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NextGen Ahead

Air Transportation Modernization Conference
May 10-12, 2011
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
Washington D.C.


Last updated: May 6, 2011

DAY ONE – Tuesday, May 10, 2011
9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. Interactive Workshops A:
A-1 Funding & Financing for Air Transportation System Transformation Programs
  • Learn alternative funding models – which is the best?
  • What are current users innovatively doing to keep their operating and implementation costs down?
  • What are the ROI and financial benefits for the accelerating transformation (NextGen, SESAR) programs?
  • Technical, funding and program challenges
  • Tom Captain, Principal, Global and U.S. Aerospace & Defense Industry Sector Leader, Deloitte LLP
  • Sharon Pinkerton, SVP Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Air Transport Association (ATA)
  • Russell G. Chew, General Partner, NextGen Equipage Fund LLC
  • Gael E. Sullivan, Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee
A-2 Emerging Concepts and Technologies
  • How have the technologies progressed to enable integration into existing systems?
  • Impact of technologies on the culture change
  • Progress updates on programs
  • Dr. John Cavolowsky, Director, Airspace Systems Program, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
  • Steve Fulton, Technical Fellow, GE Aviation
  • Gene Hayman, Director of Business Development, Boeing ATM
2:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. Interactive Workshops B:
B-1 The Architecture & Infrastructure of Future ATM
  • Concepts associated with the functional designs of NAS
  • Air traffic flow management and integration
  • Gary Church, President, Aviation Management Associates
  • Chris Brinton, President, Mosaic ATM
  • Michael C. Wambsganss, Research Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Rich Jehlen, Director, Planning & Performance, Air Traffic Operations, FAA
B-2 Operational Trials for Success
  • Expectations on how trials are going to be operated
  • Global partnerships on testing technologies and procedures
  • Determining factors for the next steps and recommendations
  • Cyro Stone, Director of ADS-B/SafeRoute Programs, ACSS
  • Joseph Bertapelle, Director of Strategic Aerospace Programs, JetBlue Airways
  • Paul Fontaine, Acting Director, Research and Technology Development (R&TD) Directorate, NextGen and Operations Planning, Air Traffic Organization, FAA
  • Captain Bob Johnson, Managing Director Flight Operations, American Airlines
4:30 p.m. Conclusion of Interactive Workshops
DAY TWO – Wednesday, May 11, 2011
8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
Registration Opens
8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • Ed Hazelwood, Editor-In-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
  • Frank Jackman, Deputy Managing Director, Civil Aviation, Aviation Week
9:00 a.m. Congressional Address
Chairman Mica will address long-term government transportation priorities, and update on aviation programs within the Committee’s purview.
  • Congressman John L. Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
9:15 a.m. View from the Hill
Chairman Petri will share updates on policies, funding and timeline from the House Aviation Subcommittee.
  • Congressman Thomas E. Petri (R-WI), Chairman of Aviation Subcommittee
9:35 a.m. Keynote Address
FAA Update
  • Where are we now?
  • Have we met our short-term goals?
  • Are we on track?
  • Based on the status of where we are, what are new challenges and hurdles?
  • Victoria Cox, Head of the FAA NextGen Office
9:55 a.m. Keynote Address
The Future of Air Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges

