World ATM Congress 2020

The Aireon Spotlight Stage Agenda

Updated 21 March. Check back often for more information! 

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

10.10 – 10.30 DFS Aviation Services

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

Christian Dorge 

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. Get an insight in the agile development process 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 simple methods to add new functionality, 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 NeXt

Title: SkyGrid – One Year Later

Zach Beckmann

Abstract: SkyGrid, a Joint Venture created by The Boeing Company and Spark Cognition, formally opened its doors in February 2019. With predictions increasing to hundreds of thousands of new vehicles entering the airspace over the decades to come, the world needs a safe, efficient, and scalable solution for future air traffic management. Through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence, a long history of aviation expertise, and close coordination with global regulatory authorities, SkyGrid is building a platform that will enable the safe and seamless integration of unmanned vehicles into manned airspace.
11.10 – 11.50  ENAC-Group ADP-Sopra Steria Research Chair on Drone Systems 

Title: Making New, Safe Drone Operations Possible

Yannick Jestin

Abstract: The widespread use of drones is getting closer to turning from promises into reality. Thanks to new regulations, safety methodologies, and the advent of U-space services, new drone operations will provide value for society. However, there are still many challenges facing the implementation of services such as cooperative detect and avoid, dynamic geofencing, emergency procedures… How can these new services be added by U-space Service Providers, and take into account automatic data processing, in order to accommodate new drone models appearing at a very fast rate with a wide range of capabilities? This talk illustrates a single pilot operation of a fleet of drones in a complex airport environment, to show how the ENAC - Groupe ADP - Sopra Steria Research Chair on Drone Systems can help answer these questions.
12.00 – 12.20 ENAIRE

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

Patricia Callejo Castellano

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. 
12.30 – 12.50 Indra

Title: iTEC Shaping the Digital European Sky

Torgeir Slotte, iTEC
Víctor Martínez, Indra

Abstract: Digitalization is already at the core of most of today’s businesses, including the Air Traffic Management. Learn how the iTEC system embraces Digitalization features and discover how the iTEC evolution is shaping the Digital European Sky.
13.00 – 13.30 Aireon

Title: Flow Management: EUROCONTROL Takes an Innovative Approach with Space-Based ADS-B

Iacopo Prissinotti,  EUROCONTROL
Jonathan Astill, Aireon

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, which has been nominated as the Network Manager by the European Commission until 2029, 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 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.

13.30 – 14.00  Aireon

Title: Global Safety Tool Initiative: A Collaborative Approach to Assessing and Understanding Global Safety Performance Indicators

Tzvetomir Blajev,
Flight Safety Foundation
Shayne Campbell, CANSO
Christopher Devlin, Aireon 

Abstract: Safety in the aviation industry is on the verge of new processes, procedures, technology and services.  New operations and operational paradigms are entering the aviation market, bringing with them the potential for previously unknown risks.  These changes require a novel, proactive way of identifying, learning and mitigating risks prior to these incidents occurring.  To address these challenges, Aireon, Flight Safety Foundation, and CANSO have partnered to create the first truly global aviation safety assessment initiative that will focus on identifying key precursors. This change in approach requires three key components: 
      1. Operational organizations agreeing to a common set of safety performance indicators in the pursuit improving of aviation safety
     2. High quality, robust, global operational surveillance data that enables organizations to drive meaningful safety insights
     3. Advanced analytics that leverages big data to identify risk prior to an accident
This presentation will allow for a conversation on the purpose of this partnership between Aireon, Flight Safety Foundation, and CANSO, and how this capability may be leveraged to support the safety assurance process for ANSPs, airlines and airports.  
14.10 – 14.30  Leonardo

Title: Enabling Business Providing Services: A New Disruptive Model for ATM

Gianluca Agresta

Abstract: Technological and economical changes of last few decades, with the deep evolution of data analytics, artificial intelligence, connectivity, cloud computing and industry 4.0 have been  leading to a disruptive paradigm shift in how modern enterprises are developing their own assets. New business as a service models less focused on the delivery of hardware products and goods, are shifting towards a combination of  digital service-centric capabilities, ecosystems of partners, real-time customer care support models, added-value software products. The speech of today will focus on how this global paradigm shift is impacting also the Traffic Control Systems market.

