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Associations and Fora

FDC is actively involved in several key associations and fora in the sectors in which it operates.


EURopean Organisation for Civil Aviation (EUROCAE) is non-profit-making organization formed in 1963 to provide a European forum for resolving technical problems with electronic equipment for air transport.

EUROCAE deals exclusively with Aviation Standardisation (Airborne and Ground Systems and Equipments) and related documents as required for use in the regulation of aviation equipment and systems.

FDC contributes to:

  • WG-28: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
  • WG-62: Galileo


ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies. This Institute recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization is a not-for-profit organization with more than 700 members drawn from 62 countries world-wide.

FDC is Member of ESTI.


The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is a non-profit-making organisation which is actively involved in coordinating and strengthening the Earth-observation chain and promoting the European Earth observation industry in programmes such as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

FDC is Member of ESARC.


EUROCONTROL is the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.
FDC regularly participates in the LATO and RATF Focus Groups.

The LAnding and Take-Off Focus Group (LATO) is responsible for the Precision Approach, Landing and Guided Take-off operations within the Navigation Domain. It currently covers the use of ILS, MLS and GBAS systems for these applications and reports to the Navigation Sub Group (NSG). LATO discusses both technical and operational aspects of Precision Approach operations.

The RNAV Approach Task Force (RATF) coordinates the activities necessary for the implementation of RNAV Approach and missed approach procedures. It concentrates on the final approach segment but also ensures that the transition from initial and intermediate approach segments is addressed where appropriate.
LATO and RATF are subordinate focus groups of the Navigation Sub Group (NSG).

European Radionavigation Forum

The European Maritime Radionavigation Forum (EMRF) gathers together different bodies from maritime administrations to shipowners' organisations to focus on the co-ordination of European maritime interests in the field of radionavigation systems for development within Europe. One of its main aims is to promote the maritime requirements for the safety assessment and certification of future satellite systems, their augmentation systems and back-up, and to develop material to achieve recognition and operational approval of those systems as part of the IMO World-Wide Radionavigation System.

Galileo Services

Galileo Services is a non-profit-making organization founded in 2002 as a major partner for the Galileo programme. The organization's mission is both to support and assist the Programme implementation and to stimulate downstream technology and business development (terminals, applications and services).

Galileo Services comprises European members ranging from SMEs to large enterprises and international members from both North America and Asia. The members mainly come from down-stream industry.

FDC is Founding Member of Galileo Services.


HCFDC (Haut comité français pour la défense civile) is an association, actor of civil society, which contributes to the French reflection on the doctrine, organization and techniques in terms of social security. It aims at being a platform for exchanges between the State, Assemblies, Communities, Companies and experts on issues related to national security with the purpose of providing better protection of people, businesses and enhanced resilience of the nation to face major risks and threats.

International Association of Lighthouse Authorities

The International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) is a non profit making international technical association gathering together marine aids to navigation authorities, manufacturers and consultants from all parts of the world. IALA Technical Committees aim at developing common standards workshops through publications of IALA Recommendations and Guidelines. Periodically IALA is also mandated by IMO to provide technical expertise on particular subjects.

FDC contributes to the IALA e-Nav Committee.

International Civil Aviation Organization

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the global forum for civil aviation. It develops and modernises Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) with the final mandate to ensure the safe, efficient and orderly evolution of international civil aviation.

FDC contributes to the ICAO Navigation System Panel and to the ICAO Mid Office Performance Based Navigation / Global Navigation Satellite System Task Force (PBN/GNSS TF).

International Maritime Organisation

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is a technical organisation which adopts international shipping standards regulations relating to safety, pollution, prevention, security measure, liability and compensation issues and facilitation of international maritime traffic. IMO is open to participation by all Member Governments.

FDC contributes to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and to the Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation (NAV).

French Institute of Navigation

The French Institute of Navigation (IFN) was created in 1953. Its main mission is to contribute to the development of science and techniques related to navigation. IFN gathers 250 individual members and 40 collective members : companies, French official entities and business associations.

It provides a discussion forum to work out a transverse vision between the diverse stakeholders interested in navigation and in the applications of localisation and links to the European and the international organizations dedicated to navigation.

FDC is Member of IFN.


The ORganization of European GNSS INdustry of equipment and service (OREGIN) was founded in 1999 to support the development of the GNSS downstream industry with a specific emphasis on Galileo (today more than 160 members from 20 European countries). OREGIN provides programme information, contributes to partnership up to the smallest and less visible innovative industries, advertises EU industry competencies all over the world, supports on-need EU institutions and expresses industry views.

FDC is the Founder and the Coordinator of OREGIN.


Systematic main challenges are to develop new approaches to design futur generations of complex systems and objects.
Innovation is a key factor for industrial competitiveness, it becomes effective when you manage :

  • To bring together Large companies, SMEs and research laboratories working in partnership in a given region
  • To involve high tech SMEs, techno-providers who will become tomorrow’s leaders
  • To get support from public institutions as well as local, regional and national governments

R&D projects developed by Systematic join this dynamics of innovation.
The Systematic goal is to raise Paris-Region at the international top level of the ICTs and specificly number 1 in Software-Intensive Systems (SISs).

FDC is member of Systematic cluster.


RTCA, is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues. RTCA develops Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) or appropriate technical guidance documents through special committees, which become the basis for certification.

FDC contributes to the SC-159 on Global Positioning System.

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