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2023 Federal Aviation Administration Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Summit August 2-3, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

*All times listed are EST.

0700 – Registration opens

1130 – Lunch (with Drone Symposium participants)

1300 – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Brian Wynne, President & CEO, AUVSI

Jeffrey Vincent, Executive Director UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration

1315 - Plenary: The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Delivery by drone is happening, but not yet widely available. And soon, AAM could provide new delivery and passenger transportation options in both urban and rural settings. This panel will explore the challenge of equity of access in the drone and AAM realms, strategies for overcoming these initial equity difficulties, and achieving widespread access and benefits of these exciting technologies.

Colleen D’Alessandro, New England Regional Administrator, FAA
Pam Melroy, Deputy Administrator, NASA
Houston Mills, Vice President, Flight Operations and Safety, UPS
Carlos Monje, Undersecretary for Policy, DOT

1400 – Break

1415 – Plenary: Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations

Version 2.0 of the UAM Concept of Operations incorporates the knowledge gained from conversations with the aviation industry and research outcomes since the mid-2020 version and it is a key element in maturing the overall AAM concept. This panel will explore the ConOps, its assumptions, how the concept will evolve over time, and its connection to the Implementation Plan.

Steve Bradford, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor, Office of NextGen, FAA
Amit Ganjoo, Founder / CEO, ANRA
Noureddin ‘Nouri’ Ghazavi, Systems Engineer, FAA NextGen Technology Development and Prototyping Division, FAA
Jim Murphy, AAM System Architect, NASA
Chris Swider, Senior Technical Advisor, FAA
Chris Kucera, VP of Strategy, OneSky Systems

1500 – Break

1515 – Concurrent Sessions

  • Vertiports of the Future
    Vertiports, used as a collective term, are expected to be a diverse system of public and private vertiports and vertistops. These facilities are categorized to identify the variety of aircraft they can support based on facility design and operations. Join industry leaders sharing their visions for deriving the most out of these innovative facilities.

    Paul Brooks, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Skyports
    James Grimsley, Executive Director, Choctaw Nation
    Caryn Moore Lund, VP of Public Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Ferrovial
    George Rey, President, COTS Technology
    Jeffrey Vincent, Executive Director UAS Integration Office, FAA

  • Applying AAM to Government Functions (AFWERX, NASA, FAA)
    The Department of Defense has announced substantial investments in AAM. Learn more about their plans for this new form of aviation, and how they will partner with FAA and NASA to inform research and planning on the civil aviation side.

    Mitchell Bernstein, Innovate28 Program Manager, FAA
    Darshan ‘Dash’ Divakaran, Head of Airspace Innovation and Prime Partnerships, AFWERX
    Nancy Mendonca, AAM Mission Integration Manager (Acting), NASA
    Paula Nouragas, Chief Scientist and Technical Advisor, FAA

  • Building State, Local, Tribal Relationships Workshop Building relationships between manufacturers, operators, and governmental officials at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels is key to delivering on the promise of AAM. Our panelists will discuss these pre-operational issues and more to help the emerging AAM industry integrate into communities within the next few years.

    Mike O’Hare, Regional Administrator - Alaskan Region, FAA
    Riley Beaman, Chief Commercial Officer, Archer
    Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director, Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)
    Krystyna Bednarczyk, Environmental Protection Specialist, FAA

1600 – Break

1615 – Concurrent Sessions

  • From Present Possibilities to Future Frontiers
    As the vision of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) takes flight, it is crucial to examine the intricate interplay between architecture and design that will shape the future of air mobility. From design principles to safety, autonomy, and certification, manufacturers will discuss the immediate opportunities and next phase of innovation and integration. With the most recent release of the UAM Concept of Operations (ConOps), it is timely to discuss the progression of operations and operational concept.

