General Session Descriptions
Opening Keynote Address
Aviation is an essential component of the U.S. and global economy and security. Aviation’s success is due to technological innovations that have provided an unprecedented level of capability, capacity, and efficiency. The opening keynote speaker will set the tone for AIAA AVIATION 2013, addressing critical issues facing the industry over the next decade, and describing recent progress in aircraft design, aircraft systems, air traffic management, operations, and aviation related technologies, as well as policy, planning and market issues affecting the future direction of global aviation.
Commercial Aviation Panel Discussion
Global Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges
For a century, commercial aviation has improved capability, safety, security, and efficiency through the continued advancement of technology. Commercial aviation faces new challenges as it enters its second century. This moderator-led discussion of the global outlook, opportunities, and challenges for commercial aviation will include perspectives from each individual panel member’s unique areas of responsibility and experience. Panelists will focus on important questions affecting global aviation, including:
What are the market trends?
What are the key economic and investment considerations for the future?
What challenges face commercial aviation operations, capacity, capability, efficiency, security, resource availability, and environmental stewardship?
How will these challenges drive technology development and implementation?
What emerging technologies can improve capacity, capability, efficiency, security, and environmental issues?
What policy issues may constrain the market?
What effects will globalization have?
Military Aviation Keynote
The keynote speaker will set the tone for an in-depth discussion of the critical issues facing military aviation over the next ten years, and cover recent progress in aircraft design, aircraft systems, air traffic management, operations, and aviation related technologies, as well as policy, planning and market issues affecting the future direction of military aviation.
Military Aviation Panel Discussion
Future Challenges Facing Military Aviation
The evolution of global defense and security priorities creates new opportunities and challenges for developing policy, priorities, technology, and defense capabilities. This discussion of the global outlook, opportunities, and challenges for military aviation will reflect insights drawn from each individual panel member’s unique areas of responsibility and experience. The panel will identify key factors affecting military aviation, including:
- What are the trends for military procurement?
- How will the U.S. role in global peacekeeping and homeland security shape the industry?
- How will U.S. budgetary challenges affect the industry?
- What major challenges face military aviation, such as resource availability, operations, capacity, capability, efficiency, security, and environmental considerations?
- What technologies will address these challenges?
- How will increased use of unmanned systems change the nature of military aviation?
Keynote Address – The Future of Flight
Aviation plays an essential role in the global economy, and as a driver of technological innovations in capability, capacity, and efficiency. The keynote speaker will address issues raised in the panel sessions and frame the discussion of future directions for aviation technology development.
Business Aviation, General Aviation, and Rotorcraft
Global Outlook Opportunities and Challenges
Business aviation, general aviation, and rotorcraft markets continue to push technology advancements to improve capability and efficiency. The topics to be covered by the plenary speaker and during the panel discussion include:
- What market trends will drive technology development and implementation in these areas?
- What major challenges – including operations, capacity, capability, efficiency, security, and environmental issues – face aviation in these sectors?
- What policy issues may constrain the market?
- What technologies can improve capacity, capability, efficiency, security, and environmental issues?
- What economic and investment constraints exist?
The Connectivity Challenge and Cybersecurity
Protecting Critical Assets in a Networked World
As connectivity of aviation services continues to increase, so too do potential vulnerabilities. this panel will examine the risks posed by the convergence of the global IT supply chain and the aviation sector it supports. Among the issues to be discussed are these:
- Securing enterprise architecture systems for communications
- Traditional and GPS navigation systems
- Surveillance, flight planning, passenger loads, and air traffic control systems
- Security systems for operators, airports, and aircraft
- Spectrum management
The Energy Imperative Panel Discussion
Rising fuel costs and price volatility have dramatic implications for both commercial and military aviation. Experimentation with alternative fuels to hedge against price increases and availability issues in the long term has become a high-profile subject. This session will focus on the following topics:
- What are the future of alternative fuels and propulsion?
- What global trends in energy will impact the aerospace industry?
- To what extent can alternative fuel sources achieve cost reductions or reduce price volatility?
- Are defense aviation and commercial aviation competitors or partners – or both – for alternative fuels?
Developing the Market for UAVs Panel Discussion
Unmanned aerial vehicles offer tremendous potential to create benefits for the public, for the economy, and for technology advancement, especially if the introduction of these systems into the market proceeds in an orderly fashion. The topics to be covered by the panel include:
- What are the opportunities for the UAV market in the U.S. and globally?
- What critical issues – such as privacy, policy formation, regulation, operations, investment, and insurance – will affect the development of the market?
- Is a new regulatory model required for UAVs?
- How far can we push the technology?
- How will increasing use of UAVs change the nature of aviation? Will the public accept UAVs?
Shaping the Discussion: Key Policy Issues Panel Discussion
Aviation’s success will be determined by the degree to which its customers achieve the full potential of their products in the marketplace. The safety, security, and efficiency of the air transportation system are all necessary to the future development of aviation. Policy development is often undertaken without fully comprehending the impacts on the government, the users and providers of air transportation, and the sectors of the economy that depend on the efficiency and vitality of the air transportation system. The topics to be covered by the panel include:
- What trends in the global economy will shape aviation’s future?
- What current policy priorities are most pressing?
- What key policy issues will shape the development of U.S. and global aviation?
- What policy priorities are needed to spur growth?
- Can innovative financing and globally integrated infrastructure improve efficiency?
AIAA AVIATION 2013 is further enriched by the inclusion of complex systems discussions and more than 300 technical papers.
Technical Session Descriptions