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ICNS 2015 | April 21-23, 2015 | Westin Washington Dulles Airport Hotel

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December 4, 2014

In This Issue

Chairs Announced for Plenary Day 1: Global Harmonization

Day 1 plenary of the 2015 ICNS Conference on April 21, 2015, will feature two co-chairs, Steve Bradford, Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development in the FAA’s NextGen Office, and Michael Standar, Chief Strategies and External Relations at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU).

Tuesday, Day 1 Plenary Co-chairs

Steve BradfordSteve Bradford is Chief Scientist for Architecture and NextGen Development in the FAA’s NextGen Office. In this role he has participated in the development of the Joint Planning and Development Office’s (JPDO) NextGen Concept, the RTCA NAS Operational Concept and the ICAO ATMCP Global Concept. He is the Chairman of the Technical Review Board which monitors technical decisions related investments and the Enterprise Architecture.

He also works with elements of the FAA and the JPDO to develop midterm plans and five year budget requests to implement NextGen. He has a leading role in several new activities with SESAR Joint Undertaking and has led several cooperative international efforts via action plans with EUROCONTROL. Previous activities include leading efforts to validate future concepts and developing the FAA’s NAS Enterprise Architecture.

Michael StandarMichael Standar is the Chief Strategies and External Relations at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) based in Brussels, Belgium. He became Chief Air Traffic Management in July 2011 and was promoted to his current position in January 2012. He was an active Swedish member of ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concepts panel, ATMCP developing the ICAO Global ATM Operational Concept Document, which continued into the Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP).

In the early 1990s, he was offered a post at the Swedish CAA headquarters, later the LFV ANS Service provider. There, he was promoted first to Head units for ATM operational developments and operational support and later head of the business area of LFV´s ATM Support & Development before taking up duties as LFV Director for ANS Business Development.

Reminder: ICNS 2015 Call for Participation, Submit Abstract by December 19

Innovation in Operations, Implementation Benefits and Integration of the CNS Infrastructure

ICNS 2015 Theme Graphic

The 2015 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference addresses long-term research and development of integrated CNS technologies for advanced aeronautical digital information systems and applications supporting the future global air transportation systems.

Jointly sponsored by government and industry, the ICNS Conference assembles national and international government and industry leaders to address important policy issues with technical experts and thought leaders.

The focus is on understanding CNS programs, plans, research and technology, and other relevant issues impacting aviation modernization.

Outstanding Plenary Sessions

  • Tuesday, April 21: latest plans and activities of the US’s NextGen Program, Europe’s SESAR Program and standardization efforts ongoing at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that enable the convergence of US and European efforts.
  • Wednesday, April 22: unmanned aircraft systems standards development and airspace integration progress; CNS developments that will enable seamless integration of unmanned aircraft into the airspace, their impact on the existing aviation system nationally and globally.
  • Thursday, April 23: advances in data communications, air traffic and airline operations.
  • Thursday, April 23: interactive workshop to address current CNS investigations, gaps and possible solutions.

Afternoon Technical Sessions

ICNS 2015 offers outstanding technical sessions. Papers and presentations are solicited for the technical sessions along the key topical areas listed below. Exhibits and product demonstrations by representatives of CNS-related industries/organizations are also invited.

  • CNS System Architectures and Interfaces
  • Safe and Secure Air Transportation System
  • Performance-Based ATM
  • Trajectory Based Operations
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the NAS
  • Global Military Access
  • Air/Ground Integration
  • Future Communications
  • Network Centric Operations
  • Cyber Security
  • Performance Based Navigation
  • Surveillance and Situational Awareness
  • Aviation Spectrum Management
  • Modular CNS Avionics
  • Aircraft/Airline Operations for NextGen
  • Mixed Equipage in NextGen
  • Federal Aviation Incentives and/or Mandates
  • NAS-wide Simulation
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis
  • Standards and V&V
  • Improved Environmental Performance
  • Weather Sensors and Weather Data Distribution
  • Aviation and Climate Change


ICNS 2015 invites exhibits and product demonstrations by representatives of CNS-related industries and organizations. Participating as an exhibitor in the conference allows close-up interaction with customers and key policy decision makers to help move your research and products closer to daily operations. For more information, please contact the 2015 Sponsors and Exhibit Chair.

Best Paper Competition – Student and Professional

The 2015 ICNS Conference is sponsoring student and professional Best Paper competitions. Active students and professionals within two years of graduation are eligible for ICNS Student Best Paper honorarium awards. Those not eligible for Best Student Paper are eligible for Best Professional Paper awards.

Abstract Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 750 words by December 19, 2014 on the key topical areas listed above or other relevant aeronautical CNS topics through the online ICNS Abstract Submission Form.

Follow-up Deadlines

  • January 17, 2015: Notification of acceptance of papers/presentations
  • April 4, 2015: Final papers due