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Drone Advisory Committee Considers Important Taskings
Members of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) convened in Reno, NV on January 31st to consider three tasks aimed at gaining a consensus-based set of resolutions for issues regarding the efficiency and safety of integrating UAS into the NAS and to develop recommendations to address those issues and challenges. Hosted by Reno-Tahoe Airport and the University of Nevada, Reno, and open to the public, the meeting brought a diverse set of stakeholders together to begin the hard work of forging consensus on the best way to integrate drones into the world’s safest airspace.
Tactical Operations Committee to Meet in Oklahoma City
The next Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) meeting will be hosted by the FAA at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on March 1-2.
NextGen Advisory Committee to Address Implementing Capabilities
The NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) will meet on February 22nd under the leadership of Chairman Dave Bronczek, President & COO of Fed Ex Corporation.
RTCA Committees Collaborate to Respond to FAA Tasking on Ligado Networks Proposal
RTCA's Special Committee SC-159, Navigation Equipment Using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) provided a review and comments on Ligado's proposal for use of the GPS adjacent band for non-space, commercial applications.
Operations Committee Approved Recommendations Addressing GPS and Flight Restrictions
The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) recently met and considered two issues affecting operations in the National Airspace System (NAS).
Advisory Committee Approves Critical NextGen Strategy Document Supporting Near-Term Implementations
In its final meeting of 2016, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) approved a final report on the development of a 15-year plan for deployment of PBN that identifies and prioritizes the tools and technologies that are ground- vs. aircraft-based in 5-year increments. The document compliments the Committees near-term NextGen efforts of establishing priorities and the consensus-based strategies for implementing NextGen capabilities.
UTM Convention 2016

RTCA President Margaret Jenny moderated a panel at the 2016 Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) Convention about the progress, priorities and next steps of the Drone Advisory Committee.
RTCA-EUROCAE Coordination Meeting
RTCA and EUROCAE officials met in Boston MA, hosted by The MITRE Corporation, to exchange information on activities from 2016 and plans for 2017. This annual meeting allows the organizations to identify areas of mutual cooperation to advance the cause of global aviation interoperability and standards development.
RTCA Presents at ATCA
RTCA President Margaret Jenny presented on a panel, "An Enterprise Architecture and its Budget: Never the Twain Shall Meet?" at the Air Traffic Control Association's 61st Annual Conference and Exposition.
Tactical Operations Committee to Review Current, Previous and Future Tasks
The next Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) meeting will review a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System. During the October 27th meeting, the TOC will receive responses from the FAA on previously submitted recommendations.
2017 RTCA Global Aviation Symposium - Dates Announced!
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2017 RTCA Global Aviation Symposium taking place June 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Crystal City, VA. Hear government leaders and industry experts discuss the latest opportunities and challenges facing the aviation industry in the United States and around the world.
RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Convenes in Washington, DC
35 members, representing diverse interests of aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) convened in Washington, DC on Friday, September 16, to begin the work of forging consensus on the best way to integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS).
RTCA Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) to Meet
Committee Approves NextGen Recommendations
The RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) met in early summer agreeing to finalize its recommendations to the FAA covering industry-FAA 2017-2019 plans for implementing NextGen capabilities; community outreach associated with PBN implementations; and an assessment of performance improvements associated with Wake ReCat implementations at Charlotte and Chicago airports.
Operational Committee Discusses New Entrants and the Status of Previous Recommendations
During its June meeting, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) covered a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System (NAS). The Committee is led by Co-Chairs Bryan Quigley of United Airlines and Dale Wright of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, with Elizabeth "Lynn" Ray, Vice President Mission Support, Air Traffic Organization, FAA, serving as the Designated Federal Official.
New Committee Addressing Wireless Communications for Aircraft Systems
At the request of the FAA, the RTCA Program Management Committee established SC-236, Standards for Wireless Avionics Intra-Communication System (WAIC).
Operations Committee to Discuss New Entrants and Recommendations
At the next Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) meeting, the Committee will review a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System. At the June 23rd meeting, the TOC will discuss some of the operational challenges posed by new entrants.
