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Committee Acts on NextGen Implementation

At its October 8th meeting, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) approved a recommendation for a set of integrated plans on four focus areas of NextGen capabilities. These were developed by a joint FAA-Industry team, the NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG), operating under the NAC. The goal of the implementing the capabilities in the four focus areas is to deliver measurable benefits by dates certain and increase the community’s confidence in NextGen. The recommendation also included pre-implementation initiative including analysis or an assessment that must be completed prior to fielding some of the capabilities.

"This represents a new model of collaboration between industry and the FAA and is helping us quickly implement foundational NextGen capabilities. We anticipate that this model will become the standard for future NextGen initiatives,” explained NAC Chair, Bill Ayer. [More]

RTCA NAC Chair Honored for Leadership

Bill Ayer, Retired Chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, was recognized for his service as Chair of the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). [More]

RTCA PMC Approves New Documents

The Program Management Committee (PMC) met on September 23, 2014 and approved new documents on Security (DO-356, Airworthiness Security Methods and Considerations) and on Weather Detection (DO-252A, Minimum Interoperability Standards (MIS) for Automated Meteorological Transmission).  [More]

RTCA Committee Delivers Recommendation on FAA VOR MON

The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) approved a recommendation on outreach and modifications required for successful implementation of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operating Network (VOR MON) Program at its September meeting. This was the Committee’s third recommendation in response to the FAA’s request for industry suggestions to its plans to reduce the number of VORs by approximately 50% over the next decade.  The Committee has one task remaining. [More]

"NextGen Now" Publication Includes RTCA

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has released a 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 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.  [More]



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Kirkland, Washington USA

Mr. Daniel Perez

Rotocraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center at the University of Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama  USA

Mr. David Arterburn

Safe Supportable Solutions, Ltd.

Telford, Shropshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Mr. Lee Cooper


Madrid, SPAIN

Mr. Luis Monterde

Wolna Technology, Inc.

Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

Ms. Natalia Fomicheva





Brian Townsend
American Airlines
Jim Crites
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport


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.