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ATCA Conference Winter 2022: What To Look Forward To this Year

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As you most likely have heard,  ATCA will be hosting a virtual conference taking place February 8-9, 2022. Although our Air Traffic Management team at Leonardo is  disappointed we won't be there in person this year, we are looking forward to many of the sessions ATCA is offering virtually. We've highlighted a few that caught our eye below and there are many other great options as you can see in the conference's full agenda.

 Here are five ATCA Annual panels we're looking forward to:

FAA Reauthorization: The Year Ahead, View from the Hill

On the panel: Laurence S.S. Wildgoose, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, Federal Aviation Administration; Ronce Almond, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Brian Bell, Democratic Staff Director, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation; Michael Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director, U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and T. Hunter Presti, Republican Staff Director, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation

What they'll discuss: Hear from key congressional staffers about what the coming year will bring and how Congress is planning for the need to reauthorize FAA programs in 2023 and what the key issues will be for this reauthorization.


Maximizing $25B in Aviation Spending

On the panel: Randall Burke, Director, Technical Operations, ATC Facilities & Engineering Services, Federal Aviation Administration; Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E., Associate Administrator for Airports, Federal Aviation Administration; Vijay Narula, President & CEO, Optimal Solutions and Technology (OST); and Brad Van Dam, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

What they'll discuss: The recently enacted Infrastructure and Jobs Act of 2021 (Public Law 117- 58), which invests $25 billion in aviation spending to address repair and maintenance, reduce congestion and emissions near airports, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies, and how a modern, resilient, and sustainable airport infrastructure will strengthen the supply chain and support U.S. competitiveness.

Global Impact of the Pandemic on Aviation

On the panel: Teri L. Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration; Mark Cooper, Vice President, Chief Technology & Information Officer, NAV CANADA; Rich Santa, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) ; and Dave Spero, President, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)

What they'll discuss: The aviation industry's evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various challenges they face in maintaining employee and passenger safety while responding to the dramatic shifts in air travel demands.


The Future Aviation Environment

On the panel: Capt. Gilbert M. Kibe, Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority; Jeffrey Klang, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel, International Law & Legal Policy, Federal Aviation Administration; Andrew LeBovidge, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA); Steven A. Ruehl, Sr., Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, United States Air Force; and Jeffrey Vincent, Vice President, Air Traffic Services, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration

What they'll discuss: The design and delivery of services, advancements in automated technology and data-based services, developments in flight path optimization and airspace design, digitization of infrastructure, and much more.


Women in Aviation/Air Traffic Management

Ted Talk: Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, Professor of Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
On the panel: John Benison, Assistant Administrator for Civil Rights, Federal Aviation Administration; Brig. General Brenda Cartier, Director of Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, United States Air Force; Yvette A. Rose, Senior Vice President, Cargo Airline Association; Melissa Rudinger, Eastview Aviation Consulting; and Pamela Whitley, Former Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration

What they'll discuss: Career roles that can inspire an aviation passion such as careers for pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, engineers, teachers, business development, and business owners.

You can see the full agenda and descriptions on the ATCA Annual website. If we can share our insight on these topics or more,  just let us know.


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