RTCA Symposium Celebrates Work of Aviation Experts
With nearly 300 attendees, the 2016 RTCA Global Aviation Symposium marked another year of peak attendance while celebrating the work of RTCA volunteers and committees over the last year.
NextGen Committee to Meet
The executive level NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) will meet on Friday, June 17th to address an agenda that includes recommendations and discussions related to implementing NextGen capabilities.
SC-214/WG-78 Committee Members Recognized
RTCA President Margaret Jenny stands alongside SC-214 Co-Chair Jerome Condis of Airbus SAS, as he is presented the first ever Global Harmonisation Award during the EUROCAE Symposium. This award was presented to SC-214/WG-78, Standards for Air Traffic Data Communication Services, for their commitment and outstanding contributions to advancing safety and efficiency in aviation.
RTCA Committee Demonstrates the Value of Government-Industry Collaboration
The recent meeting of the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) featured actions on Performance Based Navigation (PBN), along with the implementation and evaluation of other NextGen capabilities.
Laying the foundations for NextGen
FAA's Air Traffic Organizations Chief Operating Officer and RTCA NAC member Teri Bristol, recently wrote an article in CANSO's AirSpace Journal about the modernization of the US airspace.  She explained the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee and the progress they've made to achieve a safer, more seamless and efficient, global airspace system.
Operational Committee Approves Recommendations on Procedure Cancellation and Airport Construction
During its March meeting, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) covered a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System (NAS), including cancellation of instrument flight procedures, improving airport construction, one engine inoperative procedures and operational performance in the Caribbean.
Tactical Operations Committee to Consider Recommendations for Approval
The March 3rd meeting of the RTCA Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) will cover a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System including consideration of recommendations from two Task Groups:

The Airport Construction Task Group will offer recommendations on improving awareness, planning and execution of airport construction efforts across many stakeholder communities.

The National Procedure Assessment Task Group will submit recommendations on the process and criteria for cancellation of instrument flight procedures in the National Airspace System.
FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker to Open RTCA Symposium
The RTCA 2016 Global Aviation Symposium will open with a dialogue between Chief NextGen Officer and FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker and Craig Fuller, RTCA Board Member and Vice Chairman of the FAA Management Advisory Council.
RTCA Honors Hal Moses
Friends, family and colleagues recognized Hal Moses during his retirement ceremony after 23 years of service with RTCA. "It has truly been a privilege to work with all of you," said Hal at the ceremony. "I see the progress that RTCA has made over these past 23 years, and I look forward to the progress it will continue to make in the future."
RTCA Symposium Session Topics Released
Preliminary topics for the RTCA 2016 Global Aviation Symposium are live. Make plans now to join the more than 300 aviation industry and government leaders that are expected to participate in the Symposium being held on June 1-2, 2016 in Washington, DC at the National Press Club. For information on registration and the agenda see http://symposium.rtca.org/
RTCA Announces Vice President, Aviation Technology and Standards
RTCA welcomes Al Secen as Vice President, Aviation Technology and Standards.
RTCA 2015: Another Successful Year
RTCA’s raison d’etre is to develop consensus-driven, cost-effective solutions to improve the performance of the air transportation system.
Operational Committee Approves Final Recommendation on NOTAMs
During its most recent meeting, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) covered a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) including Notice to Airman (NOTAM), airport construction guidelines and navigational procedures assessment.
RTCA Volunteers Recognized for Technical Standards Supporting NextGen
In an article recently published by Air Traffic Management Magazine, RTCA President Margaret Jenny explained how RTCA Committees are developing standards and ensuring equipment will be used properly throughout the National Airspace System.
Tactical Operations Committee to Meet on November 12th
The next public meeting of the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) on November 12th will cover a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) including Notice to Airman (NOTAM), airport construction guidelines and navigational procedures assessment.
Constructive Collaboration on Display at NAC Meeting
The October meeting of the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) featured the on-going collaboration between the FAA and the aviation industry that has been the hallmark of the Committee since its formation in 2010. Chaired by Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson, the meeting marked the one year milestone since the NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG) final report was transmitted to the FAA and the subsequent NextGen Priorities Joint implementation Plan was presented to Congress.