    Dr. Valerie Manning, Chief Commercial Officer, Overair
    Erick Corona, Director of CONOPS and Airspace Ecosystem Development, Wisk
    Nikhil Goel, Chief Commercial Officer, Archer
    Greg Bowles, Head of Government Affairs, Joby Aviation
    Parimal (PK) Kopardekar, Mission Integration Manager, Advanced Air Mobility, NASA

  • Setting the Standards Workshop
    AAM and other disruptive technologies are being developed at a rapid pace. There needs to be a consistent look at the safety performance of these new systems. Panel experts will discuss the challenges of the current pace and need for AAM standards to ensure that industry meets a similar minimum performance level for these new entrants into the NAS.

    Amit Ganjoo, Founder / CEO, ANRA
    Phil Kenul, Chair ASTM International F38 Committee on UAS at ASTM International, ASTM
    Judith Ritchie, Director, Government and Industry Affairs – Aerospace, SAE
    Caspar Wang, Policy Manager for Emerging Aircraft & Small Airplanes (Acting), FAA

  • Advanced Air Mobility Interagency Working Group (AAM IWG) The Advanced Air Mobility Interagency Working Group (AAM IWG), established by the AAM Coordination and Leadership Act, is at the FAA AAM Symposium and holding an open house to hear recommendations for the AAM National Strategy. Please come to our open house and give us your perspective on scaling AAM for the nation.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

0900 – Opening Keynote

Jessica Sypniewski, Deputy Assistant Administrator of NextGen (ANG-2)
Dr. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

0930 – Plenary: AAM: Entry into Service

Join leaders from across the Department of Transportation as they provide updates on the organization’s path forward for AAM aircraft and operations. Touching on certification, traffic management, infrastructure, regulatory requirements, and more, this panel is the place to be for the latest Agency thinking about AAM.

David Boulter, Associate Administrator (A) for Aviation Safety, FAA
Shannetta Griffin, Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA
Katrina Hall, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for National Airspace System Programs and Support, FAA
John Maffei, Director of Portfolio Management and Technology Development (Acting), FAA
Carol “Annie” Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs, DOT

1030 – Break

1045 – Concurrent Sessions

  • Environment and Sustainability
    AAM technology is often touted as better for the environment, but is it really? Subject matter experts at the FAA will discuss how they are assessing the benefits and impacts of this new technology across a variety of categories, including emissions, noise, and impacts.

    Shawna Barry, Manager, Environmental Policy Division, FAA
    Prem Lobo, General Engineer, Office of Environment and Energy, Energy Division, FAA
    David Senzig, Physical Scientist, Office of Environment and Energy, Noise Division, FAA

  • Physical and Digital Infrastructure Security
    As AAM gets introduced into the NAS, security risks need to be anticipated and managed. Join our security panel to discuss the approaches to physical and digital infrastructure for these AAM operations.

    Julie ‘Jay’ Carrigan, TSA Senior Liaison Officer to US Department of Transportation, TSA
    Tonya Coultas, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security & HazMat Safety, FAA
    Peter Sachs, UTM Program Manager, FAA

  • Workforce of Tomorrow Workshop
    Technology development can be fast, dynamic, and efficient in responding to changing needs and advancements. With these changes, new technological skills will be required with new and expanded opportunities for a more diverse, adaptive workforce. This workshop will explore the positions and skills sets needed to address air mobility.

    Dr. Rich Ham, Associate Director, University of Arkansas
    Diana Robinson, Project Manager, UAS Integration Office, FAA
    Bonny Simi, Joby Aviation
    Blain Newton, Chief Operating Officer, BETA Technologies

1145 – Plenary Lunch Session: Tomorrow’s Technology and Today’s Challenges

As the FAA modernizes the National Airspace System to integrate new users, including AAM operations, how will the Agency work with industry and other aviation authorities to leverage automated and autonomous technologies to enable the future?

Steve Bradford, Chief Scientific & Technical Advisor, Office of NextGen, FAA
Parimal ‘PK’ Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA
Kevin Antcliff Director of Product, X-Wing
Erick Corona, Director of ConOps & Airspace Ecosystem Development, Wisk Aero
Davis Hackenberg, VP Government Partnerships, Reliable Robotics

1300 – Concurrent Sessions

  • Better Performance Through Harmonization
    Every airspace system is unique but there are common challenges in order to implement AAM. This panel will explore case studies and identify possible solutions to those common challenges and discuss opportunities to harmonize airworthiness and operational standards.