14.40 – 15.00 SITAONAIR

Title: SITA’s View on Evolving Role of In-flight Connectivity in an Increasingly Automated ATM Environment

John Micallef and
Eric Menard

Abstract: This presentation will provide a forward looking perspective of the already ongoing transformation of the ATM collaborative environment, the implications of automation on air/ground connectivity between ATC systems and the flight decks, and the coming of age of innovative broadband and multilink solutions in aviation.
15.10 – 15.30  MovingDot

Title: Airspace Redesign for Curaçao FIR: From Strategy to Implementation

Alejandra Hertfelder Chisvert, MovingDot
Micilia Albertus-Verboom, DC-ANSP

Abstract: IATA foresees that the number of passengers will double today’s levels over the next two decades. Busier airspace leads to an increase of the workload of air traffic controllers, which impacts capacity, safety and efficiency. A redesign of airspace and current flight procedures, both instrument- and visual-, are some of the enablers to improve safety and efficiency of the daily operations. Airspace redesign contributes towards less complex operating procedures with more efficient deployment of air traffic controllers, while being resilient for future air traffic growth. MovingDot is specialized in redesign of flight procedures from strategy to implementation. These procedures support continuous climb/descent operations, but also reduce controller workload by strategically deconflicting routes. Join us during this presentation to hear about the airspace redesign we are currently doing for Dutch-Caribbean ANSP (DC-ANSP) for Bonaire and Curaçao.

15.40 – 16.00  Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co, KG

Title: Increasing Security in ATC networks: Session Border Controller and Strong Network Encryption

Jindrich Slavik

Abstract: The availability of ATC systems is paramount to safe airspace operation. Cyberattacks against infrastructure may cause significant service degradation. All ANSP systems are considered critical infrastructure and must be protected accordingly. Rohde & Schwarz has extensive experience in securing critical infrastructure in ATC and other markets and offers a variety of security solutions to protect ATC infrastructure. 

16.10 – 16.30 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co, KG 

Title: Increasing Security in Voice Communication Services: R&S®VCS-4G in the ANSP’s Private Cloud

Alexandru Negulescu

Abstract: Standalone or virtualized servers typically offer customers rather limited scalability options and create potential for service disruption, even if redundancy scenarios are implemented. Alternatively, a cloud host can provide customers with increased reliability, seamless scalability and potential cost savings. As a result, cloud computing is advantageous for business continuity and disaster recovery, both of which represent key safety requirements in air traffic management. An ANSP based cloud combines these benefits with the security offered by keeping a physical control over the business environment.
16.40 – 17.00   Vaisala

Title: Improve ATM Efficiency with the Support of Advanced Wind and Wake Turbulence Data

Ludovic Thobois

Abstract: Many airports are currently reaching saturation and are looking for solutions to increase runway throughput. New technologies such as the Leosphere WindCube® Lidar sensors can provide advanced wind and wake turbulence data, which are required for the implementation of new procedures such as RECAT. Recent implementation of RECAT has shown a significant capacity increase of minimum 5%. Lidar sensors have played a major role in the safety assessment phase, providing ground-truth wake turbulence data. Wind data provided by the Lidar have also recently demonstrated their role in the prediction of runway occupancy time and runway exit. Such achievements could lead to the development of new decision support tools for air traffic controllers. Lidar sensors are now ready to be deployed at airports on a large scale for operational projects, for RECAT or as part of the implementation of more advanced dynamic separation schemes.
17.10 – 17.30   Vaisala

Title: Efficient Runway Condition Assessment and Reporting to Achieve Optimal Air Traffic Flow

Mauri Vapola

Abstract: ICAO has developed a globally harmonized methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions, generally referred as “Global Reporting Format (GRF)” or “Runway Condition Report (RCR).” The methodology originates from the TALPA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) initiated by the FAA. The main goal is to improve the safety of operations by reducing the risk of runway excursions of aircrafts, enabling the flight crew to determine the performance for take-off and landing more accurately than earlier. The related new ICAO requirements will come into force on Nov 5, 2020. At the same time, assessing and reporting the runway conditions more thoroughly may have impacts on the overall throughput of airports due to the additional time and resources needed. This presentation will highlight the tools and solutions Vaisala can provide to alleviate and partly automate the tasks of runway condition assessment and reporting, thereby contributing to the optimal air traffic flow overall.



17.40 – 18.00  CS Group

Title: Protecting Airports Against UAV: The System Solution

Jehan-Christophe Charles

Abstract: Drones are a real danger for aircraft, and they can, at least, disrupt airport  activity. CS Group’s approach for countering drones is based on system piloted by a smart command and control (C2) software. This technology allows a specific solution for each particular airport. With right chosen sensors and effectors, smartly displayed within the platform, it is possible to protect efficiently the airport as a whole, including approach leg. CS Group’s solution is in service in French police and French MoD. For five years, CS Group has been investing in R&D for developing a very sophisticated C2, including Artificial Intelligence, behavioural analysis and automation, connectivity with UTM and ATC. Expertise is also in detection and mitigation equipment, tested by our team. This gives a very user friendly system, able to give answer to all particular situations, and a high technology solution for high technology threat.


