Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Aeronautical Communications

Mr. Thomas Kraft provides leadership and expertise to the aviation industry and governments through forums such as the Performance-based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), RTCA, EUROCAE, SAE and the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC). He has contributed significantly to FAA's regulation, policies, standards, guidance and certification of communication, navigation and surveillance technologies to enhance air traffic operations to meet the increasing demand on a global air transportation system. He has been instrumental in developing the ICAO provisions for performance based communication and surveillance (PBCS), satellite voice (SATVOICE), controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) and automatic dependent surveillance – contract (ADS C) and broadcast (ADS B). He also actively supports industry and governments in regional and local implementations.

Mr. Kraft has over 35 years of experience in aviation. From 1979 to 1983, he worked for the Boeing Company to design the autoland system for the B757/767. He also supported customers to maintain B757/B767 flight management systems, and provided training on the B737-300 flight management system. Prior to his current position, from 1983-1997, Mr. Kraft worked in various organizations within the FAA and contributed to: (1) Certifying various aircraft systems, such as automatic flight control, thrust management, flight management, navigation and data link. Mr. Kraft was instrumental in certifying the future air navigation system (FANS 1/A); (2) Developing industry and government standards to address software considerations in airborne systems and equipment certification, certification considerations for highly-integrated or complex aircraft systems, and the provision, certification and use of air-ground data link systems; and (3) Implementing advanced aeronautical communication and surveillance technologies and systems to safely provide more effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly air traffic operations worldwide.

Mr. Kraft has published and delivered numerous papers to national and international audiences in forums within the aviation community. He has also received several awards for special achievements in his field.

Member, professional organizations and societies:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA)
Academic achievements:
  • MS in Technical Communication from the University of Washington
  • BSEE in Control Theory and Communication from the University of Cincinnati