Aireon Spotlight Stage

World ATM Congress 2017
The Aireon Spotlight Stage Agenda

10.10 – 10.30

Title: European Datalink Recovery Plan

Abstract: The EU-mandated data link service in Europe, after going through a period of turmoil, has found a new momentum at the end of 2016. The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has been nominated by the European Commission as Program Manager for the European Data Link Service. The SDM prepared a recovery plan, which resulted in CEF2016 funds being made available to foster VDLm2 multi-frequency deployment. SITAONAIR will highlight what these changes mean for an Air/Ground Communication Service Provider, and why SITAONAIR is an indispensable contributor to the whole scheme.

Speaker: Patrick Geurts, Senior Manager, ATM Business Development, SITAONAIR

10.40 – 11.00

Title: FRAIT-Free Route Implementation in Italy

Abstract: On  December 8, 2016 ENAV has implemented the Free Route Operations in Italy accordingly to the UE regulation 716/2014 and to the Deployment Program of Sesar Deployment Manager .

Free Route permits to the airspace users to plan a direct route from an entry point to an exit point in the Italian airspace (FRAIT), with a consequent  improvement in terms of miles saving (an average of 9.5NM for each flight) with the related lower fuel consumption (50Kg for flight), and reduction of CO2 emissions (163KG for flight).

FRAIT implementation is an important program at European level that aims to improve the network performance with a solution completely oriented to increase flight efficiency.

Speaker: Paolo Nasetti  ENAV - Head of En-Route Operations

11.10 – 11.50 

Title: Data and Intelligence – ANSP Business Perspective

Abstract: TBD

Speaker: George Parobek CEO, LAIC AG

12.00 – 12.40  Title: Remote Tower Operations: The Human Factor

Abstract: The interest for Remote Tower Operations (RTO) is increasing.  ANSPs are considering implementing RTOs for good reasons. However, building RTO’s is not only about new technology. Key to an efficient and safe operational procedure is the interface to the ATCO: the human factor. ATCOs still need to be able to deliver the same capacity and a safe operation. AT-One/NLR is conducting scientific research and developing solutions for measurement of human behaviour and operator performance assessment for remote tower applications using advanced real-time simulations. 

Visitors of WATM are invited to experience controlling multiple airports themselves and find out more about human factors involved, using our eye tracking tool, at the special demo setup at our booth: AT-ONE/NLR stand 951 (daily) .

Speakers: Rolf Zon, NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Department of Training, Simulation and Operator Performance; Dezsó Dudás, Hungaro Control
13.00 – 14.00 

Title: From Concept to Operations: Testing and Validation of Live Aireon Data

Abstract: With a successful first launch under our belt and 10 Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit, Aireon is beginning the historic deployment of the world’s first global space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance network. The first 90 days’ post-launch are a critical time for Aireon, as the system goes through a rigorous process of initial testing and validation using live data.

During this crucial time, Aireon is partnering with leaders in air traffic management such as Thales and the Irish Aviation Authority to support third party verification and validation.  With their assistance, Aireon will ensure seamless integration into automation platforms, allowing operations centers to use the data as soon as the Aireon service is operational in 2018.

This presentation will bring in the world’s largest automation platform provider, Thales, to discuss how their TopSky-ATC platform will visualize space-based ADS-B data. The Irish Aviation Authority will talk about their expertise in the testing of the data and how a seamless integration with the COOPANS automation system, powered by TopSky-ATC, will be the operational foundation for their successful deployment of real-time, global air traffic surveillance.  

With a robust infrastructure and the application of cutting-edge data validation techniques, Aireon is well equipped to ensure a best-in-class customer and partner experience.   Aireon will also provide a special data preview - this will be the first public glimpse. Don’t miss it! 

