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December 2014 Digest Now Available!

A New Model of Engagement 

Just Released—NextGen Now highlighting updates on the efforts to modernize the National Airspace System and the worldwide aviation system. Included in the publication is an editorial from RTCA President Margaret Jenny featuring the work and role of RTCA committee volunteers tackling NextGen initiatives. #NextGenNowUS

New Tasks Focused on Operations 
RTCA’s Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) recently met to review and approve four new tasks that will be undertaken by Task Groups of the Committee to cover Class B Airspace, airport construction, operations in the Caribbean and development of a process to evaluate redundant or excess procedures.  [More]

RTCA Committee Reviewing Document for Processing Aeronautical Data 
SC-217, Aeronautical Databases, is making a revised version of DO-200A, Standards for Processing Aeronautical Data, available for Final Review And Comment (FRAC). This document provides a recommended minimum standard for the processing of aeronautical data.  [More]

NOTAM Search Website Based on RTCA Committee Recommendations
The FAA has launched a NOTAM Search website designed to address the requirements of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation. The site is intended to make NOTAMs easier to access, search and filter. During 2014, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC), in its role as the NOTAM Improvement Panel, delivered a series of recommendations to the FAA.  The recommendation “NOTAM Search and Filter Options” provided prioritization of new functionality in NOTAM Search.  From these recommendations, the FAA developed a four phase implementation plan to deploy NOTAM Search with Phase 1 having launched on November 13th. [More]

RTCA Technical Committee to Meet with a Full Agenda
The Program Management Committee (PMC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 16 to consider changes to Terms of References (TORs) for nine Special Committees and discuss the possibility of three new special committees: one addressing the updates to DO-254; another related to portable electronic devices; and the third dealing with human factors and pilot interface issues for avionics. For more information, please visit the PMC webpage

RTCA and EUROCAE Formalize Commitment to Harmonize Industry Performance Standards
RTCA, Inc. and the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, formalizing the relationship of the two standard developing bodies to strengthen the collaboration and harmonization between standards in the United States and Europe. 

Carl Esposito Named RTCA Chair

At the November meeting of the RTCA Board of Directors, Carl Esposito, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management for Honeywell Aerospace was elected as the 2014-2016 Chairman. [More]


RTCA and EUROCAE Promote Harmonization to Ensure Coordinated Standards
RTCA and EUROCAE conducted a Bilateral Coordination meeting between the organizations’ secretariats. During the two-day technical interchange, the parties identified synergies and areas of common interest and renewed their commitment to work to facilitate the harmonization of aviation standards.  

The meeting included leadership from the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) and the EUROCAE Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Council.



RTCA Forms Partnership with IATA to Support ATC Enhancements in Latin America

RTCA is working in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to bring together the world-class leader in consensus-based standards and aviation policy with the global voice of the air carriers to find solutions to some of the most vexing challenges in global air transportation. RTCA is known for its time-honored consensus process that leverages the industry expertise to solve challenging problems, while IATA serves as the voice and important strategic resource for air carriers around the world.   [More]


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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.