Today, RTCA, Inc. and ASTM International – two widely respected standards developers that support the global aviation community – signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The two organizations will explore ways to cooperate in developing standards and solutions for their members and other stakeholders.
“For decades, both of our organizations have helped build a strong technical foundation for the global aerospace and aviation industry.” said Brian Meincke, Vice President Finance, Business Development and Innovation for ASTM International. “We are thrilled to be working more closely together to avoid duplication and support technical cooperation at this key moment in standardization when so many emerging technologies are beginning to take flight.”
“This strategic partnership with ASTM International will bring tremendous value to aviation, especially new entrants to the industry, who will benefit from greater collaboration and alignment between our respective technical committees,” added Terry McVenes, President and CEO of RTCA. “Leveraging our collective strengths will also make our standards supportive of our goal for international harmonization and global interoperability.”
The MOU mentions several areas for potential cooperation on standardization, including: traffic management for unmanned aircraft systems (drones), urban air mobility, detect-and-avoid systems, ground-based radars for drones, and cybersecurity. The two organizations also plan to explore joint workshops, symposia, and training.