2018 Agenda

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ICNS 2018 Agenda At a Glance
Time Tuesday, April 10 Wednesday, April 11 Thursday, April 12
7:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
 8:00 AM Morning Sessions Introductions: Benjamin Levy, Conference General Chair

Conference Keynote: “CNS Roadmap: How to Reach a Breakthrough?” [detail]

Philippe Merlo, Director Air Traffic Management, EUROCONTROL

Plenary II: Stakeholder Expectations on CNS from the
Airport/Airlines Community
, moderated by Bernd Korn (DLR) [detail]


  • Mike Cirillo, Airlines for America (A4A)
  • Ralph Tamburro, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Tom Becher, MITRE
  • Kent Duffy, FAA
  • Fabrice Dayne, Air France

Plenary III, Part 1: Use of Commercial Services/Outsourcing to Supply CNS Services – Pros and Cons, moderated by Steve Bradford (FAA) [detail]


  • Michael Standar, SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU)
  • Stephen Van Trees, FAA
  • Werner Langhans, Austro Control
  • Rick Heinrich, Rockwell-Collins
  • Greg Saccone, Boeing

Plenary III, Part 2: Opportunities for CNS Providers to Enable UAS Integration, moderated by Paul Bosman (EUROCONTROL) and Randy Willis (FAA) [detail]


  • Brandon Suarez, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)
  • Ray Young, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance
  • Mark Blanks, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
  • Olivier Colaitis, Airbus
  • Frank Matus, Thales Group

Plenary I: Global Harmonization, moderated by Steve Bradford (FAA) and Michael Standar (SJU) [detail]


  • Nancy Graham, Graham Aerospace International LLC
  • Saulo Da Silva, ICAO
  • Shuji Takahashi, JCAB
  • Emilien Robert, EUROCONTROL
  • Didier Delibes, Airbus
  • Chip Meserole, Boeing
  • Robert Segers, FAA

Presentation of ICNS Champion Award

Interactive Workshop: Beyond Intellectual Line of Sight (BILOS) – Anticipating The Future of Comm, Nav, and Surveillance, chaired by Dr. Lance Sherry (George Mason University), Denise Ponchak (NASA), and Beth Zimmerman (Evans, Inc.) [detail]

Moderator: Bob Etris (Evans Inc.)


  • Victoria Cox, Veracity
  • Chris Corgnati, PAE ISR
  • Jim Stroiney, FAA

Presentation of Best Student Paper Award

12:10 Lunch Lunch Lunch
Afternoon Sessions Technical Sessions

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Evening Program 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception (light hors d’oeuvres)

6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception Keynote Speaker

“Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There”

Roger Connor, Curator, Vertical Flight, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Instruments & Avionics, National Air and Space Museum

6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Evening Social Event

Food served at 6:00 p.m.

Detailed Descriptions

Conference Keynote

“CNS Roadmap: How to Reach a Breakthrough?”

Philippe Merlo is responsible for the areas of air traffic management, research and development, including the respective relations to international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). His keynote will evaluate the progress achieved in the CNS roadmaps in the recent years, reviewing the persistent challenges before enabling a breakthrough, while discussing how to steer the path forward.

April 10, Plenary Panel I: Global Harmonization

This international perspective on global harmonization includes updates from ICAO as well as NextGen, SESAR, and Japan’s Carats modernization programs from senior representatives from each of the respective organizations. Representatives from two major commercial airframe manufacturers will provide updates on their CNS equipage plans.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, presenters will provide a perspective on internal and external influences which are impacting many of their major program and implementation decisions.

We will also focus on one of the hottest topics confronting all civil aviation authorities today, cybersecurity. Updates will be provided on the ICAO INNOVA program and the ongoing efforts to define the data security requirements and technologies being considered to achieve these levels of performance.

April 11, Plenary Panel II: Stakeholder Expectations on CNS from the Airport/Airlines Community

This plenary presents the opportunity to exchange views on the technology and systems delivered to the “end users.” Speakers will discuss the experience, success, shortcomings, and expectations from programs such as Data Comm, Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), and Time Based Flow Management (TBFM). The CNS research and development community at the conference benefits from this discussion for closer and more effective future collaboration.

April 11, Interactive Workshop

While drones and periodic commercial space operations dominate the headlines, how do we step back to more strategically anticipate what the next 20 years of communication, navigation, and surveillance technologies could bring to the National Airspace System (NAS) and the broader aerospace industry?

Join a panel discussion and unique, interactive futures planning exercise to discuss this very topic. Hear select excerpts from industry research and insights that discuss the role of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, unmanned systems, and commercial space opportunities will plan in impacting the NAS.

Explore these impacts across a range of topics such as safety management, certification, talent management, and the role of the human in an increasingly automated world.

Participate in a “world café” style set of discussions to examine these impacts across stakeholder communities – for engineers, solution providers, airports, operators, technicians, and managers or executives alike.

This session is guaranteed to open your eyes and mind to the possibilities of what “could be” and instill some of that creative thinking and planning in your day job after the workshop is done.

April 12, Plenary Panel III

Part 1: Use of Commercial Services/Outsourcing to Supply CNS Services – Pros and Cons

The FAA and other ANSPs are considering a future vision that will make greater use of service providers to support their CNS needs. This vision includes the transmission of safety service communications using more commercially available systems, which may or may not operate in protected spectrum. This plenary will discuss this new way of doing business with individuals who will debate both the pros and cons. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a lively session.

Part 2: Opportunities for CNS Providers to Enable UAS Integration

Unmanned aircraft, big and small, continue to catch a great deal of attention in air traffic management and far beyond. Innovative though mature CNS solutions are required to enable and accelerate the safe integration of these aircraft into the airspace. Moderated by U.S. and Europe, this session will show the latest state of play from a cross section of U.S. and European industry. Both latest developments as well as lessons learned will be presented and discussed.