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Testing NextGen satellite system topic of Thursday meeting

Wilson Felder, director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Pomona, N.J., will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a dinner meeting in Wichita.

Felder will speak about the challenges of testing the Next Generation Air Transportation system, which is to replace today’s radar-based system with a satellite-based one.

Operational testing will occur at the technical center in Pomona. It’s the only federal laboratory designated for the research, development, test and evaluation of air transportation systems.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Wichita sections of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Society of Women Engineers.

The event will be held at the Marriott Hotel at 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and the presentation at 7:30.

Cost is $25 for AIAA and SWE members and $30 for nonmembers.

RSVP to Vicki Johnson by 5 p.m. Tuesday at or 316-517-3424.