5–9 June 2017
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Call For Papers

Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Opens: 29 August 2016
Abstract Submission Closes: 27 October 2016, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Author Notification: 8 February 2017
Manuscript Deadline: 3 May 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

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Go to: Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology
Go to: Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Go to: Air Transportation Integration & Operations (ATIO) - Aerospace Traffic Management (ATM)
Go to: Air Transportation Integration & Operations (ATIO) - Aircraft Design and Integration 
Go to: Air Transportation Integration & Operations (ATIO) - Unique and/or Transformational Flight Systems
Go to: Applied Aerodynamics
Go to: Atmospheric and Space Environments
Go to: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Go to: Balloon Systems
Go to: Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange
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Go to: Computer Systems
Go to: Flight Testing
Go to: Fluid Dynamics
Go to: Ground Testing
Go to: ITAR Papers
Go to: Lighter-Than-Air Technology
Go to: Modeling and Simulation Technologies
Go to: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Go to: Plasmadynamics and Lasers
Go to: Thermophysics
Go to: Theoretical Fluid Mechanics


Papers that address all aspects of the generation, propagation, and control of vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals are being solicited. The program’s technical content will include theoretical, experimental, and numerical contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts. In addition, in-depth reviews and timely surveys will be considered. Topics for the conference are listed below. Studies in other related areas, particularly the application of aerospace noise suppression technologies in other industries, and papers pertaining to non-aerospace research with potential application to the aerospace industry are encouraged. Topics areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to the following topics. Additional Details>

  • Interior Noise/Structural Acoustics
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Loads/Sonic Fatigue
  • Propeller, Rotorcraft and V/STOL Noise
  • Sonic Boom
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
  • Acoustic/Fluid Dynamics Interactions
  • Active Control of Noise, Vibration and Flows
  • Advanced Testing Techniques
  • Airframe/High-Lift Noise
  • Community Noise and Metrics
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Duct Acoustics
  • General Acoustics
  • Integration Effects and Flight Acoustics

Please direct questions to:
Anastasios Lyrintzis

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Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology

The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems (ADS) Technology Conference provides the world’s leading scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers, and promising students within the field of parachute and aerodynamic decelerator systems an opportunity to present recent advances before a knowledgeable international audience. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Modeling and Simulation: Advances in applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology, applications, and techniques; flexible structural modeling techniques; progress in fluid structure interaction (FSI) modeling; studies combining experimental, analytical and/or numerical techniques; CFD/FSI verification and validation; atmospheric modeling; and prediction techniques.
  • System Applications and Operations: Decelerator systems for personnel, cargo, aircraft escape, spacecraft reentry, ordnance retardation, and unmanned aerial vehicles; logistics; environmental effects that affect system life cycle, aging, damage, maintenance, and repair; life-cycle extension programs; system studies; definition of new decelerator applications; visual training simulations and training; airdrop/aerial delivery planning methods; and wind field and environmental data processing techniques.
  • Testing: Ground and flight testing of systems and components; instrumentation; advanced data acquisition techniques; data processing methods; low-cost airborne measurement methods to estimate trajectory and dynamics; miniaturized sensor technologies; remote sensing technologies; in-flight measurement techniques used at ground test facilities; and atmospheric measurement techniques.
  • Materials and Manufacturing: New materials; weaving; material forming methods; sewing; bonding; fabrication methods; automation and inspection techniques; quality assurance; statistical process control; production cost reduction processes; material specifications; and material science.
  • Design and Development: Precision aerial delivery programs; development of ballistic parachutes, gliding parachutes, parachute clusters, paragliders, and inflatable structures; packing methods; deployment and extraction systems; reefing and staging methods; parachute system components and hardware, including attachment structures, release and dis-reef devices, mortar systems, ejection seats, composites, and airbags; updates on the development programs of aerodynamic decelerator systems, including new programs, completed programs, and lessons learned; and guidance and navigation development.
  • Other: Decelerator system and components aerodynamics; structural analysis; drag characteristics and stability; scaling; flow field and wake characteristics; pressure distributions; databases, storage and retrieval; technology transfer; education; and historical aspects.

Please direct questions to:
Ben Tutt

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Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement techniques for laboratory, ground-test or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows, including all speeds from incompressible to hypersonic, all thermodynamic conditions including plasmas and combustion, all scales from microfluidics to geophysical flows, and all diagnostic techniques from surface sensors to laser-based imaging. Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, rather than the particular fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. Specific areas of relevancy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Flow temperature measurement
  • Flow velocimetry, including particle and molecular methods
  • Spectroscopic techniques, such as Rayleigh, CARS and Raman
  • Stereoscopic, volumetric, and tomographic methods
  • Time-resolved flow imaging and high-frequency measurement
  • Global surface measurement, including temperature- and pressure-sensitive paint
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors and sensor miniaturization
  • Aeroacoustic diagnostics including microphone arrays or flow pressure/density
  • Diagnostics for harsh environments or production-scale testing
  • Uncertainty quantification and error analysis of advanced diagnostics

Please direct questions to:
Brett Bathel
Mirko Gamba

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Aerospace Traffic Management (ATM)

High quality papers are sought that relate to the advancement of Air Traffic Control (ATC), Air Traffic Management (ATM), ATM modernization, unmanned systems development and integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), capacity improvements, safety enhancements, and expanded access to commercial space transportation operations.

