October 29-30, 2018
             Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. •  901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The final frontier is closer than ever before. As commercial space interests diversify and technology advances at an astonishing rate, it’s more important than ever to create and maintain open lines of communication between stakeholders.

Speaker and Moderator Bios

Christopher Allison, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Panel Speaker: Data Exchange

(LinkedIn bio) Allison leads the external integration for Dream Chaser to both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Launch Ranges for all Dream Chaser missions. His responsibilities include coordinating all licensing and approvals that need to be in place to both launch and reentry the Dream Chaser spacecraft. He also leads the landing site coordination for any locations Dream Chaser could potentially land for a given mission.

David Almeida, LS Technologies
Panel Moderator: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion

David Almeida has spent over 15 years providing technical and project leadership implementing next generation transformational programs into the industries he’s served.
David has led government and commercial telecommunications re-engineering programs, supporting the build out of next generation, “triple-play” convergence technology. His technical expertise in Command and Control (C2) & Operations Support Systems enabled both domestic & international customers to revolutionize their network operations, systems and service management. He has authored & presented white papers on applying innovative C2 technologies for DoD and Civil applications. David has been published in textbook case studies for his approach in leveraging emerging technology and innovation for project risk management. Since 2004, David has dedicated himself to applying technical and business solutions to modernizing the FAA’s network infrastructure, leading proposal activities for satellite, microwave network, and en-route voice switching (VSCS) modernization efforts. David now leads initiatives supporting FAA’s NextGen transition. As Net-Centric Ops Advanced Programs Manager for Harris Corporation, David is leading prototyping efforts on FTI’s EDX Operational Evaluation, an alternative network centric approach to NAS-wide information exchange. He is an active industry consortium participant & held leadership positions, accordingly. David holds a BS and MBA from the University of Central Florida, a PMP designation, and is currently completing the Leadership Directions Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School.
David Batchelor, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Panel Speaker: International Policy

David Batchelor is Head of International Affairs at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in Brussels. He is responsible for developing and managing the SJU’s relations with relevant stakeholders worldwide in order to articulate and promote SESAR, Europe’s programme to modernise air traffic management, and to build cooperation in support of global interoperability.

He previously spent four years from 2012 to 2016 in Washington DC, representing the SJU in the US and fostering relations with the FAA's NextGen programme, with the overall objective of supporting interoperability between SESAR and NextGen.

Prior to this, David worked in the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE). From 2008 to 2012, he worked on aviation noise and emissions, and was the European Union Observer to the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). From 2003 to 2007, he worked on the EU-US air transport negotiations, which culminated in the EU-US "open skies" air transport agreement in 2007.

David’s career began at the UK Civil Aviation Authority as an economist, before becoming Head of International Aviation Policy in the CAA's Economic Regulation Group in 1995.

David graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Francisco Bermudez, Manager, NextGen Communications Branch, FAA
Speaker: Commercial Space Integration (CSI) National Airspace System (NAS) CONOPS

Mr. Francisco Bermudez is the Manager of the Communications Branch in the Technology Development and Prototyping Division within the Portfolio Management and Technology Development Directorate. Mr. Bermudez started his career at the FAA in 2010 as a systems engineer in the NextGen organization, responsible for coordinating updates to the National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Architecture (EA) Automation Roadmap and performing analyses to the determine the readiness and feasibility of Operational Increments (OIs). Mr. Bermudez transitioned into the role of Portfolio Manager in 2014 and served as the subject matter expert and liaison for the execution of the integrated NAS Infrastructure Portfolio. Mr. Bermudez was selected in 2015 as the Communications & Integration Branch Manager in the NAS Lifecycle Planning Division, where he had oversight for the budget formulation and execution of the Collaborative ATM (CATM), On-Demand NAS Information (ODNI), and NAS Infrastructure portfolios. Francisco has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia. Francisco is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
  Joe Bertapelle, JetBlue Airways
Panel Speaker: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion

Joe Bertapelle, Director of Strategic Airspace Programs Leads New York’s Hometown Airline’s efforts to develop and improve upon airspace management strategies, focusing on how NextGen airspace technology will affect JetBlue. As a result JetBlue is recognized as a leader in operational deployment and successful implementation of Next Gen initiatives. JetBlue was the first to certify and install ADSB-out 260B transponders and demonstrates operational benefits in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Joe joined JetBlue in 2007 as Director of System Operations. Early on, his team re-engineered the airline’s System Operation Center’s process, structure and procedures, and achieved improved operational reliability. From 2004 to 2007, worked for the MITRE Corporation, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, a Federal Funded Research Development Company. In the 28 years prior, Joe worked for American Airlines in their System Operations Control Center in various levels of leadership and responsibility. Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Meteorology from St. Louis University.




Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, FAA
Speaker: National Airspace System Overview

As Chief Operating Officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Teri L. Bristol is responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and secure air traffic services for approximately 50,000 aircraft operating over nearly 30 million square miles every day.

Bristol provides leadership and direction for 32,000 employees providing the organization's core functions of Air Traffic Services, Technical and Systems Operations, Safety Management, Technical Training, Mission Services, Management Services, Program Management, and Flight Program Operations. She has made great strides on behalf of the agency on labor relations, and has played a key role in the deployment and integration of NextGen capabilities and other airspace modernization, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and commercial space operations into daily National Airspace System (NAS) operations.

Throughout her 25-year career, Bristol has had extensive experience in leading the technically varied missions of the ATO. Prior to being named COO in 2014, she served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2012-2013, assuming greater responsibility for operations domestically and for the agency's role in international air navigation services. In previous positions, Bristol oversaw the maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS, directed operational support and integration services across the nation's airspace, led acquisition and program management of large automation and surveillance systems, and was directly responsible for the daily operation of air traffic control facilities throughout the Western United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

Bristol was elected as Chair of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Executive Committee in June 2017. In this role, she represents the FAA in efforts to harmonize air traffic policies and procedures and develop best practices for the safe and efficient delivery of air navigation services.

Bristol represents the ATO on the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee and is a member of the NextGen Executive Board and the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), an executive leader of the NAC's NextGen Integration Working Group, and an ex-officio member of the RTCA Policy Board.

Bristol began her federal career in 1992 when she was recruited into the Department of Transportation's Acquisition Management Training Program, where she worked for the FAA, U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Highway Administration.

Bristol holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Program Management Professional.
Steve Brown, NBAA
Panel Speaker: ATCA Blue Skies

Steven Brown, chief operating officer for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), oversees all of the Association’s activities relating to aircraft operations and flight department management issues, as well as the administrative, financial and human resources functions. Prior to joining NBAA on October 4, 2004, Brown served as a top official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as vice president of operations planning. Brown also has previously served as associate administrator for air traffic services, managing the 35,000 air traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection pilots and administrative personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nation’s airspace systems. Before joining the FAA in 1998, Brown was president of the National Aeronautic Association and has served as senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also has taught a number of aviation-related courses at Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the faculty; has worked for the Texas Aeronautics Commission; and has been employed as an air taxi pilot and full-time flight instructor. Brown is a graduate of the executive management programs at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia and is a qualified aviation accident investigator certified by the University of Southern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in industrial education.
Greg Byus, Manager, Collaborative Decision Making and International Operations, FAA/AJR
Panel Moderator: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

Mr. Byus is the Manager for Collaborative Decision Making and International Operations at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center. His 28 year career with the FAA began as an Air Traffic Controller at Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In July 2012, Mr. Byus transferred to the Air Traffic Control System Command Center. Mr. Byus served as the Staff Manager for the Command Center before accepting his current position as Manager, CDM and International Operations.

Mr. Byus serves as the Co-Lead for the CDM Stakeholders Group (CSG), a joint FAA and Flight Operators endeavor focused on improving ATFM. The CSG meets monthly and provides recommendations to the FAA on CDM priorities and activities, oversees the general direction and mission of CDM and provides prioritization and tasking on possible technology improvements towards enhancing system efficiencies for the National Airspace System. Mr. Byus also serves as the Air Traffic Flow Management subject matter expert for International Operations.
  Craig Campbell, Alaska Aerospace Corporation
Panel Speaker: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS

Craig joined Alaska Aerospace Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2011, and was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors in October 2012.

Craig’s background includes 35 years aerospace experience in the United States Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard, culminating as The Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard.
Professionally trained as an Air Traffic Controller, Craig’s military experience included logistics and supply, long range planning, executive staff support at the headquarters level, and finally serving as Vice Commander, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard prior to his appointment to General Officer.

Craig has an extensive private sector background, with over 15 year’s aviation consulting experience. He has conducted airport master planning, environmental planning, economic feasibility studies, and facilities location planning both in the US and internationally. Craig also served in public office, starting in 1985 with his election to the Anchorage Assembly, where his leadership capabilities were demonstrated as he twice served as Chair of the body. He was appointed by Governor Frank Murkowski in 2002 as the Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and was promoted to General Officer with subsequent assignment as The Alaska National Guard Adjutant General. He was retained by Governor Sarah Palin as both Commissioner and Adjutant General, later being appointed by her in July 2009 as the Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska. A position he held until December 2010.