The aviation community has already done a tremendous amount of work with planning, testing and deploying NextGen capabilities. These advances consider system user perspectives, introduce satellite-based tracking and begin to maximize system performance using equipment that is already aboard many aircraft. One of the underpinnings of NextGen is a 4D trajectory based system, where aircraft negotiate a path that meets their business objectives. This system will accommodate commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, including UAS, with a broad range of performance characteristics. It will lead to a more precise and efficient flight with better use of scarce resources such as fuel, especially at the busiest airports. Roles of people and computers and the allocation of air traffic management functions between the ground and the cockpit will change. What are the next challenges and opportunities for technology and policy research?
  • Dr. Karlin Toner, Director, Joint Planning & Development Office (JPDO) and Sr. Staff Advisor to Secretary of Transportation for NextGen
10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. Global Harmonization
What are the strategies and procedures for global interoperability and harmonization of various international ATM Improvement Programmes? What are the “action plans” to ensure that US aircrafts are equipped properly to function and immerse in international air traffic environments? How is the US comparable to the global transition for ATM?
  • Moderator: Richard Macfarlane, Chief of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS), ICAO
  • Rob Eagles, Director Infrastructure Implementation and Airports, IATA
  • Dr. Ruth Stillwell, International Federation of Air Traffic Control Associations (IFATCA)
  • Don Wykoff, President, International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations (IFALPA)
  • Dan Smiley, Programme Manager, ATM Operations, Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO)
  • Bob Peake, Senior Advisor, CNS/ATM, Airservices Australia
11:45 a.m. Building the Successful Business Case for NextGen
A successful NextGen business case clearly communicates the rationale for making an investment to transform your flight operations, but it also involves many key internal departments analyzing and determining pertinent ROI dollars. Getting more parties involved increases the risk of things not happening, but in this case, how can you not? Discover how Delta aligned their NextGen operational initiatives and financial cost-benefit analysis to move forward on their fleet transformations.
  • Captain Mark Bradley, Chief Technical Pilot, Delta Air Lines
  • Ed Lohr, Director, Fleet Strategy, Delta Air Lines
12:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon-
sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
2:00 p.m. Track Sessions C:
C-1 Updates on US Airways’ Global Partnerships
In 2009, US Airways partnered with the FAA on early adoption of NextGen. Now, as they are progressing in CAVS (CDTI Assisted Visual Separation) procedures with FAA, they are also partnering with Eurocontrol to enable In-Trail Procedures (ITP) using ADS-B across the Atlantic. In this session, hear updates on operational progress, and also decision-making strategies for equipage, training, and implementation.
  • Captain Ron Thomas, Managing Director Flight Technical Operations, US Airways
C-2 The Impact of Unmanned Aircraft System in the NAS
With the diverse shapes and sizes of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) designs, they will be serving a multitude of different purposes beyond the usual military and security operations. As they become a major entity of the global airspace, what procedures will be needed to accommodate UAS? How will UAS requirements affect civil aviation? What specifications will be considered for their integration into the air traffic system?
  • John Walker, Co-Chair, RTCA SC203
  • Rick Prosek, Manager, UA Program Office, FAA
  • Dean Fulmer, Acting Manager, ATO UAS Group, FAA
2:45 p.m. Track Sessions D:
D-1 New York Airports’ Commitment to NextGen
With the JFK’s Bay Runway re-opening ahead of schedule, the reconstruction of JFK’s infrastructure shows the determination of the Port Authority of NY & NJ to reduce fuel consumption and airport delays. What are their projects in making the New York airspace more efficient? What are their short-term and long-term goals in regards to NextGen and ground management programs?
  • Tom Bock, General Manager for Operational Enhancements, Port Authority of NY & NJ
D-2 Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO) – Migration of NextGen to an Automatic-Centric System
With the full integration of the air traffic system, including cockpit and ground automation, what factors must be considered to develop efficient procedures? What will be the new roles of pilots and controllers?
  • Moderator: Tom Hendricks, SVP Safety, Security and Operations, Air Transport Association (ATA)
  • Dr. Aslaug Haraldsdottir, Technical Fellow, BCA Avionics / Air Traffic Management, The Boeing Company
  • Dave Newton, Sr. Manager, NextGen and Aerospace, Southwest Airlines
  • Captain Brian Will, Director, Airspace Modernization & Advanced Technologies, American Airlines
3:30 p.m. Track Sessions E:
E-1 Integration of GBAS in RNP as Part of NextGen Integration
Differential or Augmented GPS is a cornerstone of the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) movement. The first Ground Based Augmentation Station (GBAS) was certified for precision landings in 2009 for Category I minimums and autoland. Each year, the number of airports implementing GBAS grows as they capture the benefits of safety, reliability, efficiencies not available in any other navigation system. Discover what major global aviation markets are equipping with GBAS, the advanced certification process towards Category II/III, the fusion of RNAV/GLS approaches and many other developments in this fast moving segment of the PBN community.
  • Moderator: Chris Baur, President, Hughes Aerospace Corporation
  • David Jensen, Product Manager for Precision Landing Systems and GNSS, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Glenn Morse, Sr. Director, Industry Affairs, Continental Airlines
  • Nick Welch, Program Manager, Air Services Australia
E-2 The New Movement of Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS)
When discussing CNS technologies, often the focus is on Navigation, while Communications and Surveillance can be overlooked. FANS (Future Air Navigation Systems) is a protocol for direct link of voice and data between ATS and AOC communications. Satellite-based voice and data communications are increasing the aircraft participation in FANS communications across the NATS, the Pacific and the Polar regions. With Link 2000 on the horizon in Europe, many operators are concerned about the cost of compliance, benefits and solutions available.
  • Bruce DeCleene, Manager Avionic Systems, FAA
  • Raul Segredo, President, Avionica
  • Captain Christian Kast, Advanced Flight Manager, UPS
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Day Two Closing Session
Creating Financial Options for Achieving NextGen Capabilities

