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ATCA Bulletin | 2019 ATCA Annual Conference Preview

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NEW THIS YEAR

New This Year at ATCA Annual New Year, New Location!

ATCA Annual is the can’t-miss ATC/ATM event of the fall. From technology accelerators and new procurement strategies to airspace integration, AI, and a changing workforce, every aspect of the NAS – past, present, and future – is on the table. ATCA Annual’s new home at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be the place to see and be seen in aviation. For the first time, the ATCA Annual Conference will also be on the Exhibit Hall floor, making it a one-stop-shop for all things ATC/ATM.

Don’t Miss These New Sessions Monday, Oct. 21 at 8:45 a.m. Blue Skies Initiative Fireside Chat

Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:15 a.m. Fireside Chat with the FAA Administrator

Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA Gene Hayman, ATCA Blue Skies Initiative Chair

We’re thrilled to welcome the Hon. Steve Dickson to this year’s ATCA Annual stage. Register now and learn more about Administrator Dickson and his many ATM/ATC priorities during this exclusive conversation with ATCA President and CEO Peter F. Dumont.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. State of the ATO Fireside Chat* Teri Bristol, COO, Air Traffic Organization, FAA Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA Few people in our industry command respect like FAA Air Traffic Organization COO Teri Bristol. While much of ATCA’s conference focuses on aviation’s future and new entrants, hearing an update from the woman running the largest and most complicated NAS in the world is invaluable. 

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Technology is no longer the most challenging hurdle the NAS faces today. With a boom in innovation over the last decade, we need to change how we look at the transformation of operations, all the while leveraging newly implemented NextGen technologies to maintain the safest, most secure airspace system in the world. Regardless of if or when funding mechanisms or organizational structural changes occur, the aviation community is facing a fundamental paradigm shift in the functional and performance requirements of the global airspace system right now. The challenge will be to establish a conducive environment that will accommodate the increased pace of adoption of new technologies and new operational business models, such as autonomous vehicles and space transportation. Join us for an intimate discussion on the future of the NAS and the capabilities and processes that power it.

*This event is open to all conference registrants and Hall visitors.

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ATCA Annual Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA Director of Programming & Communications

What can attendees look forward to at this year’s ATCA Annual?

There’s so much to be excited about in 2019! Moving to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the heart of Washington, D.C., after a decade in National Harbor, has really inspired the staff and the ATCA Annual Programming Committee to think in a different way. As we only have one big box of a room to house everything ATCA Annual, we’ve had to get creative! We’ve been really vocal about some things, like the new Exhibit Hall layout (X marks the spot!). Other big changes we’re keeping closer to our vest (how are we going to run three concurrent track sessions without separate breakout rooms?!). Surprise and delight is the name of the game this year, and it’s been really fun designing a general session agenda around our new vision. You’ll just have to register and attend to find out more! On a less mysterious note, I’m also looking forward to Pete’s fireside chats with FAA leadership. Opening up the conference, Pete’s spending time with Gene Hayman, chair of our ATCA Blue Skies Initiative, to talk about the future of the NAS and ATCA’s roadmap to perennial modernization. Then on Tuesday morning, Pete’s sitting down with new FAA Administrator Steve Dickson to discuss the administrator’s new priorities, challenges, and goals. Tuesday afternoon, Pete’s back (no rest for the weary!), continuing the tradition of the State of the ATO fireside with ATO COO Teri Bristol. That conversation is open to all ATCA Annual attendees, conference registrants, and Hall visitors alike! Speaking of the FAA, we’re hosting a lot more of your favorite agency, as well as ground-breaking presentations from industry, in two presentation theaters in the Exhibit Hall. Programming runs all two-and-a-half days of ATCA Annual, including FAA Tech Tuesday! Check out the agendas online or in the printed onsite Conference Guide. It’s all really can’t-miss. 2019 ATCA Annual Conference Preview

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How were this year’s topics and panelists chosen?

The ATCA Annual Programming Committee and I take great pride in bringing cutting-edge thought leadership to a main stage. As the largest ATM/ATC conference in the hemisphere, we have both the responsibility and privilege to guide the dialogue. Our informal slogan, “Conversations that Count,” is a motto I live by these days. I’m always thinking, “Is this a conversation I would want to sit through? Does this topic make me want to ask questions or do more research? Are there peripheral industries or areas of study that could benefit us in ATM?” If the answer to all these questions is “yes,” we commit to tackling the issue from every angle. This year we’re bringing the Blue Skies Initiative to the forefront. We are looking at the airspace in an holistic, integrated way, whether it’s the airspace of today or 30 years from now. From automation technology to procurement to cybersecurity, collaboration, and emerging technologies, we’re bringing new voices to the table while making sure that the FAA, industry, and R&D/V&V communities both mold and benefit from the conversations.

What are some of the highlights this year?