Craig earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Craig and his wife, Anne Marie, live in Eagle River, Alaska; have two grown daughters and four granddaughters. Craig is a licensed pilot. Craig also serves as the State Chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Alaska State Committee.
  Mike Cirillo (ARC Chair), A4A
Panel Speaker: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)

Michael Cirillo joined A4A in March of 2014 as Managing Director, Air Traffic Management. A4A advocates on behalf of its member airlines to shape crucial policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. 

Mike retired from FAA in January of 2013 from the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center Operations. In this capacity he provided leadership and guidance for operations at the nine FAA regional headquarters and Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, including the FAA Academy and Logistics Center. Prior to serving in this role he served as Regional Administrator for FAA's Alaskan Region.
Mike served as the Air Traffic Organization's Vice President of System Operations Services at FAA Headquarters (2004-2007). He was responsible for traffic flow management of the national airspace system, airspace design, performance based navigation procedures, aeronautical information management, operations security, and flight services. He was the liaison to the Department of Defense and the Transportation Security Administration on air transportation issues.

Mike served a detail in the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation; held executive positions responsible for Air Traffic System Development and Air Traffic Planning and Procedures; and served a 1-year detail as FAA Liaison to the German Air Navigation Services in Offenbach, Germany. Mike began his career as an air traffic controller in 1977 in the United States Air Force. He began his FAA career in 1981 at the Burbank, CA Tower/TRACON as an air traffic controller. He spent 7 years at the Phoenix, AZ TRACON as an air traffic controller, hub quality assurance specialist, and area supervisor. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and holds an MBA.
Kelvin Coleman, Acting Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST), FAA
Speaker: Commercial Space Overview

Kelvin Coleman serves as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Acting Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. In this role, he provides executive leadership and oversight of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) to ensure achievement of AST’s principle mission objectives of public safety, and advancement of U.S. commercial space transportation. 

Kelvin has more than 20 years of experience in AST, having served previously as Deputy Associate Administrator, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Chief of Staff, Senior Technical Advisor for Operations Integration, Program Lead for Space and Air Traffic Integration, and Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator. Prior to joining AST, he worked for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as both a systems engineer, and as a guidance, navigation, and control engineer for several weapon system acquisition programs. 

Kelvin is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Executive Training Program and holds a B.S. in Electronics and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.

Kelvin is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
John Dermody, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, FAA
Panel Speaker: Spaceport Categories ARC

John R. Dermody was selected as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Airport Safety and Standards in December 2016. In this role, he is responsible for leading both airport safety and operations and the airport engineering offices. He has over 20 years of aviation experience in both the private and public sectors.

Previously, Mr. Dermody served as Deputy Director of Airport Safety and Standards from September 2015 to December 2016 and as Manager of the Airport Engineering Division at the FAA in Washington, D.C. from July 2011 to September 2015. In the latter position, he supervised a staff of 18 professionals with expertise in airport design, pavement, electrical, airspace, GIS applications, airport data management and airport safety research. Mr. Dermody was responsible for developing national airport engineering policy and guidance contained in 81 Advisory Circulars. He also provided oversight for the Airport Technology Research Program and the Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Mr. Dermody was the former Manager of the New York Airports District Office (NYADO) from 2009 to 2011 at FAA. As the NYADO manager, he supervised a staff that managed approximately $160 million in federal airport improvement grants annually and provided oversight to more than 90 airports. From 2001 to 2009, he was the FAA's Senior Program Manager for the Port Authority of New York / New Jersey Airports, where his duties included oversight of all engineering and planning projects at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International, and Teterboro airports.

Prior to his FAA career, Mr. Dermody worked in the private sector for DY Consultants, an aviation planning and engineering firm, for over six years. He managed the company's engineering division which included all design and construction projects. He has also worked with Region 10 of the New York State Department of Transportation construction division as a transportation construction inspector.

Mr. Dermody is a registered Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is married with three boys and enjoys music and coaching baseball.
  Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association

Peter F. Dumont’s career of more than 30 years in aviation ranges from his beginnings as a U.S. Navy air traffic controller, to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the North American sector of a $3 billion defense contracting services company, and now as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA).

After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Dumont began his private sector career with Serco, Inc., where he served as Vice President of Aviation, and later as COO. During his tenure, he oversaw multiple lines of business. His responsibilities included airport management contracts, air traffic control (ATC), ATC equipment installation, meteorology, weather observation, ATC engineering, control tower fabrication and installation, air traffic management (ATM), labor relations, business development, and a number of non-aviation related contracts and corporate management functions.

A recognized expert in the field of aviation, Mr. Dumont has been published in a number of ATM-related articles. He regularly delivers keynote addresses at aviation events and moderates or participates on discussion panels.