RTCA and EUROCAE Hold Coordination Meeting
Continuing the long history of collaboration, RTCA-EUROCAE officials met in Paris to discuss ongoing work products and plans for future activities, underscoring the importance of global interoperability.
Technical Committee Works Through Full Agenda
The Program Management Committee (PMC) held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 22.
SC-214 Releases Documents for Review
The Standards for Air Traffic Data Communications Services Committee and EUROCAE WG-78 recently finalized the revisions for all Baseline 2 documents: Safety and Performance Requirements (SPR), DO-350, and Interoperability Requirements (INTEROPS), DO-351, DO-352 and DO-353.
Videos from 2015 RTCA Symposium Now Available!
The 2015 Global Aviation Symposium was a huge success and now it’s captured on video! Click HERE (http://symposium.rtca.org/content.asp?pl=1&contentid=1) to see videos from each session of the 2015 Symposium. If you have any questions, please email symposium@rtca.org.
Final Call for 2015 William E. Jackson Award applications
Applications are due September 30th for the William E. Jackson Award presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in the field of aviation electronics and telecommunications. This RTCA award includes a personalized plaque to the student, the university and a $4000 honorarium for the winning recipient.
Tactical Operations Committee Announces New Co-Chair
The RTCA Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) welcomes Captain Bryan Quigley, Managing Director of Flight Operations from United Airlines, to serve as an industry Co-Chair for the TOC along with Dale Wright, Director of Safety and Technology for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
Successful RTCA Symposium Showcases Collaboration
With nearly 350 participants, the RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium was characterized by attendees as "outstanding," with "very strong content".
RTCA Committee Approves Recommendations on NOTAMs, Caribbean Operations and GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility
During its July meeting, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) approved three recommendations.
Tactical Operations Committee to Meet and Consider Four Recommendations
The next Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) public meeting will cover a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System. At the July 21st meeting, the TOC will consider recommendations from four Task Groups.
Committee Highlights Collaborative Process
The RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) met on June 5, 2015 to consider recommendations on National Airspace System (NAS) performance metrics and resolution to AD-B equipage mandate issues. Led by Chairman Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, the committee deliberated over reports developed by its working groups and agreed to send recommendations forward to the FAA.
RTCA PMC Approves Documents for Aeronautical Data and Airport Security Access
At its recent meeting under the leadership of Chris Hegarty of The MITRE Corporation, the Program Management Committee (PMC) met and approved changes to two existing documents, Terms of Reference (TOR) revisions for three Special Committees, and the formation of a new Special Committee.
RTCA Releases Revised Documents on Aeronautical Databases and Security
At its recent June meeting, the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) approved new revised documents on Aeronautical Databases (DO-200B, Standards for Processing Aeronautical Data) and on Security (DO-230E, Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems).
RTCA Features UAS Committee in International Yearbook
The activities of RTCA Special Committee 228, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, were presented in the Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) Info web sites annual Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) yearbook.
RTCA Symposium App Now Available
The RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium iOS, Android, and Mobile Web apps bring complete event info and updates in real time.
RTCA Annual Report Highlights Role of Members
Titled, "Results Through Collaboration in Aviation," the contributions of thousands of volunteers throughout the global aviation community are featured in the RTCA 2014 Annual Report. "RTCA Committee participants hold diverse and competing interests, but have a single focus on improving the global air transportation system," explained Margaret Jenny, president, RTCA.
NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) to Meet
The NAC will hold a public meeting at RTCA's headquarters in Washington, DC on Friday, June 5. In addition to receiving reports on the implementation of NextGen capabilities, the Committee will consider for approval metrics to determine the impacts of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), Surface and Data Sharing, Closely Spaced Parallel Runways and DataComm-enabled Controller-Pilot DataLink Communications (CPDLC) and pre-departure clearances as part of the NextGen Integration Work efforts. The NAC will also receive a report from the NAC ADS-B AdHoc Group that was established to identify what implementation commitments are necessary for meeting the 2020 ADS-B implementation mandate. Finally, the NAC will hear the FAA response to the RTCA PBN Blueprint Recommendation.
