air transport system concept that integrates new, transformational aircraft designs and flight technologies into existing and modified airspace operations.  The objective of AAM is to move people and cargo between places more effectively, especially in currently underserved local, regional, urban, and rural environments.  This transportation paradigm requires a molecular-like integration within the aviation ecosystem to assure the safety, availability and efficiency of flying public.  As exciting this emerging technology is to the industry, it bears obvious risks from intentional or accidental cyber-related attacks.  The purpose of this paper is to explore the prevailing threat vectors, offer some important cyber design considerations for this new system, and identify necessary actions that must be taken to assure that appropriate cybersecurity protections are applied to this developing technology. 

 
 
 

12:45 PM – 01:30 PM

  • Space Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Understanding Space Launch and Re-Entry Operations, International Coordination Needs and Processes

Speakers

Coleen Hawrysko

Director, ATO International, Mission Support Services Federal Aviation Administration

Allison Crutchfield

Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs SpaceX

Michael J. O'Donnell

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, FAA Commercial Space Transportation Federal Aviation Administration

Javier Venegas

Latin American and Caribbean Regional Director CANSO

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

12:45 PM – 01:30 PM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Application and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Aviation

Speakers

Mike Paglione

Software and System Branch Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Fred Weiland

Chief Research Scientist Mosaic ATM

Sherry Yang

Sr. Manager of Boeing Airspace Operational Efficiency Boeing

Dr. Nadine Alameh

CEO Open Geospatial Consortium

Raj Pai

Chief Technologist, Aeronautics NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. John Valasek

Professor Texas A&M

Dr. Trung Pham

Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Artificial Intelligence – Machine Learning, Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA, in collaboration with other aviation stakeholders, continuously seeks to safely integrate new users and technologies into the aviation ecosystem. The pace and scope of these new users and technology are rapidly increasing. These emerging technologies bring with them a massive surge in the volume of data being generated and stored, which provides a unique opportunity and opens up new possibilities to leverage innovative data science techniques.  At the center of this effort is the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms that have the ability to synthesize meaning out of the massive data generated as well as the opportunity to achieve the promise of the next level of safety and efficiency for aviation.  But these novel technologies also present new challenges in terms of their higher level of complexity, increased risks in security, and lack of public trust to name a few.  The standard methods and practices for software assurance, certification, and integration of new technologies are no longer sufficient.  Therefore, this panel of experts from industry, academia, and government will discuss the many applications of AI/ML to aviation and the challenges associated to their unique employment within the aviation industry, where safety is paramount.
 
 
 
 

01:15 PM – 01:30 PM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 15 Minutes

ATCA and FABEC Joint Declaration Signing

Speakers

Brian Bruckbauer

President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

John Santurbano

Chairman FABEC CEO Board, Director of the Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), EUROCONTROL

 
 
 
 
 
 

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Airspace Integration - A Global Perspective

Speakers

Alex Bristol

Chief Executive Officer Skyguide Swiss Air Navigation Switzerland

Simon Hocquard

Director General CANSO

Tim Arel

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Federal Aviation Administration

Brian Wynne

President & CEO AUVSI

Giorgio Cioni

Director, Armament and Aerospace Capabilities, Defence Investment Division NATO

Brian Bruckbauer

President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

 
 
 
 
 
 

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM

  • ATM Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Bipartisan Infrastrucutre Law of 2021

Speakers

Katie Thomson

Director, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation U.S. Department of Transportation

Shannetta R. Griffin

Associate Administrator of Airports Federal Aviation Administration

Randall Burke

Director, Technical Operations, ATC Facilities & Engineering Services Federal Aviation Administration

Justin Barkowski

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

Michael Reynolds

Senior Public Policy Advisor Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment in America’s transportation network. It is modernizing infrastructure, increasing equity in transportation, helping to fight climate change, strengthening the supply chair, and creating jobs. The FAA is investing $5B in airport terminals, $15B in airport infrastructure, and $5B in air traffic facilities. Participant and engage with FAA leaders on the status of the programs, successes achieved, and opportunities available.

 
 
 

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM

  • AAM/UAS Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Innovation: How to Move from Research to Reality?

Speakers

Yolanka Wulff

Executive Director Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)

Earl Lawrence

Chief Compliance and Quality Officer XWing

Kathryn Fraser

Lead Associate Booz Allen Hamilton

Steve Bradford

Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for NextGen Federal Aviation Administration

Bruce DeCleene

Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation, Aircraft Certification Service Federal Aviation Administration

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM

  • Space Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Congressional Outlook

Speakers

Mary Guenther

Director, Space Policy Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF)

Richard-Duane Chambers

Senior Professional Staff Member Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Tom Hammond

Senior Policy Advisor House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Hunter Presti

Staff Director, Subcommittee on Aviation U.S. House of Representatives

Duncan Rankin

Legislative Assistant, Senator Ted Cruz

Adam Weiss

Counsel House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation

Pam Whitney

Staff Director, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics; House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

 
 
 
 
 