ATCA Annual is bookended by two thought-provoking panels. The first panel of the conference is really exciting! We’ve invited three former FAA administrators to discuss their ideas for the future of the NAS, drawing on decades of incredible leadership. The last panel is all about the future of our industry. We’ve gathered a panel of C-suite and senior leaders from companies spearheading emerging technologies. Between these panels, we’re featuring some great keynotes. Our first keynote of the event,

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sponsored by our friends at Spatial Front Inc., is Joel “Thor” Neeb, former fighter pilot, cancer survivor, and American Ninja Warrior. I think it’s really important that we step back sometimes. Aviation is a fast-paced marketplace with a lot of proprietary, safety-critical technology and tons of competition. It’s so easy to silo ourselves. At the end of the day, I think Thor’s story teaches us that, outside the boardroom, cockpit, or control area, we are all human beings. We don’t often focus on our humanity in this industry, but we are a community – one that was originally created to connect and inspire people. I’m excited to do the same for our members and attendees. Speaking of inspiration, I always have to plug the ATCA Annual Women in ATM Breakfast. It’s been an incredible success the last two years, and with rave reviews from our inaugural breakfast at this year’s ATCA Technical Symposium, 2019 is going to be the best breakfast yet. We’ve made such an effort to increase representation for women and people of color on stage and throughout the event. There’s a ton of room for improvement for sure, but we’re working hard to ensure ATCA Annual, and aviation in general, is accessible to all and an exciting and welcoming option for future generations of the workforce.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all at ATCA Annual October 20-23! Cheers,


KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Get Inspired with These Keynote Addresses at ATCA Annual Monday, Oct. 21 at 11:45 a.m.

Flawless Execution: A Fighter Pilot’s Secret to Business Success Joel “Thor” Neeb As an F-15 pilot, Joel “Thor” Neeb escorted the US President through the sky and flew missions to ensure our safety after 9/11. He was the tactical leader of 300 of the most senior combat pilots in the Air Force and oversaw the execution of a $150 million per year flight program. He’s flown thousands of missions teaching pilots from 25 countries around the world. In the prime of his life, Thor was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and given a 15 percent chance of survival. Thor not only survived, he thrived, and commemorated the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis by completing the Ironman Triathlon and appearing as a contestant on American Ninja Warrior.

Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.

The Future is Arriving in a Blur, and We Have No Crystal Ball: How Government is Adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution William D. Eggers, Executive Director, Center for Government Insights, Deloitte Bill Eggers is the executive director of Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights where he is responsible for the firm’s public sector thought leadership. His latest book is “Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies that are Transforming Government” (Deloitte Insights, 2016). The book, which The Wall Street Journal calls, “pulsating with new ideas about civic and business and philanthropic engagement,” was named to ten “Best Books of the Year” lists. His other books include The Washington Post bestseller “If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government” (Harvard Business Press, 2009), “Governing by Network” (Brookings, 2004), and “The Public Innovator’s Playbook” (Deloitte Research 2009). His commentary has appeared in dozens of major media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Washington Post.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America

What can attendees look forward to with this panel?

surveillance. We have to continue to deal with the issues that have been obstacles to manned aviation while also coming up with a way to fully integrate new entrants into the system. With the commercial space industry, there are modernization programs that commercial carriers are working on with the FAA to manage airspace more efficiently, to narrow the period of time the airspace is shut down, and with UAS, we’re pursuing technology to increase detect and avoid capabilities of aircraft. As we make progress, we have to maintain safety, which is the most important goal, but at the same time we have to get a return on investment and maintain efficiency.”

How were the panelists chosen?

How will emerging new entrant technologies change leadership?

“It’s going to be exciting – whether we’re talking about UAS, commercial space, or UAM – these are really exciting times for folks who want to innovate, not just new entrants and new users, but also new technologies employed by ANSPs (for example, Aireon is providing a technology service for ANSPs). Innovation is here and it’s happening. It’s an interesting time to see how the regulatory framework can adapt to integrate them into new systems while maintaining the safety and efficiency of the NAS.” “We wanted to provide a wide range of technological innovations – and innovators – and that diversity is reflected on our panel, from space-based ADS-B with Aireon, AirMap as a UTM provider, PrecisionHawk as a drone manufacturer, and Frequentis’ communication systems. It’s a very diverse and interesting mix of technologies, but each is facing different regulatory and public acceptance challenges.”

What’s the next step in creating a holistic, fully integrated, safe approach to modernization?

“We have to continue to build on the modernization efforts to date and the core capability identifiers: communication, navigation, and

“We have new leadership at the FAA. [Administrator] Steve Dickson has tremendous experience in this environment working on these issues. I think with his leadership and stability, along with the administration’s commitment to innovation, it’s going to spur change through mechanisms like the NAC and DAC. I’m hopeful that Steve is going to reinvigorate those forums so leaders in their respective fields (commercial space, UAS, UAM, general aviation, etc.) can all bring our best ideas to the table to move the system forward.”

In your opinion, what are the biggest areas of concern?

“Environmental issues – we’ve recently seen a backlash in flying, 2019 ATCA Annual Conference Preview

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Moderating “Emerging Technologies and the Leaders Behind Them: The Changing Face of Our Industry and the NAS” Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 10:45 a.m.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT called flying shame. While we’ve tried to incorporate Performance Based Navigation, it’s created more noise. The drone [community] will also face noise implications and challenges. While you can make the argument for fuel efficiency, there could be a greater challenge with noise as more enter the airspace. Also, the enhanced scrutiny that the certification process is receiving right now has the potential to impact the pace of integration of the system. If Congress decides to make changes to impede its ability to be efficient, we’ll have to monitor that very carefully to make sure we’re maintaining a safe system, but solving our environmental and certification issues.”

