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New SAE International Symposium to Address Next Generation of Air Traffic Control

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 29, 2009 - Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) will trigger changes in global air traffic management on a scale that may surpass even that which was seen during the introduction of radar, more than 50 years ago. This technology offers improved situational awareness for both pilots and air traffic controllers and will improve both capacity and safety of our Air Traffic System.

A new symposium from SAE International will provide up-to-date developments and engineering information related to ASD-B and its companion technologies. The “SAE 2009 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Symposium” will be held Sept. 29-30 at the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center in Ashburn, Va.

In addition to providing the latest updates and innovations, the symposium will show how users can quickly adapt to and derive significant value from this new generation of satellite intensive air traffic management systems. Also, the symposium will provide a forum for keynote speaker Marion Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, to discuss how ADS-B can serve as an economic engine and help address financial challenges.

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Requests for media credentials can be made by e-mailing or calling 724-772-8522.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.


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