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Air Transport and Operations Symposium

ATOS 2013 will be held together with ISIATM in toulouse.

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The focus of ATOS 2011 was about industry and academia considering how air transport should evolve in order to optimise its value in the 21st Century! Slowly but surely, countries are climbing out of the economic recession and growth rates are positive. The aerospace industry can now be very positive about recovery but in that pioneering spirit of the past, needs to focus more than ever on sustaining value in order to evolve faster in the right direction in this transition time of added opportunity; when we can emulate the pioneers of the past! The opportunity that lies in front of us includes other key aerospace performance challenges, such as SESAR’s aims in being able to handle a threefold increase in capacity, improving safety by a factor of 10, reducing environmental impact by 10% and reducing expenses by a half.

As we enter  the 2nd decade of the 2nd century of aviation, and with the EU emissions trading scheme about to enter into force, ATOS 2012 aims to explore how we achieve sustainable progress for the industry. How do we identify, formalize, quantify, optimize and deliver sustained value within the current climate? Can we start to move towards a new Value Operations Methodology that raises the profile of operations research, and incorporates not only cost, but also the environment, safety and capacity into the equation? Indeed, ATOS 2012 aims to build on this aspiration of sustaining value in air transport and operations!

The international aerospace community, both scientific and industrial, is invited to submit abstracts of papers that are consistent with the overall theme of the symposium, as expressed above. In particular, papers are sought that are explicitly positioned within one of the four subject tracks outlined further in this call. We look forward to welcoming you to Delft to what is sure to be a stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable experience. ATOS 2011 was attended well by industry and academic representatives and in particular featured a very strong airline representation. ATOS 2012 will build on this with a particular focus on building mature undergraduate representation and expanding the international outreach to Asia. Luckily, optimization is easy when all the gradients turn out to be positive, so see you at ATOS 2012!

 Prof. Ricky Curran


The goal of the Air Traffic Management is to achieve a safe and orderly flow of traffic. The
economical benefit of an orderly (or high) flow is immediately clear, but who should pay for the
safety? And how much should we spend to achieve an advancement in safety? Or on the environment? Are the goals set in Flight Path 2050 economically feasible?

On top of this, the Air Transport System is a distributed system with ground and airborne elements and many different stakeholders. This often means costs and benefits are also distributed. And not
necessarily in the same way: very often the costs lie elsewhere in place and time compared to the benefits.

We all work on advancing the efficiency, sustainability and safety of air transport. What is the economical side of these developments? Do we take that into account sufficiently? How can we make a trade-off between the different aspects and interests? Are we currently on the right track or do we need to change the way we run ATM research? How do you make a trustworthy cost-benefit analysis of ATM research & development?

Do you have a topic related to this theme, which you would like to present and discuss with a broad audience of ATM experts, policy makers and industry at the ASDA seminar 2012? Send in an abstract of your paper/ presentation and attend!


Kurt Klein


The first ComplexWorld event in 2012 is intended as a forum to bring together researchers from academia, research establishments and industry that share common interests and expertise in the field of Complexity Management that lies at the intersection of Complexity Science and Air Traffic Management.

ComplexWorld, one of the SESAR Work Package E research networks, will create an open partnership between universities, research centers and industry, aiming at lowering the barriers for the ATM community to have access to and benefit from Complex Systems science, attracting talented Complex Systems researchers towards ATM, and defining, developing and maintaining a clear roadmap for establishing and consolidating a research community at the intersection of Complexity and ATM of clear added value for the European Air Transport sector.

The Conference will focus on Complexity Paradigms for Smart, Green, and Integrated Transport, including new concepts and developments in areas that explore how Complexity Science can contribute to understand, model, and ultimately drive and optimise the behaviour and the evolution of the ATM system that emerges from the complex relationships between its different elements, in terms of safety, performance and sustainability.

The Conference will be open as well for presentations of specific air transport operation challenges of special complexity in terms of high number of stakeholders involved in the operation process, lack of a management paradigm of the information involved, decision-making processes in the context of high uncertainty, lack of data or information to support the decision-making processes. The challenges will be presented through a particular case study and the goal is to identify case studies with high potential of being analyzed through new paradigms by the research community.

David Pérez


The International Meeting for Aviation Product Support Processes (IMAPP™), a conference-styled symposium, is sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Product Support Technical Committee (PSTC). IMAPP™ meetings have developed into an internationally acclaimed networking platform to collaboratively discuss Product Support and Aftermarket related Processes, Technologies, Trends, Best Practices, and Standards.

The IMAPP™ program includes panel discussions, presentations on selected subject matter with related technology demonstrations, harmonization, standardization in aviation-related compliance regulatory matters, as well as training, and high-tech business development discussions.

IMAPP™ 2012 will explore the field of Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA) Design and Operations as relevant for air travel, public transportation, equipment maintenance, and organizational adaptability. SPA incorporates Aerial Fire Tankers, Flying Hospitals, Exploration A/C, Civil Aerial Tankers, and all kind of flying platforms that have applications in addition to passenger/freight transportation. Abstracts exploring certification, qualification, and applicable airworthiness of SPA are encouraged and welcomed.

IMAPP™ 2012 will also take a comprehensive look at the primary and associated causes of No Fault Found (NFF) and Rogue Units and the development of cost-saving solutions in response to these causes. Since the reliability and cost of Aircraft Manufacturing & Operations are at all time highs the relevancy of this subject matter, which focuses on the use of improved reliability and repair systems based on technological and operational advances, cannot be understated. Abstract in the areas of enhanced repair concepts leading to improved performance, cost, and safety aspects of air transport, development of integrated, 'safer', 'greener' and 'smarter' systems for the benefit of all airline operators and maintenance service organizations, and reduction of Aircraft-On-Ground (AOG) are encouraged and welcomed.

Lori Fischer



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