  • Air Traffic Control and Management Systems (ATC/ATM) including NextGen and Future Concepts
  • Trajectory Management and Optimization of Network Operations
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Approaches in ATC/ATM
  • Air Traffic Management of En Route, Terminal, and Surface Operations
  • Human Factors in Aviation Operations
  • ATM Performance and Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Operational Approaches to Increased Reliability and Safety
  • Operational Approaches to Environmental Impact Mitigation
  • Weather Impacts on Aviation Operations
  • Increased Autonomy in the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Integration and Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the NAS
  • Expanded Access to Commercial Space Transportation
  • Separation Assurance/Self-Separation/Single Pilot Operations
  • Special Session: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Safety

Please direct questions to:

Karen Marais
Scot Campbell
Vince Schultz

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Aircraft Design and Integration

Technical papers are sought in areas of Aircraft Design (AD), General Aviation (GA), and Design Engineering (DE). Crosscutting (X) papers relating any of these three areas with other technical disciplines represented in AVIATION are welcome. Topics include the design, performance studies, and discipline-oriented analyses of aircraft spanning the spectrum of aircraft types and novel/unconventional configurations, their subsystems and technologies. Areas of interest also include environmentally conscious concepts and technologies, quantification and improvement of safety, and system level design implications on the broader operational environment. Topics also include design engineering, processes, methods, techniques, tools, technologies and overarching paradigms from the standpoint of applications of interest, demonstration of new and creative developments, and design education. Additional Details >

  • AD - Methods and tools for aircraft design, integration, and architecting; advanced concepts and applications
  • AD - Design of innovative or unconventional aircraft configurations, including unmanned aircraft and transformative flight systems
  • AD - Performance studies and aeronautic discipline considerations in aircraft design (e.g. aero, structures, environment, manufacturing, safety)
  • GA - Revitalization of General Aviation through adoption of emerging technologies, new market opportunities, and implications of integration into future operational environments (including the impact of combined GA-UAS operations)
  • GA - Environmentally-conscious concepts and technologies for General Aviation
  • GA - Quantification/improvement of General Aviation safety through analysis or new technologies
  • DE - Design processes, tools, and techniques (e.g. MDAO, computer aided enterprise systems, Augmented Reality, Cloud Computing)
  • DE - Advances and applications in knowledge based engineering, model based design, and other design paradigms
  • DE - Design Education, successful STEM in K-12, university curricula, projects and activities
  • AD-X – Methodologies or studies addressing the impact of aircraft (system) level design and performance on the airspace system, route network, and broader operational context
  • AD-X – Sailplanes and highly efficient airplanes. See special session under Applied Aerodynamics

Please direction questions to:
Timothy Takahashi (Aircraft Design)
Nicholas Borer (General Aviation)
Nijo Abraham (Design Engineering)

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Air Transportation Integration & Operations - Unique and/or Transformational Flight Systems

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets such as on-demand mobility. Topics of interest include market studies for on-demand aviation, aircraft configuration design, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, and autonomy and simplified vehicle operations. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/STOL, including design, analysis and test. This includes STOL aircraft and VTOL aircraft, regardless of propulsion system type.

  • Innovative/transformational aircraft concepts for emerging markets
  • Electric propulsion integration and component technologies
  • V/STOL concept design, analysis, and test
  • On-demand mobility vehicle concepts and market studies
  • Transformational airspace concepts for on-demand mobility
  • Operational aspects of on-demand mobility and transformational flight
  • Flight testing of on-demand mobility and transformative vehicle technologies

Please direct questions to:
Simon Briceno
Brian German  

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Applied Aerodynamics

This event provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of technical material in diverse areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental applied aerodynamics. Conference sessions will focus on technical topics in the areas of wind-tunnel and flight-testing aerodynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, sonic boom mitigation, high angle of attack and high lift aerodynamics, CFD high lift prediction, low-speed low-Reynolds number aerodynamics, bio-inspired aerodynamics, airfoil/wing/configuration aerodynamics, propeller/rotorcraft/wind-turbine aerodynamics, weapons and store separation aerodynamics, aerodynamic design methodologies, optimization methods in applied aerodynamics, active flow control, vortical/vortex flow, unmanned aerial vehicle designs/tests, propulsion aerodynamics, missile/projectile/guided-munitions aerodynamics, aerodynamic-structural dynamics interaction, and application of CFD methods to aerodynamic configurations validated against experimental data. Additional Details >

