Aireon Spotlight Stage

World ATM Congress 2018
The Aireon Spotlight Stage Agenda  Eligible Presentation slides will be available soon

10.10 – 10.30

Title: Remote Tower Control by DFS

 Abstract: Starting with its planning phase in 2011, the idea of remote-controlled air traffic services has become reality. Karoline Trull will reveal what is behind the DFS concept, main drivers and the history of operations-based validations, used to find the best configuration. The presentation of basic und supplementary features will give an impression of the results, which will lead to the next level of air traffic control.

Karoline Trull, Supervisor Operations Leipzig (EDDP), Sub-project Lead Remote Tower Control, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

10.40 – 11.00

Title: Data: the New Fuel of the Aviation Industry

Abstract: Abstract: For the past few years, emerging technologies have been disrupting the ATM industry, bringing modern capabilities to outdated operations and systems. This is particularly true for information management within ANSPs, who are being held back from these new technologies due to outdated practices. With dated system engineering practices, data management silos, the slow rate of system change and the ever increasing cost of system development, these organisations are working towards implementing cost-effective solutions and systems to modernise their operations. What does this future look like? What are the ways in which to drive costs down, open up the supply chain and truly keep up with the pace of change needed to meet demand? This talk will discuss these issues, as well as current trends in information management not just in the Aviation industry but wider afield and why the industry must open up to new types of businesses bringing fresh ideas and ways of working

Ian Painter, CEO, Snowflake Software 

11.10 – 11.50 

Title: Human Factors Integration in Safety Assessment

Abstract: Most means of transportation keep the human element as an essential role in their operation. Still, in many sectors, the human factor has not been fully addressed or, at least, not in real coordination with safety assessment.

Ineco has developed a simple and practical methodology to integrate the human factor into the risk analysis and mitigation process. It has been developed by a team of safety practitioners from Ineco ATM and railroad areas, with support from universities and research in different human performance knowledge fields, e.g. the nuclear industry. The aim is to make it applicable to any sector, with the final objective of minimising human error and optimising the human contribution to system safety.

Speaker: Miguel Capote, Ineco

 12.10 – 12.30  Title: 1030/1090 Monitoring System

Abstract: Availability and security of 1030/1090 MHz band is the crucial condition for the air traffic safety. Unregulated use or misuse of these frequencies could finally result in degraded performance of surveillance systems. To support the prevention from such critical situation, T-CZ has developed a new product – "1030/1090 MHz Monitoring System", which is presented to ATM community.

Frantisek Remta, T-CZ, a.s.

13.00 – 14.00 

Title: Safety Certification for Global Air Traffic Surveillance: EASA and Aireon’s Collaboration for Safety Approval of Space-Based ADS-B

Abstract: Aireon's commitment to creating even safer skies is a core component of our founding mission. As part of that commitment, Aireon is working in collaboration with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to obtain organizational safety approval. While this designation is normally reserved for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), EASA certification of Aireon's global, real-time air traffic surveillance system can benefit European ANSPs, regulators and non-European ANSPs alike, through a rigorous expert review and validation.

EASA and Aireon invite you to join us for a joint presentation on how space-based ADS-B will be enhanced by EASA certification and how it is helping to make the service a truly game-changing technology.

Vincent Capezzuto, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering, Aireon

Nathalie Dejace, Head of ATM/ANS and Aerodromes Department, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

14.10 – 14.30 

Title: Multimodal Transport Safety Control for Autonomous Mobility Solutions 

Christian Arbinger, Head of Navigation Services Department at DLR GfR mbH

14.40 – 15.00 

Title: New Training Needs in the ATC’s Liberalization Process   

Abstract: In an increasingly interconnected continent and world, air traffic control (ATC) is of supreme importance to citizens' everyday lives. Displacement of freight and passengers by air is increasing year after year, forcing exponential expansion and improvement in ATC systems. Fortunately, technology is coming to the aid of these growing demands: digitalisation of tools, advances in remote management capabilities and the introduction of artificial intelligence suggest that ATC systems will radically transform many of the existing procedures, rendering them radically more efficient. However, this system transformation and upgrade effort has one unavoidable consequence: the need for new talent. In Spain, the talent challenge is exacerbated by the generational succession that is affecting the public sector ATC professionals. This is causing market tightness: there is more demand for air traffic controllers than the current system is capable of producing.