Wednesday, 11 March 2020 

10.10 – 10.30 ENAIRE

Title: ENAIRE U-Space Vision and DOMUS Project Experience

Daniel García-Monteavaro

Abstract: U-space is defined as a set of services designed to support safe, efficient and secure access to airspace for large numbers of drones. ENAIRE has led the DOMUS project under the umbrella of SESAR JU’s U-space Program to test U1, U2 and U3 services. What are the main conclusions for U-Space deployment according to DOMUS? What should be the role of the ANSPs in U-Space?  ENAIRE will present its strategy for U-space deployment in Spain, developed in close coordination with the Spanish authorities.

10.40 – 11.00 France Aviation Civile Services

Title: Airspace Design

Farid Zizi

Abstract: In difficult environment, redesigning the Airspace to allow more traffic in an always more constrained context requires a complete integration of different techniques from procedure design, sectorization and air traffic control working methods in order to find a safe path for future evolution of the airspace organization. New technologies like ADS-B, SBAS may even lead to more balanced solutions and an homogeneous level of precision in the considered airspace. On top, making use of RNP-AR procedures offers today the potential for safe and adapted trajectory design. However, there is still a challenge in Europe with the low level of aircraft equipage.

11:05 – 11.25 MovingDot

Title: How to Design an Instrument Flight Procedure with Guaranteed Successful Implementation

Alejandra Hertfelder Chisvert, MovingDot
Pieter-Bas Oortman, Procedure Validation Solutions

Abstract: The Netherlands is gradually implementing PBN procedures in their ATM systems, in line with the Dutch PBN Roadmap. As part of the rationalization of the local navigation infrastructure, MovingDot has contributed to progressively design and implement RNP approaches at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. These will be used as a back-up for ILS operations, with LNAV, LNAV/VNAV and LPV minima. Putting theory into practice is one of the main challenges in any flight procedure design project. Early and continuous interaction between flight procedure designers and flight validation pilots improves the quality of the new procedures, as proven by the collaboration between Procedure Validation Solutions (PVS) and MovingDot for this project. If you would like to know more about it, do not hesitate to join us on Wednesday!
11.30 – 11.50 Indra 

Title: Towards Compliance with the Airspace Architecture Study (AAS)

José Luis de Santiago

Abstract: The available capacity in the current ATM systems is geographically constrained and cannot be activated when and where required to accommodate dynamically the traffic demand. The Single European Airspace System proposed in the Airspace Architecture Study (AAS) study is an evolution of the European airspace architecture that leverages modern technologies to decouple the service provision from the local infrastructures. Indra will explain its key role in the collaborative Single European Sky (SES), with its contribution fully aligned with the AAS in the current SESAR programme, and its commitment to continue providing the adequate ATM capabilities in the Digital European Sky.

12.00 – 12.20 AirMap

Title: Managing UAS Access in Controlled Traffic Regions

Boris Lacroix, AirMap
Antoine Martin, DGAC/DSNA

Abstract: As the adoption of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, increases rapidly, requests for drone operations in controlled or other sensitive airspaces are overwhelming authorities at airports, air traffic control towers, and other sensitive airspaces around the world. In response to this growth, authorities are acting quickly to provide drone operators with safe, efficient, and fair access to low-altitude airspace without increasing ATC workload or threatening the safety of the airspace system. AirMap offers ANSPs a flexible and intelligent authorization workflow solution that streamlines, digitizes, and automates airspace authorization requests for drones and other special flights. Join AirMap's SVP of Product for a technical demonstration AirMap’s end-to-end customizable digital workflow engine with adequate levels of automation to address high-volume and diverse operation types. 



12.30 – 12.50 Indra

Title: Safe Management of Integrated Airspaces

Patricia Hervías

Abstract: After a year full of drone demonstrations across Europe and the whole world, the drones are ready to take off. UTM systems are key for the safe management of drones in the airspace but a proper integration with ATM systems and other airspace actors is essential. During the conference, Indra will present the results of a survey carried out during 2019, where controllers from the whole world gave their vision about its necessities regarding drone integration in current ATM systems. The main issue regarding ATM-UTM integration is discriminate which drone information is really relevant to controllers and how to present it. Indra will show its progress in this field.

13.00 – 13.30 Aireon

Title: The Journey of Space-Based ADS-B Deployment Throughout 17 Countries in Western Africa and Madagascar 

Louis Bakienon, ASECNA
Don Thoma, Aireon

Abstract: After nearly two years of testing and validation, the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has just become operational with space-based ADS-B across its six Flight Information Regions (FIRs)—Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena, encompassing 17 countries- Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Togo and Union of Comoros. Despite an impressive ground-based infrastructure and given that the vast majority of ASECNA’s FIRs are either oceanic or remote, desertic terrain, there were still large gaps in coverage prior to the deployment. This caused inherent limitations and risks. ASECNA is now completely blanketed its large expanse of territory with 99.9% air traffic surveillance service availability and Air Traffic Control (ATC) operators have real time visibility of ADS-B equipped throughout all 17 Member States. ATCs will be able to verify instructions that pilots are submitting to the Flight Management Systems (FMS), allowing them to avoid level busts and any other unexpected flight deviations. And, beyond standard day-to-day ATC operations and CNS services, real-time, space-based data has already had a significant impact on ASECNA’s search and rescue operations throughout its Member States. Join this presentation to learn how ASECNA deployed Aireon’s space-based ADS-B service throughout their Member States and integrated the data into everyday operations to increase safety, enhance efficiency and overall, provide an unprecedented level of service to their customers.   

