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