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“Through collaboration. We determined that’s our best strategy – we had direct conversations with commercial space strategy and serve on the COMSTAC [Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee]. We’ve used both formal and informal mechanisms to develop relationships to better understand each other’s business models and work well with the FAA. It ensures we’re getting efficiencies out of the system and growing capacity for all users.”

Why are events like ATCA Annual important?

“It’s one more venue where people, innovations, and developments can come together – where we can answer the challenges ahead and work together to resolve them. Attending the conference and seeing the incredible technology around the Exhibit Hall – it all helps show it’s an exciting time to be in this business.” 

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ATCA Annual Conference

Sunday, October 20, 2019 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exhibitor Registration and Setup Only Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Concourse C

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

General Registration Open Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Concourse C

Monday, October 21, 2019 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open Walter E. Washington Convention

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Special Remarks: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Center, Concourse C

Keynote: Joel “Thor” Neeb With a special introduction by Theadora Nuckolls, Spatial Front (SFI), Inc.

8 a.m.

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens Walter E. Washington Convention

Lunch & Hall Theater Programming

8 – 8:30 a.m.

2:20 – 3:45 p.m.

Center, Hall C

Welcome Coffee

Sponsored by Verizon

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Peter F. Dumont, ATCA

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Blue Skies Initiative Fireside Chat Peter F. Dumont, ATCA Gene Hayman, ATCA Blue Skies Initiative

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

General Session: To Support and Defend … and Modernize: Federal Leadership and the NAS, Past, Present, and Future Moderator: Hon. Donna McLean, Former Amtrak Chair

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Panelists: • Hon. Randy Babbitt, Former FAA Administrator • Hon. Marion Blakey, Former FAA Administrator • Hon. Linda Hall Daschle, Former FAA Acting Administrator

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2:00 – 2:20 p.m.

Keynote: William D. Eggers, Deloitte General Session: The Pace of Innovation: How the NAS Can Benefit from Technology Accelerators and New Procurement Strategies Moderator: Nathan Tash, FAA Panelists: • Mathew Blum, OMB • Vandad Espahbodi, Starburst Aerospace • Col. Randy “Laz” Gordon, USAF/ MIT AI Technology Accelerator • Ash Shetty, Montgomery County Government • Dr. Willie Smith, US DOT 3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Track Session Block A Session 1: Around the World in 60 Minutes: International Topics in ATM Speakers and Topics: • Just Culture in Practice: Michiel van Dorst, LVNL • SESAR Deployment: Delivering Performance Benefits to EU Aviation: Marcel Sobottka, SESAR Deployment Manager • Window to the World: FAA Leadership for a Safe and Efficient Global Aviation System: Chris Rocheleau, FAA International Affairs Session 2: You Down with UPP? How the UTM Pilot Program, NASA, and Industry Came Together to Showcase Capabilities for Commercial Package Delivery and First Responders Moderator: Akbar Sultan, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Panelists: • Paul Albuquerque, FAA • Mark Blanks, Virginia Tech • Chris Theisen, Northern Plains UAS Test Site • Reinaldo Negron, Wing • Praveen Raju, FAA Session 3: Shutting Down the Next FAA Shutdown Moderator: Allie Valocchi Cloyes, NATCA Panelists: • Michael Tien, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, US House of Representatives • Lauren Orndorff, Office of Sen. Jerry Moran, US Senate 5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Closes


2019 CONFERENCE AGENDA

6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration Open Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Concourse C 7 – 7:45 a.m.

ATCA Membership Breakfast Room TBA 8 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall C 8 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Coffee 8:15 – 9 a.m.

Fireside Chat with the Administrator Administrator Stephen Dickson, FAA Peter F. Dumont, ATCA 9 – 10 a.m.

General Session: The Art of the Possible: Ushering the NAS into the Age of Automation Moderator: Patricia Gilbert, NATCA Panelists: • Rob Eagles, Airbus UTM • Art Huber, Air Force Research Laboratory • Frank Matus, Thales • Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors Coffee Sponsored by Crown Consulting Inc. 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

General Session: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: ANSPs, Industry, and Labor Moderator: Fran Hill, Leidos Panelists: • Teri Bristol, FAA • Martin Donnan, NATS • Matt Gilligan, Raytheon • Paul Rinaldi, NATCA • Paul Winstanley, Prospect ATCOs’ Branch 12 – 1:45 p.m.

