World ATM Congress 2021

The Aireon Spotlight Stage Agenda

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

10.10 – 10.30 DFS Aviation Services

Title: Keeping Pace with Innovation: Operating ATC Systems in a Cloud and Web-based Environment

Kai Engles
Florian Rätzer, SysEleven 

Abstract: Hear about DFS Aviation Services’ thoughts and experiences about advantages and challenges of cloud and web-based operations of ATC systems and the transition towards it. Together with our cloud service partner SysEleven we look behind the curtain. You get insights about the agile development process, security mechanisms, network, redundancy and save for failure principles of the web-based ATS system PHOENIX WebInnovation. Learn about its different use-cases (mobile version, contingency centers, tower operations, extension or modernization of already existing legacy systems) as well as about relatively simple methods to extend the display or to integrate additional information, while keeping the same high quality standards of ATC system development.
10.40 – 11.00 Boeing

Title: Operational Efficiency for Sustainable Aviation

Sherry Yang
Alvin Sipe

Abstract: A safe and sustainable aviation is vital to the global economy and the aviation industry.   In July 2021, the Boeing Company released its first Sustainability Report, in which the operational efficiency is identified as one of four (4) key areas.  In addition to fleet renewal with each generation of aircraft reducing fuel use and emissions by 15% to 25%, improvements in operational efficiency can collectively reduce fuel use and emissions by approximately 10% in the near term.  For more than two decades, Boeing has worked with airlines, governments, industry trade groups and academia to operate and fly airplanes more efficiently while increasing safety. This presentation shares our journey on the operational efficiency improvements from Tailored Arrivals, to Flight Optimization Services and to Four-dimensional trajectories (4DT) live flight demonstrations (LFD) and Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) on Boeing ecoDemonstrator platforms.  The 4DT LFD flights traversed the busy airspace across the U.S., and the trajectory operations encompassed sharing constraints,  identifying the need for reroutes, negotiating conflict-free efficient trajectories, sending digital clearances to the aircraft, and sharing aircraft trajectories with ground automation systems. IPS is a recently introduced standard of the next-generation air traffic management connectivity.    The Boeing ecoDemonstrator program accelerates the innovation by taking promising technologies out of the lab and testing in the air and in the real operation environment to solve real world challenges for a sustained long-term growth.  
11.10 – 11.50  LINUX

Title: InterUSS Project - Open Source for U-space Interoperability

Reinaldo Negron, Wing 
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL
Benoit Curdy, FOCA 
Koen de Vos, GUTMA
Joey Rios, NASA

Abstract: As the UAS industry prepares to launch routine U-space services in Europe, U-space Service Providers will develop to globally-accepted standards that meet the requirements laid down in regulation.

The Linux Foundation will explore how open source implementations of these standards can help governments and third-party providers to safely and dependably integrate UAS into U-space airspace.

Panelists will discuss recent demonstrations of UAS Service Provider interoperability standards highlighting the ability of the open source solutions to address needs around the sharing of operational intents in U-space.
12.00 – 12.20 iTEC

Title: iTEC Building the Digital Sky

Torgeir Slotte

Abstract: iTEC is taking significant steps as a response to the ATM challenges and the evolution of the European airspace architecture, to play a leading role in building the future European Digital Sky. ATM Industry is facing the rise of digitalization, of systems and services, in a sector of extreme complexity. The iTEC partners are sharing in this presentation a common vision towards one Single Sky.
ITEC is an alliance of seven of Europe’s leading air navigation service providers (ANSPs): DFS (Germany), ENAIRE (Spain), NATS (United Kingdom), LVNL (Netherlands), AVINOR (Norway), PANSA (Poland) and Oro Navigacija (Lithuania) that manage some of the most complex and busiest airspaces in the world.
12.30 – 12.50 Indra

Title: Digital CNS: Transforming CNS services from earth to space.

