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RTCA meets for annual symposium

RTCA held its annual Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., on June 1 and 2.

Founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, the not-for-profit operates federal advisory committees under an FAA charter that provides a forum for industry and interest groups to come together, gain consensus, and provide recommendations on a number of issues, including NextGen.

Several AOPA staffers participated in the two-day event, and two were recognized for their leadership and outstanding work.

The first panel of the event was moderated by AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines and discussed the “consensus-driven FAA-industry collaboration that is driving the implementation of NextGen.” The panel also addressed JetBlue’s announcement that its Airbus fleet will be outfitted with ADS-B Out within the next 18 months, well ahead of the 2020 mandate.

“The U.S. must maintain its leadership role in advancing ATC modernization, and NextGen stakeholders see high value in collaborating to make sure NextGen is a success,” Haines told the audience.

Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of government affairs, hosted a panel on the FAA’s implementation of the NextGen Advisory Committee’s recommended priorities of surface traffic management, performance-based navigation, multiple runway operations, and data communications.

The second day began with a panel discussion about FAA reauthorization, which featured AOPA President Mark Baker. Baker noted that third class medical reform is in both the House and Senate’s FAA reauthorization legislation, but added “the Senate bill has the good stuff without the controversial” air traffic control privatization.

Baker also reiterated that AOPA will not support user fees in any form.

Two AOPA staffers were acknowledged for their contributions to aviation during the event. Rune Duke, AOPA director for airspace and air traffic, received an award for his work on the National Procedure Assessment Initiative Tasking. Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA Western Pacific regional manager, was also recognized for her leadership on the Class B Task Group.

Joe Kildea

Joe Kildea

AOPA Senior Director of Communications
Joe is a student pilot and his first solo flight was at AOPA’s home airport in Frederick, Maryland. Before joining AOPA in 2015, he worked for numerous political campaigns, news organizations, and the White House Press Office.
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