Conference Topics

Vietnam air transport quadrupled over the last 10 years and is expected to grow with double digit figures. These extreme growth rates are no exception in the region; the entire aviation system is being put to the test. Airlines are expanding their fleet and networks (destinations and frequencies); Airports and ATC try to upgrade the capacity by building new facilities and/or make smarter use of those available, education; Aviation training institutes struggle to deliver the required amount of well trained and highly skilled professionals. An increasing number of new passengers are discovering the advantages of air travel.

In the aviation practice, operations professionals are doing their utmost to meet the daily flight schedules; there is little time to implement short term plans to increase capacity, let alone to perform a thorough investigation towards innovative solutions for sustainable aviation development. Urban issues, tourism, public transport connection, big data management impact have a major upon airports as well as upon aviation in general.

This raises the question what is the future of Aviation? Is the current capacity crunch just a short term challenge in the long-term trend of stable aviation growth over the last decades? Will aviation be disrupted by new technologies? Will new business or airport operating models or urban planning solve these issues? What can be learned from developments in other regions or industries and what are the insights from scientific research towards these challenges in aviation?


The aim of the AFCS conference is to explore the future of aviation with better understanding the challenges and the solutions. At the conference itself the insights from the scientific and applied research will be shared and discussed with aviation professionals. The keynote speeches will reunite the practitioners and researchers.


We expect fruitful and inspiring discussions among academic, governmental and industry representatives. The conference will include plenary sessions, keynote lectures, and several

specialized sessions on a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • Airports: Optimization of existing capacity including A-CDM procedures *               Airport development including master planning * Airport investments including PPP (public private partnership) arrangements
  • Airlines: Slot management * Incentives in fees and charges (peak pricing) * Airline fleet planning * Connectivity and network development (also related to airport and air space capacity)
  • ATC:  A-CDM network manager * Efficient en route traffic management and planning * Optimal airport arrival and departure ATC procedures
  • Integrated urban development: Big data * Urban issues * Tourism * Public transport connection * Airport City and Smart City development
  • Sustainability: Electric flight * Emission taxation and circularity costs * Intermodal transportation * Synthetic Fuels * Ultra Fine Particles and health * Noise reduction
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul: Advanced maintenance technologies * Composites damage detection & assessment * Data mining and analytics in MRO * Failure analysis * New repair methodologies * Predictive maintenance * Propulsion technologies for aerospace vehicles * Reliability, availability and maintainability * Supply chain and (part) logistics and process optimization.

Research areas like big data, data analysis, simulation and optimization, human factors and safety are relevant in all topics and can be addressed in each session.

Per topic we aim for a well balanced mix of scientific and educational paper presentations and industry contributions. Within all sessions we pay extra attention for education and training issues like increase training capacity and qualification & safety of staff.