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    Paper Submission

    Paper Submission Information

    Detailed topics for which papers are solicited by each conference component are listed below. If you've presented at AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, International Powered Lift Conference, or Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) in the past, you'll want to make sure that you submit your research to AVIATION 2013. Based on the responses to this Call for Papers, these conferences will integrate the AVIATION themes into a detailed technical program. If you have questions, please contact the conference technical chairs listed below.

    Technical Topics  

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    Air Traffic Management
    Aircraft Design
    Energy Efficiency
    Cyber Security
    Powered Lift

    Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Call for Papers (or Technical Topics)

    The AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference has an established reputation for bringing together aviation professionals, practicing engineers, researchers, and policymakers to explore ideas, and share research. Building on this tradition, the AIAA AVIATION 2013 themes will be directly addressed by 2013 ATIO conference, in the following technical topics areas. Commercial, military, business and general aviation issues will be addressed in a collaborative environment, allowing operators to interact with designers and engineers and researchers to network with government policy makers. The event program will be designed to appeal to senior industry leaders and university students alike.

    Global Aviation: Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges
    Aviation, in all of its forms, has transformed the world in countless ways and continues to evolve; improving capability, safety, security, and efficiency through the continued advancement of technology. This track will focus on the future of aviation and will investigate the global market trends, policy issues, technology needs, and societal drivers that are impacting commercial, military, business, general, and unmanned aviation today. Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought addressing the broad spectrum of opportunities and challenges facing the future of aviation. 

    Topic area chair contacts: Peter Hollingsworth and Joe Butterfield.
    Some topics to consider:

    • Market and policy trends that will drive technology development and implementation
    • Major challenges to increased capacity, capability, efficiency, and security
    • Safety certification of commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft (both manned and unmanned)
    • How unmanned systems are changing the nature of civil and military aviation, and what their societal impacts are
    • How economic and investment constraints are impacting the business and general aviation markets

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    Air Traffic Management: Optimization for Capacity, Efficiency, and Safety
    Playing a vital role in addressing environmental concerns and transportation issues are the air traffic systems that guide aircraft and transport people and cargo around the globe. Today’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) system has been highly optimized based on the interdependencies of safety, capacity, weather, and individual stakeholder goals. There is, however, room for improvement. Research in technologies to increase system and aircraft efficiency and to manage aircraft operations at optimal levels are topics of particular interest for AVIATION 2013. 

    Topic area chair contact: Ricky Curran 
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought that discuss a broad range of topics related to ATM, including but not limited to:

    • Diverse Flight Trajectory Modes of Operation (including surface, terminal and en-route, with phases of flight covering departure, climb, cruise, descent and arrival)
    • Enterprise Architecture Systems for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance, Flight Planning, and Air Traffic Control
    • Design and analysis of increasingly complex aviation systems, using integrated system-of-systems methodologies
    • System Operational Efficiency with Increased Demand/Capacity and New Aircraft Types (such as VLJs, LSAs, Unmanned Aircraft, and Lighter-Than-Air Systems)
    • How will the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the NAS impact safety? 
    • UAS Certification Standards and Regulations
    • NextGen and SESAR implementation and integration – successes and challenges

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    Designing the Aircraft: Integrating the Platform with the Mission
    As new technologies move from research and development into operations, an increased emphasis on systems engineering and integration continues to shape aircraft design methodologies. The capabilities provided by advanced computational and analytical methods are being matched by developments in technologies such as materials and propulsion systems, in both military and civil sectors. Papers are sought on everything from design methods to case studies, from system and vehicle level down to detail subsystems. 

    Topic area chair contact: Dani Soban 
    Topic areas include but are not limited to:

    • Design synthesis and multidisciplinary optimization
    • Designing the fleet for market
    • Advanced systems integration, and the application of systems analysis to aerospace design
    • Innovative concepts and technologies (including energy optimized systems, balloons and lighter-than-air systems, electric aircraft, and fuel cell power systems), as expounded by NextGen and SESAR
    • Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies and applications to the market, including: Cooperative UAS; System of Systems Architectures, Technologies, and Applications; Sense & Avoid Strategies and Sensors; Science Applications
    • Value driven design and value engineering of aerospace systems

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    The Energy Imperative: The Impact of Energy on Aviation’s Future
    Rising fuel costs and pricing volatility has dramatic implications for commercial, civil, and military operations. Experimentation with alternative fuels to hedge price and availability in the long term has gotten a lot of interest and media coverage. 

    Topic area chair contact: Mark Price
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought that discuss a broad range of topics related to energy, including but not limited to:

    • How far can we push efficiency?
    • Current state and future of alternative fuels, electric power and propulsion, and other novel concepts
    • Achieving operational and mission cost reductions through automation and autonomy
    • How will global efficiency regulations impact commercial operators? What technologies are needed to enable compliance? 
    • How far can we push environmental and economic sustainability - green design

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    The Connectivity Challenge: Protecting our Assets in a Networked World
    As connectivity continues to increase and benefits from information technology capabilities continue to impact aviation, opportunities for vulnerabilities are also created. Cyber threats to the aviation enterprise provide unique challenges and opportunities. 

