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FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center

Join us virtually at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center May 18, 2021, for Tech Center Tuesday's Virtual Atrium Experience! This year’s online experience will allow participants to use an electronic boarding pass to navigate through nearly 50 online exhibits containing videos, virtual lab tours, and technical content. The exhibits will highlight the many projects and activities underway to support the sustainment and modernization of the National Airspace System, including how the Tech Center workforce is contributing to the aviation ecosystem. Join us all week for this virtual experience into the nation’s premier laboratory facility for research, engineering, development, testing, and evaluation of advanced aviation technologies. View the full Tech Symposium agenda HERE!

*You must register for the ATCA Technical Symposium to join Tech Tuesday. Free registration is available.*

Tech Center Tuesday

Virtual Atrium Experience Schedule

May 18 
Noon  3 pm ET


The following is a list of breakout rooms during the scheduled event.  All topic areas are available starting at noon unless noted otherwise.


Technical Center Focus Areas (3 different topics)

*Aviation STEM Program*
12  1 pm ET

The Aviation STEM program manager will present a program overview starting at 12:10 p.m. to include the   history and background of the program, and overview of outreach efforts. 

*Employee Engagement Team*
1 – 2 pm ET

Members of the Employee Engagement Team (EET) will present a program overview starting at 1:00 p.m. to include a brief background of the team,  mission, and an overview of past and future employee engagement initiatives.

*Innovation and Technology Advisory Council*
2 – 3 pm ET

The ITAC Program Manager will present a program briefing starting at 2:00 p.m. to include history of innovation at the Technical Center, including some significant inventions and intellectual property, the approach and strategy the ITAC takes to usher in a culture of innovation at the Tech Center, and the roles of the Council Members and of project Principal Investigators.  


*Atlantic City Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem*

An eight-minute Atlantic City AAM Ecosystem video will run every 30 minutes with a question and answer session in between.


*Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) System Capabilities*

Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) Lab and Sustainment Program overview presentation.


*Big Data Analytics Working Group (BigDAWG)* 

A wide variety of topic areas related to this area, including AI/ML will be discussed.


*Cybersecurity Test Facility (CyTF)*

Presentation that details the activities taking place in the CyTF laboratory, including Cybersecurity Risk Modelling (CyRM), Penetration Testing activities, Cybersecurity Training activities and other security related activities.


*FAA SMART Airport Academic Student Challenge*

FAA Selection Committee Chairman will give a power point presentation overview of the program.


*FAA Technology Transfer*

A presentation and video will be used to present information regarding this program, followed by a question and answer session.


*Laboratory Capabilities*

Presentation of laboratory capabilities that are available at the Technical Center and how they support NAS modernization and sustainment activities A NATCA representative will be available to speak to the capabilities of the laboratories and how they are used to benefit NATCA.


*Live Virtual Constructive Environment (LVCE)*

Tech Center organizations have implemented innovative and creative solutions to enable the ability to remotely access, control, and utilize the LVCE.  This virtual booth will present some of these solutions, via presentation and video clips from a remote test event.


*NAS Animated Storyboard*

Program overview presentation and demonstration given by various team members followed by a question and answer session. The NAS Storyboard team will be on hand to highlight the NAS animated storyboard’s features and benefits.  The storyboards are a V&V tool that communicates the complexity of the NAS using animation (fusion of art and science).


*Rotorcraft Safety Research*

Presentation and overview of rotorcraft safety research project activities at the Cockpit Simulation Facility. The team will demonstrate running trials with the S76 simulator in support of these ongoing R&D projects.


*System Wide Information Management (SWIM)*

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) team will be sharing programmatic updates, upcoming events, and information about how users can connect to SWIM.


*UAS Engineering*

UAS Laboratory overview of the nine different UAS Simulators that are used to support various programs at the Technical Center.


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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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