Next-Generation ATC Symposium Set

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The RTCA will host a two-day symposium on the Next Generation Air Transportation System and how its evolution will be integrated into everyday flight operations next month in Washington, D.C. The symposium -- “Operational Evolution Partnership (OEP): The Bridge to NextGen,” -- is scheduled for March 13 and 14 in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown D.C. The event is designed to bring together officials from the FAA, DOD, private industry, airlines, the European Air Traffic Alliance and other members of the aviation community to examine the restructured Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and the OEP’s inter-relationship with the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The symposium will focus on operational concepts, requirements, policies and procedures, not on labor and cost issues. The RTCA, formerly the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, is a private, not-for-profit corporation functioning as a Federal Advisory Committee for the FAA.

“We’re at a critical stage in the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System,” said RTCA President Dave Watrous. “This symposium presents a unique opportunity for everyone involved to see where we are headed and the pace at which we’ll proceed. Additionally, this is the first time we have combined an industry day with the traditional elements of our symposium.” FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is invited to keynote the symposium on March 13; FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nicholas Sabatini will be the luncheon speaker that day. Rockwell Collins President and CEO Clay Jones will be the luncheon speaker on March 14. Also on March 14 will be a panel discussion moderated by AOPA President Phil Boyer and including Kevin Brown, vice president of the Air Traffic Management Advanced Systems with Boeing; Victoria Cox, vice president for operations planning with the FAA; AAAE Senior Executive Vice President Spencer Dickerson; JPDO Director Charles Leader; Judy Marks, president of Transportation and Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin; and ATA President and CEO James May, among others.