ATCA Awards Lunch Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Break with Exhibitors Sponsored by Midwest ATC Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall C 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

State of the ATO Fireside Chat Teri Bristol, ATO FAA –– Peter F. Dumont, ATCA *This event is open to all conference registrants and hall visitors.* 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Track Session Block B Session 4: Welcome to the Matrix: Aviation Technology of Today for Tomorrow Speakers and Topics: • Applying Formula 1 Thinking into ATC Operations - How the F1 Digital Twin Approach is Delivering Superior Airspace Performance: Martin Bowman, McLaren Deloitte Alliance • Seven Easy Steps to Better Aviation Cybersecurity: Sebastian Dunne, Red Hat • The State of AI Adoption: Jennifer Swindell, Booz Allen Hamilton Session 5: Managing Increasing Complexity in ATM: New Concepts for NAS Operations that Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges Moderator: Jim Eck, L3Harris Technologies Panelists: • Kristen Burnham, PMO, FAA • Jay Merkle, Executive UAS Integration Office, FAA • Wayne R. Monteith, Commercial Space Integration, FAA Session 6: TBO: Setting the Trajectory of the Future NAS Moderator: Michele Merkle, FAA Panelists: • Capt. Robert Goldman, Delta Air Lines • Rob Hunt, FAA • Jeff Woods, NATCA 4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Closes

7 – 9 p.m.

2019 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet Honoring FAA Deputy Administrator Daniel K. Elwell Gold Sponsors: Boeing & Verizon Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration Open Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Concourse C 7:30 – 9:45 a.m.

ATCA Annual Women in ATM Breakfast Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom *Requires separate registration. Visit the Registration Desk 9 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Concourse C 9 a.m.

Welcome Coffee 10 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote: Natesh Manikoth, FAA 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

General Session: Emerging Technologies and the Leaders Behind Them: The Changing Face of Our Industry and the NAS Moderator: Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America Panelists: • Diana Cooper, PrecisionHawk • Norbert Haslacher, Frequentis • Dan Hicks, Spaceport America • Greg McNeal, AirMap • Don Thoma, Aireon 12 p.m.

Closing Remarks Peter F. Dumont, ATCA 1 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Closes 

6 – 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2019 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Reception Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom

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618 Adacel Systems, Inc. 356 Advanced ATC, Inc. 543 Air Traffic Control Association 732 Air Traffic Technology International 815 Airbus UTM 347 Aireon 350 Airtel ATN 354 ASRC Federal 309 ATAC Corporation 620 AWI 500 The Boeing Company 161 Booz Allen Hamilton 205 CI² Aviation, Inc. 232 Cobec Consulting, Inc. 253 Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions 647 Collins Aerospace 373 Connected Aviation Today 206 Dell Technologies 212 Deloitte 240 DIGITALiBIZ 361 EIZO, Inc. 601 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Ph.D. in Aviation 234 Enroute Computer Solutions, Inc. 417 Evans Consoles 375 FAA Air Traffic Organization (UAS) 377 FAA Department of Transportation 275 FAA eFast 215 FAA Emergency Operations Network Display 316 FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) 179 FAA NAS Animated Storyboard 277 FAA Office of Human Resources 177 FAA Rotorcraft Safety Research 273 FAA Small Business Office (SBO) 600 Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) 235 Force 3 537 Frequentis USA, Inc. 353 General Dynamics 611 HENSOLDT INC. 365 Hexagon Geospatial 710 Human Solutions, Inc., a Division of Oasis 516 IHSE USA, LLC 616 INDRA 509 Infina, Ltd. 605 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 408 Intersoft Electronics 214 Iron Bow Technologies 238 JMA Solutions 363 Juniper Networks 261 KONGSBERG 311 KONGSBERG Geospatial 551 L3Harris Technologies *Exhibitor list up-to-date as of Oct. 3, 2019.

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449 Leidos 735 Leonardo 513 Lookout 701 LS Technologies, LLC 352 Masterclock, Inc. 703 Memotec, a wholly owned subsidary of Comtech EF Data 813 Metron Aviation, Inc. 542 Midwest ATC Services, Inc. 617 MITRE 306 Moog, Inc. 728 Mosaic ATM, Inc. 831 MR-Raytheon 714 National Center For Atmospheric Research 431 NAVCANatm 641 Noblis 318 Objectstream, Inc. 721 OST-R / DOT / Volpe Center 717 Palantir Technologies 521 Parsons 730 Professional WomenControllers, Inc. 329 Raytheon 241 Red Hat, Inc. 511 Red River 257 Robinson Aviation (RVA) Inc. 322 ROHDE & SCHWARZ 340 Russ Bassett Consoles 201 SAIC 517 ScioTeq 528 Searidge Technologies 410 Sennheiser Communication ATC/C3 Systems 204 SESAR Deployment Manager 200 Siemens 538 skyguide - Swiss Air Navigation Services Ltd. 441 SkySoft-ATM 512 Solace 300 Spatial Front, Inc. 323 Sunhillo Corporation 412 TACO Antenna 411 Telephonics 629 Tetra Tech AMT 203 The Alliance 237 The Washington Consulting Group, Inc. 236 TKO’s 227 USAF SkyVision 244 Veracity Engineering 727 Verizon 627 Volanno 233 Watts Antenna Company 439 WEY Technology, Inc. 607 WIDE USA Corporation 817 World ATM Congress 2019 ATCA Annual Conference Preview

