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Hitting the Skies

July 26, 2022
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While family and friends in other industries are taking time off this summer to relax, our industry has ramped up to meet the challenges of burgeoning summer travel amid hardships caused by staffing shortages and rising costs.  Yet despite these obstacles, more than 8.8 million passengers passed through TSA checkpoints at our nation’s airports on 4th of July weekend and our members continue to be busy.  After all, amid increasing summer travel, other activities continue to be busy as well, since UAS use ramps up in the summer, and, of course, aircraft manufacturing and aviation innovation do not take summers off.

At RTCA, we haven’t stopped moving either.  We recently saw a contingent from SC-230, Airborne Weather Detection Systems, visit the Kansas City-based Garmin headquarters for the group’s 30th plenary, and other recent activities to include presenting an RTCA Human Factors course and a course on Supplements to DO-178C. We are also proud to have published nine new documents approved at last month’s PMC Meeting.

To keep up with all our work the rest of the summer and throughout the year, we urge our members to follow our announcements on our website and on social media.  First, be sure to visit our YouTube channel to keep abreast of the latest webinars and videos.  Videos released this summer include “From GPS to GNSS,” a look at the 2022 William E. Jackson Scholarship Award Winner Andrew Videmsek, an interview with ATCA President & CEO Brian Bruckbauer on Propelling Airspace Integration Forward, and the webinar “Beyond 5G:  Ensuring Future Spectrum Compatibility,” a discussion of the need for global allocation of aviation spectrum to allow for uninterrupted movement of aircraft.

Our July Webinar, Human Factors in a Total Systems Safety Approach, will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27. Register here.  If you are unable to watch this live discussion with RTCA CEO Terry McVenes and guests, Dr. Kathy Abbott (FAA), Gretchen Haskins (HeliOffshore), and Dr. Ratan Khatwa (Boeing), catch it afterwards on our YouTube channel anytime.

In addition to catching up on our 92 YouTube videos, make sure you are following RTCA on Twitter @RTCAInc.  RTCA’s LinkedIn account is a great way to find out about our new members—more than a dozen added so far this summer—and to see how we are connecting with other entities, such as during the recent World Air Traffic Management Congress and the FAA-EASA Safety Conference, for which we signed on as a bronze sponsor earlier this summer.

As always, we thank RTCA members for their continued engagement and for all of your hard work.  We wish our friends a fun summer and we will be thinking about all of our colleagues, particularly on August 19, when we celebrate National Aviation Day.

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