POWERFUL PROGRESS, COMMON GROUND
RTCA is a private, not-for-profit association founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, now referred to simply as “RTCA”. We are the premier Public-Private Partnership venue for developing consensus among diverse, competing interests on critical aviation modernization issues in an increasingly global enterprise.
Inspire the creation and implementation of integrated performance standards that meet the changing global aviation environment and ensure the safety, security, and overall health of the aviation ecosystem.
Who is RTCA?
RTCA has provided the foundation for virtually every modern technical advance in aviation. Our products serve as the basis for government certification of equipment used by the tens of thousands of aircraft flying daily through the world’s airspace. A Standards Development Organization (SDO), RTCA works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop comprehensive, industry-vetted and endorsed standards that can be used as means of compliance with FAA regulations. Our deliberations are open to the public and our products are developed by aviation community volunteers functioning in a consensus-based, collaborative, peer-reviewed environment. See our Path to Certification Page for more information on our most popular documents.
Letter from the President and CEO
It is an honor and a great privilege to serve as the new President and CEO of RTCA. Our organization was established in 1935 to provide leadership for government and industry, bring them together, and find solutions to complex technology issues that were facing the aviation industry. We published our first standard in 1937 for the design and development of anti-static antennas, and since then, RTCA has provided the foundation for virtually every modern technical advancement in aviation.
Today our mission continues: to inspire the creation and implementation of integrated performance standards that meet the changing global aviation environment and ensure the safety, security, and overall health of the aviation eco-system. With a focus on collective decision-making and consensus building, we are dedicated in continuing to serve the aviation community with distinction and effectiveness.
RTCA strengths are rooted in its people; our professional staff and the more than 550-member organizations from across the world representing industry, government, professional associations, and academia. My goal is to continue to build on RTCA’s core strengths as a standards development organization, coupled with identifying new opportunities where those strengths can be deployed in a rapidly changing aviation environment
Like any organization, it is imperative that we continue to position RTCA for future success, vitality and relevancy. We will do this by providing industry leadership and value to our members, stakeholders, and the global aviation environment through early and purposeful engagement that prepares government and industry for future technology development and implementation.
RTCA President & CEO
RTCA Established 1935
Radio Technical Commission For Aeronautics in the District of ColumbiaMore
First William E. Jackson Award
is presented to Peter W. Hwoschinsky (right) by acting FAA Administrator James E. Dow, while Mrs. Jackson looks on. Hwoschinskys award-winning thesis on the Omega navigation system for general aviation was done while he was a student at MIT.More
RTCA presented Collier Trophy
President Harry S. Truman (center, left) awards 1948 Collier Trophy to RTCA for SC-31 development of a national common system of air traffic control. Receiving award for RTCA is chairman, J.H. Dellinger (center, right)More