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EXHIBIT HALL

Spotlight: 2019 ATCA Annual Exhibit Hall V Photo courtesy of Ohio UAS Center

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GBDAA SkyVision Helps Pilots Fly Drones Beyond Line of Sight Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system will eliminate the need for chase planes and ground observers while testing UAS when they are beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). GBDAA SkyVision was developed in close collaboration with the FAA through a government, academia, and industry partnership led by the US Air Force. The GBDAA system is a key component of SkyVision, the only mobile BVLOS system certified by the FAA to provide drone operators with real-time aircraft display data, fulfilling a key “see and avoid” requirement. While in the mobile unit, SkyVision operators will provide drone pilots enhanced situational awareness and proximity alerts, enabling safe passage through the NAS. GBDAA is based on Raytheon’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), which is used by air traffic controllers at more than 600 FAA and military locations to provide safe aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for arriving and departing aircraft. The system supports all UAS types and comes in numerous configurations to meet varying mission needs. GBDAA is now operational at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Ohio to test the safety and efficiency of small drone operations at the 200-square-mile drone test range. Tour the GBDAA SkyVision mobile vehicle at Booth 227.  Congratulations to the GBDAA SkyVision Team for winning this year’s ATCA Annual Team Award for Outstanding Achievement. They will be honored along with the other ATCA Awards recipientss at the Awards Lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. For a full list of ATCA Awards winners and to reserve a table, visit www.atca.org/atca-awards-program.


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Cloud Technology Taking Off in the NAS By Natesh Manikoth, Chief Data Officer, FAA

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he FAA’s Program Management Organization (PMO) is using a combination of technology and collaboration to drive innovation. The PMO Communications, Information and Network Programs Group recently received an In-Service Decision for the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Cloud Distribution Services (SCDS) and is now in the process of migrating operational users. This approach moves the FAA’s external access point to the Cloud, improving its security posture while leveraging state-of-the-art cloud technology to seamlessly and affordably scale to meet user demand. Additionally, SCDS significantly reduces the time between requesting a connection and gaining access to information by introducing tools that automatically provide information services. The distribution of National Airspace System (NAS) data to external users has sparked demand for even more SWIM information services, while also satisfying open data legislation requiring agencies to make information publicly available. Previously, the FAA integrated SWIM technology into the NAS Enterprise Security Gateway, which provides a secure mechanism to make NAS data available to external users. Once the agency deemed data publicly releasable, users would request access and, after an on-boarding process, would be given access to the data. Also, granting access to new SWIM information took days and required manual intervention. Now with SCDS, external users get access to new SWIM information services in seconds via the Cloud.

Truly a cross-agency success story, the successful implementation of this new cloud-based technology was the result of close collaboration between the PMO, the Office of NextGen, Technical Operations (Tech Ops), and the Office of Information Technology. SCDS leveraged new SWIM technology integrated into the Amazon Public Cloud with support from agency cloud experts and the FAA Cloud Service. The cloud approach creates a rapid deployment environment and eliminates new hardware acquisition and technology refresh costs. The result: innovation! In its next round of innovation, the FAA is working to establish cloud infrastructure that facilitates faster deployment times. The agency is developing a set of commoditized templates that automatically deploy infrastructure tailored for each program, while collaborating with Tech Ops’ cybersecurity team to leverage security processes for “Agile Authorizations” across mission support, the NAS, and over the internet. This cloud infrastructure will fast-track programs to start developing and deploying systems immediately upon program startup, enabling programs to focus on requirements that affect FAA operations, and deliver benefits faster. Given the FAA’s safety culture and security mindset, this new rapid-deployment concept requires security and support decisions at speed and scale, without compromising safety. The agency envisions a future that includes enabling Cloud infrastructure services that rapidly deploy new tools to the NAS. The same cross-agency combination of cooperation and technology is driving the adoption of DevSecOps, which describes the process of moving from a development environment securely into operations. The FAA is investigating new programmable tools that would automate infrastructure deployment and ongoing maintenance for new software capabilities. The innovations introduced by the SWIM Cloud represent a new way of doing business. The PMO, Tech Ops, and the Offices of NextGen and Information Technology are working together to drive the use of technology and partnership to encourage innovation in FAA’s culture. 

The cloud approach creates a rapid deployment environment and eliminates new hardware acquisition and technology refresh costs.

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PRESENTATION THEATERS

Free Education at

Monday, October 21, 2019 9 – 9:25 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

Radar Reimagined: Low Level Airspace Surveillance: See What You Have Been Missing Speaker: Michael Dubois, Raytheon

1 – 1:30 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

ATM-X (eXploration) Project Description Speaker: Dr. Bryan Barmore, NASA

9 – 9:40 a.m. | Williams Theater

Business Continuity for the FAA: Key Capabilities for Avoiding Disruption to the Mission Speaker: Andis Kalnins, Verizon

9:35 – 10:10 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

The Minimum Capabilities List (MCL) and NextGen Speaker: Arthur Orton, FAA Cloud Network Management, Telemetry, and Analytics with Microsoft Speaker: Diego Baccino, Microsoft

9:50 – 10:20 a.m. | Williams Theater

Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Full IP-based VCS Deployments Speaker: Gregory McKenney, Rohde & Schwarz USA Inc. 10:20 – 10:40 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

