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DOT - 699 - RTCA Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameRTCA Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Transportation
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number699
Original Establishment Date11/24/1975Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date5/29/2018Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*24
Current Charter Date3/29/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Administrator, FAA
Date Of Renewal Charter5/29/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date5/29/2018Designated Federal Officer First Name*Dan
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Elwell
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*FAA Order 1110.77XDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 267-3111
Effective Date Of Authority*11/24/1975Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation utilized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Federal advisory committee that serves as a consensus venue for the aviation community. The organization develops industry-wide consensus based recommendations on solutions to the technical and policy challenges of modernizing the global air transportation system, principally related to the implementation of Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) operational capabilities. The FAA has chartered RTCA, Inc.and some of its components to serve as an advisory committee in FAA Order 1110.77W. Dedicated volunteers log thousands of hours annually, participating in an active network organized and managed by RTCA representing the consensus of experts from allaspects of the aviation industry, functioning in an open, collaborative, consensus-driven environment. It accomplishes this by convening federal advisory committees of private sector participants in a manner consistent with US anti-trust laws. This unique public-private partnership provides an effective venue for all interested parties to be heard and work constructively towards solutions to some of the toughest policy and technical challenges to air transportation modernization. Interested stakeholders respond requests from the FAA for consensus advice on policy,operational and investment decisions, and the associated performance metrics critical to maintaining a safe, secure and efficient air transportation system. RTCA Committees generate products that support the continuing evolution of the US ATC system, an essential service to both government and industry.The FACA outputs generate minimum performance standards that serve as a basis for certification for aircraft systems and equipage. This helps expand the competitive marketplace of aircraft equipment and avionics. RTCA also generates industry consensus policy recommendations to government. During FY2018, RTCA supported following twenty-three Federal advisory committee efforts. All Federal advisory committee meetings are open to the public. All Federal advisory committee meetings are open to the public. In FY2018 RTCA conducted 52 Federal advisory committee meetings with a total of 1712 attendees at these open meetings. Those attendees included 1010 individuals from 296 organizations.
How is membership balanced?*Each private sector member of the NAC, DAC, PMC, the TOC and Chairpersons of Special Committees serve as “representative” members, and must be qualified to represent that interest by virtue of his or her employment, education, experience or affiliation with a specific aviation-related organization. Representative members are committed to collaboration in the development of consensus-based recommendations—a commitment that is central to the RTCA process and its record of accomplishment and service to the aviation community. The RTCA Policy Board is elected annually from a slate of individuals nominated by the Policy Board Nominating Committee, to ensure that the Policy Board equitably represents, to the extent feasible, the government and non-government aviation community. The RTCA President and FAA members of the RTCA Policy Board review the NAC, PMC and TOC membership annually to ensure similar equitable representation of the aviation community. In the selection of Special Committee leadership, particular consideration is given to the ability of potential chairpersons and subgroup leads to preside and act objectively on behalf of the aviation community and to ensure that Special Committee deliberations consider the views and perspectives of all participating individuals. Membership of Special Committees is recruited from RTCA member organizations by inviting organizations to name qualified persons to serve on the committee. Any organization materially affected by work of Special Committees is urged to participate to create a balanced membership. In addition, the Chair of any Special Committee may invite nonmembers of RTCA having expertise in the subject matter to participate. Members serve on a “voluntary” basis and are expected to contribute to the output and attend a majority of the meetings. Special Committee participation ensures that all interested parties can participate and that the relevant perspectives government and industry, user and supplier, labor and management, domestic and international are considered in the process of collaboratively developing consensus-based solutions to contemporary issues. The leadership, process, deliverables and deadlines are defined in the Terms of Reference (TOR) as each committee is established. Once the committee’s work is completed, the Special Committee is disbanded (sunset) or additional taskings are assigned. RTCA encourages international participation in its activities. A number of Special Committees work very closely with the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) to achieve harmonized U.S. and European recommendationson aviation issues.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*RTCA Advisory Committees meet throughout the year as required to achieve their goals as specified in their TORs. The NAC, PMC, DAC, SCs and TOC meetings are independently scheduled based on the complexity of the issue being addressed, the date by which a recommendation has been requested and the availability of committee members.In FY 2018 RTCA conducted 52 meetings. The NAC met 2 times, the DAC met once, the PMC met 2 times, the TOC met 2 times, and RTCA Special Committees held 45 meetings.In FY 2017 RTCA conducted 82 meetings. The NAC met three times, the DAC met once, the PMC met four times, the TOC met three times, and RTCA Special Committees held 69 meetings.In FY 2016 RTCA conducted 69meetings. The NAC met three times, the DAC met once, the PMC met four times, the TOC met three times, and RTCA Special Committees held 70 meetings. In FY2015 RTCA conducted 69 Federal advisory committee meetings. The NAC met three times, the PMC met four times and the TOC met four times. RTCA Special Committees held 58 public advisory committee meetings in FY2014. Special Committee meeting schedules are driven by the nature of their work and the documents they are preparing. Meeting frequencies of between one and five times per year are not out of the ordinary.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*RTCA is able to convene groups of private sector participants in a manner that is consistent with U.S. Anti-Trust laws. From its infancy aviation has been, and will remain, a government-industry collaborative enterprise. Government and the private sector must make complementary investments on synchronized schedules to achieve air transportation system benefits. The required operational and investment planning must be a joint effort of government and industry. Further, the air transportation industry is a highly competitive one, with each user having disparate business objectives and plans. RTCA is uniquely constituted and has a strong track record of bringing together diverse and disparate groups and forging a consensus on the way forward. RTCA, Inc. has played a fundamental role in shaping global aviation since its inception in 1935. RTCA serves as a unique nexus of operations, technology and regulation. RTCA has a proven ability to offer the entire aviation community a public forum to collaborate and resolve significant broad-gauged CNS/ATM policy, operational and technical National Airspace System challenges.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksRTCA was terminated in FY18. RTCA's 2 primary subcommittee were chartered as separate FACA committees on May 29th, 2018, when the RTCA charter expired.

