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Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA)
RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues. RTCA functions as a Federal Advisory Committee. Its recommendations are used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the basis for policy, program, and regulatory decisions and by the private sector as the basis for development, investment and other business decisions.
Organized in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, RTCA today includes roughly 335 government, industry and academic organizations from the United States and around the world. Member organizations represent all facets of the aviation community, including government organizations, airlines, airspace users and airport associations, labor unions, plus aviation service and equipment suppliers. A sampling of our domestic membership includes the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Line Pilots Association, Air Transport Association of America, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, ARINC Incorporated, Avwrite, The Boeing Company, Department of Defense, GARMIN International, Rockwell International, Stanford University, Lockheed Martin, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MITRE/CAASD, Harris Corporation, NASA, National Business Aviation Association, and Raytheon.
Because RTCA interests are international in scope, many non-U.S. government and business organizations also belong to RTCA. We currently are supported by over 100 International Associates such as Airservices Australia, Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Airbus, the Chinese Aeronautical Radio Electronics Research Institute (CARERI), EUROCONTROL, NAV Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies, Thales Avionics Limited, Centre for Airborne Systems-Bangalore, the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority and many more.
RTCA has proven to be an excellent means for developing government / industry consensus on contemporary CNS/ATM issues.