Miguel Muñoz

Abstract: Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems are key in the provision of safe and efficient traffic management for ATM and U-Space. These systems have traditionally been ground-based and generally installed on mountain tops or at airports. In the years to come new ground-based technologies such as PSR3D, Remote Maintenance Monitoring System, Voice over IP Communication Control System GAREX 300 will revolutionize the current performances and will improve the ATM. Even though, the performance of these ground-based systems is limited by topography and availability of land. “New Space” and its two pillars (increasing availability and competition in the launch market increasing number of Low Earth Orbit satellites) are dropping the price of new constellations opening up for new and more cost efficient solutions in the provision of new services models. The use of space-based infrastructure is a necessary step towards the provision of CNS for ATM services in remote areas or big sectors where they are not available today, blurring the border between oceanic/remote and continental airspace.
13.00 – 14.00 Aireon

Title: Aireon’s Robust Data Offerings: Surveillance Data for ATS & Expanded ATM Use

Michele Carandente
Louis Bakienon, ASECNA

Abstract: Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system began providing real-time, global aircraft data to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) when the system went operational in 2019. Since then, Aireon continues to provide surveillance as a service to ANSPs globally, improving safety and efficiencies in many parts of the world. Just over two years later, Aireon announced new innovative data service offerings for aviation stakeholders available through advanced data fusion mechanisms. 

Join Aireon and ASECNA for this presentation on an in-depth look at Aireon’s latest innovative tools and products used for expanded air traffic management use and unique cases of how global customers are using Aireon’s one-of-a-kind data for air traffic surveillance.

14.10 – 14.30  ADB SAFEGATE

Title: The Future of Tower Systems: How Digitization Improves Efficiency and Safety and Reduces the Workload of Controllers

Christian Woborsky

Abstract: The Convergence of traditional ATC Systems like A-SMGCS, E-Strips or Info Systems into a ‘Single Screen’ Integrated Controller Working Position (ICWP) and its integration with Airside, Gate & Terminal Systems enables Automation & Orchestration of airside operations.

ADB Safegate presents OneControl, the Next-Gen Digital Platform with its extensive range of services, integration capabilities and new operational concepts to support ATCOs in their daily operational, tactical & strategic challenges.

In this presentation we demonstrate the benefits of a tight integration of various ATC services and how such an integration enables workload reduction, efficiency gain and safety enhancements.

14.40 – 15.00 Vaisala Oyj

Title: Incoming Weather: How Better Awareness Improves Airport Operations - The Role of Remote Sensing Technology for Aviation Safety

Floriane Grussenmeyer

Abstract: Every airport in the world strives toward the same goal: On-time and safe operations. But hazardous weather conditions can risk safety, cause delays or, at worst, bring operations to a halt. Reliable and accurate real time weather awareness both at and beyond the aerodrome area reduces the impact of bad weather, helping to ensure smooth airport operations and avoid downtime.  

Remote sensing can fill the gaps in situational awareness at and immediately surrounding an airport, enabling airports to provide better and safer service to airlines, pilots and passengers.  

Join us at the Aireon Spotlight Theatre, to hear more about:  
- The increasing challenge of weather hazards in aviation  
- How remote sensing instruments play an essential part in situational awareness during constantly changing conditions both at the airport and in the approach area 
- Recent advancements in remote sensing technology  

Role of Remote Sensing - Presentation
15.10 – 15.30  EGIS

Title: The Impact of Standardisation on the ADSP Promise

Isabel Franke-Chaudet

Abstract: The pandemic has put a spotlight on why the aviation industry must become more agile to cope with structural shocks such as those we are experiencing right now. The airspace architecture study foresees that ADSPs will play a key role to deliver on this through the introduction of more scalable and resilient ATM. But what is the role of standardisation to realise the ADSP promise and how can we avoid the pitfalls of the past? In this presentation Isabel Franke-Chaudet looks at the current landscape and what it means for ANSPs.

The Impact of Standardisation - Presentation

15.40 – 16.00  Rohde & Schwarz

Title: Increasing Security in Air-Ground Communications: Next Generation ATC Radio with Security-by-Design Architecture

Francesco Gualtieri

Abstract: The availability of ATC infrastructures is the prerequisite for safe and secure airspace operations. ATC systems, currently evolving towards modern IP based architectures, take advantage of the flexibility, scalability and security capability offered by IP technology. Rohde & Schwarz supports this approach and redefines the next generation of ATC radios, introducing an innovative security-by-design architecture, resulting in a highly resilient radio. While security requirements are the main driver for the overall design of the new IP based radio, the multiple IP interfaces flexibly support various deployment scenarios in modern ATC networks.

