2002 Hays Award

Presented to: Mr. Bruce E. DeCleene

Citation: For his significant contributions to the advancement of satellite navigation for aviation.


Mr. Bruce DeCleene has made significant contributions to navigation, particularly in the field of aviation. He has contributed to the development of standards for new technologies, to the advancement of new technologies, to the operational implementation of navigation, and to the U.S. and international plan for the future of navigation.
Mr. DeCleene has participated in Special Committee 159 of RTCA since 1992. He was a core contributing author of the Special Category I (SCAT-I) standard for local differential GPS to be used for the safety-critical application of precision approaches (RTCA/DO-217). He joined the team that was developing the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Specification for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and was instrumental in defining the top-level performance requirements. He became a core member of the authors group for the WAAS receiver standards and was involved in the update to the requirements for Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring.
Mr. DeCleene provided constant leadership through the development of the LAAS requirements, including industry activity and development of the FAA Specification. Mr. DeCleene is the navigation program manager for the Aircraft Engineering Division of the FAA. He is responsible for the development of policy and guidance material for the installation and certification of navigation equipment, primarily focusing on satellite navigation. Mr. DeCleene is the designated federal representative at two RTCA committees: one developing standards for GPS and one developing standards for Required Navigation Performance and Area Navigation. He is the senior technical United States advisor to the ICAO Global Navigation Satellite System Panel, and serves as a technical advisor to the FAA's acquisition of both the Wide Area Augmentation System and the Local Area Augmentation System. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and is a recipient of the ION's Early Achievement Award.