Where Should Drones Fly? A DataDriven, Risk-Based Decision-Making Framework Using AI and Big Data Speaker: Bhavik Bhatt, GDIT 10:30 – 11 a.m. | Williams Theater

SWIM: State of the Program Speaker: Melissa Matthews, FAA

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment (ARIA) Speakers: • Mike Balder, FAA • Chris Delvin, MITRE 18

11:10 – 11:40 a.m. | Williams Theater

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Speech Signal Enhancement Through Machine Learning Speaker: Sam Gonzalez, GDMS 12:25 – 12:55 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

How Cobec Utilizes Dashboard Visualization Tools to Positively Impact the NAS Speakers: • Gene Crabtree, Cobec Consulting • Mark Reeves, Cobec Consulting • Chris Teigue, Cobec Consulting • Chris Schmidt, Cobec Consulting

12:30 – 12:50 p.m. | Williams Theater

Virtualizing ATC: What is Needed to Fully Embrace Remote Virtual Towers Speaker: Mark Edry, Raytheon 1 – 1:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

How US Airports are Advancing Remote Towers and Services Speaker: Rick Koller, Searidge Technologies

Deep Learning Demystified Speaker: Donald Polaski, Booz Allen Hamilton

Why Do We Make Innovation So Hard? Moderator: Lisa Sullivan, Palantir Panelists: • Nadine Alameh, OGC • Kristen Beverly, LS Technologies • Steve Bradford, FAA • Bob Etris, Evans Inc.

1:40 – 2:10 p.m | Erzberger Theater

Geo/Location Tech Trends Impacting Aviation Speaker: George Percival, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

2:20 – 2:50 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Impact of the Introduction of ATS Surveillance in the North Atlantic Speakers: • Vincent Capezzato, Aireon • Ben Girard, NAV Canada • Martin Donnan, NATS

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Williams Theater

Surface to Space Moderator: Dean Fulmer, The MITRE Corporation Panelists: • Dr. Scott Kordella, The MITRE Corp. • Timothy LeRoy, US Air Force • Bob Porter, The MITRE Corporation • Kevin Toner, The MITRE Corporation

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PRESENTATION THEATERS 3 – 3:30 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

9:35 – 10:20 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

1:10 – 1:40 p.m. | Williams Theater

3:40 – 4:10 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

9:50 – 10:30 a.m. | Williams Theater

1:10 – 1:50 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

How Do ATC Workplaces of the Future Look? Speaker: Manuel Witzke, Wey Technology Inc. A Vision on How Mobility Will Evolve Speaker: Jon R. Damush, Boeing-NeXt 3:40 – 4:10 p.m. | Williams Theater

RNAV Procedures in Terminal Airspace: Eight Drivers of Air Traffic Controller Acceptance Speakers: • Lauren Thomas, Evans Inc. • Alicia Serrato, Evans Inc. 4:20 – 4:50 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

AeroMACS: Standardized Solution Enabling Secure Connectivity Worldwide at the Airport Surface Speaker: WiMax Forum 4:20 – 5:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

Topic: NAS Innovation in the Information Age Speaker: Raytheon

5:00 - 5:20 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Building Event Driven Date Repositories With Red Hat’s Open Data Platform Speaker: Nimish Rawal, Red Hat

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:25 – 8:55 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

FAA Aviation Weather Research Overview Speaker: Dr. William H Baunam III, ANG-C6, FAA 9 – 9:30 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

The Innovation and Technology Advisory Council: Ushering a Culture of Innovation at the Tech Center Speakers: Michael Konyak, ANG-E001, FAA 9:10 – 9:40 a.m. | Williams Theater

How Does the Transition to a More Autonomous Mobile Future Affect Aviation Safety? Speakers: • Dr. Misty Davies, Ames Research Center, NASA • John Koelling, NASA

New Developments in Aerospace Transportation Vehicles Speaker: Dr. Melchor Antuñano, CAMI Director, AAM-3, FAA

SWIM Cloud Distribution Services Speaker: Damon Thomas, FAA 10:25 – 11:10 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

Human Factors in Training and Automation Enhancements Scalable Strategies to Promote User Readiness and Acceptance of NextGen Changes Speaker: Tara Holmes, ANG-C1, FAA 10:35 – 11:15 a.m. | Williams Theater

GUTMA: It’s Time to Make UTM Operational Moderator: Reinaldo Negron, GUTMA Speakers and Topics: • FAA’s UTM Concept of Operations: Steve Bradford, FAA • The ASTM Remote ID Standard and How Industry is Embracing it: Mike Glasgow, Wing • Broadcast and Network Remote Identification – Myth vs Reality: Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Technologies • Meeting the UTM Challenge - Tracking and Remote ID: Philip Hall, RelmaTech 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

UTM/Remote ID Speakers: • Praveen Raju, ANG-C53, FAA • Daniel Fumosa, ANG-E142, FAA 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

