Innaxis at ICRAT 2016

Between June 20 to 24, our PhD student Seddik Belkoura went at the very doorstep of the famous Rocky Balboa Statue, as the seventh edition of the International Conference on Air Transport (ICRAT) was held at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) . This successful event, co-organised by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration-USA) and EUROCONTROL, put the emphasis the next generation of researchers, with a strong participations of students keen on interacting with more mature and expert minds.


In Seddik’s presentation during the conference, he wanted to highlight the dynamic nature of the delay propagation process in Air Transportation. He showed in his talk that abnormal delays at a given airport (those with an unexpected magnitude) can perturb the way the delays are propagated in “normal” conditions. The quantity of “surprise” necessary to disrupt an airport can be quantifiable, and an approximation of the additional delay necessary to disrupt the propagative dynamics of each airport have been proposed by Seddik. The audience’s interest at this point indicated that work have still have to be done to master all the complex behaviours of some processes like delay propagations.


The event was a success, and the areas of investigation within Air Transportation were quite wide. One special note have been noticed by Seddik: the growing number of presentation (and attention) to drones. The recentness of the concept and the velocity with which it develops and spreads is such that it deserves a special attention. Legislation are not yet fully explicit and a lot of work to design the “future” if happening right now. It is the moment to use our experience with Aviation to better fashion the drone system. Specifically, the importance of data should be pointed out, to allow a better development and a continuous improvement of this new and growing complex system.


Seddik’s paper and the presentation about drones will be soon available on the official website of the conference (



INOUI Final Dissemination Forum, Cologne Germany

Part of the INOUI Consortium, INX attends the Final Dissemination Forum

INOUI or, INnovative Operational UAS Integration, has had its final dissemination conference to present results and findings from the project. INOUI is funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission and, as the title alludes, it focuses on the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in non-restricted airspace.

An UAS consists of one or more remotely piloted aircraft, one or more pilot stations and the command and control links as well as any other system elements. Today, UAS are used mainly for miliary missions but civilian UAS usage is expected to grow. It is estimated that Europe could potentially represent the second largest market for UAS.

If integrated properly, UAS could provide a large amount of benefits for all stakeholders. However, some challenges must be tackled such as: lack of international regulations, reliability in regulation and certification, radio spectrum capacities, along with political and public acceptance.

The INOUI project has focussed primarily on:

  • Identifying the spread of operation concepts for UAS applications
  • Identifing how the UAS can fit into the ATM System of 2020
  • Identifying how UAS can benefit from SWIM
  • Identifying the safety issues related to UAS and developing high level safety objectives and requirements,
  • Identifying potential airport types for UAS operations

Paula López-Catalá is the primary researcher from Innaxis. She has been working on the INOUI project principally on Work Package 4 lead by Boeing which focuses on the 2020 UAS Common Operation Picture (SWIM Enabled).

The Final Conference was assisted by Alberto Blanch and Melanie Kubik. A retrospective concerning the final conference as well as documents to the INOUI project deliverables can be found at: .

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