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US Airspace Technology Advancements and Challenges

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Date:  Wed, April 18, 2018
Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:  i-Lab (Building 37)
Speaker:  Douglas Klauck, Honolulu Distract Manager of FAA

Sponsored by University of Hawaii IEEE Student Branch and IEEE Hawaii Section

The United States is the recognized leader for having the safest and most efficient airspace throughout the world. In order to continue to lead, we must change the way we have operated and start taking full advantage of the technology available. With the U.S. being the world’s largest, safest, and most complex airspace change is not always easy, or fast. This PowerPoint presents a brief overview of the advances the United States has made towards modernizing the National Airspace System. It presents the aging technology and explains the new design and its components that will taking us into 2025 and beyond. Technology is exciting but it brings with it some challenges that serious consideration must be given to if we are to remain the world’s safest airspace. Several of these obstacles will be covered in this briefing.


Douglas Klauck started his 37 year aviation career with the US Air Force in 1981 in the Engineering and Installation Group in Rome NY installing radars in Greenland, Iceland, and Berlin West Germany. After leaving the Air Force in 1989 Doug worked for Ford Aerospace in Nevada as a Radar Operator/Technician. In 1991 he started his FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) career as a Radar/Automation Technician in Burlington Vermont, progressing through the ranks of Coordination and Manager until he transferred to Virginia as Maintenance Control Center Specialist overseeing the Eastern United States. In 2001 Doug became the National Remote Monitoring Program Manager where he supported all remote areas of the country including Alaska, Hawaii, Micronesia, and the South Pacific. In 2007 Doug was promoted to National Radar and Weather Systems Manager where he has the privilege of serving on President Obama’s Radar Task Force, and going to the Hill 3 times defending FAA policy and processes. Doug also provided testimony as a Radar subject matter expert two times for the US Court of Appeals, where both cases were ruled in favor of the US Government. In 2012 Doug stood up the Cyber Operation Group in the Technical Operations Unit of the FAA, focusing on protecting FAA Systems from being compromised. In 2014 Doug became the FAA Command Center Manager for Technical Operations where he stayed until moving to Hawaii to serve as the Technical Operations Manager of the Honolulu District. While in the Air Force Doug attended night school at Community College of the Air Force and continued with USM (University of Southern Mississippi) to earn his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.

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