The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics was organized in June 1935 on the initiative of the Department of Commerce and was incorporated on November 14, 1991, and its name was changed to RTCA, Inc. RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that serves as a collective voice of the aviation community and is utilized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Federal Advisory Committee. RTCA, Inc. has over 400 domestic and international government agencies, aviation industry associations, companies, and academic institutions. Through this membership, RTCA develops consensus-based recommendations on contemporary operational, technology, policy, procedural, and equipage issues, principally related to implementation of Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) operational capabilities. Payment to RTCA paid $750,000 for 6 months in FY18. In previous years, payment was $1,100,000 per calendar year.

Utilized group managed externally. Members do not have zip codes associated with their names.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentAssisted the agency with the development and maintenance of the NextGen Advisory Committee, Drone Advisory Committee,Program Management Committee, Tactical Operations Committee and twenty-two Special Committees.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*13Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring FY2018, RTCA managed following twenty-three advisory committee efforts: NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC); Program Management Committee (PMC); Drone Advisory Committee; Twenty-two Special Committees (SCs); and Tactical Operations Committee (TOC). All committee meetings are open to the public. In FY2018 RTCA conducted 52 committee meetings.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentCommittee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Terms of Reference, Committee Actions, Committee Publications and Committee Membership are posted on the RTCA website ( by committee number and can be assessed by members.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided through Select/Special Committee Meeting Minutes and occasionally in written correspondence (i.e. technical orders).Narrative Description*RTCA, Inc develops consensus and provides recommendations on aviation standards. NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) meetings, Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), Program Management Committee (PMC) and Tactial Operations Committee (TOC) along with various Special Committees (SC) meetings are held yearly to conduct the work of RTCA for the benefit of the FAA and its members. The results of these meetings are a variety of publications, guidance, and standards used by the FAA and its members in the aviation community. These products and reports are available at the RTCA website: for purchase. The NextGen Advisory Committee is the primary group that the FAA’s Deputy Administrator relies upon for customer input, information and recommendations to the FAA. The NextGen Advisory Committee recommends consensus-based investment priorities aimed at improving safety, capacity and/or efficiency of the National Air Transportation System. Aviation operational requirements, coupled with anticipated availability of financial resources are fundamental criteria upon which NextGen Advisory Committee deliberates and proposes recommendations. Payment to Federal Members (including subcommittees) was added to FY18 cost totals. In the past this figure was not included. The estimate RGE cost was calculated using the total number of RGEs, average salary of $130,000 for the RGEs and the estimated level of effort at 20% of their total workload (this level of effort was given to us by the DFO for the Program Management subcommittee).
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$12,060,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$213,750.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$1,000,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$13,273,750.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.75Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Air Traffic
Airline Sciences
Management Science
Business and Domestic Commerce
Broadcasting and Communications
Computer Technology
Systems Engineering
Schools and Academic Institutions
Fuel Transportation
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Federal Employment
Public Services
Federal Government
Internal Federal Government
State Government
International Law
International Organizations
Regulatory Negotiation
Health and Health Research
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Space and Aeronautics
Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032046Drone Advisory2018
 COM-032301NextGen Advisory2018
 COM-031669Program Management2018
 COM-031206SC-135, Environmental Testing2018
 COM-030905SC-147, Traffic Alert & Collision Avoidance System2018
 COM-032287SC-159, Global Positioning System2018
 COM-032346SC-186, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast2018
 COM-030884SC-206, Aeronautical Information Services Data Link2018
 COM-031585SC-209, ATCRBS & Mode S Transponder2018
 COM-032251SC-213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems and Synthetic Vision Systems2018
 COM-029578SC-214, Standards for Air Traffic Data Communication Services2018
 COM-032312SC-216, Aeronautical Systems Security2018
 COM-030948SC-217, Aeronautical Databases2018
 COM-031363SC-222, AMS(R)S2018
 COM-032392SC-223, Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System2018
 COM-031746SC-224, Airport Security Access Control Systems2018
 COM-031772SC-225, Rechargeable Lithium Batteries & Battery Systems2018
 COM-032276SC-227, Standards of Navigation Performance2018
 COM-031199SC-228, Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems2018
 COM-031706SC-229, 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)2018
 COM-032336SC-230, Airborne Weather Detection Systems2018
 COM-032263SC-231, Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS)2018
 COM-031346SC-233, Addressing Human Factors/Pilot Interface Issues for Avionics2018
 COM-032353SC-235, Non-Rechargeable Lithium Batteries2018
 COM-031657SC-236, Standards for Wireless Avionics Intra-Communication System (WAIC) within 4200-4400 MHz2018
 COM-031224Tactical Operations2018


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001589RTCA Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002621RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2016
 COM-003619RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2015
 COM-004704RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2014
 COM-005937RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2013
 COM-006926RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2012
 COM-008056RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2011
 COM-009227RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2010
 COM-010139RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2009
 COM-010926RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2008
 COM-011990RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2007
 COM-013012RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2006
 COM-013641RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2005
 COM-014932RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2004
 COM-015537RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2003
 COM-016643RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2002
 COM-017558RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2001
 COM-018627RTCA, Inc. (Utilized as an Advisory Committee)2000
 COM-019607Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics1999
 COM-020739Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics1998
 COM-021567Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics1997