2017 Conference Programme



World ATM Congress 2017

Conference Programme Agenda

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Air traffic management (ATM) is a complex, high technology industry but is characterised by a focus on safety, a dependence on humans and a fragmented governance structure based on State-by-State institutional arrangements. It is on the cusp of significant changes as a result of deployment of new technologies, new entrants to airspace and to the ATM industry, increasing competition and the ever-present pressures from airlines and other airspace users for improved performance and cost efficiency. 

Despite the desire for harmonised global approaches, ‘single’ regional skies and air traffic flows based on user requirements rather than national boundaries, the industry faces significant political and institutional barriers to change. Furthermore, there is considerable diversity among air navigation service providers with regard to national and regional cultures, organisation and business models, levels of traffic density, traffic complexity, ATM infrastructure and technological platforms. The ‘what’ needs to be done to facilitate transformation is often clear while the ‘how’ to achieve it remains elusive.

The Conference of World ATM Congress 2017 considers how best to ‘create the right culture’ that will facilitate quicker, desired change in this complex environment. It will start with an airline view – not just of the airline requirements but how the airline business has coped with and facilitated major changes and how it is seeking to respond to geopolitical changes and events. It will then look at achieving better performance through people and at how to collaborate more effectively between multiple stakeholders. It will take a fresh look at a specific example of the challenges of change in ATM - how to integrate remotely piloted aircraft systems and drones safely into and alongside airspace.

Tuesday 7 March
9.15 – 9.45 Brief Introductions and Opening/Welcome Speech
Peter F. Dumont
, President & CEO, ATCA 
Jeff Poole, Director General, CANSO
Julio Gómez-Pomar

President, ENAIRE 

Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Spain 

9.45 – 10.45 Session One: 

Responding to geopolitical and other changes 

ATM is adept at handling challenges at the operational level on a daily basis - but what about the broader geopolitical changes now taking place and not within the control of ATM?

Ask an airline CEO to comment about ATM and the response will be a well-known and well-rehearsed monologue on the need for better performance, better efficiency and lower costs to be achieved through reduced fragmentation, regional airspace initiatives, more air traffic flow management etc. For this session, however, we have asked a high profile and highly respected airline CEO to describe how significant changes have been faced and overcome in the recent past and how the airline is “creating the right culture” to overcome even greater challenges in the future. How exactly does the airline inspire a common view and recognition amongst its management, staff, shareholders, regulator and others of its planned changes? 

How does an organisation ensure it has a culture of adapting with timely and speedy responses not only to the ‘predicted’ future but also to the sudden shifts in traffic flows and traffic growth caused by factors such as Brexit, US political change, strong currency swings, major international conflicts, natural disasters, etc.?

How does the global aviation industry survive and thrive in an increasingly isolationist political environment?

Keynote speech with an airline CEO and a presentation by an aviation economics adviser. 

10.45 – 11.15 Networking Break
11.15 – 12.30 Session Two: 

How do we create an innovation and people performance culture in ATM?

With such a strong emphasis on safety and an almost in-built resistance to change in ATM, what are the ‘new ingredients’ that will enable the right culture to drive improved performance through innovation and acceptance of new concepts and technologies? 

How do we ensure positive challenges to conventional thinking and facilitate new, more holistic thinking to the emerging and critical issues facing ATM? 

Are there different approaches for management, staff, industry partners and regulators or is a generic partnership approach the best way forward? 

What can we learn from the latest ‘human performance’ work in ATM that may assist with creating the right culture?

How does an industry supplier ensure that its workforce is motivated to commit and invest in the future of its ANSP customers?

How can we ensure that ATM is truly attractive to the next generation?

This panel session will be moderated by a human aviation performance expert and comprising two ANSP CEOs, a staff representative and the CEO of an industry supplier.

12.30 Lunch & World ATM Congress Exhibition
 17.30 –19.00  World ATM Congress Opening Reception 


Wednesday 8 March
9.15 – 10.30 Session Three: 

The information technology culture and multi-stakeholder collaboration

As the world of ATM evolves and changes, so does the need to exchange information faster and more efficiently to ensure well-informed decisions. Digitisation and new technologies will provide the mechanisms but how will the requirements for collaboration be affected in a complex, multi-stakeholder industry? How can we do better? Conventional wisdom is that building of trust is a pre-requisite for effective collaboration - but how do we create a culture of even greater trust between organisations when so much is dependent on automated technology?

What lessons can be learned from today’s challenges of cross-border, cross-industry and civil-military collaboration? How do we ensure integration and deployment in a safe and secure manner of dedicated gateways and IP networks to create homogeneous infrastructure? How do major industry suppliers collaborate with different ANSP customers in multi-faceted environments?

This panel session will be moderated by an ANSP CEO and comprise the SESAR JU and three supplier CEOs.

10.30 – 11.00 
Networking Break
11.00 – 12.30 Session Four: Implementation: 

Airspace and UTM: Will we develop the right approach or will the future just happen to us?

Drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)…..whatever the name, they are already with us and there is much debate on the challenges to and the implications for airspace management. How can we bring together and properly integrate some fundamentally different ways of thinking, different cultures and operational concepts of operations as well as different business models and social drivers?

Numerous research, operational, policy and regulatory initiatives are underway on UTM (Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management) concepts – but what new frameworks, approaches and responsibilities are needed to coordinate and harmonise the airspace implications of UTM, given so many different organisations and stakeholders with such diverse (and often conflicting) interests and cultures?

Is a new approach needed to enable all to embrace the opportunities but prevent fragmented approaches, duplications and gaps? 

How will autonomous operations, control through technology and standards, driven as much by market forces as aviation requirements, affect the role of regulation and also change the existing paradigms of ATM?

This session will look at how the European Commission is intending to establish oversight of drones and its implications for ATM, followed by a panel discussion to provide some broader perspectives.

This session will start with a speech by the European Commission followed by a panel session moderated by an ANSP representative with a drone producer, a business drone operator and two ANSP CEOs.

12.30 Lunch & World ATM Congress Exhibition


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