Higher Performance

RTCA provides a venue for the development of consensus-driven performance standards and guidance materials that serve as a partial basis for certification of critical systems and equipment used in the conduct of air transportation. Adherence to our standards serves as ones means of compliance with related FAA regulations. RTCA also issues a variety of publications that serve to inform stakeholders from across the aviation community on matters important to the aviation industry. Our bi-monthly Digest informs our members of updates, events, and insider information. We also issue an Annual Report with our important accomplishments throughout the year and provide basic information about the company's welfare.   

Standards & Guidance Materials

RTCA produces minimum performance standards and guidance materials that are requested by the FAA and become a partial basis of FAA regulations for aviation systems and equipage. They are produced by committees of volunteers representing the interested and relevant stakeholders. Since 1935, RTCA has had a long and successful track record of producing high quality standards, including the following:

  • Operational Services and Environment Definition (OSED)

Documenting the environment in which systems and equipment will operate

  • Operational, Safety & Performance Requirements (SPR)

Safety Assessments and Ops Performance Assessments (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance)

  • Interoperability Requirements (IRR)

Assuring all components of the Air Traffic Architecture (airborne and ground-based components; pilots and controllers; domestic and international) are all able to work together seamlessly to provide safe and efficient air travel and services

  • Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS)

Assuring end-to-end, systems will perform their intended functions within a defined airspace

  • Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS)

Assuring equipment will perform its intended functions


Task Force Reports

From time to time, when the FAA has a unique and immediate need for input from a broad spectrum of the aviation community on a specific issue, they will ask RTCA to establish a Task Force. RTCA will produce reports through our Policy Committees and Task Groups, documenting the industry consensus on significant operational and policy issues related to the modernization of the nation’s air traffic management system. Since our inception in 1935, five such Task Forces have been established and have produced reports with actionable recommendations. For more information on ordering these documents, click here.


Our bi-monthly Digest provides regular news and updates.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report describes RTCA's unique approach and its successes each year in the development of standards and guidance materials and policy recommendations that help shape the direction and pace of the air traffic management system.