EUROCONTROL

EUROCONTROL at the World ATM Congress

EUROCONTROL will once again be taking part in the World ATM Congress 2018, joining the international air traffic management community on 6-8 March, in Madrid.

We will be running a stand, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about how EUROCONTROL can support aviation through hands-on experience of our latest products and briefings on a wide range of topics.


The full programme of our events follows and is available on the EUROCONTROL dedicated website.

Briefings 6 MARCH

Our theatre briefings are integral part of our stand experience. They provide the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in air traffic management on a pan-European level. Don’t miss our first live-connection with the Network Manager Operations Centre, our briefings on drones, A-CDM automation at regional airports, cyber security in European ATM, data link performance measurement, radio frequency function performance, ASBU monitoring in the ICAO European Region, new-generation voice communication system.

Timetable

Time Title Speaker(s)
10:15 - 10:45 New-generation voice communications system

The new-generation voice communications system (N-VCS) has been operational at MUAC since 18 October 2017. The N-VCS uses a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), whereby the voice signal is digitised and divided into IP data packages, which travel over two separate networks, offering greater security and better coverage. Through a fully redundant end-to-end architecture, using two separate WANs and failover mechanisms at various levels, N-VCS enhances reliability, safety and performance. It has clear benefits for the controller, such as the fully automated handover of roles and frequencies previously done orally, integration of voice functions on the radar display and vice-versa, and a service-oriented monitoring and control suite, providing first-line technical support staff with a synthetic, aggregated situational overview at all times.

Supplied by Frequentis AG, N-VCS was jointly procured by MUAC and the French Air Navigation Service Provider (DSNA) in order to allow more dynamic airspace management, not only between sectors, but also between countries operating with voice communications systems of the same generation.

Tom Goossenaerts
Maastricht UAC
10:45 - 11:15 Can elements of A-CDM be automated at regional airports?

This is the question we will address, presenting a “shadow mode” exercise which took place at Alicante airport. The objective of the exercise was to explore the feasibility of a low-cost, low-workload, simplified approach to A-CDM specifically applicable to regional airports.

In the full A-CDM concept, airports provide information to the EUROCONTROL Network Manager relating to the time at which individual flights will become airborne. The accuracy of this information is reliant on detailed monitoring of the arrival flight and particularly the turnaround process, which can create additional workload for the airline and ground handler.

At Alicante airport, we wanted to know whether the aircraft monitoring process could be automated, thereby significantly reducing the workload of the handler. If, in addition, the quality of the information provided to the network could be guaranteed, then there is a great potential for increasing the number of airports providing accurate flight information to the Network Manager, should this concept be deployed on a wider scale.

Alan Marsden
11:30 - 12:00 A two-way live connection with the Brussels-based Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC)

NMOC is the heart of Europe’s air traffic flow management operations. Created more than 20 years ago, this unique centre is a model for other regions in the world. From Brussels, the Centre has a picture of where every flight is - where the bottlenecks are and will be. The NMOC deals on average with 29,000 flights per day over an area covering 43 States, keeping the ATM network running 24/7. Its mission is to optimise traffic flows according to air traffic control capacity while enabling airlines to operate the safest and most efficient flights. It shares the air traffic situation in real time and in full transparency with all its operational partners: 4,500 airspace users, 530 airports and 68 control centres. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see how the Centre operates and to ask questions.

Moderated from Madrid by Gianni Lenti
12:15 - 12:45 ASBU monitoring in the ICAO European Region

The ASBU (Aviation System Block Upgrades) Monitoring Report was prepared by EUROCONTROL in partnership with the ICAO EUR Region. The report covers the deployment status of ASBU Block 0 modules and looks at how far ATM implementation has evolved across all 55 States accredited to the ICAO EUR Region.

The main source of monitoring information is the Local Single Sky Implementation (LSSIP) process and associated documents, managed by EUROCONTROL in close cooperation with all civil and military national organisations, service providers and airport operators in the ECAC region.

This ICAO/EUROCONTROL joint deliverable and its contribution to ATM implementation oversight in the ICAO EUR Region are an example of successful cooperation between two international organisations using combined efforts and existing resources and processes.

Ana Paula Frangolho
EUROCONTROL

Sven Halle
ICAO EUR
12:45 - 13:15 Current Radio Frequency Function performance and the expected benefits of 8.3 implementation

The Network Manager Radio Frequency Function (RFF) has contributed significantly to satisfying VHF voice channel demand by improving the processes defined so far. Since the creation of the RFF, the rate of satisfaction reached 100% over the last 5 years. At present, this satisfaction rate is going down as the benefit brought by the RFF has been exhausted. Consequently, the Network Manager is supporting the 8.33 implementation programme launched by the European Commission to increase the number of VHF communication channels required to meet the increasing demand. The presentation will set out current RFF performances (level of satisfaction) and the 8.33 implementation plans and expected benefits.