Vincent Capezzuto, Chief Technology Officer, Aireon
Todd Donovan, Vice President, Strategy and Marketing - Air Traffic Management, Thales
Peter Kearney, Director ATM Operation and Strategy, Irish Aviation Authority

14.10 – 14.30 

Title: Use of Hosted and Cloud Services for Aviation Broadcasting
(D-ATIS) in the Control Tower

Abstract: Digital Automated Terminal Information Services (D-ATIS) systems with the highest quality Text-to-Speech (TTS) and datalink connectivity have historically only been attainable by ATC towers with high levels of air traffic. Other ATC towers have had to choose between providing no ATIS service or the use of ATIS systems with low quality voice output and which require too much effort of the air traffic controller to operate.

With new and innovative technologies now being applied to aviation broadcasting systems, it is possible to deploy high quality D-ATIS systems in ways that can make D-ATIS services attainable by all ATC towers regardless of traffic levels.

StarCaster D-ATIS can be deployed as a single standalone system in an ATC Tower, a hosted service for multiple or remote towers, or a cloud-based subscription service for any tower anywhere. These deployment options ensure that the highest quality D-ATIS broadcasting with datalink connectivity is available to all towers thereby reducing controller workload, enhancing operational efficiency and improving global aviation safety.

Speaker: Dan Wilson  -  Director of Business Development, STR-SpeechTech Ltd.

14.40 – 15.00 

DF Núcleo – Abstract, Speakers pending

15.10 – 15.30

Title: Countering the Rising Drone Threat at Airports

Abstract: Civil drones represent a serious security risk both to major events and to safety-sensitive infrastructure and facilities such as power stations, major industrial facilities and airports. A particular risk is caused by unauthorized use of civil drones for purposes of espionage or provocation as well as their use for criminal and terrorist purposes. 

But already a negligent use of a drone in the vicinity of an airport endangers aircrafts during take-off and landing. Until now a pilot of an airliner has to report a rogue UAV to ATC/ATM instead of being warned by the latter. Even when reported neither the airport authorities nor the local police have a chance to locate and track down the operator of the drone to make him accountable for the incident.

ESG, together with Rohde & Schwarz and others has developed a structured, scalable solution for the detection and defense against risks from the unauthorized use of civil drones. The focus is on the integration of electronic detection, verification and defense systems and connecting them via a command & control system to the information and security infrastructure used in the specific environment.

Speaker: Christian Jaeger, Program Manager, Drone Defence Systems, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

15.40 – 16.00 

Title: An Introduction to Project 10 PROSA, Part of the SESAR 2020 Programme

Abstract: PROSA is the short term for “Controller Tools and Team Organisation for the Provision of Separation in Air Traffic Management”. The project is one of the largest 25 SESAR 2020 projects funded by the EU Research Programme "Horizon 2020". Twenty-three European partner companies and about 30 subcontractors will work closely together over the next three years to improve current conflict detection tools, find new teamwork methods and develop new ideas to aid air traffic controllers with resolution advisories and monitoring of flight trajectories. 

Speaker: Dr. Jörg Bergner, S2020 PJ10 Project Coordinator, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

16.10 – 16.30  Title: Space Traffic Management for Safe Air and Space Travel

Abstract: There are high expectations for a globally growing market of commercial space travel which is likely to turn in the next 10 to 20 years into a multi-billion Euro business. Advances in electric propulsion and spacecraft design helped to significantly reduce launch costs, so that space exploitation becomes affordable for the first time also to the private sector. Several key players in space business get ready to serve the commercial manned and unmanned spaceflight market by developing their own ballistic reusable space vehicles which shall carry humans and cargo payload into suborbital and LEO space. Single stage to orbit concepts even target for commercial manned point to point mass transportation, similar to today’s travel through airspace, but with much shorter flight times. All these developments will likely stimulate demands for launch sites and spaceports, where commercial aviation and space vehicles will have to be safely managed and controlled in parallel granting easy access to potential customers. Without doubt, space and airspace will move closer together in the next decade, which is why Space Traffic Management is expected to become a global undertaking. Within this presentation, DLR GfR indicates the challenges to be mastered and addresses solutions for safe air and space travel.