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Flight, Wind-Tunnel and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD & Numerical Correlations with Experimental Data
  • Environmentally Friendly / Efficient Aerodynamics and Enabling Technology
  • Flow Control Applications & Demonstrations (Active & Passive)
  • High Angle of Attack and High Lift Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Icing or Roughness Effects on Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Innovative Aerodynamic Concepts & Designs
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Designs
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Applications
  • VSTOL/STOL Aerodynamics
  • Weapons Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Aerodynamic Design Optimization
  • Special Session: Carriage and Store Separation
  • Special Session: Sailplane Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Design Efforts For Effective Agile Military Aircraft
  • Special Sessions: Low Boom Activities

Please direct questions to:
David O’Brien
John Farnsworth
Jeremy Pinier
Crystal Pasiliao

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Atmospheric and Space Environments

Papers are sought to provide the aviation community with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environment. Particular interests include, but are not limited to, aircraft icing/deicing, wake and atmospheric hazards on aviation, weather modeling and aerospace meteorology, atmospheric environment and airspace management. There is a "Best Student Paper Competition" for papers whose principle author is a student and is delivered by that student (graduate or undergraduate student). The student must be a member of AIAA to be eligible for the award. Please be sure to submit student papers to the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition topic area. Suggestions for invited papers and joint sessions are also welcome. Additional Details >

  • Aircraft Icing/Deicing
  • Wake Vortices, Turbulence, and Other Atmospheric Hazards to Aviation Operations
  • Observations and Modeling of the Atmospheric Environment
  • Weather Impacts to the National Airspace System
  • Atmospheric Environment and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition

Please direct questions to:
Zhongquan Charlie Zheng
William B. Wright

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Papers are solicited that present new theoretical, computational, or experimental results in atmospheric flight mechanics. Topics of interest include recent simulation and flight test evaluation of a variety of vehicle configurations, including fleet aircraft, X-vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and missiles. Papers covering advanced technologies to meet challenging atmospheric flight problems during ascent/abort and re-entry flight phases of launch and other spacecraft vehicles are also welcome. Interesting and novel flight mechanics problems or lessons learned during the development and testing of these vehicles would be of particular interest as well. Authors must submit a draft manuscript for consideration, and abstracts alone will not be accepted. Students should also consider competing in the best Atmospheric Flight Mechanics student paper competition. Additional Details >

Specific areas of relevance include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods
  • Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Handling Qualities, and Performance
  • Flight Test, System Identification, and Parameter Estimation
  • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Dynamics
  • Unmanned Systems and Small/Mini/Micro Aerial Vehicles
  • Airships and Hybrid Airships
  • Planetary Entry and Aeroassist Technology
  • Aeroservoelastic (ASE) Control, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization
  • Unsteady and High-Angle-of-Attack Aerodynamics
  • Invited Sessions and Workshops

Please direct questions to:
Jared Grauer
Christopher Karlgaard

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Balloon Systems

The AIAA Balloon Systems Conference provides a forum for the world’s leading experts, scientists, and engineers in free flight balloon systems technologies to present recent advances in the field. Technical papers are being solicited in all areas consistent with the stated purpose of the conference and that touch on any aspect of ballooning. Papers on design, analysis, projects, programs, systems, software, operations, materials, and other related topics are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Balloon program reports, goals, and future plans
  • Balloon design and applications
  • Balloon systems, flight system designs, and applications
  • Balloon flight operations
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Balloon system enabling technologies
  • Near Space Opportunities
  • All other balloon related topics

Please direct questions to:
Henry M. Cathey, Jr.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics

The Fluid Dynamics and the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments technical committees solicit papers covering all aspects of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) relevant to aerospace applications. The major emphasis of the conference will be on new or improved algorithms, but also relevant will be applications that challenge current CFD capabilities, interdisciplinary topics in which CFD plays a predominant role, and in-depth reviews or timely surveys. The CFD conference will host the CFD Student Paper Competition, and the Flow Visualization Event both of which are described in the supplemental material.

  • Novel discretizations or solution algorithms, including continuum, particle-based, Lagrangian, and vortex methods
  • Shock capturing schemes, including high-order methods designed to capture shocks
  • Turbulence simulation and modeling, including RANS, LES, DNS
  • High-order methods
  • Numerical error estimation, solution-adaptive techniques, and uncertainty quantification
  • Immersed boundary, Cartesian, and overset mesh methods and applications
  • Multiphase, non-equilibrium, and chemically reacting flows
  • Unsteady flow simulations
  • Parallel computing
  • Design optimization techniques that require extensive CFD and coupling/linkage methods
  • Interdisciplinary methods including CFD (flow control, fluid-structure interaction, heat transfer, etc.)
  • Integration techniques and frameworks between unified multi-disciplinary and multi-scale models
  • Meshing techniques, including surface and volume grids, adaptation, and moving/deforming meshes
  • Techniques for preprocessing, execution, post-processing, visualization, and data analysis, with emphasis on large data sets and automation
  • Geometry modeling for meshing and simulation, including CAD-CAE interoperability
  • Special Session: Capabilities and Challenges in CFD, Academia, Government, and Industry Perspective
  • Special Session: Towards Industrial LES/DES for Aeronautics (TILDA project, European Union)
  • Special Session: Recent Advances in Adjoint-Based Methods for CFD 