Jacky Pouzet
13:15 - 13:45 New-generation voice communications system

The new-generation voice communications system (N-VCS) has been operational at MUAC since 18 October 2017. The N-VCS uses a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), whereby the voice signal is digitised and divided into IP data packages, which travel over two separate networks, offering greater security and better coverage. Through a fully redundant end-to-end architecture, using two separate WANs and failover-mechanisms at various levels, N-VCS provides increased reliability, safety and performance. It has clear benefits for the controller, such as the fully automated handover of roles and frequencies previously done orally, integration of voice functions on the radar display and vice-versa, and a service-oriented monitoring and control suite, providing first-line technical support staff with a synthetic, aggregated situational overview at all times.

Supplied by Frequentis AG, N-VCS was jointly procured by MUAC and the French Air Navigation Service Provider (DSNA) in order to allow more dynamic airspace management, not only between sectors, but also between countries operating with voice communications systems of the same generation.

Tom Goossenaerts
Maastricht UAC
13:45 - 14:15 Cyber security in European ATM

Cyber threats to aviation depend upon the evolution of technology, architecture, exchange of information as well as the evolution of the cyber world itself. Greater interconnectivity inevitably raises questions about how to guarantee that ATM in Europe is secure, resilient and trustworthy. Given the complex nature of the ATM system, there is a need for an approach to ATM cyber security and cyber resilience on a pan-European level. The presentation will look at the cyber threats and possible solutions to address all together cyber security and cyber resilience in ATM.

Patrick Mana
14:15 - 15:00 The EUROCONTROL-EASA UAS Operational Concept & PODIUM

Drones are a challenge and an opportunity for every part of air traffic management - it’s a hot topic!

This session will introduce the draft EUROCONTROL/EASA UAS operational Concept. It is an evolution from the EUROCONTROL RPAS ATM CONOPS version 4.0. It will cover the introduction of UTM/U-space, common altitude reference system, the introduction of flight rules for traffic below 500 feet, small UAS operations at airports, and the UAS airspace assessment.

The SESAR/Horizon 2020 Proving Operations of Drones with Initial UTM (PODIUM) large scale demonstrations will be introduced, as an example of how EUROCONTROL is taking a leading role in assessing the maturity of UAS operations, and making recommendations for standards, regulations and deployment.

Mike Lissone & Unifly
15:15 - 15:45 A two-way live connection with the Brussels-based Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC)

NMOC is the heart of Europe’s air traffic flow management operations. Created more than 20 years ago, this unique centre is a model for other regions in the world. From Brussels, the Centre has a picture of where every flight is - where the bottlenecks are and will be. The NMOC deals on average with 29,000 flights per day over an area covering 43 States, keeping the ATM network running 24/7. Its mission is to optimise traffic flows according to air traffic control capacity while enabling airlines to operate the safest and most efficient flights. It shares the air traffic situation in real time and in full transparency with all its operational partners: 4,500 airspace users, 530 airports and 68 control centres. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see how the Centre operates and to ask questions.

Moderated from Madrid by Gianni Lenti
16:00 - 16:30 Can elements of A-CDM be automated in regional airports?

This is the question we will address, presenting a “shadow mode” exercise which took place at Alicante airport. The objective of the exercise was to explore the feasibility of a low-cost, low workload, simplified approach to A-CDM specifically applicable to regional airports.

In the full A-CDM concept, airports provide information to the EUROCONTROL Network Manager relating to the time at which individual flights will become airborne. The accuracy of this information is reliant on detailed monitoring of the arrival flight and particularly the turnaround process, which can create additional workload for the airline and ground handler.

At Alicante airport, we wanted to know whether the aircraft monitoring process could be automated, thereby significantly reducing the workload of the handler. If, in addition, the quality of the information provided to the network could be guaranteed, then there is a great potential for increasing the number of airports providing accurate flight information to the Network Manager, should this concept be deployed on a wider scale.

Alan Marsden
16:30 - 17:00 ASBU monitoring in the ICAO European Region

The ASBU (Aviation System Block Upgrades) Monitoring Report was prepared by EUROCONTROL in partnership with the ICAO EUR Region. The report covers the deployment status of ASBU Block 0 modules and looks at how far ATM implementation has evolved across all 55 States accredited to the ICAO EUR Region.

