IEEE-USA’s Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy (CTAP) contributes to the formulation of sound legislation, regulations and policies affecting aeronautics, astronautics and ground transportation technologies in the United States. Its scope includes civil aviation, intelligent transportation systems, manned and unmanned space exploration programs and related communications, infrastructure security, remote sensing and privacy protection issues.

Priority Issues

IEEE-USA will work to advance the safety, efficiency, security, and sustainability of transportation on surface, air and space, with a view towards promoting U.S. technology leadership and competitiveness. Priorities include:

  • upgrading and modernizing the national airspace system with communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management automation technology;
  • promoting the use of intelligent transportation systems to improve transportation safety and to optimize traffic flow to ease congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce energy use;
  • advancing a technology-focused national space program that balances exploration, science, national security, and international partnerships;
  • advocating the development of controls safeguards and standards to establish cybersecurity and safety in all transportation systems and to improve port and aviation security; and
  • advancing UAV commercialization through technology policies that address autonomous control system safety, security, and efficacy.

Position Statements

The following CTAP position statements have been adopted by IEEE-USA.  Statements marked with an asterisk (*) are currently under review with updates expected in 2022:

    • Forthcoming

    Resource Links

    U.S. Government Websites

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Department of Transportation

    Department of Commerce

    Congressional Sites (House | Senate | Congress.gov)

    Related IEEE Sites

    Committee Chair

    Walter Rawle

    Staff Contact

    Aline McNaull
    Senior Legislative Representative
    +1 202 530 8355

    Get Involved

    The Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy invites U.S. IEEE members with an interest in public policy and expertise in transportation and aerospace technologies to become Corresponding Members. Corresponding Members will be able to recommend committee policies and priorities, comment on draft statements and testimonies and otherwise contribute to the work of the committee. CTAP meetings are normally held in IEEE-USA’s Washington D.C. Office.  For more information on future meeting dates, contact Aline McNaull at a.mcnaull@ieee.org. or at 202- 530-8355.

    To apply for membership, please send a brief description of your interest and expertise to a.mcnaull@ieee.org.