Please direct questions to:
Eric Johnsen

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Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange

The Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) provides a forum for addressing cross-discipline systems engineering topics associated with increasingly complex aerospace and space systems. The global aviation system, which includes the air traffic management system, the airspace, and the aircraft that fly in it, represents one of the most complex system-of-systems in the world. The goal of this year’s Exchange at AIAA AVIATION 2017 is to invite participation in exploring current topics relevant to the aircraft and air traffic control community, from a systems thinking perspective. Understanding and managing system complexity helps engineers to rethink test failures, cost overruns and delays, to manage large diverse and geographically dispersed teams, and to balance the risk of testing early vs. the diminishing return of continued analysis throughout the product lifecycle.

The objective of CASE in 2017 is to address the most relevant aviation system development issues facing chief engineers, program managers, and system engineering professionals, with interactive discussions and activities to include topics such as:

  • NextGen and SESAR Advanced ATM (or what is the next NextGen?)
  • Alternative air transportation models (beyond hub-and-spoke) for new air operations (UAS, Commercial Space, personal air vehicles)
  • The air transportation system: A complexity Primer
  • Supersonic Aircraft Designs, and their impact on the NAS
  • Unique Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and their impact on the NAS
  • Certification of increasingly complex aircraft and aviation systems
  • Aviation security / system cyber-security
  • Innovation vs. Safety Culture
  • Insurance for UAS operations
  • Real-time System-wide Safety Assurance

Please direct expressions of interest or participation to:
David Maroney
Dani Soban

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Computer Systems

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical aspects of computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications, focusing on energy-efficient computer systems, parallel/high-performance computing, cyber security, reliability, and correctness of aerospace computer systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy-Efficient Computer Systems
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore, and High-Performance Computing
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Reliability of Aerospace Computer Systems
  • Formal Verification of Aerospace Computer Systems

Please direct questions to:
Miroslav N. Velev

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Flight Testing

Successful abstracts will meet the AIAA abstract submission requirements for length and format. Authors should supply actual results in their abstracts, or indicate the results that they believe they will be able to supply in their final papers.

  • Flight Testing: Papers that cover the flight testing of aerospace vehicles. Such papers may involve research, development, acceptance, operational testing, and demonstration of such craft and/or associated equipment. Of particular interest are emerging applications and collaborative ventures between technical committee disciplines. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.
  • Flight Testing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Flight Testing Conference invites papers that cover the flight testing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The papers presented in this session will focus on the “unmanned” aspect of the flight vehicle(s), with special emphasis on the technical challenges involved in flight testing such aircraft. Such papers may involve airspace integration, research, development, acceptance, operational testing, and demonstration of such craft and/or associated equipment. Of particular interest are emerging applications and collaborative ventures between technical committee disciplines. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the wider UAS field.
  • Flight Testing of On-Demand Mobility and Transformative Vehicle Technologies: The Flight Testing Conference invites papers that cover the flight testing of on-demand mobility and transformative vehicle technologies. The presentations will cover flight testing of subscale models and actual vehicles which promote on-demand mobility and/or incorporate novel design feature combinations, such as VTOL, distributed propulsion, electric propulsion, etc. In-flight validation of modeling & simulation is of particular interest, and both manned/unmanned vehicle projects are welcome. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon this emerging field.
  • Correlation of Ground and Flight Test Data: The joint Flight Testing / Ground Testing Session is a subset of the Flight Testing Conference, and invites papers covering the correlation and synthesis of ground and flight test data for aerospace vehicles. Such may involve research, development, acceptance, operational testing, and demonstration of such craft and/or associated equipment. Of particular interest are papers demonstrating the use of ground test data to inform subsequent flight tests, and the feedback of flight test data to the ground testing community. Lessons learned are of particular interest. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.
  • Flight Test Lessons Learned Oral Only: The Flight Testing Conference invites oral presentations that cover the lessons learned of flight testing aerospace vehicles. Such presentations can cover measurement errors, incidents and accidents of flight vehicles from the past or current events. Content should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.
  • Flight Test Airworthiness Practices Oral Only Workshop: The Flight Testing Conference invites oral presentations that cover approaches to airworthiness for new technologies and one-of-a-kind vehicles. This session will help technologists understand the necessary steps to bring a technology or concept to flight. Content should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.

