RTCA is pleased to announce the addition of fifteen organizations to its membership: AeroVironment, Aquiline Drones, LLC., AviaGlobal Group Electron International Inc., End State Solutions, German Orbital Systems GmbH, National Technical Systems (NTS), PAE ISR, Passenger Drone Research Private Limited, Polytape Pty Ltd., Sentient Blue Technologies, Transcend Air Corporation, University of Southampton, Wind Talker Innovations, Inc. and Yamakawa RF Lab. LLC.

“RTCA and the aviation community owe a debt of gratitude to the dozens of committee leaders and thousands of committee participants who continue to deliver consensus on tough issues, leading to tangible outcomes for the aviation community. "Our members are the heart and soul of RTCA and we are resolute in our drive to deliver value to all of our 558 member organizations.” said RTCA President and CEO Terry McVenes.

 

Newest Members

 

AeroVironment

Simi Valley, California USA

                                        

AeroVironment is an American technology company that is primarily involved in energy systems, electric vehicle systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Paul B. MacCready, Jr., a designer of human-powered aircraft, founded the company in 1971. The company is probably most well-known for developing a series of lightweight human-powered and then solar-powered vehicles. AeroVironment is the Pentagon's top supplier of small drones — including the Raven, Wasp and Puma models. They are currently developing a solar-powered unmanned aircraft and ground control stations for high-altitude station keeping.

 

AeroVironment's family of integrated and interoperable UAS also gives law enforcement personnel and first responders the ability to see and assess the situation ahead. While AeroVironment's information solutions will significantly change the way farmers and energy providers monitor and manage their assets.

 

Aquiline Drones, LLC.

Hartford, Connecticut USA

 

Aguiline Drones, LLC (AD) is a US-based Aircraft Manufacturer who embarked on a mission to build the world's first generation of Labor-Force Drones (LFDs). These artificially intelligent humanoids are scheduled for production starting 4Q 2019.

 

Aquiline will also be manufacturing Agile Workstation Cells and Mobile Command Centers.

 

Aquiline's manufacturing process includes the use of robotics, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing and other advanced technologies.

 

AviaGlobal Group

Phoenix, Arizona USA

 

AviaGlobal Group is a partnership of experienced aerospace professionals, specializing in the fusion of engineering & business savvy to solve aviation problems.

 

Electron International Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona USA

 

Electron International Incorporated (EII) specializes in avionics but has a breadth of knowledge in systems engineering.

 

Electron International has been involved in the latest aerospace programs and projects, from proposal, design, and certification to post-certification support. EII has coordinated with leaders to the aerospace industry including Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell, and Rockwell-Collins.

 

Electron International is experienced in providing DER Services, System Design, Analysis, Development, Verification and Validation (V&V, Hardware Requirements, Design and Analysis, Software Development, Documentation, V&V and Quality Assurance, Safety and Reliability Analyses, Test Equipment Design and Development

Qualification Testing Plans, Procedures and Support, ARP 4754, ARP 4761, DO254, DO160, DO178B, Mil-Std-882, Fly-By-Wire (FBW) Flight Controls

Autopilot / Autoflight / Flight Director, Avionics (Integrated, Federated), Radios (ILS, VOR, VDR, ADF, DME, Radio Altimeter), TCAS / T2CAS, FMS, Performance Management Controls for Engines and Engine Electrical Systems.

                                     

End State Solutions

White Salmon, Washington USA

 

End State Solutions, a firm focused on certification, airspace access and operational excellence in aviation. They have significant experience in synthesizing certification, operational approvals, and aerial data collection with UAS. End State Solutions works closely with the FAA to meet enterprise customer needs and is currently supporting clients that are active applicants for certification under 14 CFR § 21.17 and operational certification under 14 CFR § 135 air carrier operations. Their clients face all the challenges of tackling successful commercial UAS operations. Technical challenges include mitigation of mid-air collision, spectrum access, pilot certification and enhanced reliability.

 

German Orbital Systems GmbH

Berlin, GERMANY

 

The idea to take the respect of the term "Rocket-Science" through an optimally coordinated product and service range of the broad mass led in 2014 to the founding of German Orbital Systems. The founders are working at the Department of Astronautics at the Technical University Berlin, where they actively participated in numerous projects of the department. Among other things, they gained a lot of practical experience in the fields of satellite electronics, software development, structural mechanics and carried out start-up campaigns. They contributed to the satellites of the TUBSAT and BEESAT series as well as to TechnoSat and TUBIN. Hardware from GOS is currently also being used by other manufacturers such as Sputnix (TableSat Aurora) or BST (LEOS Satellite Platform).

                                        

GOS is a so called NewSpace company, building and operating small satellites for different customers as well as for their own purposes. The two recent satellites (D-Star ONE Sparrow and D-Star ONE iSat) featured an ADS-B receiver and demonstrated the feasibility of ADS-B reception from space. They are already working with several airlines on defining the parameters of an ideal satellite-based ADS-B system and will launch an upgraded version in summer 2019.