Today, as President and CEO of ATCA, Mr. Dumont serves a membership of nearly 4,000 in all segments of the ATC/ATM community. He interacts and collaborates daily with leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as federal and international government executives to develop strategy and policy driving the future of ATC/ATM. In addition to sitting on several boards of directors, including advisory boards for a variety of unmanned aviation systems (UAS) events, Mr. Dumont represents ATCA on RTCA’s NextGen Advisory Committee and its Drone Advisory Committee Working Subcommittee, and sits on the Policy Board of the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA). He is also a past president of the Aero Club of Washington, and a former Co-Chair of the Institute Management Council (IMC) supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Mr. Dumont holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and Master of Science in Aviation/Aerospace Management, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is currently completing his second Master of Science degree in Unmanned Systems, also from Embry-Riddle.

Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, FAA
Speaker: APL

Bailey Edwards was appointed Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment (APL-1), at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in February 2018.

In this role, Mr. Edwards is responsible for leading the FAA's policy efforts to improve the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system. His focus is on assisting with FAA's reauthorization efforts, improving the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System, and advancing innovation-friendly policies related to the safe integration of new entrants, including commercial space and unmanned aircraft users. In addition, he oversees the agency's international activities and initiatives, including advancing the FAA’s global leadership on safety.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Edwards served U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) as the Policy Director for Aviation, Space, Science, and Competitiveness. He also previously served then-Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) as Senior Professional Staff Member and managed the aviation policy portfolio when Senator Hutchison was Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee. Prior to his service in the Senate, Bailey served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for eight years.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Edwards graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University. He and his wife have two children, and live in Washington, D.C.
Yuri Fattah, Space Learning Group Secretariat, ICAO
Panel Moderator: International Policy

The Multidisciplinary Programme in ICAO is designed to monitor new and emerging ideas and technologies used in aviation with a view to ensure that international regulations are not an impediment to their development and use. Current developments that are being followed though the programme include: Artificial Intelligence, Higher Airspace Operations, and the cross section between aviation and commercial space.
Panel Speaker: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

24 plus years with McDonnell Douglas/The Boeing Company
Extensive background, knowledge, and experience in FAA regulatory compliance for both aviation production and maintenance support. Supported and managed numerous FAA aircraft certification and modification programs. Heavily involved in FAA and EASA part 145 Repair Station operations including component maintenance and aircraft major repairs, modifications, and maintenance. Provided assistance to airlines for regulatory compliance. Experience in establishing new FAA and EASA Part-145 repair stations, both domestically and internationally.

Experience with new aircraft production, flight testing, FAA type certification, and FAA aircraft certification.

Specializing in FAA, EASA, and foreign CAA Repair Station establishment and compliance.
Specialties: FAA and foreign CAA regulatory compliance for both new aerospace production and post production maintenance and servicing.
Experience in FAA PMA application and compliance.

Past 5 and ½ years with Virgin Galactic (VG)
Main focal point for all FAA communications and activities. Responsible for obtaining and maintaining Virgin Galactic’s Reusable Launch Vehicle license as issued by FAA-AST. Oversee the activities to ensure airworthiness of VG flight vehicles, including obtaining FAA experimental airworthiness certification for those vehicles. Responsible for coordinating and executing Letters of Agreement (LOA) with FAA Air Traffic Control and the Department of Defense for the use of the National Air Space and restricted military air space to allow operations of Virgin Galactic’s experimental flight vehicles for flight testing and commercial operations.
Duane Freer, Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center (ATCSCC) Space Operations Manager, FAA
Speaker: Leveraging Current Technologies and Procedures for the Efficient Integration of Launch and Reentry Operations

(LinkedIn bio) In my 32+ year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, I have been fortunate to manage and oversee programs associated with Traffic Flow Management, Quality Control, Safety Management Systems, Training, Procedures, Automation and Labor Relations. Many of these opportunities occurred during transformational periods in aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration. I welcome and excel in managing the challenges associated with organizational change.
Oscar Garcia, Interflight Global
Panel Speaker: International Policy

Oscar Garcia is the founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of InterFlight Global Corporation (IFG), an international Air and Space Transportation consulting firm in business since 1992. At the firm, he serves clients as a Senior Consultant, Board Advisor and Project Leader in the areas of Private-Public; Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Financing, Sales and Marketing and optimization of Air and Space Transportation Systems and Operations. His business experience ranges from funding startup ventures to designing joint ventures amongst large aerospace conglomerates. His expertise includes, but is not limited to the design, set up, growth and expansion of aerospace companies, their sales and support networks as well as their relevant support Public Boards and Committees. Oscar Garcia’s over twenty-five years of aviation experience reflect his global operational and managerial experience as CEO of InterFlight Global Corporation, Ex CEO of SKW Airlines and OceanBlue Aircraft Leasing Management and Executive and Pilot Cathay Pacific Airways and American Airlines/ Eagle Airlines.