Speaker: Christian Arbinger, Head of Operations Department, DLR GfR mbH
16.40 – 17.00 

Title: The SWIM-enabled Airline: How Global SWIM Can Help Improve Operational Efficiency and Resilience

Abstract: The growing amount of information being made available through SWIM globally offers tremendous potential for operational improvements and cost savings to airlines. Boeing is working to help airlines understand how the SWIM information services being made available in the US, Europe and elsewhere can be leveraged to improve their operational efficiency and resilience. In this presentation Boeing will show how a prototype software module called SWIM Enabling Agent (SEA) that is able to connect the airline to SWIM information services deployed in different regions of the world. SEA manages the access, processing and delivery of SWIM data to the right client within the airline, presenting the information as expected by that client (FMS, EFB, Flight Planning System), bridging the gap between SWIM and existing airline system interfaces and opening the way to operational enhancements and IT costs savings.

Speaker: Nicolás Peña and Pablo Costas, Boeing

10.15 – 10.35

Title: Navigating CPDLC Mandate for ANSPs: Status and the Road to Completion

Abstract: Provides an essential roadmap for ANSPs to meet the CPDLC Mandate by February 2018. This presentation will summarise the current status of the European CPDLC Mandate, outline the different systems required to meet the Mandate and highlight future technology considerations.

Speaker: Santi Ibarz, Airtel ATN

10.45 – 11.05 

Title: Cybersecurity: The Key Enabler for Digital ATM

Abstract: The digital transformation of ATM systems is under way at full speed. IP-based systems dominate the market, thanks to their numerous advantages. However, IP-based systems are more susceptible to cyber attacks, be they conducted remotely or via USB stick, than legacy equipment. In the presentation, we will examine a typical ATM system, look at potential cyber attack vectors and present robust defense mechanisms using cryptography, protocol classification and application firewalls.

Speaker: Peter Rost, Director Marketing, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH

11.15 – 11.35

Title: NEWSIMWeb – The Next Generation of Simulation

Abstract: DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has developed a new, highly advanced cloud-based air traffic control simulator. The Very Advanced Radar Simulation System enables mobile use via the internet all over the world. It has the potential to revolutionise not only air traffic control training, but also to enable new possibilities for research simulations and procedures.

Speaker: Christian Manus, Product Management Enroute Simulators, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

12.00 – 12.40

Title: ANSP Collaboration: Benefits of Cross-Border ATM Systems Harmonization

Abstract: It is a known fact that one of the biggest constraints ANSPs face, when trying to increase flight safety and efficiency, are the problems derived from crossing different FIR boundaries. This is mainly caused by the existing disparities between different ANSPs in separations standards, procedures in filling and submitting flight plans, ATFM measures, air to ground and ground to ground communication capabilities, incompatibilities between adjacent ATM automation platforms and airspace structures.

In order to try to overcome these problems it is key for ANSPs to collaborate with neighbouring partners and other stakeholders, specially at a regional level, to identify where non-compatible ATM platforms exist, enhance existing cross boundary interfaces and support interoperability and complementary implementations of the different functionalities derived from the ICAO ASBU modules. Homogenization of the different ATM platforms at a regional level through ANSP collaboration has proved to drive not only big operational benefits in terms of flight efficiency or safety increase but also a reduction of costs for each of the partners in the implementation, upgrade and maintenance of the different ATM platforms within the same region.

Speaker: Gonzalo Martín, NATS-iTEC Programme - ATM Strategic Development Manager, Indra

13.00 – 13.40

Title: UTM & Drone Missions into Very Low Level Airspace: When the Future is Now

Abstract: The fast growing RPAS/UAS market already requires infrastructure and systems to enable new operations while still maintaining safety and security. The foreseen high drone density, in particular in urban areas, pushes the community to progress quickly to not jeopardize this considerable jobs growth opportunity.

This panel will progress the theoretical concepts and perspectives on drone oversight presented in the preceding WAC Conference Session Four – “Airspace and UTM:  Driving the Future or Left Behind?” by presenting short term solutions and providing insight into future needs and required capabilities. Industry stakeholders and drone operators will, in particular, discuss airspace organization and drone identification/localization capabilities.