As a result of this dual challenge (more and better training), FerroNATS is launching its own air traffic controller training academy. SkyWAY aspires to attract Spain's most talented youths and respond to the Spanish market's new training needs and demands.

Speaker: Rogelio Pérez Liñán, Director, Skyway

15.10 – 15.30

Title:  Beyond the Virtual Centre concept, a Digital Transformation of ATM in the Cloud

Abstract:  A virtual centre “is a group of air traffic services units (under the responsibility of one or several service providers) operating from different locations. These units use fully standardised methods of operation, information, procedures, technical means and equipment”.

In the recent years, a set of activities were launched to progress from the legacy of ATM that resulted in today’s highly fragmented, country based, system-based and location-based operations.

The combining notions of “virtual centre” and “common services” aims to contribute to this goal, encouraging the harmonisation on the provision of common air navigation services on the basis of virtualisation, service orientation and innovative technologies part of the IT domain.  In this respect, virtualisation, cloud, services are part of a more coherent “digital transformation” for the whole ATM.

The main benefit of the approach is to deliver enhanced cost effectiveness to both the providing and consuming organisations. The providing organisations would benefit from economy of scale, while the consumers would not need to maintain and update their own proprietary solutions.

ENAV is leading various initiatives in this context, developing ATC-as-a-service projects and moving fast forward to a digitalisation journey that is rapidly transforming its business.

Speaker: Luigi Mazzucchelli, ENAV Technical Department Head ATM Systems Platforms, ENAV

15.40 – 16.00 

Title: The ATM Policy Institute: Driving the Debate on ATM Liberalisation

Abstract: The ATM Policy Institute has been created to lead the debate on how to improve the efficiency and performance of ATM through market liberalisation. It provides research on ATM policy issues, and communicates the benefits of enabling ANSPs to compete with each for the provision of ATM services. Join us at 3.40pm on Tuesday 6th Match on the Aireon Spotlight Stage. Chair of the Institute, David McMillan, will be providing an update on the activities of the Institute since its launch in March 2017 and outlining its priorities for 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.

Speaker: David McMillan, Chair of Institute 

16.10 – 16.30 

Title:  Buying and Selling in a Changing ATM landscape – the Myths Dispelled

Abstract: Acquisition excellence is important for any organisation that wants to achieve the most from its procurement budget and supply chain relationships. And in order to maximise purchasing power in the ever-changing ATM environment, a tailored, focused and flexible approach to acquisition needs to be embraced by the industry.

CANSO, the global voice of ATM worldwide, brings together industry experts and practitioners to develop guidance material for the industry, by the industry. Its latest publication, the CANSO Acquisition Excellence Manual breaks down the walls to often complex and time-consuming processes and procedures, and provides insight and guidance on acquisition best practice from both sides of the table. Find out more about how your organisation can save time and resources and become a better industry partner.

Kelly Ann Hicks, Assistant Vice President, Contracting, Logistics & Fleet, NAV CANADA
Simon Hocquard, Chief Operating Officer, CANSO
Chris Metts, formerly of FAA
Adrian Miller, Head of Supply Chain Collaborations, NATS
Danny Milligan, Managing Director, Northrop Grumman

16.40 – 17.00 

Title: Maximise Your Efficiency with Total Lightning Visibility


Speaker: Daniel Betz, Ubimet

17.10 – 17.30

Title: ELVIRA: A Safety Management Tool for Safer ANSP Operations

Abstract: In order to face safely the fast Air Traffic growth, the Civil aviation Stakeholders are pushed by the new ICAO Annex 19 to keep improving and consolidating their Safety Management Provisions and approach (State Safety Plan, Safety Management System...).