He has served as interim CEO, COO and CMO to enterprise including airlines and aircraft leasing companies and OEM’s. Oscar has operation flight experience as Captain and First Officer as well as instructor pilot in aircraft from General Aviation up to the wide bodies such as Boeing 747-400 and 777-200/300. Oscar’s air and space transportation acumen include experience as a Flight Data Analyst, Flight Planning Analyst and Pilot Recruitment Officer within two major airlines and NASA flight research entities. He is a leader in the areas of standards, safety and security and has chaired Industry and Professional Standards Committees and advisory groups since 1994.

Oscar has been affiliated and an active member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), Latin American Air Transport Association (ALTA), Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and others. He has acted as an expert witness on behalf of large aerospace corporations and he is a regular aerospace television and print-online media commentator and opinion leader.
  Joshua Gustin, FAA
Panel Moderator: Data Exchange

Joshua Gustin is a recognized leader within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the areas of communication infrastructure, information management and distribution. As Manager of the Communications, Information and Network Programs (CINP) group within the Program Management Organization (PMO), Mr. Gustin leads the portfolio of communications services that are the backbone of the FAA’s critical infrastructure for air traffic management operations, as well as other Mission Support telecommunications networks, systems and agency administrative services. Mr. Gustin brings a technical, programmatic and customer-focused approach to the CINP portfolio, which enhances the FAA’s delivery of safe, secure and reliable communications and infrastructure services throughout the NAS.

Mr. Gustin began his career in 1991 as a software developer on a small contract within the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) system team, and in 2003, he joined the FAA as the Manager of Operations and Maintenance of the TFM System. After being selected as Director of Aeronautical Information Management, he was appointed as the federal designated official for the Aeronautical Information Management of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), where he influenced the evolution of international aeronautical data and charting. Next, Mr. Gustin was selected to lead the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Programs and Policy Group, where he provided oversight of PBN implementations across the National Airspace System (NAS). He led the development of the PBN NAS Navigation Strategy, which documents the FAA’s navigation evolution for the next 15 years.

Mr. Gustin graduated from the University of Lowell Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems, with secondary degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

  William Hampton, Boeing
Panel Speaker: Data Exchange

(LinkedIn bio) Extensive program management experience across full life cycle from business development, product development, production and field operations. Experience in both commercial and government markets. Excellent communication skills including senior levels of government and corporate environments.
My focus is on helping teams think creatively about challenges and streamline execution without loosing the valuable lessons that are the foundation of success.
  Kevin Hatton, Space X
Panel Speaker: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS

Kevin Hatton is Manager of FAA Licensing at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), He is responsible for managing licensing activities for all Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy missions. He collaborates with FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and Air Traffic Organization to schedule and manage launch and reentry operations in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Prior to joining SpaceX in 2016, Hatton was employed at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he acquired over 20 years’ experience in Air Traffic Control, Traffic Management, and NextGen research. He was FAA Program Manager for Space Vehicle Operations (SVO) and developed the SVO Concept of Operations. His research produced advanced prototype capabilities for dynamically managing space launches and reentries while improving NAS safety and efficiency. He has authored numerous papers on aerospace topics, including Space Vehicle Operational Impacts upon NAS Air Traffic Management; Probabilistic Modeling of Airport Arrival Demand; and Modeling of Time-Based Flow Management During Transient Disruptions. He was a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum from 2011-2016. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction, and currently resides in Redondo Beach, California.
Gene Hayman, CACI
Panel Moderator: ATCA Blue Skies

Gene Hayman Vice President, FAA Account Executive CACI International, Inc. Gene Hayman is a Vice President, FAA Account Executive for CACI International Inc. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s portfolio within the FAA market. Hayman brings almost thirty years of experience in the aviation industry serving in several key executive positions throughout his career. He possesses a global perspective on aviation. During his career, he has worked on many policy, operational, and technical issues around developing and executing advanced air traffic management concepts with the FAA and other Air Navigation Service Providers around the world. Mr. Hayman came to CACI from the acquisition of L-3s services division.  There he served as Vice President of the federal civilian market with a focus on aviation.  Along with P&L responsibility for his division, he successfully led the company-wide aviation strategy supporting the FAA, DoD, and airline customers. Prior to L-3 he worked at Boeing. Here he and his organization supported the development and execution of their global Air Traffic Management (ATM) strategy. Before joining Boeing, he held multiple executive positions leveraging his expertise in aviation and strategic planning to develop comprehensive strategies focused on the aviation market.    Mr. Hayman is very active in the aviation community serving in different leadership positions and contributing to critical projects, including: Served as Vice Chair & Chair for AIA and TechAmericas aviation committees; Held board positions for companies in the aviation market; Participated on Blue Ribbon Panels, such as: FAAs Global Leadership Initiative; Worked with aviation organizations on ATC/ATM modernization, such as: FAA, Eurocontrol, ICAO, CANSO, NATO, CAAC.
  Marc Henegar, ALPA
Panel Speaker: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion

bio coming soon
Panel Speaker: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS

Mr. Hicks began his 34-year career with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in 1982 as a Test Conductor within the Materiel Test Directorate. There in1991, he became the Supervisory General Engineer of the Patriot Missile System, leading the execution of all aspects of developmental testing and combined developmental/operational testing in the acquisition of a major military system. Dan went on to become the acting Division Chief, where he managed the activities of the three branches in the Division: Air and Missile Defense, Tactical Missiles and Targets, and Space, Sensor and Interoperability. These programs focused on theater missile and national missile defense, air defense battle management, U.S. Army directed energy and space programs, space related programs/applications under NASA, DoD, foreign and other commercial programs.

Later, Mr. Hicks was appointed by the Commanding General to stand up a new Business Development Directorate with qualified engineers and scientists responsible for the strategic planning, transformation, business development, marketing, and staff functions for U.S. Army WSMR. His responsibilities included leading the overall business development and instrumentation and test infrastructure development. Here he led the successful merger of two directorates into one, maximizing investment dollars based on customer requirements, which created direct cost savings for U.S. Army WSMR. Following that assignment Dan became the Technical Director of WSMR, the Chief of Staff, and in 2013, the Deputy Executive Director. In these leadership roles, he was responsible for assisting the Commanding General and the Executive Director in the operations of the entire WSMR, with over eleven billion dollars of infrastructure and a noontime population of approximately twelve thousand personnel. At present, Mr. Hicks is responsible for the direct oversight of the command planning functions for the range where he has just completed “WSMR 2046” a 30 year strategic plan and maintains oversight for all external relationships; congressional and state legislatures; federal, state, and local agencies; and other community and business stakeholders.

A graduate of Las Cruces High School, Mr. Hicks received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and received an honorary selection to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Academy at New Mexico State University.
 John Himes, Mojave Air and Spaceport
Panel Speaker: Spaceport Categories ARC

John Himes is responsible for overseeing the daily air and space port operations to include Air Traffic Management, Security, and Fire-Rescue services. John earned his BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and MPA from American Military University and brings over 28 years of integrated military-commercial aviation, operations, and FAA liaison experience to MASP.
Mark Hopkins, Delta Air Lines
Panel Speaker:  Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

bio coming soon
Jaclyn Johnson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Airport Planning & Programming - National Planning and Environmental Division, FAA
Speaker: Spaceports: The Licensing and Approval Process

Ms. Johnson has 18 years of experience in environmental planning and impact analysis. She is a skilled National Environmental Policy Act analyst and technical writer having supported the federal government on a broad range of projects, which include military training and operation, military construction, deepwater port licensing, commercial space transportation licensing and permitting, airport operations, and policy. She has been project manager, task manager, deputy project manager, and served in a quality assurance role for many environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, as well as policy and guidance development. Jaclyn was formerly a consultant at Cardno, working closely with commercial space applicants in support of launch site operator license and launch vehicle operator license applications. She worked for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Space Transportation Development Division (AST-100) a number of years ago and is currently back with the FAA working as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Office of Airports, Airport Planning and Programming Division (APP-400). Jaclyn assists in the preparation of environmental planning and compliance documents in support of airport projects. She is also the ARP lead in coordination with AST regarding all commercial space activities (i.e., guidance and policy development and project-specific reviews) at or near federally-obligated airports.
  Jane Kinney, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Panel Moderator: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS

Jane Kinney is the Director of Business Operations of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, Small Sats, and Spaceports.

She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control for the International Space Station Program at NASA Johnson Space Center. At the time she was a contractor who was employed by United Space Alliance.

Previously, she worked as a Systems Engineer Co-op for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in both the Boulder and Westminster, Colorado offices. During her time at BATC she worked on a range of programs including Kepler, the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS), and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).

Kinney received a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University with a minor in English Literature.  Her degree technical focuses were Propulsion and Dynamics & Controls.
Todd Lindner, Jacksonville Aviation Authority/Cecil Air and Space Port
Panel Speaker: Spaceport Categories ARC

bio coming soon
Winsome Lenfert, FAA Acting Associate Administrator for Airports (ARP)
Speaker: Airports Overview

Winsome Lenfert was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports on February 1, 2017.

The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operations (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling approximately $2 billion. The office is also responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization.

Winsome graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Professional Pilot Technology and Aviation Administration with a minor in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Affairs. She has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. She began her aviation career working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as Chief Airport Inspector.