Please direct questions to:
Karl Garman
Starr Ginn
Calain Schuman

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Fluid Dynamics

Papers are being solicited over a very broad area of fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, including basic research and development, applied research, and advanced technology development. Papers that present new insights into flow physics, introduce innovative applications, address emerging technical areas, or combine experimental and computational approaches are strongly encouraged. Themes for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. Specific topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged.

  • Experimental studies or numerical simulations of fundamental fluid flows (unsteady flows; vortex dominated flows; jets, wakes, separated flows; mixing and shear layers etc.)
  • Multiphysics and cross-disciplinary fluid dynamics (fluid-structure interaction; multiphase flow; acoustics; combustion and reacting flows; aero optics etc.)
  • Hypersonic and supersonic flows; shock/boundary layer interactions
  • Boundary-layer stability and transition
  • Unsteady fluid dynamics and unsteady aerodynamics
  • Low-Re flows and bio-inspired flows
  • Applications of fluid mechanics (aerodynamics of wings, blades, and bodies; flight mechanics; energy and/or power generation systems; bio systems; pharmaceutical applications; micro-gravity environments etc.)
  • Flow control (unsteady flows; separated and attached flows; laminar, transitional and turbulent boundary layers; mixing and shear layers; aero-optic flow control; bio-inspired flow control etc.)
  • Measurement diagnostics, sensor and actuator design for flow control
  • Flow control integration for flight control in configuration aerodynamics
  • Flow control of translating, rotating and reciprocating systems
  • Feedback sensors and systems in flow control
  • Other topics in fluid dynamics and flow control
  • Special Session: NASA's Revolutionary Computational Aerosciences
  • Special Session: Current Progress in HIFiRE-5b Flight
  • Special Session: Research Frontiers in Bio-Inspired Propulsion

Please direct questions to:
Haibo Dong
Anwar Ahmed

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Ground Testing

Papers are solicited on unclassified topics involving Ground Testing (GT). These topics should including the application and description of test facilities, test techniques and/or instrumentation covering all aspects of ground testing including but not limited to aerodynamics, aerothermal dynamics, propulsion, and space systems. Regimes of interest include altitude/atmospheric testing and subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic speed regimes. Also of interest are papers employing ground test data to validate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solvers and models of flow physics (chemistry, turbulence, radiation, etc.).

  • GT in all aerodynamic flow regimes, propulsion, & space environments
  • Design / development / performance of new / modified GT facilities & subsystems
  • Test article design, fabrication, & utilization improvements in GT
  • Advances in test techniques and test/facility management
  • Utilization of GT data in the verification and/or validation of computational models and engineering tools
  • Development, application, and validation of flow diagnostics in GT
  • Measurements to characterize the operation, performance, and uncertainty in GT facilities
  • Cost / time reduction or productivity / management improvements in GT facilities
  • Emerging requirements for GT that exceed current GT capabilities or needed for CFD capabilities
  • Comparisons of GT results to those obtained in the flight environment preflight or postflight

Please direct questions to:
Christine Pastor-Barsi
Dean Jorgensen

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ITAR Papers

Papers are solicited on topics that are controlled by U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and cannot be presented in completely open forums. All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. The program’s technical content will include theoretical, numerical, and experimental contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts relevant to aerospace applications. Specific topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged.

  • Ablation modeling and validation with experimental data
  • Aerodynamic Database Modeling of Missile, Projectiles, and Launch Vehicles
  • Aero-optics
  • Accident or mishap investigations related to aviation
  • Aircraft communication & navigation
  • Aircraft flight dynamics & simulation
  • Aircraft system identification & parameter estimation
  • Flight testing
  • Green Aviation, including fuel efficiency, emissions & noise reduction and ultra-efficient air vehicles
  • Hypersonic flow phenomena
  • Unmanned aircraft design
  • X-56
  • Other topics

Click here to make sure you meet the attendance and submission requirement to present in ITAR sessions.

