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    AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2016 to Explore "Concepts to Reality: Driving the 
    Next Century of Flight Innovation"
    Technology Timeline, HondaJet, Cybersecurity, UAS Development and NASA Aeronautics Among Subjects to be Explored

    May 9, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016) Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016), June 13-17, at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. The theme of the event is "Concepts to Reality: Driving the Next Century of Flight Innovation."

    Featuring 12 discussion Tracks, and 1,500 technical presentations by attendees representing nearly 600 companies, organizations and agencies in 34 countries, AIAA is an international forum that will bring together leading minds from industry, academia and government to provide actionable insights into the critical challenge and opportunities facing aviation and aeronautics. Plenary topics include:: “Leadership: The Technology Timeclock,” “Boeing Centennial,” “Innovation and Inspiration – The HondaJet,” “Cybersecurity,” “UAS Developments” and “NASA Aeronautics.”

    “Our industry is seeing remarkable advances in technology. AIAA AVIATION 2016 will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the current state of the global aviation enterprise, and to strengthen the cooperative frameworks that future advances will depend,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “From cybersecurity, to aeronautics policy, to hypersonic flight, to advances in UAS systems, AVIATION 2016 will cover the aviation sector and provide valuable insight into future possibilities."

    Michael Delaney, vice president and general manager, airplane development, The Boeing Company, will deliver the forum’s opening keynote address, “Leadership: The Technology Time Clock,” on June 13. Other notable speakers include: Charles Bolden Jr., administrator, NASA; Tara Chklovski, founder and CEO, Iridescent; Richard A. Clarke, chairman & CEO, Good Harbor Security Risk Management LLC; Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle, United States Air Force, Air National Guard (ret.) and NASA astronaut (ret.); Michimasa Fujino, president & CEO, Honda Aircraft Company; John S. Langford, chairman and CEO, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation; Michael Lombardi, director of the Boeing Archives, The Boeing Company; C. Daniel Mote Jr., president, National Academy of Engineering; John Olson, vice president, space exploration systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation; and Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.

    AIAA AVIATION 2016's Forum 360 panel discussions will include: “Commercial Aviation: Solving the Disruption Challenge,” “The Future of (Engineering) Education,” “NASA Roadmaps: Guiding Direction for Aeronautics Research Investments,” “The Future of Military Aviation,” “Restoring the Foundation of Aviation,” “Aircraft Design and Testing: Today and Tomorrow,” and “Hypersonic Flight Testing: X-15 to Space Shuttle and Beyond.”

    AIAA AVIATION 2016 will also feature a symposium on June 15–16, entitled DEMAND FOR UNMANNED: Catalyst for the Machine Intelligence Revolution. The symposium will examine how UAS are catalysts for autonomy, robotics, and machine intelligence; and how they are changing the nature of civil and military aviation.

    AIAA AVIATION 2016 will feature two recognition luncheons. The first, on June 14, will celebrate achievements in the aerospace sciences, and the following AIAA awards will be presented: a Aerodynamics Award, Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award, Fluid Dynamics Award, Ground Testing Award, Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award, Plasmadynamics & Laser Award, and the Thermophysics Award.The second luncheon, on June 16, will celebrate achievements in aircraft and atmospheric systems, and the following AIAA awards will be presented: Aircraft Design Award, Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award, Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautic Program Management, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award and the Piper General Aviation Award.

    The premier sponsor of AIAA AVIATION 2016 is The Boeing Company. AVIATION 2016’s platinum sponsor is Lockheed Martin Corporation. The forum’s executive sponsor is Honda Aircraft Company. Other sponsors include: Aerion Technologies, Airbus, Aurora Flight Sciences, Bastion Technologies, DARcorporation, XFlow CFD, and Dunmore Corporation. Media sponsors are Aviation Week Network and Aerospace America.

    For more information on AIAA AVIATION 2016, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Conference registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


    About AIAA
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