2017 ICNS Keynote Speaker
Assistant Administrator for NextGen, FAA
Jim Eck is the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The NextGen organization is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS), the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come.
Plenary Co-chairs for Day 1 & 2
April 18: Plenary I: Global Harmonization,
chaired by Steve Bradford (FAA) & Michael Standar (SJU)
Steve Bradford is chief scientist for architecture and next generation (NextGen) development in the FAA's NextGen Office. In this role, he has participated in the development of the Joint Planning and Development Office's (JPDO) NextGen concept, the RTCA National Airspace System (NAS) Operational Concept and the ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concepts Panel (ATMCP) Global Concept. He is the chairman of the Technical Review Board which monitors technical decisions related investments and the enterprise architecture.
Michael Standar is the chief strategies and external relations at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) based in Brussels, Belgium. He became chief of air traffic management in July 2011 and was promoted to his current position in January 2012. He was an active Swedish member of ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concepts Panel (ATMCP) developing the ICAO Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Operational Concept Document, which continued into the Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP).
April 19: Plenary II: Satellites for CNS,
chaired by Rainer J. Koll (Stellar Solutions) & David Bowen (SJU)
Rainer J. Koll has over 30 years technical and executive management experience in aerospace industries. During that time, advancement of the aviation communications state of the art has been at the heart of his career. Working as engineering group leader and director at Inmarsat and ICO Global Communications, he was responsible for the classic aero satcom and next generation satellite system (NGSS) developments.
David Bowen is the chief ATM at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) where he leads the team responsible for the operational and technical systems content of the SESAR program. Bowen is an ATM systems engineer with over 20 years of experience in the domain of CNS, avionics and ATM ground systems.