RTCA Honors the Memory of Captain Robert G. Buley
RTCA was saddened to hear of the death of Bob Buley, former Co-Chair of SC-147, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System. He was described by his peers as the "guru" on collision avoidance system technology. His illustrious career in aviation was featured in RTCA's Volunteer Spotlight in February 2014. "The aviation world is mourning the loss of an industry pioneer," stated RTCA President Margaret Jenny. "Bob truly contributed to significant safety improvements and the betterment of the aviation industry and will truly be missed by his friends and colleagues."
NIWG Leadership Team to be Recognized at Awards Luncheon
The RTCA 2014 Achievement Award will be presented to the NextGen Advisory Committee's NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG) leadership team at the Awards Luncheon being held on June 3rd at the RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium. The Achievement Award, RTCA's highest award, is given on behalf of the RTCA Policy Board to an individual or group that has excelled at helping RTCA achieve its mission.
RTCA Symposium to Feature Remarks from IATA Director General & CEO, Tony Tyler
An interchange between RTCA President Margaret Jenny and IATA Chief Tony Tyler on key issues facing the global airline community will be featured at the upcoming RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium being held in Washington DC on June 3-4 at the National Press Club. Tyler joins a growing list of featured speakers and panel members at this year's conference. Register now to attend.
FAA Administrator to Open RTCA Symposium
The Honorable Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator, will keynote the start of the RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium, providing a perspective about the successes, challenges and future of aviation. RTCA's premier event takes place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, June 3-4. Administrator Huerta will join NTSB Chairman Chris Hart and NextGen Advisory Committee Chair and Delta Air Lines CEO, Richard Anderson, as featured participants at the two-day Symposium.
Portable Electronic Devices Committee Established
The Program Management Committee recently gave full approval for Special Committee 234, Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs), to convene. SC-234 is in response to the FAA's request for a new industry standard to use risk assessments in determining aircraft PED tolerance. The resulting document will provide industry guidance and best practices for determining aircraft PED tolerance through a safety risk assessment (SRA) process. SC-234 will coordinate guidance development with EUROCAE WG-99.
RTCA Releases Documents Covering ADS-B and Satellite Classic Aero Services
At its March meeting, the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) approved a new document with supplement on Automatic Dependent Surveillance -Broadcast (DO-358, Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) with Universal Access Transceiver) and a revised document on Satellite Services (DO-210D Change 4, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Geosynchronous Orbit Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Services Avionics).
PMC Approves New Documents and More
During its most recent meeting under the leadership of Chris Hegarty of The MITRE Corporation, the Program Management Committee (PMC) met and approved one new document with supplement; one change to an existing document; and revisions to the Terms of References (TOR) for six Special Committees. The new document approved by the PMC is the Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Flight Information Services - Broadcast (FIS-B) with the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT). For more information about the Program Management Committee and the meeting, visit the PMC page.
Committee Targets Metrics to Measure Implementation
Continuing its long track record of working in close collaboration with the FAA to address tough NextGen issues, at its recent meeting, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) agreed to establish an ad hoc group to recommend performance metrics to measure the effects of implementing operational capabilities in four focus areas recommended by the joint RTCA-FAA NextGen Integration Working Group.
RTCA Technical Committee to Meet with a Full Agenda
The Program Management Committee (PMC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 24 to consider changes to Terms of References (TORs) for six Special Committees and to discuss the possibility of a new special committee addressing an update to DO-254, Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware. The PMC agenda also includes consideration for approval of four new or revised documents for SC-206, Aeronautical Information Services Data Link; SC-213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems & Synthetic Vision Systems; and SC-222, AMS(R)S. For more information about the Program Management Committee, visit the PMC page.
Air Traffic Controllers Honor RTCA Leader
RTCA President Margaret Jenny was recognized during the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Communicating for Safety Awards Luncheon for outstanding work protecting and improving the National Airspace System. NATCA National Safety & Tech Director Dale Wright thanked Jenny for her efforts of creating a culture of collaboration between NATCA and the FAA.
Aeronautical Database Committee Meets
Aviation experts from around the world gathered at the Grand Bohemia Hotel in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to determine the future of requirements for databases that support safety and navigation that is critical to aircraft and airports. Led by Co-Chairs John Kasten of Jeppesen and Stephane Dubet of French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC/SIA, members of SC-217 worked on several documents related to airports, terrain and obstacles, data quality and security.
