Aug. 26, 2019

NBAA is soliciting members for its new Emerging Technologies Committee, which will focus on promising aviation technologies like unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility, unmanned traffic management, commercial space and other future technologies and infrastructures.

“NBAA is excited to launch this new committee to support developing technologies that represent significant growth opportunities for its member companies,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “The aviation professionals who make up this committee will help drive the future of aviation safety and policy.”

The group also will consider autonomous operations, electric propulsion and other innovative technology and specifically, the integration of these new technologies into the National Airspace System.

The committee will provide insights that allow NBAA to better advocate on behalf of industry on rulemaking, standards setting and policy-related activities. It will also conduct educational and training sessions for NBAA members and represent the industry by liaising with industry organizations and regulators in the U.S. and globally.

NBAA is soliciting applications for committee membership and is looking for members with current experience in:

  • Integrating emerging technologies into the National Airspace System
  • Developing emerging technologies
  • Supporting emerging technology infrastructure
  • Training of emerging technologies

NBAA encourages representatives of manufacturers, software developers, operators and other interested organizations to apply for committee membership.

Committee members should be willing and able to participate in influence regional, state or national standards and regulatory bodies, commit resources from their member company or organization and actively participate on committee and relevant subcommittees.

“This committee is an opportunity for innovators in aviation to influence consensus standards and regulations that will allow for safe integration of new technology into the NAS,” added Brad Hayden, president and CEO of Robotic Skies and chair of the new committee. “This is an exciting time in the development of the aviation industry and committee members will be a driving force in that development.”

Paul McDuffee of Boeing Horizon X is the committee’s vice chair.

The Emerging Technologies Committee’s first meeting will be at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in October, where additional goals and tasks will be discussed.

Apply to join the NBAA Emerging Technologies Committee.