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New "NextGen Now" Publication Includes RTCA

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has released a new publication providing an update on NextGen that includes an editorial from RTCA President Margaret Jenny explaining the important role of RTCA Committees in modernizing the US air traffic control system and shaping global harmonization.

RTCA Committees Reviewing Documents Covering Synthetic Vision and Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

SC-213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Synthetic Vision Systems, has completed draft DO-XXX, Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for Synthetic Vision Guidance Systems, and is making it available for Final Review and Comment (FRAC). [More]
SC-225, Rechargeable Lithium Batteries and Battery Systems, has completed revision to DO-311, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Rechargeable Lithium Battery Systems, and is making it available for Final Review and Comment (FRAC). [More]

2013 Annual Report—Facilitating NextGen Implementation Through Consensus

RTCA Establishes New Committee on Airborne Selective Calling Equipment

Special Committee 232, Airborne Selective Calling Equipment, has been formed at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise RTCA DO-93, Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Airborne Selective Calling Equipment, originally issued in 1959. [More]

RTCA Members Elect 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Policy Board

RTCA members elected the 2014-2015 RTCA Board of Directors and Policy Board at the Annual Meeting of Members on July 1. The Board of Directors and Policy Board will continue to be led by Chair Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association. Ed will be joined on the Board of Directors by Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Nick Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America; Carl Esposito, VP, Marketing and Product Management of Honeywell Aerospace; Craig Fuller, Chairman of The Fuller Company; and RTCA President, Margaret Jenny. [More]


High Priority NextGen Capabilities Dominate
NAC Meeting

Integrated plans for implementation of high priority NextGen capabilities were the focus of the June meeting of the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). Committee Chair Bill Ayer, Retired Chairman, President and CEO of Alaska Air Group emphasized the “landmark moment” in the life of the Committee at its meeting last fall, when the NAC approved a comprehensive set of Tier 1 and Tier 2 priorities for NextGen investments that are intended to help shape the future of NextGen and ensure its long term viability. Since then, the industry and the FAA, under the NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG), have been conducting deep dives of four capabilities to identify what it takes to deploy them at specific sites. [More]


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Mr. Ken Vander Putten


Parasoft Corporation

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Mr. Jason Schadewald

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President's Award
Craig Fuller
The Fuller Company

Achievement Award
Dr. Christopher Hegarty
The MITRE Corporation

William E. Jackson Award
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Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment: RTCA DO-160G Training
RTCA has teamed with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (WSU-NIAR) to offer high quality training in understanding the use of DO-160G and how it fits in with the greater picture of requirements, design, certification and Technical Standard Orders (TSOs).

Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification:
RTCA DO-178C Training

RTCA has teamed with The MITRE Aviation Institute to offer high quality and relevant training for the aviation industry in understanding the requirements and parameters for avionics software development necessary to obtain FAA certification.

Supplements to DO-178C Training
This is one-day course will provide the background and scope on the four supplements supporting DO-178C: DO-330, DO-331, DO-332, DO-333.