RTCA is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), combining the resources and capabilities of each organization to promote a more seamless air transportation system.
This partnership brings together the world-class leader in consensus-based standards and aviation policy with the global voice of the air carriers to find solutions to some of the most vexing challenges in global air transportation. RTCA is known for their time-honored consensus process that leverages the industry expertise to solve challenging problems, while IATA serves as a voice and important strategic resource for the air carriers around the world.
The partners plan to leverage these strengths in work with governments and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to prioritize the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) and accelerate their CNS/ATM modernization efforts for a region through coordinated process. This will be modeled after the successful NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force (TF5) and will bring ANSP(s) and industry stakeholders together in a collaborative dynamic fashion to set priorities and select which ASBU modules should be implemented in a regional manner. This is intended to produce concrete, actionable and operationally beneficial implementation plans for the region.
The first project executed under this partnership agreement will be in Latin America with a kickoff meeting in November 2014 in Lima, Peru. This is sponsored and facilitated by the ICAO South American Regional Office. It will produce a final report within 12-15 months.
Both partners will be soliciting participation from within their member organizations over the next few weeks. Interested parties should contact RTCA Program Director Jennifer Iversen.