Please direct questions to:
Brian McGrath
Peggy Hayes

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Lighter-Than-Air Technology

Interest in the potential of lighter-than-air (LTA) systems to meet modern requirements continues to grow as the cost and limitations of conventional aircraft transportation infrastructures increase. An added incentive to airship and aerostat development comes from the worldwide concern over the negative environmental effects of jet aircraft on the global climate. LTA systems have become the subject of renewed interest due to their unique qualities of low energy (propulsion) needs and significant static lift which holds potential for commercial as well as ISR missions. New hybrid LTA systems which incorporate a substantial degree of dynamic lift also offer great promise for providing additional air transportation services, and access to remote regions. Major advances are also being made in the development of key enabling technologies essential to the creation and operation of long endurance, unmanned LTA systems. The airship as a flying carrier for operation of today’s new commercial and military UAS’s holds promise for a new and exciting incorporation of these two dynamic aerospace technologies. These interests, advances, and more will be explored by industry experts at the AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference. The conference is seeking papers that best reflect the latest advances in LTA designs, systems development, and operations. Topics of greatest interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current and Planned LTA Projects, Systems, Initiatives, and Technologies: Airship and aerostat research and development, manned and unmanned systems, and high altitude and low altitude unmanned systems.
  • Missions and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) Analysis: Military support, homeland defense, commercial operations management, and cargo operations in remote regions.
  • Markets and Market Analysis: Commercial, military, scientific, economic and business analysis, market demand, and price sensitivities.
  • Flight Operations and Ground Handling: Infrastructure and logistics, safety considerations, and techniques to reduce ground crew size. “Lessons learned” from past successes or failures.
  • Analytical Studies and Modeling and Simulation: Vehicle and payload design analysis, advanced power and propulsion systems, CFD, aerodynamics, structural analysis, operational support models, and cost models. Particular interest in flight-test or wind-tunnel validated CFD, aeroelastic analysis, and gust response.
  • Systems Engineering and Optimization: System analysis which highlights either the integration/design of the air vehicle, the assembly and testing, or function of the air vehicle as a “node” within a larger system which might include other airborne or ground assets. Multi-disciplinary optimization including structural, aerodynamic, and operational tradeoffs.
  • Regulations and Standard: FAA, EASA, and Asian aviation regulations for LTA systems. Certification criteria, fabric tear criteria, and updated gust criteria. Unique considerations for LTA UAVs.
  • Manufacturing and Material Considerations and Method: Reliability and quality assurance processes, test methodologies (static, ground, and flight), platform design and innovations, and structural analysis.

Please direct questions to:
Michael Conners

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Modeling and Simulation Technologies

The Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, and space vehicle dynamics. Although the conference title is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other conferences.

  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Human-in-the-loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Human-in-the-loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Multi-disciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains (e.g., structural, aerodynamic, flight mechanics)
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of human-in-the-loop simulation
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
  • Model-Based Design and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • Data Analysis Techniques Applied to Simulation

Please direct questions to:
Jeffery Schroeder
Peter Grant

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

For over twenty-five years, the AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MA&O) Conference has brought together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization. Multidisciplinary analysis and optimization is rapidly becoming a standard element of contemporary design methodologies. With significant advances in computing algorithms and power, impressive analysis and optimization applications have been successfully carried out in industry, government, and academia alike. Additionally, theoretical developments ranging from new optimization algorithms to approaches for optimizing system robustness and reliability have played a significant role in the ever-growing acceptance of multidisciplinary design and optimization.

  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Aerodynamic Shape Optimization
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Shape and Topology Optimization
  • Design Optimization of Complex Engineered Systems
  • Metamodeling and Approximation Methods
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
  • High Performance Computing, Dynamic Data Driven Systems, and Large Scale Applications in MAO

Please direct questions to:
Samy Missoum
Scott Ferguson

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Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, and/or theoretical research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with the focus on application to aerospace systems. Fundamental studies and works related to a specific application are relevant to the meeting scope. Submission may also include studies of dual-use technologies that also address problems in other fields such as propulsion, energy, environment, or health. Comprehensive abstracts that state the purpose and scope of the work, outline the methods used, and identify relevant contributions, including figures and preliminary results, are recommended for accurate evaluation. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Plasma and Laser Physics (basic processes, plasma kinetics/dynamics, MHD, DBD, laser plasmas, etc.)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (active flow/shock control, DBD-based flow actuation, ionized gas flows, etc.)
  • Plasma/Laser Assisted Ignition and Combustion (plasma-related kinetics of reacting gases, mixing enhancement, cold ignition, etc.)
  • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (rarefied plasma flow, space plasmas, dusty plasmas, etc.)
  • Plasma and Laser Devices and Technologies (engineering, applications, materials processing, dual-use, etc.)
  • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (thrusters, beamed energy, spacecraft interactions, etc.)
  • Computational Methods (plasma-flow coupling simulation, particle simulation, parallel computing algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (laser-based instrumentation, aero-optics, flow characterization, new facilities, lab simulation, etc.)
  • Plasmas/Lasers for UAV (flight control, communication, engine efficiency, safety, etc.)

Subject area experts interested in documenting comprehensive reviews of state of the art, historical perspectives are encouraged to contact the technical discipline chair with details.

Please direct questions to:
Sergey B Leonov

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The AIAA Thermophysics Conference and the Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits abstracts for topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer and their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Finally, special session and ITAR session topics and ideas are welcomed and encouraged--please contact either Technical Chair if you would like to help organize a special session.