She began her career with the FAA as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector. Since then she has held many positions with the FAA including Airport Certification/Safety Specialist in Washington, DC; Community Planner for the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, Illinois; Assistant Manager of the Detroit Airport District Office in Detroit, Michigan; and both Manager of Regional Operations and Director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of Indiana State University, Indiana University and Sigma Kappa Alumni Associations; and Women in Aviation International.
Lisa Loucks, Boeing
Panel Speaker: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)

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Paul McGraw, A4A
Panel Speaker: ATCA Blue Skies

Paul McGraw is Vice President, Operations and Safety and is responsible for overseeing all air traffic management, flight operations, engineering & maintenance and safety activities at Airlines for America (A4A).

McGraw joined A4A in 1986, covering regional air traffic, flight operations, airport, safety, security and environmental issues in Chicago. In 1992, he joined A4A headquarters and has held a series of positions covering airport capacity and delay reduction issues, air traffic management policies, airline operations, and national airspace modernization programs.
In 2010, McGraw was awarded the A4A Nancy Cunningham Award for distinguished service and dedication to A4A and its members.

Prior to joining A4A, McGraw held several management positions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. He and his staff were responsible for all airport operational and emergency activities.
A native of Illinois, McGraw received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, where he earned his commercial pilot license, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.
Kevin McLaughlin, NATCA
Panel Speaker: ATCA Blue Skies

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Steve McMahon, Vice President for Safety & Technical Training, FAA
Speaker: Safety Management

Stephen McMahon serves as the Deputy Vice President in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety and Technical Training service unit. As Deputy Vice President, Steve leads the FAA’s operational safety assurance efforts and drives continuous improvement in air traffic controller and technician training.

Steve began his career as an air traffic controller and gained experience as he rose through the ranks to senior executive at the FAA. He acts simultaneously as diplomat, broker, influencer, leader and listener by building relationships of trust with the workforce, liaising with high-level executives, and developing positive interactions with aerospace industry customers and other stakeholders.

Mr. McMahon holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics degree with Summa Cum Laude honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Captain Houston Mills, UPS
Panel Speaker: Data Exchange

As Global Aviation Strategy & Public Policy Director, Captain Mills advocates for federal aviation policy and collaborates with domestic and international industry groups to harmonize aviation safety standards and sustainability rules. He is also responsible for aggregating aviation strategy issues under one umbrella within UPS to help maximize safety and reliability for the company, as well as service to UPS’s growing global customer base.

Prior to his current position, Houston served as UPS’s Director of Airline Safety and Compliance where he was responsible for ensuring safe and regulatory compliant Flight, Maintenance, and Ground support operations, Emergency Response preparedness, and interaction with government regulatory and safety organizations worldwide. Under his leadership UPS became one of the first U.S. airlines to have a certified Safety Management System (SMS). He also served as the UPS International Chief Pilot, where he was responsible for crew-related international flight operation activity and as the Director of Flight Training where he was responsible for the UPS Advance Qualification Program (AQP) for all crewmembers.

Houston most recently was appointed to serve as one of 35 executives on the newly formed FAA Drone Advisory Committee, where he brings an airline and pilot perspective to a group of other transportation and technology leaders as they explore policy considerations for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) integration into the National Air Space system. He also serves as the Chair of the Airlines for America (A4A) Safety Council and on the UPS corporate Unmanned Systems and Lithium Battery Steering committees. 

A native of Indianapolis, Houston received a bachelor’s in English literature from Wabash College and an MBA from Webster University. He also holds a Professional Human Resources designation.

Houston began his aviation career in 1985 as a Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 fighter pilot where he was certified as an air combat tactics instructor (ACTI). He served the United States in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Restore Hope and Southern Watch. He has more than 100 aircraft carrier landings to his credit. He has previously served as an FAA designated check airman and is currently an international qualified Captain on the Boeing 757/767. 

In step with UPS’s commitment to the community, Houston serves on the national Board of Directors of the Marne Toys for Tots Foundation, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI), Aero Club of Washington Board of Governors, and is president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky. 

Married and the father of three, Houston particularly enjoys motivational speaking, golf, and has coached various youth sports for many years.
  Megan Mitchell, Blue Origin
Panel Speaker: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion

Megan Mitchell is the Director of Government and Legislative Affairs for Blue Origin, LLC, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin Megan focuses on engagement with Congress, and the Executive branch in the interest of Blue Origins legislative priorities. Megan also serves as the Vice Chair on the Commercial Spaceflight Federations Regulatory Affairs committee. Megan worked for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation from 2008-2012, and for the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee in the House of Representatives from 2012-2015.  Megan studied at the International Space University (ISU) Summer Studies Program in Strasburg, France in 2010 and worked with the FAA Aircraft Certification Office in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2007. From 2004 through 2007 Megan was a Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was responsible for the Weather Camera Program and working with the FAA NextGen and ADS-B technology programs. Megan holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and Utah State University, respectively.
Jim Muncy, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Panel Speaker: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