Next Generation ATC Radio - Presentation

16.10 – 16.30 Rohde & Schwarz

Title: Increasing Security by VCS in the Private Cloud – Trusted Certificate Authority for M2M Transactions

Aureliu Martin

Abstract: With the latest deployments of the VCS in data center and cloud topologies, whilst relying more and more on customer shared network environment, mechanisms for enhancing the cyber-security aspects are needed. Top to that, ease of long-term lifecycle support and scalability are already seen as legitimate assumptions in an ever evolving and future ready environment. Applicability of a mature architecture and field-proven technology for guaranteeing secure transactions between VCS elements provide optimized system usability, secure configuration means as well as a future-proof platform for voice and port authentication, all pillars for safe communications.
16.40 – 17.30     AeroMACS - WiMAX Forum 

Title: AeroMACS Takes off at Airports Worldwide as the Aviation Industry Calls for Secure Networks

Declan Byrne, AeroMACS - WiMAX Forum, President

Abstract: Limited data capacity of ground communications networks at major airports places a burden on several applications and functionalities to meet today’s airport traffic and safety communications demands. Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS) is a high-performance secure airport data link technology, globally harmonized and it has been adopted throughout the world to support this increasing need for data communications and information sharing on the airport surface for both fixed and mobile applications. In the ever-changing aviation environment, AeroMACS has demonstrated to have the characteristics needed to greatly improve operations at the airport surface with less disruption, easy installation and maintenance at a reduced cost. The presentations and discussions will provide the global aviation community in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in deploying effective, secure and profitable AeroMACS networks. 

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

10.10 – 10.30 ENAIRE

Title:  MAGIC: A Project to Implement GBAS CAT II/III Operations in AS-Madrid-Barajas Airport

Patricia Callejo

Abstract: GBAS is regarded as the future of precision approaches typically in CAT III scenarios with high resilience needs. Conceived more than twenty years ago, GBAS is the GNSS augmentation technology that deploys a ground system in the airport to improve accuracy and to provide integrity to the GNSS signal. While GBAS CAT I has been in service for several years in different airports worldwide, GBAS CAT II/III is currently in pre-industrialization phase, ready for early adopters. ENAIRE and Aena became GBAS pioneers by putting into service GBAS CAT I operations at Malaga Airport in 2014. Then two GBAS CAT II/III prototypes were installed in two Spanish airports within SESAR industrial research framework. Currently, ENAIRE and Madrid Airport are working side by side to achieve GBAS CAT III operations in this challenging airport, which could become the first GBAS CAT III scenario within the world. This presentation addresses this most recent project and how it matches other concurrent European proposals.

10.40 – 11.00 EUSPA

Title: Space Contribution to Safer and Greener Aviation

Carmen Aguilera
Katerina Strelcova

Abstract: The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), former GSA, as the company designated to manage the three systems that make up the European Space programme; EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus will present how they contribute to support a greener and safer aviation. First, an introduction on each system will be provided, to later divide the presentation on dedicated sections for each of them. These sections will outline specific examples on how each system contributes to be more environmentally friendly. To finish with, the "HE Open Call" for GNSS and Copernicus in relation to the Green Deal is explained, opening up a range of opportunities for a number of projects.

     Title: DELOREAN: Where we're going we don't need...roads!
Testing satellite technology for Urban Air Mobility with Airbus and Correos

Santiago Soley
 Abstract: European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (Galileo and EGNOS) unleashes the full potential of present and future air operations, and will contribute to the deployment of Urban Air Mobility services within and around a city environment. DELOREAN demonstrates through real flight tests at Benidorm city (Spain), how European space systems are to be considered a key enabler technology for the introduction of safe urban air operations. The project has received funding from the European Union Agency for the Space Programme under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. 
11:05 – 11.25 GMV

Title: Web-Based PBN Procedures Validation: ANSPs' Experience

Luis Álvarez Antón

Abstract: Validation of PBN procedures (including SIDs, STARs and RNP approaches) is a continuous task that ANSPs need to carry out worldwide to comply with national and international regulation. The goal of the magicIFP platform is to put at the disposal of ANSPs an on-line service, accessible through a website, which satisfies their current and future needs for the ground, pre-flight, and flight validation of their PBN procedures, while minimizing their validation cost thanks to the concept of pay-per-use enabled by this Software as a Service (SaaS) PBN validation tool. In the session we will present the experience of two ANSPs (ENAIRE, ANS Finland) that are currently using magicIFP to support their PBN procedures validation activities.
11.30 – 11.50 ERA a.s.

Title: MSS-5

Vojtech Pek

Abstract: ERA company, the founder of the world of multilateration, celebrates its 25th anniversary by releasing the 5th generation of its core product MSS (Multilateration Surveillance System). 
Listen to the story of ERA company from the very first multilateration system through standard´s development to the unique, first, biggest and the best systems deployed around the world and the way how this experience and customers´ feedback has helped to create the novelty MSS-5. 

The presentation will describe the concept of the product, 5 key functionalities, upcoming standards´ readiness and life cycle support.