  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems
  • Ablation: modeling, experiments, and applications
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-phase Heat Transfer
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications
  • Theoretical, Analytical, and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change
  • Thermal Management and Thermal Control: Applications, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties

Please direct questions to:
Mark Ewing
Kelly Stephani

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Theoretical Fluid Mechanics

The AIAA Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Conference is being held in conjunction with the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and the AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference in order to facilitate interaction between the international theoretical fluid dynamics community and the broader fluid dynamics researchers and practitioners. The Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee is soliciting contributions that describe innovative analysis methods as well as their applications leading to new insights into fundamental fluid flow physics. Papers that use computational or experimental methods in conjunction with analytical methods in order to address important theoretical issues are also strongly encouraged. In addition, investigations that explore the use of theoretical modeling of flow problems in the aerospace and mechanical engineering industries and/or interdisciplinary applications involving aeroacoustics, flow control, combustion, aerothermodynamics, and micro/nano-fluid mechanics are welcome. Technical topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modern techniques in mathematical analysis
  • Computational and experimental contributions that illuminate theoretical aspects of fluid mechanics
  • Application of dynamical systems theory to fluid mechanics
  • Reduced-order modeling in fluid mechanics
  • Asymptotic methods in fluid mechanics
  • Flow control, including PID, LQG/H MPC, and Lyapunov-based approaches
  • Flowfield estimation/forecasting and adaptive observation, including Wiener, Kalman, Ensemble, Variational, and Hybrid approaches
  • Theoretical aerodynamics
  • General stability, including local, global, and transient growth analysis
  • Instabilities of wall bounded and free shear flows
  • Richtmyer-Meshkov and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities
  • Waves
  • Separated flows
  • Boundary-layers
  • Jets, wakes, and shear layers
  • Unsteady flows
  • Turbulence, including RANS, LES, DNS, and coherent structures
  • Vortex dynamics and rotating flows
  • Shock/boundary-layer interaction
  • Transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flows
  • Rarefied gas dynamics
  • Molecular hydrodynamics and simulations
  • Reacting flows
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Multiphase flows
  • Micro/nano-scale fluid mechanics
  • Bio-fluid mechanics
  • Geophysical fluid mechanics
  • Fluid dynamics of wind energy

In addition to the contributed papers, invited speakers will present reviews and assessments of recent progress associated with theoretical fluid dynamics. The organizing committee welcomes and invites suggestions for special topical sessions and invited speakers. These suggestions can be made directly to Zvi Rusak by 30 September 2016.

Extended abstracts should describe the purpose and scope of the work, methods used, and major results. Refer to the General Information section for procedures and guidelines for abstract submission, publication policy, and technology transfer considerations. Sessions will be coordinated with the Fluid Dynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics Conferences. Authors with multiple submissions to these meetings should alert the relevant technical chairs via email in order to minimize any scheduling conflicts.

Please direct questions to:
Zvi Rusak

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Student Paper Competitions

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
 Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Student author(s) must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
  • Student author(s) must be full-time students in good academic standing at their university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content represents the work of the author
  • Student(s) must be the primary author(s) of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author(s) was a student.
  • Student author(s) must be able to attend the Forum to present their work should it be selected for presentation.

Student Submission Requirements

  • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline of 27 October 2016, 2000 hrs Eastern Standard Time Zone, USA.

For further requirements and instructions, please refer to the detailed descriptions of each Student Paper Competition as described in their call below.


Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Aeroacoustics Student Paper Competition. Student papers should report on original work conducted by students in collaboration with faculty advisors or mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author, must be a student at the time of the abstract submission, and must present the paper at the conference. The student author of the best paper will receive a monetary reward and a certificate at the Aeroacoustics Banquet during the conference. The best student paper award will be selected on the basis of the technical quality of the paper and its presentation. Papers not received by the student paper submission deadline or not presented by the student at the conference will not be considered for the award. Interested students should submit abstracts electronically through AIAA’s web site at www.aiaa.org (see below). Please submit to the appropriate topic and be sure to select “Student Paper Submission” as the presentation type. In addition, at the time you submit your extended abstract, send an e-mail to the Organizing Committee (Tasos Lyrnintzis, lyrintzi@erau.edu) stating that you want your paper to be considered for the student award. It is the authors’ responsibility to contact the Organizing Committee to make sure that the paper is entered in the competition. Authors participating in the Student Award competition must also send a copy of their final manuscript to the Education Subcommittee Chairs (Srinivasan Arunjatesan, sarunaj@sandia.gov and Cliff Brown, clifford.a.brown@nasa.gov) no later than 17 April 2017. Authors must send a manuscript prior to this deadline to be considered in the competition. Please use “STUDENT PAPER MANUSCRIPT” as the subject line of your e-mail.

Please direct questions to:
Srinivasan Arunajatesan
Clifford A. Brown

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Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology

The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2017 Aviation Forum. Papers are sought from students on all research topics related to aerodynamic decelerators. Draft manuscripts should be submitted, which include a brief assessment of prior work by others, an explanation of the paper’s main contributions, and appropriate figures. The draft manuscript must include sufficient detail to allow an informed evaluation of the paper. Up to four finalists will be selected for presentation at the conference. All finalists will receive $1250, and the overall winner will receive an additional $1250.