13:40 – 14.00  NATS

Title: The Route to Net Zero: How ATM Can Help the Aviation Industry to Decarbonise

Speakers: Ian Jopson

Abstract: In the UK, Sustainable Aviation has set out the UK aviation industry’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Air traffic management has an important role to play in achieving that target through airspace modernisation and improvements to airline and airport operations. As a founding member of Sustainable Aviation, NATS fully supports this commitment in the fight against climate change and are doing all we can to reduce the emissions from our operations. Hear about some of the steps we’re taking.
14.10 – 16.10 AeroMACS 2020

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

Speakers: TBA

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) 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 and profitable AeroMACS networks. This year’s presentation will evolve towards the latest developments, worldwide deployments and applications, security through the WiMAX Forum Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Policy and other topics. Agenda details and speakers will be announced soon. 

16.20 – 16.40 GMV

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

Luis Álvarez

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.
16.50 – 17.10 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Title: Increasing Air Traffic Safety Through Accurate and Fast Aircraft Identification

Erwin Hainzinger, Rohde & Schwarz
Gábor Bajkó, HungaroControl 

Abstract: The rapidly growing air traffic is increasing the workload on air traffic controllers. Rohde & Schwarz supports air traffic controllers by providing direction finders and turnkey solutions for radiolocation of calling aircraft. Providing controllers with automatic aircraft identification and immediate display on the radar screen helps them identify the calling aircraft quickly and securely. Call-sign confusions are significantly reduced and readback errors can be detected more easily. Besides small-scale solutions for airports, Rohde & Schwarz also provides nationwide solutions for upper area control. Learn more about the architecture of a nationwide solution and integration into the existing ATM system.
17.20 – 18.00 Sopra Steria

Title: From Air Transportation to Sustainable Air Mobility Through the ATM Digitalisation: Results and Roadmap

Didier Bosque, Aurélie Peuaud, and Pierre-Inti Hebrard

Abstract: Since 2005 Sopra Steria proposes an ATM Digital inspiration space to the WAC community based on digital expertise and assets. This year, we present how the results obtained in 2019 allow us to propose, by the aggregation of digital disciplines, an innovative way to support a collaborative governance of the transition from Air Transportation to a sustainable Air Mobility fully integrated in the citizen mobility. Based on a non-intrusive ATM Digital Platform offering the capability to share the data for generating a common knowledge of global and individual situations, we propose an Agile method to define Economic, Social and Environmental KPIs. The following initiative will illustrate our approach:
·         Digital U-space roadmap DSNA CTR Challenge and experimentations, B612 UAM and VILAGIL.
·         Digital continuity to manage the performance from the passenger to the global performance (Digital twin passenger)
·         Focus on the individual management of the decision making (Ecotravellers, ECO_MODE)

Thursday, 12 March 2020

10.30 – 10.50 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

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.

11.00 - 11.30  Ineco

Title: GNSS Tools: Enabling U-Space Operations and Urban Mobility

Antonio Águila

Abstract: As part of the planning process prior to operations in U-space, one of the main priorities is to guarantee that UAVs can be positioned as accurately as possible and at any time. This presentation will show an overview of an innovative solution developed by INECO in which the number and relative positions (and the potential impact in GNSS coverage) of GPS and Galileo satellites can be simulated and analysed in any environment, including urban areas, in a complete framework that is capable of integrating the modelling of flight trajectories, GNSS data, LIDAR-based Digital Surface Models, artificial obstacles implemented by the user and GIS capabilities.
11.40 - 12.00   Unifly NV

Title: A Practical Approach to Remote Identification and Tracking

Speaker: Marc Coen

Abstract: The current EU legislation requires broadcasted electronic identification (security), not tracking (safety). There are initiatives to extend the EU regulations with “networked remote identification” i.e. tracking. Unifly's approach to eID and tracking, the BLIP product range, has been successfully demonstrated in several EU demonstration projects. BLIP is in line with the European legislation and complies with the work of EUROCAE as well as the ASTM F3411 Remote ID standard, currently the only published standard covering tracking and remote identification issued by the ASTM F38 committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Standard compliance is essential: based on the consensus of different stakeholders, standards help maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, and quality while decreasing end-user cost. Standard-compliant products are more future-proof, and are more widely accepted and used than non-standard products. 

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