“Call to Action” Announced at NextGen Annual Meeting


whitaker.jpg FAA Deputy Administrator, Michael Whitaker (shown at right) announced a “Call to Action” summit during a speech to industry leaders attending the NextGen Institute's Annual Public Meeting. The summit, to be held on October 28th is intended to engage the aviation industry in meeting the January 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. Whitaker stressed several times in his remarks that the 2020 deadline will be met.

In addition to Whitaker, attendees at the morning-long NextGen event also heard from Edward L. Bolton, Jr., the FAA's Assistant Administrator for NextGen and an industry panel moderated by Marion Blakey, President of the Aerospace Industries Association and former FAA Administrator. Panel members included Pete Bunce, President of GAMA, Lillian Ryals with MITRE, Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA and Nancy Graham, ICAO. General Marke "Hoot" Gibson provided closing remarks. The meeting was held in the atrium of U.S. DOT Headquarters.

During the upcoming summit, the FAA and aviation industry will discuss how they can work together to resolve barriers and address potential challenges to meeting the mandate to equip tens of thousands of aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics in the next five years. ADS-B is a core NextGen technology that will revolutionize the national airspace system. ADS-B will move aviation technology from a ground radar system to satellite-based GPS technology, increasing safety and efficiency by providing a more accurate view of aircraft location.



Reception 27NASAO Rhode Islandedit (2)edit.jpg The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) recognized excellence, both in its members and state aviation programs, during the association's awards banquet held at its 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island earlier this month.

The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission was recognized this year for the Most Innovative State Program Award and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission received the NASAO Center for Aviation Research & Education, Aviation Education Program Award.

"We were pleased with the quality of programs entered this year for recognition by our member states," said Kim Stevens, NASAO Interim President and CEO. "To have the opportunity to showcase a successful program in your state and then be recognized by your peers is important to our members."

The Aviation Education Program Award recognizes the efforts of the state aviation agencies to educate and motivate the public with aviation-related education programs. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) was recognized for their unique program in that OAC provides grant money to public and private entities that have developed programs to promote aviation and aerospace among students in Oklahoma. Instead of reaching out to students with one particular program, OAC, by providing grant money, is able to partner with numerous key organizations in encouraging K-12 students to learn more about aviation and aerospace through a variety of learning activities and experiences.



Tuesday night 8NASAO Rhode Islandedit (2).jpg Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) have elected Carol L. Comer, Director, Division of Intermodal, Georgia Department of Transportation, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2015. Comer has been a member of NASAO since February 2008 and previously served as NASAO's vice chairman, treasurer and secretary of the board.

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to lead such a distinguished group of aviation professionals,” said Comer. It is an honor to be elected as chairman of an outstanding organization that has successfully represented state government aviation agencies for nearly 83 years.”

Comer, who accepted the gavel during NASAO’s 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show, held last week in Providence, Rhode Island, has also served on the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education Board of Directors, Finance Committee, AASHTO/NASAO Standing Committee on Aviation, FAA/NASAO Intergovernmental Oversight Committee, Block Grant Committee, the Engineering and Planning Task Group and as a Regional Director.

Kansas Aviation Expo Promises Week of Exciting Events

kansas aviation expo logo.png Amelia Rose Earhart will open the 2014 Kansas Aviation Expo with stories of her recent round the world adventure, symbolically completing her namesake’s flight from 1937. Included is a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception that will take place in the Commons area of NCAT from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with Amelia’s presentation from 6:00pm to 7pm.

Immediately following Amelia’s presentation, the FAA Central Region will hold a ‘Listening Session’ in which the Regional Administrator and top management from the various disciplines such as Air Traffic, Flight Standards, Airports, Aerospace Medicine and Aircraft Certification will make themselves available to the public. These “Public & Pilot Meet the FAA” Q&A sessions are designed to provide a venue for the aviation community to meet the FAA personally and address their concerns in a public forum.

Beginning at 8:00am Friday September 26th , various speakers will engage the audience with timely topics of interest to all members of the Kansas aviation family. Sessions include aviation law, health & technology, avionics, and unmanned aerial systems. We’ll have sessions that’ll benefit every attendee. One hour continuing legal education is also available, covering NTSB and FAA legal interpretation in a format that parodies the TV show “Jeopardy”.

Hawaiian Airlines pioneers SwiftBroadband for safety services

Hawaiian Airlines, the largest and longest serving airline for Hawaii, and Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announce recently that Hawaiian Airlines will become the first commercial airline to install SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications, including Safety Services on its Boeing 767-300s. Hawaiian Airlines will use Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety for ACARS data messages, live Electronic Flight Bag updates and Airline Operational Communication (AOC) voice and data. Inmarsat and the FAA will collect data on the performance of the FANS1/A service at Hawaiian Airlines which will contribute to the achievement of approvals for FANS1/A services over SwiftBroadband which are expected by early 2016.

SwiftBroadband has been developed for use in the flight deck by Inmarsat, and provides airlines with cockpit communication, both for operations and air traffic control, everywhere in the world.

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