All student authors will be notified of their status on or about 30 November 2016. An electronic copy of the final paper must be submitted to the competition chair, Nathan Slegers for scoring by 7 April 2017. The final manuscript must also be electronically submitted to the regular conference technical session by the conference deadline. Note that the deadline for submittal to the competition chair is earlier than the conference final manuscript deadline. Scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and audio presentation.

Please direct questions to:
Nathan Slegers

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee, with the support of Calspan Corporation (www.calspan.com), is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2017 AIAA AVIATION Conference. Entrants will be judged by Technical Committee members, and the winner will receive a certificate and $500 award. To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper, and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. Students will present their papers in relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance, and their manuscripts will be published as normal. The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and oral presentation. The written paper will be judged on: 1) relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics; 2) organization and clarity; 3) appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results.

Student manuscripts will be judged prior to the conference. Student presentations will be judged in regular technical sessions. Scores will be tallied during the conference, and the winner will be contacted via email. Unless an unusual number of students apply for the award, all students will be entered into the competition. Due to scheduling challenges in the new large conference format, the winner will likely be recognized at the following SciTech Awards Luncheon and not during the Aviation Awards Luncheon.

Please direct questions to:
Michael Grant

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Atmospheric and Space Environments

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition. To be eligible for this award, the student must be an AIAA member, the primary author of the paper, and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. Students will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance. Papers submitted by students must be presented by the primary author at the conference. The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate and a cash award during the conference. 

Please direct questions to:
Z. Charlie Zheng
William Wright

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Computational Fluid Dynamics

The AIAA CFD Student Paper Competition provides students the opportunity to share their work on CFD study and research. Participation is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university. Each participant must be a student at the time the abstract is submitted. For an accepted abstract, a final paper is required. The student must be the major contributor and the first author of the final paper and make the presentation of the paper at the conference; the student(s) must write the paper and prepare the presentation slides themselves. Awards are based on a combination of the extended abstract (initial screening), the final conference paper, and the presentation. Criteria for judging include the work’s importance in advancing the state of the art; the technical approach; rationale; sufficient and consistent results; verification and validation; what was learned; as well as presentation and paper style, clarity, and format. A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the first place winner, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The results will be announced after the CFD conference, and certificates and checks will be mailed to the winners. All submissions must meet submission deadlines for the CFD conference given in the general information section of this Call for Papers. Entrants should select the appropriate technical topic listed in this CFD conference call and must select “Student Paper Competition” as the presentation type upon submission. Please also note that the paper is a Student Paper Competition Entry on the title page. Papers submitted to the CFD Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area. Student Paper Competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in the conference proceedings and will be archived as AIAA papers.

Please direction questions to:
Eric Johnsen

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

The MAO Student Paper Competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, encourages undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers in the technical topics listed in this call for papers. Co-authored papers are welcome; however, the first author must be an AIAA member and a registered student at the time the abstract is submitted. The student must have played a key role in the research and writing of the paper. When submitting an abstract for the MAO Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization". This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MAO conference. The deadline for the student paper abstracts is the same as the conference abstract deadline and the student paper abstracts will be reviewed in the same way as the regular conference abstracts. The full papers of the Student Paper Competition are due at the same time as the regular papers. No extensions will be granted. The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MAO session during Aviation 2017. The award decision will be based on both the paper and the presentation. The judging criteria are: i) the originality of work; ii) the work's potential importance to the field; and iii) the quality and clarity of the paper and presentation. First prize is $2000 and the runner-up will receive $1000.

Abstract acceptance notification will occur at the same time as the regular papers. Students will be notified if they are finalists, or not, approximately 2 weeks after the final papers are due. The finalists will present their papers in a special MAO session during Aviation. The talks will be limited to 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for judges’ questions, and 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Please direction questions to:
Jason Hicken

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ITAR Abstract Submission Instructions

    1. All abstracts must be unrestricted, cleared for public release, and submitted through the ScholarOne Abstract submission site by the deadline, 27 October 2016.
    2. Go to the AVIATION 2017 abstract submission page.
    3. Complete all 5 submission steps.
      1. Note at Step 2 please:
        1. Select ITAR Technical Paper or ITAR Oral Only Presentation as the presentation type/category
        2. Select the ITAR topic area, and choose from the ITAR submittable topic areas
        3.  Confirm your eligibility to participate in ITAR sessions with the checkbox at the bottom of the page

ITAR Registration requires additional steps, please click here to make sure you can meet these requirements prior to submitting an ITAR abstract.  

Proposals for Special Sessions

Individuals who wish to organize special sessions within the Forum program (e.g., invited oral presentations, panels, or demonstrations) should submit a short proposal using the Aviation 2017 Recommend a Topic or Speaker Form

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Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 03 May 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 15 May 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 22 May 2017

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