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Aviation conference to be held Sept. 18-20 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Highlights include opening reception at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and 2nd Technologies for Energy Optimized Aircraft Equipment Systems Forum

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), Bombardier and Queen's University Belfast partner with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to bring three exciting events to the historical aeronautical city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The main event is the 7th Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (ATIO), held with the 2nd Centre of Excellence for Integrated Aircraft Technology (CEIAT) International Conference on Innovation and Integration in Aerospace Sciences, and the 17th Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference.

Organized by AIAA and CEIAT, the conference will be held at the Hastings Europa Hotel in Belfast. The conference general co-chairs are Dr. Wilson Felder, FAA, and Prof. Raghu Raghunathan, CEIAT. Technical program co-chairs are Dr. Danielle Soban, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dr. Mark Price, Queen's University Belfast. Conference plenary speakers include Dr. Wilson Felder, FAA; Luc Tytgat, EUROCONTROL; Michael Friend, The Boeing Company; David Coughtrie, BAE Systems; Andrew Daw, BAE Systems; and John Green, Aircraft Research Association.

"It will definitely be an exciting exchange of aviation and aviation system ideas in a unique international forum. This is certainly one of the very few times that such senior engineers from the United States, Europe and Asia will present their views on the future of aviation," said Dr. Wilson Felder of the FAA. Prof. Raghunathan of Queen's University added, "For Belfast and Northern Ireland this is an exceptional recognition of our strong aviation heritage and close links between us and the United States in aerospace engineering education and research that will inspire both young and professional engineers alike.

Under the theme of Aviation: Industry Without Borders, the joint conference will bring together researchers, designers, analysts, manufacturers, integrators and operators to discuss how to enhance aviation and the aviation system of today while preparing for the needs and issues of tomorrow. Participants will explore new systems analysis methodologies, discuss new aircraft designs and manufacturing techniques and identify potential ways in which the community can address the challenges it now faces in security, economics and the environment.


Tuesday, September 18 - Opening Reception at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Invest NI is sponsoring an opening reception at the Irish Railway Collection Gallery at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Invest NI is part of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and provides strong government support for business by effectively delivering the government's economic development strategies, making the most efficient use of available resources. Invest NI offers the Northern Ireland business community a single organisation providing high-quality services, programs, support and expert advice.

Wednesday, September 19 - Special Session: 'Flight Vehicles for the Future'

This unique extended session organized in collaboration with W5, Northern Ireland's fantastic Interactive Discovery Centre, will include talks and interactive workshops focusing on innovations in the design and operation of futuristic vehicle concepts. Aimed at 16-19 year olds, the session will relate mathematics and physics to their practical applications in this exciting area before demonstrating how to stretch these novel designs - inspiring tomorrow's aviators today! Schools have flocked to take part and the event is fully booked with a waiting list. This event is part of W5's Skills and Science programme.

Wednesday, September 19 - Awards Banquet

Bombardier is sponsoring the AIAA evening awards banquet at the Hastings Europa Hotel.

Friday, September 21 - TEOS Forum

The current environmental challenges facing the aviation industry are addressed in this topical workshop following the conference. Industrial and academic participants from the United States and Europe will discuss ways in which aircraft design can be improved to reduce energy consumption and consequently benefit the environment. The TEOS Forum will highlight past and future research efforts in the integration of more electric systems.


For more information about the conference and special events or to register, please visit: Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press. Contact Sharon Grace,

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