2017 Avionics for NextGen Agenda

Wednesday November 15, 2017


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Opening Keynote Address

Margaret Jenny, President, RTCA


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – ADS-B Out: The Latest

A discussion on the latest fleet equipage numbers, available space, equipment and overall progress toward getting all types of aircraft into compliance with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate.

  • Testing: What can cause an aircraft to pass or fail FAA’s post installation test
  • Exemption 12555: Are third generation GPS receivers ready yet?
  • Tracking for Business Aviation

Moderator: Sean McCourt, Senior Multi Discipline Engineer, Mitre

James Marks,
ADS-B Focus Team Lead, Federal Aviation Administration
Hal Adams, Group Business Development, Becker Avionics
Ankit Nanda, Director of Engineering, Allegiant Air


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Networking Break


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – ADS-B In Plenary

A discussion of the FAA’s latest progress with achieving finalized requirements for the use of ADS-B In capabilities and is still developing procedures necessary to enable pilots and controllers to use ADS-B In to improve capacity in congested airspace. It is unclear if and at what pace FAA will seek to advance ADS-B In.

Moderator: Mike Collins, Techincal Director, AOPA

David Gray,
 Program manager, Surveillance & Broadcast Services, FAA
Rudy Johnson
, Manager for Strategic Development, L-3


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Next Generation Data Comm

Controller to Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) has been introduced for domestic airspace globally, primarily across VHF networks. Civilian aviation authorities and government industry consortiums are studying the radio frequency bands supporting aviation and have found that alternative mediums are necessary for consideration as existing links are projected to reach their bandwidth capacity limits within the next decade. Satcom and other communications media such as Internet Protocol are becoming increasingly available but need to be continually evaluated for their effective use in safety critical applications. A panel discussion will evaluate progress on this CNS/ATM modernization initiative.

Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics

Jesse Wijntjes, Data Comm Program Manager, FAA

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Airline NextGen Case Study

Roger Hall, RNAV Project Lead/A380 Capt, Emirates
Presentation on avionics equipage and use of PBN on new routes in U.S. and abroad.


2:00 – 3:00pm – Enhanced Flight Vision System: New Rules and Benefits

The FAA has issued a final rule for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) when landing an aircraft. According to the final rule, pilots flying Parts 121, 125 or 135 certificated aircraft are permitted to use an EFVS in lieu of natural vision to continue descending from 100 feet above the Touchdown Zone Elevation (TDZE) to the runway and to land on certain straight-in IAPs under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The new rule will became effective March 13, 2017, with the exception of several amendments to the rule that are scheduled to become effective in 2018. What types of new flight operational benefits can this provide for operators? How can operators seek approval to fly under these new rules? A panel of experts will answer these questions and more.

Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics

Christopher McLellan
, EFVS Focal Point, FAA AFS-410
Randall Bailey, Aerospace Technologist, NASA Langley Research Center
Chad Shackford, Aviation Safety Inspector, FAA


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Networking Break


3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Allegiant Air: NextGen Aircraft Implementation

Ankit Nanda, Director of Engineering, Allegiant Air
Presentation on Allegiant’s plans to equip its fleet with NextGen technologies.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – U.S. Air Force NextGen Strategy

The U.S. Air Force wants to establish a Consolidated Avionics Repository (CAR) to determine the baseline of avionics capabilities it will need to comply with the same airspace mandates that are applicable to commercial and business operators.

Capt. Devin H. Borden, NextGen Analyst, USAF


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – AEROMACS

Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System, (AeroMACS), a new broadband data link that has the ability to support the ever-expanding range of air traffic management communications technologies emerging under the modernization initiatives of NextGen and Single European Sky, is already installed in several airports in the U.S. Now that the ARINC Industry Activities Airlines Executive Engineering Committee has adopted a standardization path for AeroMACS Transceiver and Aircraft Installation Standards, the world’s airports can be assured that the airlines are prepared to add AeroMACS radios to their aircraft once the ground infrastructure is in place and business case makes sense. This panel will discuss the latest progress toward the wide spread use of AeroMACS.

Moderator: DeClan Byrne, President, WiMax Forum

Paul J. Prisaznuk
, Executive Secretary and Programs Director, Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC), ARINC Standards Development
Brent Phillips, Senior Systems Engineer, FAA


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Industry Reception



Thursday November 16, 2017

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Opening Keynote Speech 

Michelle Merkle, Director NAS Systems Engineering and Integration in the Office of NextGen

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Performance Based Navigation

A panel of Performance Based Navigation experts discussing fleet equipage readiness for advanced Performance Based Navigation procedures and concepts, including examples of progress already made, and where improvements can be gained. 

Moderator: Greg Tennille, Portfolio Director, NAS Operations and Procedures

Donna M. Creasap, PhD, PBN Programs and Policy Group Manager, FAA
Steve Fulton, VP Sales and Marketing, Sandel Avionics; Co-Chair of Performance Based Navigation NextGen Implementation Work Group
Roger Hall, RNAV Project Lead/A380 Capt, Emirates
Phil Hargarten, Metroplex Study Team/PBN/EoR Lead, NATCA


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Networking Break


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – NextGen EFB Plenary

New applications for flight deck connectivity, and especially technologies and software that enhances the operational use of Electronic Flight Bags is of major interest to airlines and business aviation operators. This session will feature a plenary discussion analyzing the latest available EFB technologies and new flight operational capabilities they can able based on policy and infrastructure changes in the next generation air transportation system. 

Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics

Biruk Abraham, Operations Research Analyst, FAA
Matthew Pollack, Lead Simulation and Modeling Engineer, Mitre

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – 


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM -Airline NextGen Case Studies

Joe Bertapelle, Director Strategic Airspace Programs, JetBlue
Presentation on Reduced Oceanic Vertical Separation Using Space-based ADS-B


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Next Generation of Autonomous Flight Technologies

Carrie Haase, Program Manager, Aurora Flight Sciences
A presentation on the latest research and development around the introduction of new autonomous flight technologies.


2:00 – 3:00pm – Satellite Voice for ATS

An overview on installation guidance, flight operation protocols, and the latest regulation around the use of what the FAA refers to as “SATVOICE” equipment. A recent study released by Helios Underwriting Plc highlighted a statistic claiming that the use of satellite communication in aircraft cockpits has saved airlines “more than $3 billion” over the last 15 years. This panel will explore what new technologies are making the use of satellite communications equipment for air traffic safety services more cost effective and what new benefits are available to operators.

Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics

Brian Anderson
, Air Transport Sales, Cobham Satcom
Mark Lebovitz, President, L2 Aviation


3:00 – 3:15pm – Closing Remarks


End of ANG 2017