12.00 – 12.20 STARTICAL (ENAIRE)

Title: STARTICAL, A Pioneering Project to Improve Air Traffic Management, by INDRA and ENAIRE

Jose Luis Chinchilla

Abstract: The Air Traffic sector has a global scope that requires global solutions. Until now, attempts have been made to respond to the needs of Air Traffic Management, but partially, locally or through global infrastructures not optimized for the Air Traffic sector. New technologies and the momentum of the New Space sector open the possibility of providing the Air sector with global space-based infrastructures. In order to implement these new infrastructures, which will offer advantages in economic savings to the airlines, reduction of CO2 emission and will improve the management of their airspaces to the ANSPs, it is also necessary to adapt the regulation and operational procedures. Indra and ENAIRE join forces in Startical, providing technological and operational knowledge to develop a solution that provides the Air Traffic Sector with the benefits of global space-based infrastructures.

12.30 – 12.50 Indra

Title: Boosting the Digital Transformation of the ATM Network

Iacopo Prissinotti
Víctor Martínez


Abstract: Digitalisation in ATM: the integrated Network Management (iNM) project — an initiative of EUROCONTROL to optimise network traffic flows, among other key functions. EUROCONTROL will highlight the importance of iNM for the European ATM Network. 

Indra will explain the state of the art digital solutions in iNM, which will enhance the ATM services that EUROCONTROL provides to its stakeholders, increasing the level of collaboration and automation with innovative capabilities based on virtualisation, cloud computing, AI, data analytics or machine learning in a cyber-secure ecosystem.

13.00 – 13.30 Aireon

Title: Flow Management: EUROCONTROL takes an Innovative Approach with Aireon’s Space-Based ADS-B

Chris Devlin 
Iacopo Prissinotti, EUROCONTROL

Abstract: Accurate and real-time information on flights is essential to improve the management of flows of air traffic within and between regions of the world. EUROCONTROL has recently signed a 10-year contract with Aireon for its global, space-based ADS-B data. The Aireon data will enhance EUROCONTROL’s operational performance, setting the new standard for efficiency and collaboration in Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM). 

Join Aireon and EUROCONTROL for this presentation to learn how Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will benefit the European region, and how it could bring similar benefits to other regions in the world.

13:40 – 14.00  OBIZCO SARL

Title: : A safety case for an integrated ATC voice and data network – a use case

Burhan Ocakoglu

Abstract: When ANSPs migrate their legacy networks to IP, one question that is regularly raised is ‘should we build a joint or separate IP network for voice and data communications ?’ and do I demonstrate it is safe or note. Through our use case, you will discover it is possible and the approach we have used to demonstrate it.
14.10 – 14.30 Vaisala Oyj

Title: Icing Aloft, Dust, Volcanic Ash: Go Beyond the Clouds with New Ceilometer Technology for Aviation Safety and Efficiency

Juuso Pokkinen

Abstract: Airports need more detailed and accurate information than ever on atmospheric conditions to help ensure flight safety. With the new Vaisala CL61 Ceilometer, you can detect much more than cloud height, amount and vertical visibility.  

The CL61 Ceilometer goes beyond the clouds to detect other important phenomena that can impact aviation safety and efficiency such as icing layers aloft, dust and volcanic ash as well as nowcasting the onset of snowfall — in any weather, 24/7.  

Join us at the Aireon Spotlight Theatre to hear more about:  
- Why ceilometers are important for aviation safety  
- Aviation-specific use cases including volcanic ash detection and supercooled cloud layer detection 

14.40 – 15.00 Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

Title: Saab r-TWR Product Family – Today and Tomorrow

Niclas Gustavsson

Abstract: Remote and Digital towers are here to stay. ANS Providers, both civil and military is adopting this for a variety of airports and applications. In parallel, the industry is accelerating the product development and capabilities. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions is market leader in this area with experience of customers within both the civil and military sector. In this session, we will share our latest information about our r-TWR product portfolio, today and tomorrow. All about how the technology supports new ways of working within operations and increases safety and efficiency.
15.10 – 15.30 NATS

