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December 16, 2022
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RTCA’s Program Management Committee (PMC) held its December 2022 meeting approving one new document and one revised document for publication.  They also reviewed and approved for release two White Papers. Additionally, the group approved delivery changes on eight Special Committees (SC) Terms of Reference (TOR) and five TORs had administrative changes approved.

Chaired by Dr. Chris Hegarty of The MITRE Corporation, the 21-member PMC is the RTCA oversight body charged with producing timely and robust standards and guidance documents to ensure interoperability of aviation systems and equipment. The standards encourage innovation and serve as the basis for meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. An important responsibility of the PMC is ensuring the operational application of the technical standards.

As mentioned, the Members of the PMC approved two standards:


·       DO-396 – MOPS for ACAS sXU Functionality Vol I and Vol II – MOPS for ACAS sXU Functionality – Algorithm Design Description, presented by SC-147 – Traffic Alert & Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)

·       DO-230L – Standards for Airport Security Control Systems, presented by SC-224 – Standards for Airport Security Access Control System


Additionally, the PMC reviewed and accepted two White Papers:

·       Summary of Activities and Potential Changes to DO-317C and DO-381A Change 1, presented by SC-186, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)

·       Vehicle to Vehicle Communications, presented by SC-228, Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Eight SCs received approval for changes to their work plans.  These are SC-135 – Environmental Testing, SC-186 – Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B), SC-206 – Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services, SC-213 – Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems, SC-216 – Aeronautical Information Systems Security, SC-227 – Standards of Navigation Performance, SC-228 – Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned (now Uncrewed) Aircraft Systems, and SC-242 – Spectrum Compatibility. And additionally, five SCs had administrative changes to their TORs.

Additionally, the PMC discussed upcoming AAM Workshop, Forum on Digital Flight Operations, International Coordination, SC Chair reports with new Rubric questions on evaluation of status of SC, and SAE RUST Task Force and RTCA Coordination.  Also, the FAA provided updates on actions on published documents, SC-239 – Low Range Radar Altimeter leadership provided a status update, and there was dialogue on way forward for SC-240 – Topics on Software Advancement.

NOTE: The new documents will be available in the RTCA Store at:


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