RTCA & EUROCAE Hold Annual Coordination Summit

December 12, 2018

The leadership of RTCA and EUROCAE met at RTCA Headquarters in Washington, DC, for their annual coordination meeting November 13 and 14, 2018. During the meeting, the group reviewed the status of joint and non-joint committees, as well as actions being taken to streamline and improve standardization processes. As the two most prestigious members of the Standards Roundtable at ICAO, the group also collectively reaffirmed their joint commitment to ICAO for supplying documents to relevant ICAO member states, panels, and working groups, and discussed their recent joint paper presented to ICAO in October, on the importance of ICAO SARPS, referencing the performance standards developed by RTCA and EUROCAE.

“This meeting strengthened our partnership with EUROCAE,” said Steve Brown Chairman of RTCA. “We were able to have a strategic conversation on how the two of us could expand our work to encompass more of the international aviation community. This includes aviation manufacturers and suppliers on other continents, and shows us there’s an opportunity to increasingly involve them to create more robust international relations, and determine how we might collaborate in the future.”

In addition, RTCA and EUROCAE discussed the current state of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Standards, how to coordinate the efforts to maintain consistency for global 

aviation of UAS and the possible development of navigational databases for UAS, as well as potential future joint work on cyber security and a Helicopter Terrain Awareness System.

“This face-to-face exchange of the leadership of the two organizations is fundamental to producing quality standards in a timely fashion – something our members and the aviation industry expect and deserve, said Al Secen, VP, Aviation Technology and Standards. “Our relationship with EUROCAE is very strong and we look forward to working with them well into the future in developing equivalent standards.”