ATCA Bulletin #5 – 2015

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Air Traffic Control Association

No. 5, 2015

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By Peter F. Dumont, President & CEO, Air Traffic Control Association

For Your Benefit


ay ended up being a busy and productive month for ATCA leading up to the Atlantic City Technical Symposium. I hope you were able to join the conference call on April 29 to discuss ATCA’s partnership with the FAA to promote NextGen and our members’ role. ATCA has partnered with the FAA NextGen office and their Communications department to help promote the various member partnerships with the FAA to move NextGen forward. To this end we will develop a specific program and strategy for the ATCA 60th Annual Conference and Exhibition to showcase the many developments of our members. We will identify FAA NextGen partners with a special type of booth badge that we have found to be popular at other events. You can see a digital example of this on the ATCA homepage ( on the slideshow. This will be used in conjunction with the FAA’s developed digital displays that show the various phases of flight and demonstrates how NextGen will contribute to improvements in each phase. Each participating exhibitor will be identified by the different specific phases of flight in which they offer applicable products or services. ATCA will combine this with structured VIP tours of the various exhibitors. These tours will be scheduled and communicated to the exhibitors so that each ATCA member can have the right person

available at the right time to discuss their various solutions. This is a benefit to you and we want you involved. We welcome your input as we mature this strategy. ATCA is putting together a committee to steer this effort from the member’s perspective. Please contact Paul Planzer at for further information on the committee or to volunteer. This will be beneficial for NextGen, FAA, and you, the members. In other news, ATCA recently attended both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operations Conference and the Operations Committee (OPC) as observers. In the coming months ATCA will be working with IATA to become standing observers of the OPC. ATCA also attended the 54th Annual International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA) conference as an observer. In both of these instances, although an observer, ATCA had full participation and contributed. These two events are examples of how ATCA is expanding its presence internationally. As I have indicated before, when we expand our reach we add value to you in terms of access, policy making, and information. In addition, our ATCA website is progressing forward incrementally and is anticipated to be complete at the end of June. We welcome all suggestions and comments. I hope to see you in Atlantic City.

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Transforming the air traffic management (ATM) system is essential for improving safety, efficiency and the environment around the globe. Boeing is fully committed and uniquely qualified to help make ATM transformation a reality. It’s the right time and Boeing is the right partner.

Your Tech Symposium Guide: Get Ready for Your Visit About the William J. Hughes Technical Center (ANG-E)


he FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center is the nation’s premier air transportation system laboratory. The Center’s highly technical and diverse workforce conducts test and evaluation, verification and validation, and sustainment of the FAA’s full spectrum of aviation systems, and develops scientific solutions to current and future air transportation safety challenges by conducting applied research and development. Technical Center engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and technical experts utilize a robust, one-of-akind, world-class laboratory environment to identify integrated system solutions for the modernization and sustainment of the NAS, and for delivering NextGen operational capabilities.


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The Center has served as the core facility for modernizing the air traffic management system, and for advancing programs to enhance aviation safety, efficiency, and capacity since 1958. The Center’s areas of focus include air traffic management, communications, navigation, surveillance, aeronautical information, weather, human factors, and airport and aircraft safety. The Center also provides 24-hour, daily operational support to FAA field facilities all over the country. Technical Center specialists diagnose and correct problems so critical systems remain operational. In addition, the Center provides strategic direction to the corporate research, engineering, and development portfolio and ensures that

it is integrated, well planned, budgeted, and executed. Approximately 1,500 FAA employees work at the Center, with another 1,500 contractor employees and 1,000 nonFAA tenants based on site. Much of the work is performed through contracts with private industry. Research is also conducted by academic institutions, through aviation research grants and other partnership agreements. The Center also runs the FAA’s Technology Transfer Program. Located on a 5,000-acre campus in Southern New Jersey, the Technical Center houses laboratories, research, test, and support facilities, the Atlantic City International Airport, and a non-commercial aircraft hangar. Some unique Technical

Center laboratories include: air traffic management and simulation facilities, a human factors laboratory, the NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability, a Cockpit Simulation Facility, a fleet of specially-instrumented in-flight testing aircraft, the world’s largest full-scale aviation fire test facility, a chemistry laboratory for analyzing the toxicity of materials involved in a fire, surveillance test laboratories, a full-scale aircraft structural test

evaluation and research facility, and the National Airport Pavement Test Facility. In addition, the Technical Center manages the FAA off-site test bed located at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus. The Center also serves as home base for the Department of Homeland Security and military entities. It is the home of the Federal Air Marshal Service training program and the Transportation Security Laboratory, which is the test

and evaluation site for new, advanced airport security technologies. The U.S. Coast Guard Group Air Station Atlantic City, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing are also based at the Center and it provides facility maintenance and engineering support for all organizations on the campus, including land, buildings, infrastructure, and support services.

