National Airspace System Infrastructure Management Conference

The National Academies, Keck Center

500 Fifth Street, Washington, DC

September 9, 2005



7:30 – 8:30      Registration/Continental breakfast


8:30 – 8:40      Welcome – Jasenka Rakas, UC Berkeley and Jack Nager, FAA


8:40 – 9:00      Opening Remarks – Gene Juba, FAA




9:00 – 10:35    NAS Infrastructure Management

                        Overview of NAS infrastructure inventory, (equipment, services, facilities, people), current management problems and needs, and projects underway.

                        Moderator: Jasenka Rakas, UC Berkeley                    


·        Mike Gough, FAA ATO Enroute Services

·        Tom Skiles, FAA ATO Terminal Services

·        Juaida Norrell, FAA ATO Technical Operations

·        Bill Tretter, FAA ATO Technical Operations


10:35 – 10:45  Break


10:45 – 12:00 NAS Infrastructure Security

                        Issues in aviation safety and security; airport security; NAS facility inspections.

                        Moderator: William Tippin, Jacobs Facilities, Inc.         


·        Christopher Connell, FAA Office of Internal Security

·        Steven Carver, FAA ATO Technical Operations

·        Cenk Tunasar, TransSolutions


12:00 – 1:00    LUNCH 

                        Lunch Speaker: Arnold Barnett, MIT “Is it Safe?”




1:00 – 2:50      Management of Non-Aviation Infrastructure: The State-of-the-Art

                        Methodologies, optimization techniques, and critical issues in non-aviation                                  infrastructure sectors.

Moderator:  Mark Hansen, UC Berkeley


·        Samer Madanat (general), University of California, Berkeley

·        Rabi Mishalani (facility deterioration), Ohio State University

·        Paul Schonfeld (waterways), University of Maryland

·        Kamal Golabi (bridges, pipes), Optima, Inc.




2:50 – 3:00      Break


3:00 – 4:45      Economic Realities of NAS Infrastructure Cost

                        NAS infrastructure costs for current and next-generation NAS facilities.            

                        Moderator: Samer Madanat, UC Berkeley


·        Rich Golaszewski, GRA, Inc.

                                    “Making the Business Case for NAS Modernization: a Step beyond                                          Benefit-Cost Analysis”

·        Frank Frisbie, Apptis

                                    “The Transition to NGATS Promises FAA savings IF…”   


                        NAS, Transition to New Concepts and Management of the Future

                        Communications and automation transformation challenges for the future air transportation system and FAA’s plans to both modernize and right-size the NAS surveillance and navigation infrastructures. 


·        Reza Eftekari, MITRE, CAASD

      “Communications and Automation Transformation Challenges for the     Future Air Transportation System”

·        David Hamrick, MITRE, CAASD

                                    “Modernizing the NAS Surveillance and Navigation Infrastructures” 


4:45 – 5:00      Closing Remarks

·        Gerald Thompson, Jerry Thompson and Associates

·        Jasenka Rakas, UC Berkeley and Jack Nager, FAA


5:00 – 6:00      Reception