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  Bill Murphy, IATA
Panel Speaker: International Policy

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  Dan Murray, Manager, Space Transportation Development Division, FAA 
Panel Moderator: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) 

Mr. Murray has over 20 years of experience in the space industry, including the past 15 years with the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation where he currently manages the Space Transportation Development Division. The Division is responsible for environmental reviews and airspace integration activities that support the evaluations of commercial launch and re-entry licenses and permits. The Space Transportation Development Division also leads the development of technologies for integrating commercial launch and re-entry operations into the National Airspace System (NAS). Since 2014, Mr. Murray has served as the co-lead of an FAA’s Joint Space Operations Group, which works to address strategic and tactical issues associated with integrating commercial space launch and re-entry operations into the NAS. 

Prior to joining AST, he was a flight controller and software engineer supporting the Space Shuttle program at United Space Alliance in Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Houston.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin
Panel Speaker: Commercial Space Perspective on Operating in the NAS

Audrey Powers is the Deputy General Counsel for Blue Origin, a commercial space company that is operating and developing two launch vehicle programs. The first, New Shepard, is a suborbital launch vehicle currently operating from Blue Origin’s private launch site in West Texas. The second program, New Glenn, is in development and is an orbital launch vehicle program that will launch from Cape Canaveral where Blue Origin is building a new launch site. Ms. Powers has an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and worked as an engineer for almost 10 years prior to becoming a lawyer. As a guidance and controls engineer she worked on the International Space Station program and then government satellite programs for Lockheed Martin. As a lawyer, Ms. Powers spent some time in private practice serving aerospace industry clients, and now has been with Blue Origin for 4 years. Her current duties at Blue Origin cover a great variety of legal areas, and include FAA licensing and regulatory oversight, including airspace integration issues.
Dorothy (Di) Reimold, (ARC Chair), Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
Panel Speaker: Spaceport Categories ARC

In November 2016 Di Reimold was named the Director for Strategic Operations for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. In this role, Di is responsible for policy development, international outreach, government industry collaboration, and an array of strategic initiatives to promote and sustain the safe integration of commercial space activities into national and global aviation systems. 

Prior to this appointment, Di was the Head of Global Policy and Procedures for Safety and Flight Operations at the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In this role, she promoted critical safety and efficiency initiatives to improve global air traffic management and worked with key stakeholders to identify priorities to help manage risks for commercial airlines. With a strong background in government relations, she also created long term partnerships between public and private entities to address these critical aviation issues. 

In previous roles, Di was the acting Assistant Administrator and also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Aviation and as a senior program manager for communications and navigation at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. She has more than 30 years of executive management experience in international policy, strategic planning, and managing large scale safety and operational programs within the U.S. government and with Fortune 500 companies. 

Di holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership and has studied and served as a guest lecturer at the U.S. Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. Di serves as a Board member for both the International Aviation Women’s Association and the International Aviation Club of Washington.
  Melissa Rudinger, AOPA
Panel Speaker: ATCA Blue Skies

As Vice President of AOPAs Government Affairs Division, Melissa leads a team of dedicated aviation professionals who advocate for General Aviation interests at the Federal, State and Local levels of government on matters affecting airmen, aircraft, and air traffic control. The team also represents AOPA's international policy interests at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other international regulatory bodies.  Melissa has worked for AOPAs members for 26 years.   A pilot for more than 30 years, Melissa holds a commercial pilot certificate with a lighter-than-air rating and has experience running a local airport business.  She has FAA Academy training in Airspace Design and Analysis, Air Traffic Management, Terminal Procedures Development, and Environmental Policy.
  Caryn Schenewerk, Space X
Panel Speaker: Opportunities and Challenges with Integrating Commercial Space – A Cross-Industry Discussion

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  Frank Slazer, AIA
Panel Speaker: ATCA Blue Skies

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  Eric Stallmer (ARC Chair), Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Panel Speaker: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)

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  Ernie Stellings, NBAA
Panel Speaker: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

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  Heidi Williams, NBAA
Panel Speaker: Airspace Access Priorities Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)

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Stacey M. Zee, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Commercial Space Transportation - Space Transportation Development Division, FAA
Moderator: Spaceport Categories AR
Speaker: Spaceports: The Licensing and Approval Process

Stacey Zee is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Office of Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She leads environmental reviews and agency coordination for a number of launch sites throughout the United States. Ms. Zee also leads the coordination within the FAA for commercial space activities at airports. 

During her time at FAA, Ms. Zee also has worked in the FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy where she coordinated the agency’s Environmental Management System compliance requirements. 

Ms. Zee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
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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.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert

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