2019 Agenda 

Symposium Schedule of Events

7:30 AM:    Breakfast

Registration and continental breakfast.

8:30 AM:    Opening Keynote: Boom Supersonic with Blake Scholl 

Think about the world 50 years ago. In 1969, computers were the size of refrigerators, cars didn’t have airbags, and jet airliners cruised at 600 mph. Today, a computer a million times better fits in your pocket, your car can almost drive itself, and flights have gotten...slower? There are no technological barriers preventing passengers from breaking the sound barrier.  Join us to hear how Boom is leading the effort to make the world dramatically more accessible through faster flight.

9:15 AM:    Supersonic & Hypersonic Innovations

What must be done in the coming years to return supersonic aviation travel back into the airspace?  Chief among concerns is the noise profile and economical operations.  This panel will explore innovations that are bringing supersonic travel back to aviation.

10:15 AM:  Networking Break 

Network with aviation industry leaders.

11:00 AM:  Cybersecurity Applications & Challenges within Aviation Standards

Airplanes are by far the safest form of travel.  As airplane technology and connectivity evolve, the industry is evolving as well to address emerging cybersecurity threats to aviation safety.  What must be done within the aviation ecosystem to mitigate these threats?  How can airplane systems be secured without sacrificing the performance and connectivity airline customers enjoy?  Join Boeing, IATA, ALPA, Aviation ISAC and other industry leaders for this imperative discussion.

12:30 PM:   Awards Luncheon: FAA Keynote

Join us as we honor this year's RTCA award winner and hear from the FAA.

1:45 PM:    Overcoming the Barriers to UAS Integration

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have seen unprecedented levels of growth during the last decade in both military and civilian domains, however, many recent events have highlighted the potential safety impact of introducing drone operations into the nation’s airspace. As the number of UAS operating in domestic airspace increases, safety risks will persist until FAA establishes performance, air traffic control, and certification standards to regulate UAS use. To meet its goals to safely integrate UAS, our community must collaborate to establish these standards and adhere to a comprehensive integration plan with other public and private stakeholders. This panel of experts from across aviation will discuss the barriers to safe integration of UAS in the NAS and includes inviting new entrant industry representation to participate and improve the dialog and understanding of this rapidly growing segment of aviation.

3:00 PM:    Networking Break

Network with aviation industry leaders.

3:25 PM:    EUROCAE Perspectives

Learn what European industry is developing for aviation standards, how they are aligned with US standards and where they differ.

3:35 PM:    Electric/Hybrid Planes, and eVTOL vehicles: Building Future Air Mobility - Today

On-demand air mobility is predicted to offer an innovative and cost-effective solution to ever-growing transportation challenges, including—but not limited to—crowding in urban environments. This panel will discuss the development of on-demand air mobility vehicles, effective operations, implementation strategies, and standards requirements.

4:30 PM:    Rules of the Sky: Fostering and Regulating On-Demand Air Mobility

FAA’s mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The first ‘A” in NASA is “Aeronautics”.  On-demand air mobility offers enormous opportunities to advance the safety and efficacy of transportation, but also presents significant challenges. This panel will discuss the agency’s approach to enable the future of aviation and its expectations for the aviation industry as well as the role of standards development. 

5:30 PM:    Rooftop Reception

Enjoy the views of National Airport's runways and delicious food while you mingle with your aviation colleagues and peers.



Check out the 2018 Symposium Session Videos

Opening Remarks & the Latest in Comprehensive FAA Legislation A panel of insiders and political observers assess key issues being considered in the comprehensive bill reauthorizing FAA programs under consideration by Congress.
NextGen in the Northeast Corridor: Let's Do This! A panel of leaders will discuss the industry-FAA initiative to improve operations and infrastructure, and implement NextGen in the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Integrating Drones Into the Airspace: What's Next? Progress is being made in defining the rules of the air for unmanned systems and operators to gain access to the national airspace.  As drones become more commonplace, they will lose their mantle of “disruptive technology”, but what are the next steps in the integration of drones and manned aircraft and is there more disruption on the horizon before true integration can occur?
Global Leadership - Global Harmonization This panel explores the globalization of standards supporting the equipment enabling SESAR and NextGen operations, focusing on the intersection of standards bodies, equipment manufacturers, and operators.
Moving Civil Aviation Authorities to Risk-Based Regulations Regulatory bodies are changing the way they carry out their responsibilities in response to a changing aviation landscape. The most effective regulations are those that are commensurate with the risk imposed by a new technology or operation.  UK CAA’s Mark Swan, who has been on a mission for years to transform his agency’s approach to oversight and regulations, shares his journey and how one CAA is addressing the challenges of an increasingly complex, diverse airspace with fast moving technological advancements. 
Breaking the Barriers to NextGen: Equipage, Environment and Funding The panel discusses various perspectives on what is required for moving forward and making significant improvements in the nation’s air traffic control system and the risks that must be overcome for successful NextGen implementation.
Assessing the Risk of Drones: National Academies Report The revolutionary nature of drones performing work in the national airspace brings with it a need for an evolutionary look at risk management.  How should drones and manned aircraft differ in their risk assessments, and just as importantly, how should they be similar? 
Technical Performance Standards: Paving the Way for Integrating UAS in the NAS The world’s first three UAS standards referenced by FAA Technical Standards Orders were produced by RTCA Special Committee 228 in 2016 and 2017.  How do these standards help realize the integration of UAS into the national airspace and how can they evolve as the UAS landscape is evolves? 
What's Happening in the Autonomous Automobile World? This session is an examination of autonomous automotive initiatives that have many parallels to the integration of UAS/drones into the aviation system. The panelists discuss policies related to "mixed equipage," standards development, software, integrity and security, evolution path and infrastructure necessary to support this new user.
Closing Remarks Margaret Jenny, President of RTCA, shares highlights from the 2018 Symposium.