As Chairperson for the 8th annual ICNS Conference, I would like to take this opportunity to invite your participation in the 2008 event. The theme this year is “Information Takes Flight.” I am excited about the excellent conference program we have in this second year of sponsorship by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Their support and guidance has strengthened the conference, and their past experiences with similar conferences continues to transfer into and further improve this year’s event.
By keeping the conference in the Washington D.C. area, at a new and more convenient location in North Bethesda, MD, on the Metro line, we have secured the participation of key members of the Federal Government and Industry.
Continuing with the successful format of last year, the conference will maintain a plenary session each morning, which will provide FAA and air transportation industry leadership an opportunity to describe their perspectives on the future direction of air traffic management, the transformation of user operations, and the implementation of the key datalink communications infrastructure.
The conference will also continue its parallel track structure in the afternoons to address in depth a variety of topics in research and development associated with the provision of air traffic services.
Once again, I encourage you to plan to attend and participate in what promises to be our best ICNS conference yet.
Jere S. Meserole
2008 ICNS Conference General Chair
The Boeing Company