LST’s Almeida Speaks on Disaster Recovery at ATCA Technical Symposium

Atlantic City, NJ [May 2015] – David Almeida, LS Technologies, LLC (LST)’s Director of Air Traffic Management (ATM) Analysis and Engineering, spoke on the Disaster Recovery Panel at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) 2015 Technical Symposium that took place at the Resorts’ Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kip Spurio, FAA, moderated the panel comprised of Almeida, Bill Cranor, United Airlines, Jeff McCoy, FAA, Tony Ng, Lockheed Martin, and Edwin Zakrzewski, Noblis.

The presentation focused on the current “center-based” paradigm that constrains the National Airspace System (NAS) in many ways. Building off the other panel members, Almeida asserted that NextGen moves the NAS to services-oriented architecture and decoupling non-critical services from critical systems is the key to enabling the flexibility sought in NextGen. Paramount in this is orchestrating establishing new processes for dynamically transferring airspace control, training controllers, managers and airspace users, and ensuring the technology can deliver as promised. The discussion was extremely well-received by the Symposium attendees given the topic’s relevance after the recent Chicago ARTCC incident that interrupted Air Traffic Control services. The panel discussed disaster recovery from the perspective of air traffic management and recovery from the operational state known as ATC Zero. The discussion included visions for improved resiliency, the role of security (physical and cyber), the Business Continuity Plan (BCP), facility disaster recovery, and level of service restoration versus time elapsed during various stages of outages.

This year, FAA and NASA co-chaired the Technical Symposium that kicked off with Technical Center Tuesday at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC). Forty-four different programs set up atrium displays touting the latest ideas, research, products, and services in the air traffic control arena.

In addition to Almeida, three other LST representatives attended: Steve Dash, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Advanced Programs, Richard Jehlen, Vice President of Air Traffic Management Services and Jim Hitt, Director of Business Development. Almeida stated, “The Symposium was very well-run with an engaging agenda. We enjoyed the fact that we were able to reconnect with numerous partners and customers at the same event.” LST representatives took advantage of the opportunity to develop both FAA and NASA contacts to grow its budding Air Traffic Management Division.

About LST: LS Technologies, a veteran-owned small business, is a provider of professional and technical services including program management support, engineering services, telecommunication solutions, critical infrastructure services, information technology, and technical consulting. The company prides itself on total commitment to its clients and strives to consistently exceed all customer expectations.

About the 2015 ATCA Technical Symposium: Alongside technical co-chairs FAA and NASA, ATCA brings you its premier technical conference where over 500 people will be focusing on the latest ideas, research, products, and services in the air traffic control arena.

Contact: To learn more about this announcement, please contact: Maria Muscara, Business Development and Marketing at LS Technologies, LLC, (703) 673-2213.