Title: Delivering the Future of Queue Management Today

Ben Sandford

Abstract: As ANSPs around the world make increasing use of aircraft PBN capabilities to systemise their airspace, new tools are needed to ensure they deliver on their potential. NATS has created a roadmap to develop the current suite of Queue Management capabilities to optimise arrival and departure operations, with increased tool and airspace inter-operability.  This will deliver an efficient stream of aircraft into and out of the London TMA and enable many more aircraft to achieve continuous descent and continuous climb between runway and en-route airspace.  We have already implemented extended arrival management procedures for London Heathrow and Gatwick, and our Strategic Airport Capacity Management (S-ACM), Demand Capacity Balancer (DCB), and Intelligent Approach™ products are helping airports such as Hong Kong, Toronto Pearson, and Schiphol to maximise their operational efficiency. Find out how these tools will be evolving in the future and the benefits they can provide today.
15.40 – 16.00 ENAIRE

Title: Facing ATC Network Risks in the Single European Sky Concept…

Ángel Crespo

Abstract: ATC communications networks are a key facilitator for the implementation of the Single European Sky concept, which allow the required connectivity between ATC units throughout Europe with the expected levels of capacity, safety and operational efficiency, but also bring some risks which should be properly faced and mitigated. VoIP as use case is a rather clear example of benefits of this facilitator. In addition to an increase in service quality and substantial cost savings, it offers a very interesting feature: the flexibility, that makes easier any reconfiguration of the operational scenario either for efficiency reasons or implementation of continuity strategies. In both cases, it represents a great step towards creating a seamless airspace, but benefits can lose their value if some hazards are not carefully handled.
16.10 – 16.30 Saab Tower Systems Title: Saab I-ATS – Digital Tower Automation for the Future

Carl Evers
Abstract: The advanced tower automation has grown up, and supports efficient and safer operations globally. The Integrated ATC Suite (I-ATS) is the next generation of Digital Tower Automation with a fully integrated working position for tower and approach, flexible HMI and functionalities. I-ATS is in operation with multiple installations globally and pushing the boundaries. In this session, we will give you an update on the latest and greatest within the I-ATS solution and its use at the new Istanbul IGA airport. You will be able to meet the technical export within Saab together with the Chief Planning Officer at IGA Airport Operation Inc.
16.50 – 17.10  Rohde & Schwarz Title: Increasing Safety by CERTIUM® ANALYSIS Test and Measurement Solutions

Klaus Theissen
Abstract: The aviation industry is resuming operations back to more normal levels. This brings new challenges for the providers of a reliable and safe air navigation infrastructure everywhere in the world. Addressing the impact of recent shut-downs and ensuring safe and secure flight operations is more paramount than ever. In the world of air traffic control, failure is not an option. With the CERTIUM® ANALYSIS range of quality assurance, testing and measurement equipment, Rohde & Schwarz decisively enables safety under critical conditions and helps you ensure a safe and secure service on all levels.
In this presentation, we want to give an overview on the new CERTIUM® ANALYSIS portfolio and an update on latest developments. You will specifically learn about
     •NavAids signal analysis in the field and in the lab
     •NavAids signal generation
     •ATC communication analysis

Test and Measurement - Presentation

Thursday, 28 October 2021

10.30 – 10.50 Rohde & Schwarz

Title: Increasing Air Traffic Safety Through Effective Drone Detection

Götz Mayser

Abstract: Drones that fly above prohibited areas are an increasing security risk. Remotely controlled drones repeatedly violate personal privacy, the boundaries of protected areas and air traffic safety. Regardless of the drone pilot’s intention, drones pose a serious safety risk.
A multisensor approach is imperative in nearly all counter-drone scenarios, but is particularly important in the vicinity of airports. Radar technology is used especially to locate drones in the airspace. However, to locate the pilot, which is the only means to minimize costly downtimes, other technologies are needed. Learn more about remote control signal detections and in particular how to address the challenges encountered in the airport environment.

Increasing Air Traffic Safety - Presentation

11.00 - 11.30  INECO

Title: NavAids Flight Inspection Using UAVs

Victor Gordo

Abstract: Flight inspections are essential to guarantee the adequacy of Navaids’ signals in space, but nowadays they require dedicated aircraft, being costly and dependent on the availability of these aircraft. To solve this problem, UAVs provide a flexible and economical alternative to register navaids signals in space. This presentation will show a solution developed to gather ILS and VOR signals and analyse them in real time, based on a Software Defined Radio (SDR) and a a microcomputer installed on board the drone, connected via cellular communications to a GIS tool which receives and presents the data on real time and allows to define the desired trajectories and to monitor also the real track, as well as other aircraft in the region which are ADS-B equipped.  This solution provides Engineering and ATSEP personnel an easy and cheap tool to evaluate the performances of a navaid, allowing as well much more flexible flight patterns than conventional flight inspection aircraft.


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