Aviation generates more than $1.5 trillion dollars—that’s trillion with a T—in economic activity each year. It supports more than 11.8 million jobs, both directly and indirectly, and as an engine of commerce it transports 18.1 billion tons of freight each and every year.—Charles F. Bolden Jr., Former Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Innovation or Disruption—Which Comes First?
Are innovations like digital manufacturing, robotics, and autonomy causing disruption in the aviation enterprise?
Or are the social and economic disrupters such as unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity attacks, and green aviation driving the need for innovation?
The jury is still out. But no matter which comes first, it all starts here at the AIAA AVIATION Forum, the only aviation event that covers the entire integrated spectrum of aviation business, research, development, and technology.
NEW for 2017
- More than 2,000 technical presentations—in about 340 sessions—report on the latest innovations on 20+ aviation and aerodynamic research topics that will drive advances in aviation.
- Close to 3,000 participants from hundreds of international government, academic, and private institutions offer scores of opportunities for collaboration and discussion.
- Understand how unmanned aerial systems are catalysts for autonomy, robotics, and machine intelligence, and are changing the nature of civil and military aviation.
- Cybersecurity experts will cut through the clutter to address cybersecurity issues specific to the aviation enterprise.
- Discover the requirements necessary to transform electric flight for large civil transport.
- Learn how development and implementation of today’s technology will drive the future of civil and military aviation.
- Discover how educational institutions are changing in order to build a technologically advanced workforce.
- Hear from general aviation leaders who are innovating, designing, and testing within a new regulatory structure.
- Celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and teams.
- Mingle with yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's leaders in the field of aviation.
Innovation starts here. And there is nothing better than being here in person.
You have the chance to affect things. Some ideas that I’ve seen have started in hallway conversations at AIAA forums and a year later…5 years…10 years later you see the fruits of those discussions.—Rich Wahls, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
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