2016 Conference Programme

Leadership, Change and Implementation
World ATM Congress 2016
Conference Programme Agenda
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Aviation is a dynamic, complex and challenging industry. It generates over 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in economic activity as well as many other benefits to society. Air traffic management (ATM) provides the connectivity that enables airlines and airports to serve as the most visible parts of a complex aviation industry. ATM already harnesses some amazing technology in its efforts to improve its performance while maintaining safety as its number one priority. It does that despite governance structures that inhibit regional cooperation; traffic flows based on the operational requirements of airspace users; and the need for stable long-term planning and investments. As the pace of technological change accelerates, how well is the ATM industry implementing what is available in a way that builds for today yet facilitates transformation for the future?

The Conference of World ATM Congress 2016 examines the joint industry leadership challenges that face air navigation service providers, airlines and airports; takes a fresh look at the changes being created with remote towers; reviews the impact of new entrants into the airspace; and predicts what we will actually achieve in the next five years as the springboard to the future.

Tuesday 8 March
9.15 – 9.45 Brief Introductions and Opening Speech
Peter F. Dumont
, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association
Jeff Poole, Director General, CANSO
Julio Gómez-Pomar

Secretary of State of Infrastructures, Transport and Housing, and President of ENAIRE (Spanish Transcript, English Transcript)

Ana María Pastor Julián, Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Spain (Spanish Transcript, English Transcript)


9.45 – 10.45 Session One: Big Picture Leadership

Aviation is a complex system and value chain that depends on its various parts working together in a holistic manner with a clear understanding of the respective needs and requirements of the other parts. That is easier said than done and extends beyond simple cooperation. It calls for an elusive formula of a common vision mixed with clear and inspiring leadership from each of the players.   

This session brings together the leaders of ATM, airlines and airports in a focused discussion on the issues that most need to be addressed today. Over and above the normal considerations of safety, capacity and operational efficiency, what are the critical ATM-related issues that are of concern to airlines and airports? Global tracking? Avoidance of conflict zones? Noise versus emissions? Impact of new airspace users? Competition for tower services?

Ed Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Airways New Zealand


Kay Kratky, Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Airlines 
Eric SchrammExecutive Vice President Operations and Accountable Manager, Air France  
Tan Lye Teck, Executive Vice President, Airport Management, Changi Airport Group
Martin Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer, NATS  
Neil Wilson, President and CEO, NAV CANADA

10.45 – 11.15 Networking Break
11.15 – 12.30 Session Two: Down to Earth - Airports and ATM

Airports are at the forefront of some significant reforms in the ATM industry. It is at airports that competition is being introduced. ATM services in airport control towers are being outsourced and the introduction of remote tower technology digitises what was the last truly analogue part of the ATM process. Over time, that will see more opportunities for competition to be introduced.

Do airports fully understand how they can add value to their customers through their control tower? What are the barriers to change? Do air navigation service providers (ANSPs) see remote tower technology not only as an opportunity for improved operational efficiency but also for competitive outsourcing and added value for users? How can A-CDM (Airport - Collaborative Decision Making) best be implemented on a more widespread basis?

Olle Sundin, Director General, LFV

Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DFS 
Nils Svan, Vice President Strategy, dans
Anders Ledin, Senior ATM/Airport Advisor, Swedavia AB
Michael Gerry, General Manager, Saab ATM 
Moodie Cheikh, CEO and Co-Founder, Searidge Technologies  

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


Wednesday 9 March
9.15 – 10.30 Session Three: Creating Space for New Users

Drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), balloons, and commercial space vehicles are some of the multiple new users that are creating additional challenges to airspace management – from below, within, above, passing through and even undeliberate re-entries. They cannot be ignored or banned so the ATM industry needs to understand the unique opportunities and challenges that these users of rapidly developing new technology will bring.  The opportunities and challenges will be in both currently controlled airspace and from many small vehicles in Class G uncontrolled airspace. 

What are the inevitable new requirements and new approaches/technologies from these new uses of airspace? How are we going to embrace change yet bring order into what might otherwise be chaos? How will current responsibilities and processes have to change? What should be the respective roles of regulators and airspace management?

Marc Viggiano, President Emeritus, Saab Sensis Corporation, and CEO and Founder, Niteopark LLC

Sean Cassidy, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Amazon Prime Air
Parimal Kopardekar, Manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project and Principal Investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM), NASA Ames Research Center
Luc Tytgat, Strategy & Safety Management Director, EASA 
Iacopo Prissinotti, Head of International Strategies, ENAV
Elizabeth "Lynn" Ray, Vice President, Mission Support Services, FAA

10.30 – 11.00 
Networking Break
11.00 – 12.15 Session Four: Implementation: Where We Think We Will Be


The future is notoriously hard to predict and forecasters are never held to account, which is why long-term visions are so popular. What is much more difficult is to predict accurately where we will be in the immediate future, say five years. Yet that is the right timeframe for the ATM industry to be looking as this will be the critical period for implementation of significant technologies from SESAR and NextGen in particular but also from new entrants. So, what will be the status of implementation five years from now? 

How closely aligned are the expectations of the major deployment programmes, the ANSPs and the suppliers for the next five years. How will that differ by regions or by maturity of individual ANSPs? What else should we be worrying about and trying to fix now?  And what exactly does that mean in terms of expectations and challenges beyond the five year period?

Peter F. Dumont,
President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association 

Massimo Garbini, Managing Director, SESAR Deployment Manager
Edward L. Bolton Jr., Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration
Kevin Shum, Director General, CAAS (Singapore)
Todd Donovan, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Thales ATM
Neil Planzer, Vice President, Airspace Solutions - ATM, Boeing

12.15 Lunch & World ATM Congress Exhibition


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