Symposium Agenda Announced!
Make your plans to attend the RTCA Global Aviation Symposium, June 3-4, at National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for an exciting line-up of information-packed sessions.
Committee Chair Honored for Service
NextGen Advisory Committee Subcommittee (NACSC) Co-Chair Steve Dickson, Delta Air Lines, Inc., was honored for his service on the Committee since 2012.
Committee Approves Recommendations on NOTAMs and VOR MON
During the February 6th meeting, the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) approved two recommendations:
NOTAM Improvement Panel provided feedback on the first phase of the FAA's implementation on the NOTAM Search website. This was the Panel's fourth recommendation designed to support the FAA's efforts to meet the objectives of the Pilot's Bill of Rights legislation of making NOTAMs easier to filter and sort.
VOR Minimum Operating Network (VOR MON) Task Group addressed the waterfall/implementation plan for the VOR MON as well as the PBN Route Concept of Operations. This was the Task Group's fourth and final recommendation to the FAA addressing efforts to reduce the number of VOR's by approximately one-third over the next decade. The Task Group completed their requested tasks and was sunset during the meeting.
RTCA Committee Reviewing Document for Geosynchronous Orbit Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Services (AMSS) Avionics
SC-222, Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (R) Service (AMS(R)S), is making revised version of DO-210D, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Geosynchronous Orbit Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Services (AMSS) Avionics, available for Final Review and Comment (FRAC).
NTSB Chair to Speak at Symposium Awards Luncheon
Acting National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair, Chris Hart will be the keynote speaker at the RTCA Global Aviation Symposium Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
RTCA to Host 1st South America Task Force Industry Day
An Industry Day covering the RTCA and International Air Transport Association (IATA) South America Task Force will be held at RTCA Headquarters on February 6, 2015. The meeting will outline the plans for the Task Force that is intended to facilitate the continued evolution and harmonized modernization of comm/nav/surveillance and air traffic systems in South America
RTCA Releases New and Revised Documents
The Program Management Committee (PMC) approved new and revised documents on Environmental Test (DO-357, User Guide: Supplement to DO-160G) and (DO-160G Change 1, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment).
PMC Works Through Full Agenda
RTCA's Program Management Committee (PMC) approved the establishment of two new Special Committees (SC), a new document, a change to an existing document and revisions to the Terms of References (TORs) for six Special Committees at its December meeting.
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.
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. The update to DO-200A takes into account suggested changes from industry and authorities' experience and feedback, as well as the related regulation and technical standards. It was expanded to cover all types of aeronautical data in addition to navigational data. The revision also includes an adaptation of DO-330 "Software Tool Qualification Considerations" for the data processing domain. Interested parties are requested to review the proposed draft and provide comments no later than 5:00 p.m., February 13, 2015. All comments will be addressed at the March 2-6, 2015 Plenary at Honeywell International. Please contact Sophie Bousquet at RTCA, sbousquet@rtca.org or (202) 330-0663 for more information.
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.
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.
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. He is replacing Ed Bolan as Chair. "Ed has done a tremendous job leading the Board," stated RTCA President Margaret Jenny. "We look forward to the direction that Carl will provide over the next two years."
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.
RTCA and EUROCAE Promote Harmonization to Ensure Coordinated Standards
RTCA and EUROCAE conducted a Bilateral Coordination meeting between the organization's 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.
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.
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).
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).
RTCA Policy Advisory Committee to Meet
The Program Management Committee (PMC) will meet at RTCA on Tuesday, September 23 at 8:30am to consider and approve revised documents for data link services and navigation standards.

The NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) will hold its public meeting at RTCA on Wednesday, October 8 at 9am.
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.
TOC's NOTAM Task Group Highlighted During NOTAM Industry Day
The contributions of the NOTAM Task Group of the Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) were featured during the FAA's seventh annual NOTAM Industry Day. The event was held in late August at the NOAA Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Tactical Operations Committee to Meet
The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) will hold a public meeting at RTCA headquarters on September 3, 2014 at 10am to consider recommendations on a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System.