  • Breaking down the economics of NextGen
  • Where should the funding for aircraft equipage come from?
  • Updates on government-assisted programs/options (tax breaks, loans, grants, etc.)
  • Balance with use of tax-payer dollars and benefits
  • What are the numbers that are driving the decisions?
  • Innovative strategies through private-public partnerships
  • Moderator: John Kefaliotis, VP NextGen Air Transportation System, ITT Corporation
  • Dan Elwell, VP Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  • Michael J. Dyment, Founder & Managing Partner, Nexa Capital Partners
  • Joe Burns, Managing Director, Flight Operations Technical and Flight Test, United Airlines
  • Daniel Janouschek, CFO, AIRBUS ProSky SAS
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Rockwell Collins
DAY THREE – Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
Registration opens
8:30 a.m. Keynote Address
8:30 a.m. Day Three Opening Address
  • James L. Oberstar, Member of Congress, 8th District, Minnesota (1975-2011), Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (2007-2011)
9:00 a.m. RTCA NextGen Updates
  • Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. Mixed Performance Management
Policies, practices, and procedures by which the industry navigates through the transition period from contemporary CNS (Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance) to the prospective NextGen environment, addressing the challenges and dynamics of aircraft mixed equipage, infrastructure installation, airplane performance differences, variations in business case analysis practice, and other critical success factors. The intention is to enhance the economic advantage to early adopters of NextGen technologies while minimizing the disenfranchisement of later equippers, and focus on migration from a “first come, first served” to a “best equipped, best served” operational paradigm.
  • Moderator: Ronald Stroup, Chief Systems Engineer, Air Traffic Organization (ATO), NextGen Integration & Implementation, FAA
  • Peter Morton, Senior Consultant, Systems Engineering & Technology, LLC
  • Captain Stephen M. Dickson, SVP Flight Operations, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Mel Davis, NATCA National NextGen Representative, FAA
11:00 a.m Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex
  • Strategies, progress, and lessons learned from initial metroplex teams
  • Quantifying benefits and risks
  • Connectivity between Metroplexes – improving efficiency throughout the NAS
  • Challenges and hurdles that must be overcome to deliver desired capabilities
  • Moderator: Lillian Ryals, Executive Director, NextGen, The MITRE Corporation
  • Elizabeth Lynn Ray, VP Mission Support Services, FAA
  • Matthew Hampton, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Aviation & Special Programs, US Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
  • Captain Brian Townsend, Flight Technical Operations, US Airways
  • James M. Crites, EVP Operations, DFW International Airport
12:00 p.m. 2011 NextGen conference concludes