RTCA Symposium Examines Key Issues

RTCA Symposium 2017
June 15, 2017

Nearly 300 experts and leaders from around the world gathered at the RTCA 2017 Global Aviation Symposium to explore and discuss current and emerging issues across the spectrum of aviation. The Symposium offered 12 information packed sessions covering topics such as: NextGen and Drone Advisory Committees, FAA Reform, Global Standards, ADS-B, Aircraft Metering, Aviation and the Environment, Cybersecurity, and Commercial Space.


Overall, the attendees were offered details on the collaborative efforts by the aviation industry and the FAA to modernize the U.S. air traffic control system, along with the business case, prioritizing government and industry investments, implementing capabilities, evaluation capabilities and the latest initiative on the Northeast Corridor.

Several sessions addressed developing issues including integrating Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into the national airspace system, funding drone-related FAA activities, the roles and responsibilities of local and state governments, and airspace access.

A challenging security issue addressed during the Cybersecurity Panel was mitigating potential threats to the safety and security of air transportation. A "White Paper" from ALPA was presented.



FAA Administrator Michael Huerta kicked off the Awards Luncheon addressing the FAA's priorities, challenges and opportunities. Following the conclusion of the Administrator's remarks, RTCA presented awards recognizing committee leaders for the dedication and hard work they bring to the creation of policy recommendations and performance standards.


On the second day of the Symposium, the Industry Luncheon featured an engaging session with Cheryl Rodgers, TransSTEM Academy Director, and Yvette Rose of the Aero Club Foundation, who discussed getting high school students involved in aviation and how the aviation industry can attract a more diverse, young population. Former students Lakisha Davis-Small and Araceli Gonzales, now with the FAA, also joined the panel.


For more information about the Symposium, download the RTCA Symposium App or go to the Symposium 2017 site.