DSNA Services - the consultancy office of the French Civil Aviation- will present why and how the French ANSP (leader in Europe) uses the Elvira tool to improve the Safety of its 3 million annual flights. Discover the benefits and the different applications (detection and analysis of safety occurrences, safety assessment of new trajectories, real-traffic playback...) of this tool designed by DSNA and used by more than 280 users worldwide.

Speaker: Severine Charmant and Elodie De Cazenovee, DSNA Services
17.40 – 18.00

Title: Added Value of IA Techniques as AMAS in Traffic Simulations and Predictions

Abstract: Traffic simulators have become key in the R&D over the past few years with the major effort put on R&D, fostered by the Single European Sky ATM Research Program.

They will be even more critical over the next years when the innovative concepts will have reached implementation and training steps and when classical forecast models will become obsolete, lacking dynamicity and adaptability to concepts like Free Route or new actors like RPAS.

Flexibility and inter-operability will be key to guarantee high degree of realism in a multi-actors environment.

At Sopra Steria, in partnership with IRIT, we are building an original traffic generator called EVAA, based on machine learning and IA technology (AMAS – Adapatative Multi-Agent Systems) to provide smart simulation models, able to adapt to their environment (e.g. weather, new airspace configurations,…), allowing intuitive scenarios modelling with control in real time and able to provide accurate forecasts based on past flown flights.

Benefits: Real time control, enhanced realism, forecast on past flights, inter-operability

Next Step: intelligent conflicts management and avoidance, traffic characterisation to build pre-scenario

EVAA is the result of a thesis (2013-2016) by Sopra Steria and IRIT and another one is on-going by A.DEGAS on conflict avoidance and traffic structure.”

Augustin Defas, Aurelie Abert, Sopra Steria

10.15 – 10.35

Title: Global Airspace Catching up to Technology

Abstract: Demands on the global airspace are driving new technology adoption that the aviation environment was not ready for years ago. We have reached a point where innovation has caught up to where industry and government are. One such area is GPS based technology applications for the military and civilian community where we have seen how that technology can help the military keep pilots safe and help farmers have a successful crop. Kip Spurio will discuss what he has seen throughout his thirty year career in the military, FAA and private sector and where he sees innovative opportunities to deliver benefits to new communities. 

Kip Spurio, Raytheon

10.45 – 11.05 

Title: IT Recipes in the ATM Field

Abstract: IT means change, constantly opening new fields of application. ATM should take advantage of this, and Ineco aims to develop new products based on latest technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, machine learning, big data, drones, simulation, and so on. The goal is that ATM can benefit in the shortest term from advances and improvements made in the IT sector. Our expertise in different modes of transport makes it plausible so that this technology is transferred into new services, boosting current ATM systems beyond today’s constraints.

Javier Espinosa and Jaime García, Ineco

11.15 – 11.35

Title: Time Based Separation (TBS): Optimizing Runway Operations at Heathrow Airport

Abstract: Time Based Separation at Heathrow Airport represents one of the most successful SESAR deployments to date, reducing arrival delays caused by headwinds at Europe’s busiest airport by more than 60% and contributing to a reduction of over 100,000 minutes of airborne holding per annum. The first phase of a new Enhanced Time Based Separation system using the RECAT-EU wake vortex separations is scheduled to go live in 2018 and is expected to deliver further capacity and resilience benefits. NATS General Manager Customer Affairs Andy Shand will give an update on how TBS is helping to improve Heathrow’s operation and how Enhanced TBS will deliver further added value to the airport operation. He will also discuss the work NATS is doing with partners through SESAR 2020 to explore how wake vortex optimisation for departing aircraft could deliver additional benefits.    