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Don’t Miss These Exhibitors! Network and visit the booths and tabletop exhibits of these leading organizations in Air Traffic while you’re at the Tech Symposium. Aerospace Engineering & Research Associates – 302

HP – 100

Black Box – 309

JMA Solutions – 304

ATCA – 102

Iron Bow Technologies – TT306

Boeing – 301

Microsystems Automation Group (MSAG) – TT307

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (NEAR Lab) – TT309

Mosaic ATM, Inc. – 311

Enroute Computer Solutions, Inc. (ECS) – 313

Red Hat – TT308

FAA NextGen – 307/308

Sunhillo Technical Services – 402/403

FAA SWIM – 306

Thales – 310


Thinklogical – 303

G&D North America, Inc. – 103

World ATM Congress - 101

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En Route Automation Modernization A Speech from the ERAM Press Conference The following is a transcript of a speech given by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at the ERAM press conference


Michael Huerta photo: public domain via Background: twobee/

hank you, Mr. Secretary, and thank you to everyone for joining us today. En Route Automation Modernization, or ERAM, is one of the largest technology changeovers in the history of the FAA. We completed it last month and – I’m pleased to report – that it’s functioning smoothly in the 20 high altitude air traffic control centers across the continental United States right now.

ERAM is not just a faster computer system – it’s a network that replaces our legacy system, which had its roots in the 1960s. We are now able to handle air traffic in a much more collaborative way. We can see a much bigger and richer picture of our nation’s high altitude air traffic. ERAM gives us a big boost in technological horsepower over the system it replaces. This computer system enables

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

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“ The teamwork between labor, management, and industry is why ERAM is working today. Together, we are enhancing safety and increasing capacity in what is already the world’s safest aviation system.”

each controller to handle more aircraft over a larger area, resulting in increased safety, capacity, and efficiency. ERAM processes data from nearly three times the number of sensors as the old system. It can track and display nearly double the number of high altitude flights, and enable controllers to handle additional traffic more efficiently. It’s going to make all air traffic flow more smoothly across the country. As the Secretary said, this means that controllers will now be able to better manage flights from gate to gate. With tools that are now available through ERAM, our air traffic computers can generate specific trajectories and speeds that will allow controllers to make the most efficient use of the airspace and cut down on congestion. Previously, controllers would have to estimate the best speed for an aircraft to travel in order to maintain proper separation. With the more precise picture that ERAM gives us, there’s a greater opportunity for more efficient spacing of aircraft and to use NextGen procedures that save fuel and cut down on emissions. 8

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Eventually, in conjunction with other new technology, ERAM will allow controllers to push a button and send a written message to a pilot in advance, allowing them to change course and steer around storms and congestion, once again improving on time arrival and decreasing delays. Our new system now links seamlessly with another technology that processes satellite-based GPS information. This system is called Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, or ADS-B. Last year we finished the coastto-coast installation of the ADS-B network. With its GPS technology, ADS-B provides a more precise and efficient alternative to radar including in places where there was no radar coverage before. For example, using their new ERAM computers, controllers today are providing radar-like separation over the Gulf of Mexico and large parts of Alaska with ADS-B. By 2020, it will become the FAA’s primary means of tracking and separating aircraft.

With ERAM in place, the FAA has fulfilled an important commitment in modernizing the nation’s NextGen air traffic control system. We did not make this progress alone. We did so by creating a close collaboration between management, labor, and industry. I’d like to acknowledge the Chief Operating Officer of the FAA’s Air Traffic Control Organization, Teri Bristol, whose leadership on ERAM was fundamental. Also, I’d like to acknowledge our labor representative from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Julio Henriques. Julio was instrumental in helping us implement ERAM and served as the NATCA lead representative. Finally, I would like to acknowledge our industry representative, Stephanie Hill, from Lockheed Martin. The teamwork between labor, management, and industry is why ERAM is working today. Together, we are enhancing safety and increasing capacity in what is already the world’s safest aviation system. Thank you again for joining us today.


– FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport


Technologies, LLC (LST), a proven provider of professional and technical services to federal clients, including program management support, engineering services, telecommunication solutions, critical infrastructure services, information technology, and technical consulting, is pleased to announce Mr. David Almeida as the new director of ATM Analysis & Engineering within the Air Traffic Management Services Division. Mr. Almeida brings more than 20 years providing technical and project leadership implementing next generation technology, in Command & Control (C2) and Operations Support Systems, leading many modernization projects in mission critical environments. David brings a proven history of commercial and government program execution experience, in addition to a robust capture management capability. His program management and

technical expertise in network operations, systems engineering, and operational workflow analysis and service management include extensive accomplishments, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, David led NextGen pursuits, providing the vision that forged the FAA’s SWIM architecture as a networkcentric model to enterprise-wide information sharing (SWIM), information integration, weather, and flight information systems. A recognized industry expert, Mr. Almeida is active in supporting the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM), Flight Object, and Aircraft Access to SWIM working groups, and is currently a Member of ICAO’s Information Management Panel. David is an active industry consortium participant (i.e., TechAmerica, etc.), and frequent speaker on NextGen Aviation topics. David holds

BS and MBA degrees from the University of Central Florida, a PMP designation, and completed Executive Leadership and Product Design/Development programs at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. At LST, Mr. Almeida will report to Rich Jehlen, VP ATM Services, and will be responsible for providing strategic direction and delivery for ATM Services as LST extends its successful vision of excellence and commitment to customer service. LST CEO Keith Wallace stated, “We are extremely excited to welcome David to the LST Team, as he bring such a breadth and depth of information management and ATM experience. His contributions to our well-rounded management team will enhance our client engagement and further our expanding market opportunities.”

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LS Technologies, LLC (LST) Welcomes David Almeida to Management Team

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ATCA Members on the Move

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Aviation History Corner On May 20, 1964 …

President Johnson gave his approval for the U.S. supersonic transport (SST) development program to proceed into Phase IIA – a six-month design competition between two airframe manufacturers (Boeing and Lockheed) and two engine manufacturers (General Electric and Pratt & Whitney). The President based his decision on the recommendations of the President’s Advisory Committee on Supersonic Transport made on May 15, 1964. On June 1, the four competitors signed the six-month Phase IIA contracts. The contracts authorized each air frame manufacturer to spend at the rate of $1 million per month during the contract period and each engine manufacturer at a rate of $835,000 per month. All four manufacturers agreed to bear 25 percent of the contract costs. The design competition was subsequently extended for an additional six month period designated Phase IIB.

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– FAA Historical Chronology

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Join Us for Tech Center Tuesday at the ATCA Technical Symposium

The ATCA Technical Symposium offers attendees a unique opportunity to visit the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. Participants have access to tours, programs, and presentations showcasing how the FAA is transforming the NAS through technology to deliver NextGen. You can learn more about the programs below:

Atrium Exhibitors at Tech Center Tuesday

More than 40 different programs, projects, and organizations are represented at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Advanced Electronic Flight Strip (AEFS) System Airport & Aircraft Technology R&D Airport Facilities Terminal Integration Laboratory (AFTIL) Common Support Services – Weather (CSS-Wx) FAA Technology Transfer Oceanic Integration and Interoperability Facility (OIIF) Remote Monitoring and Logging System (RMLS) SBS Monitor ScanEagle Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Concept Analysis NextGen End to End Capabilities Demonstration US Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City Data Comm En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) NAS Voice System (NVS) Terminal Automation TAMR/STARS Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) Aeronautical Data Exchange (ADX) NAS Systems Engineering and Integration NASA NextGen Weather

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Atlantic City International Airport Capacity Analysis FAA Centers of Excellence Global Positioning System/Wide Area Augmentation System (GPS/WAAS) Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Imaging Technologies National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - South Jersey Professional Chapter NextGen Enterprise Repository (NER) NextGen Prototyping Network (NPN) NextGen Performance and Outreach En Route RAPPI and RAVEN Southern New Jersey Professional Societies (SNJPS) New Entrants Space Vehicle Operations (SVO) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Small Business Development Acquisitions Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) Surface Trajectory-Based Operations (STBO) Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) NextGen Integration Evaluation Capability (NIEC) / Research Development and Human Factors Laboratory (RDHFL)

Space is limited and some tours are filled. You must be registered for the Tech Symposium to attend Tech Center Tuesday. Interested in participating? Register at Reserved a spot but can’t make it? Let us know so someone else can take your place on a tour. Email

Getting to the Tech Center

Buses will depart from Resorts Hotel for both morning and afternoon sessions at the Tech Center. ATCA-hosted buses allow for easy, expedited access to the Center and participants are strongly encouraged to utilize them. If you drive separately to the Tech Center, you must have your own pre-approved access to the facility.

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The ATCA Technical Symposium is the premier technical conference where industry professionals will come together to discuss the latest ideas, research, products, and services in the air traffic control arena.

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