                                       

National Technical Systems (NTS)

Calabasas, California USA

 

National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is the leading North American provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification services. The company serves a broad range of dynamic industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. During its more than 50 years in business, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence and sole national footprint in North America, an unparalleled breadth of capabilities, and has fostered continuous innovation, making NTS a unique one-stop resource to meet its clients' demanding and evolving requirements. Operating through a network of more than 25 technologically advanced testing laboratories across North America, NTS facilities are near its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation's most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS' offering spans more than 70 distinct testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests, allowing it to handle its clients' most demanding needs. Additionally, the company is accredited by numerous national and international organizations, which allows NTS to have its test data nearly universally accepted worldwide. NTS operates its inspection division under the Unitek brand, providing a wide range of supply chain management services. NTS' certification division, which operates under the NQA brand, is one of the largest and most respected global ISO registrars, with active certifications in more than 75 countries.

 

PAE ISR

Sterling, Massachusetts USA

 

PAE ISR specializes in national and international unmanned aerial systems-centric security missions using inspired methodologies and approaches to address complex real-world problems.

 

PAE ISR is a full-service provider for unmanned aerial systems. The company provides expertise in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions and services to U.S. government agencies, NATO, and other international organizations.

 

PAE ISR is the original equipment manufacturer and systems integrator for the Resolute Eagle, a long endurance, Group 3 UAS.

 

Passenger Drone Research Private Limited

Nashik, Maharashtra INDIA

 

PDRL is a B2B company primarily into research, development, marketing, sales and support of autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV). Pravaas G1 is a Made in India electrically powered vertical take-off and landing light aircraft designed by PDRL. Pravaas G1 is India’s first indigenous eVTOL aircraft. The company plans to use the aerial vehicle for urban mobility as an air taxi that produces zero carbon emission in flight. The Air Taxi will carry passengers from one point to other (P2P) autonomously.

 

PDRL is recognized by the Government of India, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

 

Polytape Pty Ltd.

Sydney, South Wales AUSTRALIA

 

Polytape Pty Ltd. is a small consulting firm, specializing in the design of high-performance, high-reliability and energy-efficient hardware and software systems. They manufacture a small amount of highly specialized hardware devices, but the majority of their work is consulting.

 

Their engineering history is in wired and wireless communications, motion planning and control, and in the verification and optimization of hardware and software systems. However, since 2018, they started working with clients who are involved in aviation, both UAVs and manned aircraft. To date, they have been asked to perform customization and optimization work on UAV autopilot hardware and software, as well as high bandwidth (10Gbit/s) radio hardware development for UAV and manned aircraft.

 

Sentient Blue Technologies

Stradella di Collecchio, Parma ITALY

 

Sentient Blue Technologies is an aerospace engineering company founded in Parma, Italy in November 2017. Their primary activity is the development of efficient, more environmentally friendly micro gas turbine-based power plants for use in radio-controlled aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. The engines they have under development can also be adapted and be used in combined power and heating systems (CPH).

 

They are also involved in some novel UAV designs that will harness the capability of their engines to deliver UAV performance that is currently not possible with current technology. These UAVs are being developed for civilian missions such as search and rescue, environmental protection, parcel delivery and medical missions and disaster relief.

 

One of Sentient Blue’s goals is to introduce advanced development tools and a rigorous, scientific approach used by companies such as General Electric and Pratt and Whitney on large gas turbines used in aviation to push the capability of microturbine design and optimize the Brayton Cycle at this significantly reduced scale seen in microturbines.

 

Transcend Air Corporation

Rancho Santa Fe, California USA

 

Transcend Air Corporation are group of experienced aerospace executives, engineers, and entrepreneurs who have designed a tiltwing VTOL aircraft, the Vy 400. Three times faster than helicopters, with half the operating costs, and enhanced safety, they expect it to grow to dominate the VIP transport helicopter segment.  It will also enable a new city-center to city-center airline service, cheaper than current air travel options, and three to five times faster door to door. Since 2009, they have built and flown 15 prototype VTOL aircraft, giving their patent-pending Vy a nearly decade-long lineage of real-world experience. Using proven technologies, including the P&WC PT6A engine and BRS Aerospace whole-aircraft parachute, and requiring no new regulatory regimes nor air traffic control systems, the Vy will finally bring the promise of civil VTOL flight within everyone’s reach.

 

University of Southampton

Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM

 

The University of Southampton dates back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862. In 1902, the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, awarding degrees from the University of London. On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted full university status, allowing it to award its own degrees. Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in Britain. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework the university was ranked 18th in the United Kingdom for average quality of research submitted, 11th for research power and 8th for research intensity.

 

The University of Southampton currently has 17,535 undergraduate and 7,650 postgraduate students, making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region.

 

Wind Talker Innovations, Inc.

Anchorage, Alaska USA

                                        

Wind Talker Innovations is developing the first scalable, distributive, self-healing network, called Osmosis. Osmosis works just like the term suggests, by selecting the path of least resistance to get you to an information source.  Osmosis uses devices themselves to create the network by communicating through each other, via downloaded software.  Osmosis’ DirectPath™ routing extends existing networks (cellular, WiFi and Satellites, etc.), can create completely new off-grid networks, or seamlessly transition between networks, using least-cost routing.  Their solution will provide an OTT capability anywhere a consumer is.  Their goal is to reduce infrastructure while providing a platform agnostic transport medium for global connectivity and safety.

 

Yamakawa RF Lab. LLC

Tokyo, JAPAN

 

Yamakawa RF Lab. LLC is an aircraft satellite communication system and other avionics technical consulting for Japanese government, aircraft industries and operators. Getting Japanese certification (technical conformity test and application) consulting).

 

 

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