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Growth of air traffic density and new emerging technologies require air navigation modernization and increased airspace efficiency. Most demanding is the last phase of flight where aircraft operate close to the ground on approach and landing. Here, guidance needs to be precise enough to guarantee safety while minimizing environmental impact especially with respect to noise. Performance Based Navigation (PBN) approach types such as APV, LP, LNAV/VNAV have been recently complemented by LPV-200. Enhanced and synthetic vision systems are being demonstrated to improve current approach procedure minima and GBAS is heading towards CAT-III capability. Helicopter operators seek for low level IFR applications with low visibility approach procedures to helipads on demanding surroundings. Legacy systems like ILS and MLS are still being improved to cope with environment issues.

Since last ISPA in 2013, a new area of interest has emerged. An exponential increase of Unmanned Aircrafts (UA), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Personal Air Vehicles (PAV), etc. is currently experienced worldwide. The expectations on these new systems are going to be far beyond todays utilizations. Unmanned and manned automated vehicles are being developed in parallel. Pilotage beyond Line of Sight are the grail to unpredicted new service opportunities. Clash of interests between todays settled airspace users and new UA based services is inevitable. Highly accurate and integer positioning and navigation systems play a key role in order to pave the way for the coexistence of both communities. PBN knowledge and experience transfer to the UA community is imperative in order to minimize development costs and risks

The International Symposium on Precision Approach and Performance Based Navigation (ISPA) seeks contributions in all these related fields. Information on latest achievements are welcome. Papers may contain, but are not limited to investigate procedures, ground operations, ATC procedures, helicopter operations, noise abatement efforts, environmental impacts, human factors as well as rules and regulations. Moreover, submissions related to technological aspects such as GNSS, augmentation systems, radio navigation, new and emerging navigation services, signals of opportunity as well as guidance and control aspects are awaited as well.

Main Topics

The Symposium will focus on:

Instrument/Microwave Landing System (ILS/MLS)
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
Augmentation Systems: SBAS/GBAS
Required Navigation Performance and Area Navigation (RNP, RNAV)
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision Systems (EVS, SVS)
Alternative Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT)
Operator Views
Airport Views
Unmanned Aerial (UA), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Personal
    Air Vehicles (PAV) Views

Industry Views
Regulator Views
Advanced Procedures
Guidance and Control
Environmental Impact
Human Factors
Rules and Regulations
Automatic Landings


The Symposium language will be English.


Authors are invited to submit papers on any of the main topics for consideration by the Programme Committee.

  1. Abstracts

    Abstracts containing not more than 500 words (File size < 3 MB) are to be submitted electronically by

    31st August 2017

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    The cover page of submitted abstracts shall include:

    - Title of paper / contribution
    - Name(s) of author(s)
    - Identification of presenting author
    - Organisation / company (if applicable)
    - Mailing address
    - Phone and fax numbers
    - E-mail address

    Authors will be notified of accepted / rejected papers by 30th September 2017.

  2. Submission

    1. Submission of Presentations / Papers:

      31th October 2017

      via E-mail to: Opens window for sending emaildgon.bonn(at)

    2. A “Full Paper Review” will unfortunately not be possible for this conference.



Submission of abstracts:31st August 2017
Notification of authors:30th September 2017
Submission of Presentations / Papers:31st October 2017
Distribution of programme:October 2017


Conference Location

MARITIM Hotel München
Goethestraße 7
80336 Munich, Germany

Technical Exhibition

Manufacturers and developers of equipment and components complementing the topics of the Symposium are invited to display state-of-the-art hardware and software. The exhibition will be held in the conference area.

Potential exhibitors are requested to contact DGON via E-mail: Opens window for sending emaildgon.bonn(at)

For further questions please contact

German Institute of Navigation
Attn.: Symposium Co-ordinator "ISPA 2017"
Kölnstrasse 70
D-53111 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49-228-20197.0
Fax: +49-228-20197.19
E-mail: Opens window for sending emaildgon.bonn(at)