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The heart and soul of RTCA are its volunteers that come from all segments of the U.S. and international aviation community, government and private sector. Driven by a shared desire to improve the nation’s air transportation system, volunteers facilitate extensive scrutiny and evaluation of all options and work to forge agreement and make the tough choices required to produce performance standards and policy recommendations. Their dedication, commitment and drive for results are played out repeatedly and with clarity of mission every week of the year.

From our inception in 1935, RTCA committees have provided advice on a wide range of issues ranging from operational concepts for air traffic control to detailed performance standards for airborne equipment; from guidelines for security for airports to use of portable electronic devices onboard aircraft; from projections of future radio frequency requirements to recommended investment priorities for air transportation system modernization and the means to measure implementation. 

In support of our volunteers, RTCA is continually preparing for tomorrow’s challenges, even as we streamline and accelerate the collaboration and consensus process so vital to keeping pace with increasing time constraints and technology’s ceaseless advance.

RTCA brings people together to find solutions to the complex challenges facing the aviation industry. The solutions take the form of advice on policies, tactical operational enhancements, and technical performance standards. Since the advice is routinely adopted by the FAA, the volunteers who devote time and energy to our committees see their efforts pay off in a safer, more efficient, more environmentally friendly air transportation system.