Speaker: Olivier Rea - Unmanned Traffic Management Solution Manager, Air Traffic Management, Thales
14.10 – 14.50

Title: Aeronautical Information Management

Abstract: TBD

Speaker: George Parobek CEO, LAIC AG

15.10 – 15.30

Title: On the Horizon: Fully Digital Tower System Integration

Abstract: The Digital Tower involves the integration of all ATM systems. The consolidation of this complex data creates a seamless environment where flight data from multiple sources and sensors is shared and updated automatically to deliver an optimal user experience. Through recent examples of successful live trials at European airports, Searidge will demonstrate the benefits of integrating multiple surveillance sources to provide Controllers with relevant, timely information to enhance safety and efficiency.     

Speaker: Neil Bowles, Head of Air Traffic Management, Searidge Technologies

15:40 - 16.00  

Title: ATM Managerial Development Training - The Career Challenge

Abstract: Most air navigation service providers have similar issues regarding the ways to promote career development for their senior ATCOs & ATSEPs. These highly experienced experts represent a real potential when dealing with more demanding professional tasks.  The ATM Managerial Development Training programme aims to provide senior ATCOs and senior ATSEPs relevant training that will enable them to undertake intermediate managerial responsibilities within the ANSP. The programme will give the participants the opportunity to build up and enhance  their managerial skills and prepare them to face the coming challenges in the ATM field, while ensuring safe and efficient operations.

Speaker: Petr Stiborek, Czech Air Navigation Institute

16.10 – 16.30

Title: The Aviation API Economy - More Than SWIM and Waterfall

Abstract: Lessons from the SWIM Masterclass, XMAN and recent launch of the IHS Jane’s 2016 award winning Laminar Data platform in March 2016, bringing operational SWIM to a wider market. What is the Aviation API Economy and what is the role of SWIM alongside other ubiquitous web standards and ways of working? When a slow moving industry meets internet speed ideas - what are the challenges and opportunities? How can the latent value within operational data be applied to new use cases? This talk relays some lessons on real world APIs, customer feedback, Agile vs Waterfall, SWIM vs non-SWIM, and Cloud vs Edge.  

Speaker: Alex Brooker, Product and Services Director, Snowflake Software

16.40 – 17.20 

Title: ATM Networking: The Difference Between 99.9 and 99.999

Abstract: Internet protocol-based networking can be complicated. Achieving 99.999% availability with an IP network for ATM operations takes diligence, experience, the correct technology, and hand-tailored solutions utilizing that correct technology. Without a level of reliability, outages can occur, causing severe safety conditions with air-to-ground communications. Air-to-ground communications disruptions, in the best cases, controllers can invoke safety protocol increased separation, which causes delays. In the worst case, disaster situations can occur without real-time ever present communications between the pilots and controllers.

Join Harris Corporation for an educational, in-depth discussion surrounding how to navigate air traffic networking and what capabilities can best benefit the end-users. During the discussion, interact and learn more about:

·      The complexities of IP networks-based solutions

·      Impacts of IP networking for Air Navigation Service Providers, and

·      How to achieve high-level, mission critical availability for safer operations

Speaker: Harris Corporation

17.30 – 17.50 

Title: Manage Your Training and Competences with Avia Tracker

Abstract: Avia Tracker allows ANS providers and training organizations to plan, manage, and monitor training and competences throughout the full career. Avia Tracker is a tool that helps management save time and money by automating and digitalizing documentation and reporting processes.

Speakers: Pasi Nikama and Antti Ruhanen, Finavia Corporation

11.30 – 11.50

Title: ATM Managerial Development Training

Abstract: Most air navigation service providers have similar issues regarding the ways to promote career development for their senior ATCOs & ATSEPs. These highly experienced experts represent a real potential when dealing with more demanding professional tasks.  The ATM Managerial Development Training programme aims to provide senior ATCOs and senior ATSEPs relevant training that will enable them to undertake intermediate managerial responsibilities within the ANSP. The programme will give the participants the opportunity to build up and enhance  their managerial skills and prepare them to face the coming challenges in the ATM field, while ensuring safe and efficient operations.

Speaker: Greg Hindson, ENAC

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