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Avionics Systems Panel (ASP)

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AESS Past President 2000-2001; Avionics Systems PaneI Chair; EEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference Rep; IEEE/AIAA/NASA Integrated Communications Navigation & Surveillance Rep

Avionics Systems Panel report to the AESS BoG - October 2016

Avionics Systems Panel report to the AESS BoG - May 2017

Avionics Systems Panel report to the AESS BoG - Sept 2017

Avionics Systems Panel Presentation


The Avionics Systems Panel (ASP) is a Technical Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS). The Panel shall address avionics systems for aircraft/rotorcraft/unmanned aircraft (commercial, military, general aviation); communications; command and control; air traffic management; space systems (launch vehicles, spacecraft and satellites); history of avionics systems and economic impact of avionics systems.   Because of it’s scope the Panel will also support, monitor and analyze the FAA Next Gen project and it’s impact on commercial, military and general aviation.

1.    The purpose of the Panel is:

•     to sustain and oversee the programs of the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS); and create new conferences or partnerships.
•    to manage the nomination and selection of candidates for IEEE Awards in the domain of Avionics;
•    to promote and support publications in the domain of Avionics;
•    to promote educational activities in the domain of Avionics;
•    to encourage the submission of nominations for IEEE Fellows and Senior Members in the domain of Avionics;
•    to provide periodic revision of IEEE Standards pertaining to the domain of Avionics;

2.    The Panel is composed of IEEE members who are representatives of industry, government laboratories, educational institutions and professional societies, and who are active in the domain` of Avionics.


The Avionics Systems Panel meets at least annually, usually at the DASC and ICNS.  Further discussions are held by email as led by the Panel Chair with decisions taken by email proxy, as appropriate. The Panel Chair or their designee provides minutes of meetings, attendees’ list and a current membership list after the meeting.

The panel includes five or more standing Committees. Current Committees are:

  • Avionics Conference Committee: responsible for supporting and selecting volunteers for the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), the Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS)  and creating new conferences or partnerships, consistent with the IEEE guidelines on Conferences.
  • Awards Committee: responsible for selecting nominations for the IEEE and AESS Awards, and conducting a selection based on ASP established standards and procedures.
  • Standards Committee: responsible for maintaining, periodic revision and communication of standards provides inputs for other IEEE Standards as requested.
  • Education Committee: responsible for advancing the education, publications, and IEEE member levels of students or new members of the Avionicscommunity.
  • Nomination and Elections Committee: responsible for the process of nomination of Panel Chair and Vice-Chair, IEEE Senior Members and Fellows, and maintaining the process for selection of Avionics System Panel members with the concurrence of the current ASP Chair.

Each Committee Chair has the responsibility of documenting the processes used for selection of members, and conducting the Committee responsibilities. Each Committee elects its own chair from members, with the concurrence of the Panel Chair.

The Panel elects a Chairman, whose term of office is two years. The elected Panel Chair will then recommend a Vice-chair, with the concurrence of the Nominations and Appointment Committee, to serve a term of the same duration. Voting and rules-of-order are established in the By-Laws of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.  The Vice-Chair will stand in and lead Panel meetings when the Chair is absent. Committee chairs shall be limited to two (2) two (2) year terms.

Membership in the Panel is open to active IEEE and AESS members from the Avionics community, who has demonstrated leadership and the desire to advance Avionics technology and system capabilities. Membership falls into one of two categories: (i) active, (ii) emeritus. To remain active, a member must have attended at least 2 of the past 4 meetings. Only Active Members of the Panel can vote on ASP motions and business decisions.

Committees are not considered to be permanent, and will be continued at the recommendation of the ASP Chair and the Nominations and Elections Committee. Initiation and/or conclusion of a Committee activity will be authorized only by a vote of the ASP membership.


The objectives of this Panel are represented by the objectives of the individual committees. 

Avionics Conference Committee Objectives:

1.    Work with AIAA DATC in reviewing and selecting DASC and ICNS conference proposals.
2.    Develop new conferences related to the ASPs areas of interest.
3.    To strengthen the IEEE Avionics Conference series by encouraging more regional and international participation.
4.    Educate Avionics Conference Committees as to Best Practices.
5.    Make a recommendation on the future of the cycle of international conferences.
6.    Maintain a repository of past conference Budgets, Final Reports, and lessons learned.

Awards Committee Objectives

1.    To honor our major technology contributors.
2.    Establish and publish process for nomination and selection of IEEE and AESS Avionics Awards, including the Warren White Award, and the Fred Nathanson Award for Young Engineer.
3.    Increase the visibility and number of candidates for Major IEEE Awards.
4.    To award those unselfish individuals that donates their time and energy to promote the Avionics community.

Standards Committee Objectives

1.    To provide input to Standards maintained by other parts of the IEEE.
2.    Identify possible standards activities in avionics.

Education Committee Objectives

1.    Encourage and support  student participation in DASC and ICNS Conferences.
2.    Facilitate Tutorials for conferences and Section Meetings.
3.    Encourage the generation and dissemination of Avionics educational opportunities.

Nominations and Elections Committee Objectives

1.    Establish and document the process for election of ASP Chair & Vice-Chair, and Committee chairs.
2.    Plan and execute Election process for ASP Chair and Vice-Chair.
3.    Facilitate ASP nominations/endorsements for Senior Member and Fellow Grade.

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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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