Andy Shand, General Manager Customer Affairs, NATS

12.00 – 12.20

Title: Reliable protection of ATM networks against cyberthreats –lessons learned from railway, energy and IoT

Abstract: ATM networks are undergoing a massive transformation toward IP. At the same time, the global cyberthreat landscape has become highly dynamic with almost daily reports of security breaches, data leaks, manipulation or denial of service attacks. Rohde & Schwarz will present how ATC/ATM operators can secure their infrastructure by adopting a threefold approach of detection, analysis and protection. To this end, cutting-edge solutions such as strong encryption of leased lines, deep packet inspection and application whitelisting can be easily integrated in existing networks. Rohde & Schwarz will also share best practice on how other critical infrastructures such as railway, energy and industrial IoT are protected. 

Marius Muenstermann, Director of Sales Market Segment ATC, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

12.30 – 12.50 

Title: GNSS Interference Detection with srx-10i  – Spain’s Airports Case Study

Abstract: deployed by ENAIRE  at 11 airports since 2013, the srx-10i system has enabled a cost-effective real-time detection of interferences in the GNSS L1/E1 band in the Spanish Airspace, in compliance with ICAO specifications. We will present how the system is used and the experience from its operation at Spain’s airports.

Speaker: Javier Escartín, GMV

13.00 – 13.30

Title: Resilient Architectures: Enhancing ATM Business Continuity

Abstract: In an increasingly complex airspace, consequences of capacity unavailability are dramatic, and deploying resilient architectures that improve business continuity is essential. Virtualisation and data centre architectures can boost the capacity available under a contingency situation and are no longer tomorrow's technology, but today's. Realising material and immaterial benefits requires smart tailored solutions and a strong focus on cybersecurity.

Speaker: Raul Berrocal - ATM Chief Architect, Indra

13.30 – 14.00 

Title: GBAS - Tomorrow's Aircraft Landing Systems are Getting Closer

Abstract: Satellite based landing system GBAS is expected to take over from the heritage Instrument Landing System in the future. With SESAR DMs decision to extend the results from Solution #55 "precision approach using GBAS Category II/III" into CP2, GBAS has taken important steps towards an operation realisation with the  forecast for deployment at a number of major European Airports. As benefits and opportunities using GBAS are unraveled, an increasing number of ANSPs and airports are considering an implementation at their airports. Indra Navia has been active in defining the GBAS system for more than two decades and will present the status on GBAS GAST D. Indra Navia will also discuss the benefits and challenges we see with GBAS, and how the NORMARC 8100 GAST D GBAS Ground Station is designed to meet the future.

Speaker: Hugo Moen, Business Development Manager, GBAS

14.10 – 14.30

Title: The Business of Air Navigation Services

Abstract: Improved performance is the ultimate objective for all ANSPs. Fundamental changes to achieve improvements are needed in the key areas of efficiency, productivity, revenue and safety. LAIC’s industry-leading systems will illustrate how to maximise ANSP growth opportunities. ANSPs are complex and unique organisations that need solutions more sophisticated than basic invoicing, accounting and statistics systems in order to provide the strong business models relied on to keep ANSPs successfully operating no matter the socio-economic or political environment they are based within. LAIC’s ATRAK suite of products are designed to support the next generation of ANSP business needs and objectives.

Speaker: George Parobek, LAIC & ICC Ltd

14.40 – 15.00 

Title: Acceleration of the Operational use of Doppler LIDARs for Implementing Optimised Wake Turbulence Regulations and Improving Wind Hazards Mitigation

