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34th DASC Proceedings Are in the Mail!

The 34th DASC Proceedings CDs have been mailed out and should be delivered within 8 weeks, depending on your location.

Thank You from the
34th DASC General Conference Chair!

Greetings to all 34th DASC participants.  It is with more than a little sadness that I sit here and write my last message to all of you.  Let me begin with my sincerest thanks to all 34th DASC Participants for making our very first International DASC a tremendous success.  We exceeded every metric we planned and feedback was entirely positive.  Building upon this success, our Executive Committee has decided to return to Europe in 2018!  Please make sure to take the conference survey form and let me know where you want to go next.  But before we transition our website to the 35th DASC, please allow me to share with you my proudest moments of the conference.

First and foremost, the experience of working with my Conference Committee will be one of my most valued memories.  We had so many challenges to overcome related to budget and location.  They stepped up to increased workload from the start and came up with creative ways to deal with planning a conference over 4,000 miles away and they kept me motivated.  Their dedication took us to the top!  And a big shout-out to Dr. Pavel Paces and his eight students who helped us through-out the week.  It is always great to see young people at our conferences.

Our Keynote Speaker and Executive Plenary really wowed me.  They were fully engaged in the conference theme of “Impact of Global Mandates on Avionics Research and Development” and incorporated enough differing opinions combined with humor to set a pleasant atmosphere for collaborative discussions for the rest of the week.  Our technical authors and presenters continued the momentum providing the latest research on safe and efficient air operations amid new requirements as new vehicles and technologies impact the global airspace.

We tried new things that I am proud of.  Dr. Janet Kavandi and Dr. George Ponchak visited the Czech Technical Institute to present and engage students in Aerospace careers.  Several evening events were added to increase the attendee’s opportunities to fully experience Prague without missing any time at the conference.  The conference welcome at U Fleků, the concert at the Klementinum, the Awards Banquet at Francouzská Restaurace and the day trip to Cesky Krumlov are hopefully wonderful memories for you also.

As I close, I want to thank our Conference Sponsors one last time; they were tremendous providing much appreciated financial support.  I want to thank my own organization, NASA, for allowing me to pursue this great adventure.  As the season changes from DASC to Autumn, I am busy catching up on writing my own technical papers and can’t wait to reconnect with all of you at next year’s 35th DASC in Sacramento.




Denise Ponchak
34th DASC General Chair


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