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 45 Minutes

Future-proofing Internet Access for Cloud-based Applications

Speakers

Teresa Anderson

Chief Information Security Officer LS Technologies

Ted Rush

Senior Security Architect, Federal Aviation Administration

Susan Lake

Infrastructure and Operations Director, Federal Aviation Administration

Chris Pressler

National Cloud Integration Service (NCIS) Manager Federal Aviation Administration

Derek Doerr

Principal Solutions Architect, Security Lead - US Federal, Nonprofits, and Healthcare Amazon Web Services

The FAA continues to embrace a Cloud smart model with FCS (FAA Cloud Services).  Access to the internet by on premise assets using the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) traditionally remains paramount, the growth of off-premise cloud environment assets expands the need to reshape how the agency manages perimeter data flows.  The FAA is adjusting its data flow management for off-premise by building the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 core guidance, which provides 5 distinct reference volumes of material providing guidelines for establishing and self-attesting a TIC design for Federal use. TIC 3.0 distributes security capabilities across policy enforcement points (PEPs) for better flexibility and scale.  This TIC 3.0 cloud based architecture will allow data flows that are already off premise residing in the cloud environment to remain in the cloud environment and interact with public access without impacting on-premise infrastructure.  Layers of defense and increased efficiency.While leveraging AWS cloud native internet access points, at its core, the TIC 3.0 will embrace the Zero Trust (ZT) architecture. TIC capabilities will enable cloud adoption for the NAS and inherit several benefits for the FAA Enterprise Architecture. Many of these benefits include improvements to the external Internet user experience and SaaS products further enhancing the internal user experience. Evaluating the need for VPNs to extend the network, vs only extending the reach of applications outside the agency perimeter.  As some traditional lines seem to blur this will enable a seamless remote internal user experience while permitting more frequent security threat information updates and use of Internet for private networking.  This session will discuss challenges and the potential possible with embracing this paradigm shift. 
 
 
 

02:25 PM – 02:55 PM

  • Exhibit Hall
  • 30 Minutes

Ice Cream Break Sponsored by Midwest ATC

 
 
 
 
 
 

02:55 PM – 03:10 PM

  • Innov & Tech Theater
  • 15 Minutes

Intersoft Electronics presents SkyRF, the drone measurement services for CNS: Taking CNS measurements to the next level

Session Open To All Attendees

Speakers

Domien De Ruyck

Managing Director Intersoft Electronics

With SkyRF Intersoft Electronics delivers radio frequency (RF) measurement services for performance analysis on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) installations.SkyRF supports commissioning, certification and maintenance of primary & secondary radar, ILS & DME, TACAN & VOR, featuring unique advantages:
1. Complete radar up- and downlink measurement
2. Much lower operational impact compared to conventional flight checks for NavAids
3. Instant, reliable and repeatable measurements
SkyRF offers manufacturer independent CNS measurements as a service for ANSP’s and military. As such reducing CAPEX investments, administrative and overhead costs and the need for test flights. With SkyRF, commissioning, certification and maintenance of CNS are performed faster, more accurate and at a much lower cost. Intersoft Electronics Services features 35 years of experience in developing RF measurement equipment and Radar Analysis Support Systems. Intersoft Electronics Services developed this dedicated drone platform for measuring NavAids and Radar performance in the far field, alongside its highly respected RASS tools.SkyRF Services are jointly offered by Intersoft Electronics Services and SkyGuide. SkyRF makes the sky safer.

 
 
 

02:55 PM – 03:10 PM

  • AAM/UAS Theater
  • 15 Minutes

Booz Allen Hamilton: Secure Aviation in the Quantum Era

Session Open To All Attendees

Speakers

JD Dulny

Strategic Innovation Leader Booz Allen Hamilton

The cryptography we use today to secure our nation’s most sensitive information will be vulnerable to emerging quantum computing technologies. Already, there have been a growing number of executive orders and memorandums directing agencies to prepare for the impending quantum threat. Unless we act quickly to mitigate these risks, a quantum-armed attacker could undermine mission critical government activities from securing federal payments to ensuring safe air travel. The FAA— and other government agencies—will need to adopt post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithms to mitigate the risk of quantum-enabled cyberattacks. Booz Allen has developed a model to aid agencies in this transition, moving from threat vulnerability assessments to specialized testing and network architecture optimization to simulate PQC’s impact on different systems and applications. By modeling the potential impacts of integrating these new algorithms, the FAA will be able to reduce the time its systems and data are vulnerable to quantum-enabled attackers.
 
 
 
 

03:20 PM – 03:50 PM

  • Keynote Theater
  • 30 Minutes

Fireside Chat with Tim Arel

Speakers

Tim Arel

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Federal Aviation Administration

Brian Bruckbauer

President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

 
 
 
 
 

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM

  • ATM Theater
  • 90 Minutes

ATCA Membership Meeting and Reception - Sponsored by Objective Area Solutions

Speakers

Brian Bruckbauer

President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

 
 
 
 
 

05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

  • Exhibit Hall
  • 90 Minutes

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Amazon Web Services