In past years, large formal symposia were eventually held related to PBN and other topics. Feedback from the procedure design community was that these events were quite useful, however such events eventually focused too much on speeches and not enough on the consequential interaction. As a result, when an interesting topic for IFP experts was tabled, there was usually not enough time to discuss the issue in depth. This was the motivation to launch the IFP conference, an event specifically dedicated to the Flight Procedure Design and Validation community and any related field of expertise.
The first IFP Conference organized by the Air Navigation Institute held in June 2017 in Lisbon was a great success and participants agreed that this event needs to be held on a regular basis. The rundown as organized at the 2017 event proved to be optimum, so this informal format continued to be the key element for all future events. The second IFP Conference in Barcelona was equally successful with an even better attendance. The same can be said about the third edition in Dublin, which was the first formal get together of the International Flight Procedure Design and Validation Association IFPDAVA. The IFPDAVA General Assembly decided that the Conference will continue to be organised by ANI.
At this moment IFPDAVA does not shop for any sponsorship nor is it meant to be a commercial operation. The participation feeis only there to recover the cost of the event and the organisation and administration thereof. Should a profit occur it will be used as funds for IFPDAVA. Typically there are about 100 seats available. The rundown is set up in a way that there is always enough time to discuss the presented topics and also other issues. Interaction between participants is the key element.