RTCA Welcomes Seven New Members

RTCA has announced the addition of seven organizations to its membership: Deftech Aviation, Heart Aerospace AB, Ionosacpes Associates, UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), Pegasus Imagery Lt. and Space Star Technology Co., Ltd.

RTCA and the aviation community owe a debt of gratitude to the dozens of committee leaders and thousands of committee participants who continue to deliver consensus on tough issues, leading to tangible outcomes for the aviation community. “Our members are the heart and soul of RTCA and we are resolute in our drive to deliver value to all of our 500+ member organizations” said RTCA President and CEO Terry McVenes.

New Members

Deftech Aviation, Melaka, Malaysia

Deftech Aviation is a premier defence company that sets the benchmark in the design, development, manufacturing and supply of armored and logistics vehicles for both military and homeland security. In the commercial sector, Deftech is also a preferred supplier for specialized vehicles and commercial buses. the company is synonymous with the excellent land systems maintenance repair & overhaul capabilities and extended its wings to make a foray into the domains of aerospace, unmanned systems and system integration.

Heart Aerospace AB, Gothenburg, Sweden

Heart Aerospace, a Swedish start-up, is hoping to certify its first type, 19-seater ES-19, by 2025.

The company’s target for the ES-19 is to achieve 400-kilometer range, allowing fur viable replacement of conventional small aircraft on regional routes. The company is subsequently planning to develop a type seating up to 48 passengers based on the same technology.

Initially, their planes will offer point-to-point transportation between Scandinavian cities, before expanding operations to the rest of the world.

Representatives of SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) and Wideroe (WF, Bodø) expressed general interest in the development. Heart Aerospace signed Letters of Intent with three Scandinavian carriers covering 86 aircraft.

Heart Aerospace received support from the Swedish government. Scandinavian countries are currently at the forefront of the drive to electrify aviation, with Sweden being the home of the “flygskam” or “flightshaming” eco-awareness movement and Norway aiming to fully electrify domestic air travel by 2040.

Ionoscape Associates, Mission Viejo, California

Ionoscape Associates provides avionics/IFE/IFC/Satcom consulting engineering services for commercial aviation.

UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the statutory corporation which oversees and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the United Kingdom. Its areas of responsibility include: Supervising the issuing of pilots’ licenses, testing of equipment, calibrating of navaids, and many other inspections (Civil Aviation Flying Unit),Managing the regulation of security standards, including vetting of all personnel in the aviation industry (Directorate of Aviation Security),Overseeing the national protection scheme for customers abroad in the event of a travel company failure (Air Travel Organizers’ Licensing – ATOL).

In some aspects of aviation, it is the primary regulator; in other areas, where the responsibility for regulation has passed to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the CAA acts as EASA’s local office, implementing the regulations. Representatives from the CAA sit on EASA’s advisory bodies, taking part in the Europe-wide regulation process.

The CAA is a public corporation of the Department for Transport, liaising with the government via the Standards Group of the Cabinet Office.

Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI), Tokyo, Japan

The Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI) is a Japanese think tank, founded in 1970 in commemoration of the centenary of the Mitsubishi Group. Their mission is to resolve societal issues both in Japan and throughout the world through their think tank, consulting, and ICT capabilities.

The company employ roughly 800 researchers with high levels of expertise in a broad range of fields, particularly in the natural sciences, and with exceptional technical and analytical abilities. They stringently maintain a neutral position which has enabled them to develop an extensive, interdisciplinary network with members of industry, academia, and government. They act as a hub connecting all sectors to overcome increasingly complex societal issues. They provide integrated solutions that encompass everything from conceptualization to realization and implementation.

Pegasus Imagery Ltd., Alberta, Canada

Pegasus Imagery is an Alberta-based technology company that delivers real time intelligence and data solutions to Emergency Management, Public Safety and Energy sectors.

They deploy long endurance unmanned aircraft integrated with high capability sensors to provide actionable information in real-time.

Their mission is to provide actionable information to first responders and emergency managers that enable them to safeguard lives, protect infrastructure and mitigate damage to economic interests and the environment.

Space Star Technology Co., LTD., Beijing, China

Space Star Technology Co., LTD. is the overall unit of satellite application of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and the main support unit of China Aerospace Satellite Research Institute. Located in Beijing’s Zhongguancun area, it has more than 3,000 employees. It owns a number of subsidiaries including Aerospace Sky Painting, Aerospace Zhongwei, and Aerospace Pohuyun.

After more than 30 years of development, eight areas have been formed, taking the overall satellite application system as the core, with space applications, satellite remote sensing, satellite navigation, satellite communications, data links, cloud computing and information security, drone system integration, and data operation services. It supports the complete business architecture. Provide comprehensive information-based integrated solutions, system integration, equipment manufacturing, and operation services based on space-based resources for national defense, industry, and regions. The company has been awarded the title of civilized unit of the central state organ since 2003, obtained many scientific and technological achievements and honors, and obtained more than 60 scientific research achievements at the level and ministerial level. It will continue to take the goal of creating “the world’s first-class satellite application enterprise” and take the mission of promoting the development of China’s satellite applications and information industry as the overall unit of China’s satellite application technology and industrialization promotion, and the overall unit of regional and industry informatization construction.