RTCA PMC Approves New Documents and More
At its recent meeting under the leadership of Chris Hegarty of The MITRE Corporation, the Program Management Committee (PMC) met and approved a new Special Committee (SC); two new documents; two changes to existing documents; and revisions to the Terms of Reference (TOR) of two Special Committees. The documents approved by the PMC provide recommended standards for ADS-B Applications, Aeronautical Security and Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems.
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).

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).
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.
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.
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.
RTCA Finishes Symposium with Thought Provoking Sessions
The second day of the RTCA 2014 Global Aviation Symposium opened with a session titled, "View from the Hill" moderated by Will Ris of American Airlines. The panelists included Pete Bunce (GAMA), Jim Coon (AOPA), Gerald Dillingham (GAO) and Holly Woodruff Lyons (House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee). The panelists noted that the past year has brought a variety of new challenges to the industry, including sequestration, the government shutdown as well as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. All three have turned up the pressure and attention to NextGen and increased the need for successful implementation of NextGen capabilities and benefits.

Make plans to attend next year's Symposium on June 3-4, 2015 in Washington, DC.
RTCA Symposium Highlights Collaboration
RTCA's 2014 Symposium kicked off on Wednesday, June 4 with over 300 participants at the Washington Convention Center.
Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association and RTCA Chair, opened the proceedings by welcoming the participants to the conference and describing the Symposium as the forum "where government and industry assemble in public-private partnership to hammer out consensus on technical challenges and policy issues."
RTCA Brings Special Committee Leaders Together
RTCA Brings Special Committee Leaders Together - a comprehensive training day for Special Committee Leaders was held in early May to inform them of RTCA's expectations for committee management and leadership as well as to discuss best practices. Each leader briefed on their Special Committee to identify natural synergies amongst the groups and enhance the work of each committee.
RTCA Operations Committee to Meet
The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) will hold a public meeting on May 16, 2014 to consider recommendations on a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System. The TOC is Co-chaired by Jim Bowman, FedEx Express and Dale Wright, National Air Traffic Controllers Association with Elizabeth "Lynn" Ray, Vice President Mission Support, Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) serving as the Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Committee.
RTCA Establishes New Committee on Terrain and Ground Proximity Warning Systems
Special Committee 231, Terrain Awareness Warning Systems, Ground Proximity Warning Systems, and Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS, GPWS, HTWAS) has been formed at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
RTCA Special Committee Receives Industry Award for Innovative Work
The members of RTCA SC-213: Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS) were recognized by Aviation Week with a prestigious Laureate Award for their work in Avionics and Systems.
NAC Meeting Reaffirms Partnership Necessary for NextGen Implementation
The recent meeting of the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) confirmed the importance of the consensus-based process and the shared partnership between the FAA and the aviation industry to implement NextGen successfully. NAC Chairman, Bill Ayer emphasized that the Committee is a supportive and positive force in the implementation of NextGen, highlighting the recent work on Prioritizing NextGen capabilities as a prime example.
RTCA and WSU-NIAR to Partner on Aircraft Systems Training Initiative
RTCA and the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University[i] and are pleased to announce a partnership in which NIAR will develop and conduct training for RTCA. The training will focus on the testing standards for equipment installed on aircraft to ensure performance characteristics meet aircraft certification requirements.
RTCA Committee Acts on Three Operational Recommendations
The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) approved recommendations developed by key aviation stakeholders on issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System at its public meeting on February 6, 2014.
RTCA Operations Committee to Meet
The Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) will hold a public meeting on February 6, 2014 to consider recommendations on a number of issues affecting current and future operations in the National Airspace System. Co-chaired by Jim Bowman, FedEx Express and Dale Wright, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the TOC convenes operational experts from the aviation community to address near term tactical issues affecting the efficiency of the National Airspace System. Elizabeth “ Lynn" Ray, Vice President Mission Support, Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) serves as the Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Committee.
RTCA Announces New Committees on ELTs and Airborne Weather Detection Systems
RTCA is establishing two new Special Committee at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop updates for documents covering 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) and Aircraft Weather Radar. RTCA Members who are interested in contributing to the work of the Special Committee in achieving the outcomes specified in the Terms of Reference are invited to complete an application and return it to RTCA.