Time-Based Launches: Maximizing Airspace Access While Accommodating Commercial Space Launches Speakers: • Paul Behan, NATCA • Andy Cebula, Airlines for America • Duane Freer, FAA Command Center • Caryn Schenwerk, SpaceX 12:15 – 1 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Pilot Evaluation of Proposed Go-Around Criteria for Transport Category Aircraft Speaker: Dr. Angela Campbell, ANG-E272, FAA 12:25 – 1:05 p.m. | Williams Theater

Increasing Airport Capacity is Easy; Overcoming the Politics of Opposition is Another Matter Speaker: John H. Johnson Sr., Watts Antenna Company

A New Playing Field Speakers: • Alvin Sipe, Boeing • Sherry Yang, Boeing

CAMI Research in Marijuana Detection and Impairment Analysis Speakers: • Kacey Cliburn, AAM-600, FAA • Stacey Zinke, AAM-600, FAA 1:50 – 2:20 p.m. | Williams Theater

Artificial Intelligence 101 Speaker: Marco Rueckert, Searidge Technologies

1:55 – 2:35 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Collaborating with SWIFT Speaker: Joshua Gustin, AJM-31, FAA 2:45 – 3:25 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Remote Towers in the NAS Speaker: Mitchell Bernstein, FAA

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | Williams Theater

SESAR Deployment: Delivering Performance Benefits to EU Aviation Speaker: Marcel Sobottka, SESAR Deployment Manager 3:35 – 4:10 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Aviation and the Environment Speaker: Nancy Young, Airlines for America

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:10 – 9:50 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

The Application of AI in the NAS: The Rationale for AI-Enabled Airspace Management Speaker: Ronald L. Stroup, FAA 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Williams Theater

Special Programming: FAA Small Business Office and You Join us for a morning of panel sessions, including, “Surviving and Thriving as a Mid-Sized Business” and “Growing within the FAA: A Small Business Roundtable” Featuring speakers from ATCA, Cavan Solutions, JMA Solutions, LS Technologies, LLC, Objective Area Solutions, Veracity engineering, DIGITALiBiz, Changeis and more! More informatin coming soon on atca. org/annual or the ATCA Annual onsite conference guide!

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PRESENTATION THEATERS 10 – 11 a.m. | Erzberger Theater

Exploring Myths and Truths of AI/ ML in Aviation Safety Applications Moderator: Elizabeth Leeds Hohman, The MITRE Corporation Panelists: • Capt. Scott Reeves, FedEx Express • Bryan Matthews, NASA Ames Research Center

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11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Erzberger Theater

Urban Air Mobility (UAM): Discussing Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities Moderator: Steve McMahon, The MITRE Corporation Panelists: • Jim Herrera, FAA • Fritz Langford, Aurora Flight Services • Jessie Mooberry, Airbus 

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Speaker Spotlight:

Hon. Donna McLean, Former Amtrak Chair Moderating “Federal Leadership and the National Airspace System

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Past, Present, and Future,” Monday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Titles: Owner, Co-Owner, and Adjunct Professor (a happy and prosperous member of the “gig economy”). Organizations: Donna McLean Associates, PlanzerMcLean, and Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Message I Want to Get Across in My Panel: That we can use the past successes of the FAA and its leadership to guide us through today’s challenges.

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I Feel Most Successful When: When I am solving a problem – big or small – I like to use my experience and creative ideas to solve problems. I’m Most Proud of: I teach IU’s Semester in Washington program and I have about 50 college students each year. I love helping them understand the appropriations, the authorization, and the regulatory processes. I love Washington, D.C. and the government, and my goal is to encourage them to return to Washington for their careers. I am proud that many of my former students have made successful and gratifying careers working for the government and not-forprofits in D.C. If I Could Have Lunch With Anyone, It Would be: My daughters. While I love working, I can’t get enough of my daughters. Mey is now getting her graduate degree in public policy at IU and we geek out on government and policy topics, and Iona is getting her Ph.D. at Berkeley in

vision sciences. Iona is currently learning how to program virtual reality scenarios, so we geek out on all things tech. I’m really lucky! Book Currently on My Nightstand: “The Capitalism Paradox” by Paul H. Rubin. It is a quick read reminding us of basic economic principles and that our markets are based on cooperation, not only on competition. How I Got Into the Aviation Industry: I had a professor at Indiana University, Clint Oster, who was appointed the director of the Congressionally-created Aviation Safety Commission. The Commission was tasked to determine if airline economic deregulation created a safer aviation industry (the answer is “yes”). I took a year off school to work on the Commission and I became hooked on aviation. I then got a scholarship from TRB to research general aviation safety which helped me finish my graduate degree. 


SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT GLEN A. GILBERT MEMORIAL AWARD

Journal of ATC Sneak Peek

The speculation surrounding the Boeing 737 MAX grounding hasn’t made Elwell doubt the importance of collaborating with industry. “Collaboration in its purest form extracts the best from both entities – it’s the most important part of modernizing the NAS between stakeholders,” he said. “Too often, if something goes awry, we call it ‘coziness’ and implement things that inhibit that collaboration, but it would not be possible to have created the aviation ecosystem we have today [without collaboration].”

