Welcome to ICNS 2014

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Greetings! I’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 14th Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference.

Rafael Apaza

Rafael Apaza, 2014 ICNS Conference General Chair

The global aviation field is going through challenging modernization efforts that promise improvements worldwide and ICNS strives to provide the latest programmatic and technical developments in the CNS/ATM field. This annual international conference brings together industry and government leaders, technology developers, scientists and academia from US and other nations to share CNS programmatic and technical information.

“Builds and Blocks – Air and Ground Convergence” is the theme for this year’s conference. Convergence and harmonization is key to a worldwide interoperable airspace navigation system and to explore these topics we bring together experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Europe’s EUROCONTROL Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) and the United States’ NextGen Program.

The conference structure follows our traditional format of morning plenaries with afternoon technical sessions. However, this year we bring back workshops to the conference program. We are fortunate to attract an audience with expertise and experience in CNS/ATM technical and programmatic areas and thus we would like to capture your input at the workshop. The workshop will be a forum to discuss new technical research and development, identify gaps and formulate possible solutions.

The ICNS Conference will open with a keynote address by the distinguished Mr. Edward Bolton Jr., Assistant Administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration. Our first day plenary keynote will be Ms. Nancy Graham, Director, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO, and leading the panel discussions will be two experts in the NextGen and SESAR programs: Mr. Steve Bradford, FAA, and Mr. Michael Standar, EUROCONTROL. The plenary will address the state of harmonization between US and Europe.

On Wednesday, Mr. Brandon Suarez, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will deliver the second day keynote address and Mr. Jim Williams, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office FAA will lead plenary panel discussions addressing UAS initiatives, accomplishments and challenges of integrating remotely piloted vehicles into the airspace.

On Thursday Mr. Aloke Roy, Honeywell Advanced Technology, will chair the plenary titled “CNS Implementations – Building Blocks to Greener, Open Sky” in which updates to key deployments will be provided. Each day, the morning plenary sessions will be followed by afternoon technical tracks.

Technical papers written by authors from industry, academia, and research organizations covering different CNS/ATM areas are presented.

We are very glad you can join us and invite you to take advantage of numerous opportunities to network with colleagues during our morning breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and evening social events. On Tuesday evening Mr. Mike Harrison will provide us with a talk titled, “NextGen Then,” and immediately following hors d’oeuvre will be served. On Wednesday we will host an evening dinner and entertainment. We hope that you will take the time to enjoy both of these events.

Finally, I am pleased to acknowledge the support of the ICNS organizing committee, our sponsors and exhibitors and all plenary and session chairs who have supported the conference organizational activities.

Rafael Apaza
Conference General Chair