    Lorrie Fussell, Director (A), UAS Integration Office, International Division, FAA
    Nicolas Marcou, UAS Program Manager, French Civil Aviation Authority
    Carmela Tripaldi, Italian Civil Aviation Authority
    Jeannie Stewart-Smith, Manager & Senior Policy Advisor for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Transport Canada
    Travis Mason, Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer, Merlin Labs

  • Community Engagement Workshop
    Many AAM operations are expected to occur at new vertiport locations beyond traditional airports, closer to where people live and work. Other AAM operations will occur within airport environments. Urban planners, elected officials, and local stakeholders need to be part of the conversation early in the planning process. How do we bring these local voices to the table in a substantive and meaningful way, ensure clarity on roles and responsibilities, and identify collaboration opportunities across Federal, State, and Local levels?

    Raquel Girvin, Western-Pacific Regional Administrator, FAA
    Erik Amend, Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region, FAA
    Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director, Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)
    Mike Romanowski, Head of Government Relations, Archer
    Nancy Mendonca, AAM Mission Integration Manager (Acting), NASA

1400 – Break

1415 – Plenary: Operations in an Information-centric National Airspace System

The world is experiencing an information revolution. Aviation is no different. Increases in telecommunications, computational power, storage, and new technologies help us secure, leverage, and learn from accumulated data. Embracing this information revolution within air traffic management provides opportunities for performance enhancements that support environmental objectives in aviation, just as it has for many other industries.

Diana Liang, Enterprise Portfolio Manager, Office of NextGen, FAA
Akbar Sultan, Director Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA
Emily Stelzer, Outcome Leader - Head the Aviation Future Concepts and Architecture Outcome, MITRE
Cheryl Quinn, Deputy Director Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA
Dan Hicok, Acting Deputy Vice President for Program Management Organization, FAA
Rob Segers, Information Systems Security Architect, FAA

1515 – Networking Break

1545 – Concurrent Sessions

  • The Challenges of Disruption
    In an industry where innovation is highly valued, experts will engage in a discussion about the current economic climate, funding challenges, and the considerations that early-stage and disruptive companies encounter while navigating the regulatory process. They will explore both the direct and indirect implications of regulation, the effects of a slowing global funding environment, and the challenges faced in infrastructure investment.

    Kevin Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Ferrovial Vertiports
    Blain Newton, Chief Operating Officer, Beta Technologies
    Daniel Plaisance, Manager, Advanced Air Mobility, Tulsa Innovation Labs
    Kyle Snyder, Principal, Michael Best Consulting LLC
    Nicholas Flom, Specialist Leader, Deloitte

  • Multi-Modal Transportation: Bringing Together Surface and AAM Vehicles
    Disruptive technologies like autonomy, automation, and artificial intelligence, and how they will interact with AAM in multimodal environments, present new risks to the NAS. Join our panel of experts from across the Federal government and industry to discuss the challenges of the limited testing infrastructure available for testing these technologies and proposed methods for overcoming these challenges.

    Rob Goldman, Sr. Manager Air Traffic Management & Industry Affairs, Delta
    Derek Morgan, FAA
    David Oord, Policy Manager, Autonomous Aviation Policy, Wisk
    Ryan Steinbach, Transportation Policy Analyst, DOT
    Sarasina Tuchen, Senior Scientist/ National Technical Expert for Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence (HASS COE), US Department of Transportation

  • Vertiports: Challenges of Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond Workshop
    State and local governments are being encouraged to actively plan for UAM infrastructure to ensure transportation equity, market choice, and accommodation of demand for their communities. Whether it is modification of existing infrastructure or new green field sites, this workshop will dissect the planning, design, operational, and security considerations of these new facilities.

    Robert Bassey, Electronics Engineer, FAA
    Marie Kennington-Gardner, Regional Administrator - Eastern Region, FAA
    Keri Lyons, Manager, Emerging Entrants Division, FAA

1655 - Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Program