About the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of one of the recognized fathers of air traffic control and honors the lifetime achievements of an individual in the field of aviation. Glen Gilbert was a visionary who, along with Earl Ward, founded the US air traffic system and dedicated his professional career to its improvement. The award trophy, donated by ATCA corporate member Raytheon, is inscribed with recipient names and is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award will be presented during a banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at ATCA Annual. 

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his year has been tough for the FAA. Between noiserelated struggles with NextGen and the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, the agency has been stuck between a rock and a hard place – the flying public is unhappy when the regulatory agency collaborates with industry (especially if it comes at the expense of their flight departure times) and industry is unhappy when it doesn’t cooperate fast enough. The FAA literally can’t win. The man caught in the middle? The former FAA acting administrator – now, once again, the FAA’s deputy administrator – Dan Elwell. “The hardest part of being acting administrator is being the acting administrator. When you’re the acting of anything, the implication – by the mere title – the natural inclination is not to mess up anything,” said Elwell, who was at the helm for 19 months, making him the longest serving acting administrator in the FAA’s history. “I was in the position at least a year longer than I thought coming in. It took a while to change my mindset from caretaker to change agent.” The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award – ATCA’s highest honor – has been recognizing the lifetime achievements of the best and the brightest in aviation since 1986. This year’s winner is Dan Elwell, who exhibits the qualities of a Glen Gilbert awardee in spades. It’s one thing to be a leader in good times; it’s quite another during hard times. Despite the public, political, and industry criticism of the FAA, Elwell took it in stride, all the while keeping his eye on the ultimate prize: keeping the flying public safe to the best of his abilities. When Elwell’s tenure as FAA acting administrator began in January 2018, he was suddenly in charge of modernizing the most complex airspace in the world and managing a workforce of over 47,000. He was well prepared since he had served as deputy administrator to then Administrator Michael Huerta since June 2017. “Aviation safety is more complicated today than it’s ever been. It’s much more predictive and proactive and less forensic, which makes it very data intensive,” said Elwell. “So, you have to answer the question, what’s our core? Elwell is, of course, referring to last March’s grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX airliners after two MAX 8 aircraft crashed, killing all 346 people onboard. “Nobody has it tougher than the families of the victims – we can’t even comprehend what they’re going through,” continued Elwell. “Our job is to assure continual operational safety while looking into whether we’ve missed something. We have to do that as an agency in a very methodical, meticulous, data-centered, riskaverse way – we have to be devoid of emotionalism and speculation.”

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Nathan Tash, FAA Chief Acquisition Officer

Moderating “The Pace of Innovation: How the NAS Can Benefit from Technology Accelerators and New Procurement Strategies” Monday, October 21, at 2:20 p.m. What can attendees look forward to with this panel?

“More than anything, there will be a diversity of opinion. You’ll hear some different views, some that think innovation needs to be measured and thought about carefully... it must be thoughtful, constructive, and measured change. Others will tell you that we must be faster at all costs while others believe the system is working well.”

How were the panelists chosen?

“Basically, the idea of it came together between me and ATCA Annual Programming Committee Chair Mike Hawthorne – we each found panelists. We wanted to find people that have little or no current stake or connections in federal aviation programs.”

How can the FAA better keep pace with the technology of tomorrow?

“The FAA is in a unique position to do this because of our AMS [acquisition management system]. We can find savings and synergy behind the lifecycle of an acquisition, from concept and requirements definition through the investment analysis phase. We have the ability to figure out what we can do to speed up requirements and investment analysis faster to implement solutions faster.”

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Do you consider the AMS a success story?

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“Absolutely. The AMS got us off the GAO [Government Accountability Office] high risk list. Compared to other agencies, the FAA has one of the lowest one-bid rates. COs are obligating more dollars per CO than other federal government agencies. We’ve met our small business goals in every category for [the] last seven years. Procurement in general gets a bad rap, but I do think the AMS has been fantastic for us. It gets updated every three months, so it’s continually evolving and continually meeting the needs.” 2019 ATCA Annual Conference Preview

Why do you love your job?

“Because of my background – I was even the contracting officer, attorney, and program manager on the same program. That background is where my acquisition management job comes together. It prepared me to make a difference in this job, to be able to understand and use the language in program management, contracts, and the law to help everyone figure things out for particular programs. We lead the agency in category management. We have a finely tuned acquisition category process that helps us focus the right amount of resources depending on the complexity and dollar value of the acquisition.”

How can industry help the FAA with acquisition and procurement?

“Keep the communication open – the AMS allows communication with industry throughout the process, so call if you feel we’re not listening. A mutual understanding of the requirements between the FAA and industry is crucial to the success of the AMS. We need to work together to maximize competition. It’s not about the number of vendors – it’s about how robust and innovative the proposals are.”

How would you like to see the acquisition process change with these emerging new entrant technologies?

“Our entire acquisition lifecycle management process needs to work together more effectively to ensure that safety is maintained as efficiently and effectively as possible, but we can’t be in the position where we’re in analysis paralysis either – everyone must appreciate that it’s a lifecycle process. Until we figure out a more effective way of integrating investment analysis and requirements with contracting responsibilities, we’re not going to keep pace with new entrants.” 


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