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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). [More]


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. [More]

FAA Issues Rule (Part 107) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems under 55lbs, operating no higher than 400 ft.


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. [More]

Laying the foundations for NextGen

FAA’s Air Traffic Organization's 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. Click here to view the article.

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Ormond Beach, Florida USA

Mr. Geeter Kyrazis

AIS Airlines GmbH


Mr. Richard Minnema

ASBU for Future GmbH

Uhldingen-Muehlhofen, GERMANY

Ms. Peter Rudolph

Dentons Aviation Practice

McLean, Virginia USA

Mr. James Williams



Mr. Svilen Rangelov

Harco LLC

Branford, Conneticut USA

Mr. Robert Croce

Intel Corporation

Washington, DC USA

Mr. Lindel Barber

Matternet, Inc.

Menlo Park, California USA

Ms. Paola Santana

MV Designlabs

Cleveland, Ohio USA

Mr. Tim Cochrane

Safran Electronics & Defense

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE

Mr. Jean-Claude Goudon

Skylark Drone-Research

Stevensville, Maryland USA

Ms. Tulinda Larsen

TALUS Atomics Corporation DBA TELE-WORX

Grand Prairie, Texas USA

Mr. Brian Crowe

Robert Kebel


Billy Martin

National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University

Stephan Schulte


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Rebecca Morrison

RTCA, Inc.

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.