Modernization of Avionics and ATM — Perspectives from the Air and Ground
25-29 October 2009
The Florida Hotel &
Conference Center
Orlando, Florida

Thank You from the General Conference Chair

Thank you for your attendance at this year’s 28th Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Orlando.  It is your continued support of this conference and others like it that keeps the avionics family a close-knit one.  Throughout my career I continue to run across and do business with many of the same people that I have met through my association with this conference.  I have found that while people’s affiliations and geographical locations may change from time to time, the relationships that we build at conferences endure over the long term.  The 28th DASC was in fact rich in technical content, but it also provided this long-term continuity of relationships for many of the people attending.  In addition to the networking and technical presentations we have all come to expect from the DASC, we continue to experiment with new ways of providing value to our attendees.  This year we added a new event to our line-up.  We held an interactive workshop that provided the attendees to participate and shape a report on integrated versus federated avionics.  We also saw the return of poster sessions as well as having a demo from an academic institution, this year being the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University EcoCAR Demo.

 At this time I would also like join Bob Lyons in extending a warm welcome to you for the 29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference to be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, UT on October 3-7, 2010.  Please note that the date is three weeks earlier than what has been typical over the last few years, so please plan early.  Our theme for 2010 is " Improving Our Environment through Green Avionics and ATM Solutions".  Just as was the case at the 28th DASC, a dual focus will be maintained on airborne and ground systems.  We will also continue to offer opportunities to publish and present on a wide range of favorite avionics topics, including but not limited to communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS), air traffic management, integrated modular avionics (IMA), avionics applications, uninhabited aircraft systems (UAS), spacecraft, human factors, human-machine interfaces (HMI), flight critical systems, avionics design, aircraft modernization, aircraft maintenance, and logistics support.  You can also expect to see the return of the interactive workshop and poster sessions.

 In closing I, would like to thank the Conference Committee, our invited Plenary and Panel Speakers, authors, presenters, exhibitors, attendees, and of course the hospitality of our team at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center for making the 28th DASC a memorable experience and I look forward to seeing each of you next year.

Tom Redling
28th DASC General Chair