Abstract: Improving the safety and efficiency of air traffic management (ATM) while absorbing the continuous and sharp growth of worldwide air traffic leads to the necessity to develop new advanced integrated ATM systems fed by accurate and frequent weather observations. Optical Fiber based wind LIDAR sensors, developed in early 2000’s, reached several years ago the level of maturity for operational and permanent use at airports. LEOSPHERE has started to commercialize the WINDCUBE LIDAR sensors series for more than 10 years. Nowadays more than 1000 LIDAR units have been deployed worldwide for many applications from wind energy to meteorology. If the operational uses of such sensors were limited to less than ten airports in the world, there is a recent acceleration of the adoption of LIDAR sensors for addressing two main applications. First of all, dry air Low Level Wind Shear detection requires the use of LIDAR sensors. The aim is to improve the awareness of forecasters,  controllers and pilots and to support them in their operational decisions. Secondly, the implementation of optimized wake turbulence regulations is a key solution for improving airport capacity of 5% in averaged as demonstrated with the RECAT-EU regulation developed by EUROCONTROL and validated by EASA for all European airports. Implementing such a new regulation must be anticipated in collecting wake vortex data by LIDAR sensors for assessing the safety of the new procedures in the local and specific environment of each airport. After its implementation, a risk monitoring of wake vortex encounters must be also performed.  After presenting these two applications, the study will select, among many others, several on-going projects at major airports worldwide (Paris Charles de Gaulle/France, Hong Kong, Palermo/Italy...) which recently adopt WINDCUBE LIDAR sensors for wake turbulence or wind shear applications.

Ludovic Thobois, Aviation Weather Applications Manager, Leosphere

15.10 – 15.30

Title: ANSP Real Time Data Link Performance Monitoring

Abstract: This presentation will focus on performance of the Data Link system and how it can be monitored in real time to improve daily management of Data Link operations for ANSPs.

Santi Ibarz, Head of Research and Development, Airtel-ATN

15.35 – 15.55

Title: The Impact of Disruptive Digital Technologies on ATS Training

 Abstract: Millennial learners are our first truly digital natives who have grown up in an ’on demand’ world where smart technologies are enabling them to be connected anytime, anywhere.  They want information that is flexible, interactive, when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. ANSPs wish to attract and retain the best and brightest graduates into the aviation industry and want high volume, cost effective training options that deliver safe and work-ready graduates.

Digital technologies are changing the education and training landscape and provide opportunities to deliver better quality courses, meeting next generation learner styles, at less cost than traditional classroom delivery. In response to this challenge Airways have developed Airbooks - a new approach to ATS training that incorporates next generation e-learning, gaming technologies and analytics for managers that show how students are interacting with the materials, and how well they are doing in knowledge tests.

Come and find out about Airbooks – a game changer in ATS Training! 

Speaker: Sharon Cooke, CEO Airways Training

16.00 – 18.00

Title: AeroMACS 2018

Abstract: Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) operates in the protected 5091-5150 MHz spectrum band for airport applications allocated by the ITU. It creates a new airport surface data communication system that is robust, efficient, secure, safe, and flexible. These capabilities enable significant improvements in safety and efficiency envisaged by programs such as NextGen in the United States and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative.

AeroMACS 2018 - Madrid will focus on supporting the global aviation community in managing profitable developments and growth of their AeroMACS networks. This year’s presentation will evolve towards the latest milestones, security announcements, new standards development, worldwide tests, and other successful implementations. It will highlight the opportunities, challenges, and strategies involved in operating efficient AeroMACS networks. Our goal is for attending participants to gain concrete knowledge that will help them build best-in-class AeroMACS networks and fully utilise them.

AeroMACS 2018

10.15 – 10.35 Slot available: Contact Paul Planzer for details!    
10.45 – 11.05 

Title: SWIM - Accelerated Data Movement

Abstract: ATM data volumes are growing and the list of participants is increasing as new use cases and technologies are being leveraged. ANSPs, airlines, airports, drones, big data, real-time analytics and machine learning are all contributing to and consuming from this data movement ecosystem. In the extreme world of finance, the adoption of a rock solid NextGen message bus has been a game changer over the last decade. Now that AMQP 1.0 is supported, it is time for ATM and UTM to take advantage of this resilient, powerful data movement foundation as extreme becomes the new normal.

Wayne Osse, Solace 


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