    Topic area chair contact: Dave Maroney 
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought that discuss a broad range of topics related to the policy and technology issues surrounding an increasingly networked aviation endeavor, including by not limited to:

    • Security Systems for Operators, Airports and Aircraft
    • Integrated Net-Centric Operations for Air Traffic Management
    • Spectrum Management and Communications
    • Secure GPS Navigation

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    IPLC Call for papers (or Technical Topics)

    Complementing the AIAA AVIATION 2013 program, the International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) will bring together engineers, technologists, and managers to discuss the latest developments in Vertical and/or Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft research, concepts, and programs. IPLC 2013 topics will focus on the technologies, promise, and progress of powered lift systems, with applications ranging from helicopters to advanced rotorcraft to runway independent aircraft to jet-borne lift aircraft. The Technical Chair of IPLC is David Hall. Specific topic area chairs are listed below should you have specific questions.

    Powered-Lift Aircraft Operations and Their Impact to the Airspace System (Civil and Military)
    Topic area chair contact: Paul Bevilaqua


    • Status of Current Programs / Future Programs
    • Budget Considerations on New Programs
    • Advocacy of Powered-Lift to the Public and Political Leadership
    • Economy of Operations / Reducing Costs
    • ESTOL Commercial, Military, and Dual Use
    • Flight Testing Experiences, Pilot Reports
    • Certification Experiences / New Regulations Needed

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    Powered-Lift Design and Design Methodologies
    Topic area chair contact: Doug Wardwell

    • Modeling and Simulation
    • Jet-Induced Effects
    • Circulation Control Aerodynamics and Active Flow Control
    • Powered-Lift Technologies
    • JSF / F-35B Technologies

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    Powered-Lift System Integration Technologies and MDAO
    Topic area chair contact: Craig Hange

    • PHM/HUMS
    • Integrated Flight and Propulsion Control (IFPC) including:  Green Technology and Operations; Simultaneous Non-Interfering Operations; CV and LHA Carrier Operations and Shipboard Systems

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    Powered-Lift Concepts, Air Vehicles, and System Architectures
    Topic area chair contacts: Paul Park and Andy Gibson

    • Personal Air Vehicles 
    • UAV Programs and Operations
    • Super Heavy Lift Rotorcraft/Joint Heavy Lift
    • New Army, Navy, NASA, DARPA Initiatives
    • JSF/ F-35B Program Overview (emphasis on STOVL)
    • History and Lessons Learned
    • Tiltrotor Concepts including V-22, BA609, and others
    • Advanced Rotorcraft Concepts 

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    V/STOL Technical Committee Sponsorship
    In an effort to promote its membership and to encourage young professionals and students to participate in the International Powered Lift Conference, the AIAA V/STOL Technical Committee is offering to provide financial assistance for attendance for a limited number of participants. Interested parties under the age of 35 may submit a one page request with rationale for receiving AIAA V/STOL TC financial support. Examples of rationale should include a copy of an abstract or summary of a paper to be presented, relevance of the meeting to career goals, benefit to the V/STOL community, etc. The request must also include estimated costs for which one would seek reimbursement. Applications must be submitted to Mr. David Hall no later than 28 February 2013 in order to be considered. Final selection of participants will be made based on the rationale information provided and the acceptance of a paper to be presented at the conference.

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    General Information

    Abstract Submittal Procedures
    Abstract submissions will be accepted electronically through the AIAA website at Once you have entered the conference website, log in, click “Submit a Paper” from the menu on the right, and follow the instructions listed. This website will be open for abstract submittal starting 1 October 2012. The deadline for receipt of abstracts via electronic submittal is 28 February 2013.

    If you have questions regarding the submission criteria or questions about AIAA policy please contact Institute Administrator Ann Ames at If you have any difficulty with the submittal process please contact ScholarOne Technical Support at, 434.964.4100, or (toll-free, U.S. only) 888.503.1050. Questions pertaining to the abstract or technical topics should be referred to the corresponding Technical Program Chair. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or rejection on or about 9 April 2013. Instructions for preparation of final manuscripts will be provided for accepted papers.

    Abstract Submittal Guidelines
    Submittals should be at approximately 1,500 words and in the form of a draft paper. Submittals must clearly describe the purpose and scope of the work, the methods used, key results, contributions to the state of the art, and references to pertinent publications in the existing literature. The submittal should include figures and data that support the results and contributions asserted. Both abstracts and final papers should adequately address the accuracy of the numerical, analytical, or experimental results. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected based on technical content, originality, importance to the field, clarity of presentation, and potential to result in a quality full paper. As such, abstracts should describe clearly the work to be included in the full paper, its scope, methods used, and contributions to the state of the art. The abstract must include paper title, names, affiliations, addresses, and telephone numbers of all authors.

    “No Paper No Podium” and “No Podium No Paper” Policies
    If a written paper is not submitted by the final manuscript deadline, authors will not be permitted to present the paper at the conference. It is the responsibility of those authors whose papers or presentations are accepted to ensure that a representative attends the conference to present the paper. If a paper is not presented at the conference, it will be withdrawn from the conference proceedings. These policies are intended to eliminate no-shows and to improve the quality of the conference for attendees.

    Duplicate Publishing
    AIAA policy precludes an abstract or paper from being submitted multiple times to the same conference. Also, once a paper has been published, by AIAA or another organization, AIAA will not republish the paper. Papers being submitted to the Student Paper Competition being held in conjunction with this conference may not be submitted to the general sessions. Author(s) must choose to submit to the Student Paper Competition OR to the conference. If your paper is selected for the competition it will be published along with the conference proceedings.

    Why Submit a Paper?

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    Your paper will be added to AIAA Aerospace Research Central, the largest aerospace library in the world. More than two million searches are performed every year with 150 institutions as subscribers!

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    Receive recognition from your peers for your presentation (or if your student paper is considered for the best student paper award).

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