The main source of monitoring information is the Local Single Sky Implementation (LSSIP) process and associated documents, managed by EUROCONTROL in close cooperation with all civil and military national organisations, service providers and airport operators in the ECAC region.

This ICAO/EUROCONTROL joint deliverable and its contribution to ATM implementation oversight in the ICAO EUR Region are an example of successful cooperation between two international organisations using combined efforts and existing resources and processes.

Ana Paula Frangolho
EUROCONTROL

Sven Halle
ICAO EUR
17:00 - 17:30 Datalink Performance Measurement by the Network Manager

The Network Manager (NM) is supporting the European Commission Datalink Recovery Plan (cf. SESAR Deployment Manager) by monitoring datalink performances. NM is therefore regularly publishing performance reports and aircraft white lists that are shared with all stakeholders. While the target performance has not yet been met, performance monitoring is showing significant improvement, and this will be encouraged. The presentation will introduce the datalink performance measurement performed by NM and the current network view on datalink performances.

Jacky Pouzet

Briefings 7 MARCH

Get insight into some of the latest developments regarding aeronautical information management, free route airspace implementation, how airports are connected to the ATM network and how CNS will be better integrated as well as the challenge and opportunity represented by drones.

Timetable

Time Title Speaker(s)
10:30 - 11:00 IRiS: the integrated risk picture for Europe

IRiS is a web-based framework that hosts a set of barrier-based risk models describing how risk evolves and is managed in ATM. Track data and incident data from both ground and aircraft operator centres are used to harmonise safety data reporting (operational reporting) and safety assessments of change, with safety monitoring using the same framework.

IRiS provides, for the first time, a cohesive, integrated safety framework capitalising on local data to baseline risk, measure change (in safety terms) and monitor risk following operational changes.

Andrew Kilner
11:15 - 11:45 A two-way live connection with the Brussels-based Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC)

NMOC is the heart of Europe’s air traffic flow management operations. Created more than 20 years ago, this unique centre is a model for other regions in the world. From Brussels, the Centre has a picture of where every flight is - where the bottlenecks are and will be. The NMOC deals on average with 29,000 flights per day over an area covering 43 States, keeping the ATM network running 24/7. Its mission is to optimise traffic flows according to air traffic control capacity while enabling airlines to operate the safest and most efficient flights. It shares the air traffic situation in real time and in full transparency with all its operational partners: 4,500 airspace users, 530 airports and 68 control centres. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see how the Centre operates and to ask questions.

Moderated from Madrid by Gianni Lenti
11:45 - 12:15 EAIMS: the enabler for information management in the ATM world

The European ATM Information Management System (EAIMS) is a single point for quality-assured ATM information, developed in close cooperation with airspace users, air navigation service providers and the Network Manager. The project is a joint undertaking between the European Commission and EUROCONTROL in compliance with the SESAR SWIM concept.

Peter Matern
12:15 - 12:45 Integrated CNS: Time for a conceptual change

In the face of new emerging concepts, capabilities, constraints and applications, aviation and its infrastructure will need to adapt. A wide range of factors will influence the introduction of new concepts and technologies to enhance existing communication, navigation and surveillance domains which can no longer be considered as independent silos.

This presentation will introduce the concept of integrated CNS in which communication, navigation and surveillance are tackled as one domain. It will then focus on short-, mid- and long-term CNS evolution and challenges.

Emilien Robert


Pascal Barret
13:00 - 14:00 Skyway magazine reception
14:00 - 14:30 Free route airspace becoming a reality in the core area of Europe

Free Route Airspace (FRA) is a specified airspace within which users can freely plan a route between a defined entry point and a defined exit point, with the possibility of routeing via intermediate (published or unpublished) waypoints, without reference to the air traffic services (ATS) route network, subject of course to availability.

Maastricht UAC applies a phased approach for the implementation of FRA. The first phase, which was implemented on 7 December 2017, made FRA available during the night. The second phase will extend the availability of FRA to the weekend and is expected to be implemented in December 2018. The final phase will make FRA available at all times throughout the week, and this is planned for spring 2020. This approach frees up the benefits of the intermediate steps quickly while allowing familiarisation with the FRA concept in all its detail. This presentation will shed light on the activities performed and the concept followed in preparation of this implementation.

Andreas Henn
14:30 - 15:00 Airport integration into the network

Airport CDM is about equal partnership between airports, air navigation service providers, airspace users and the Network Manager, working transparently and collaboratively to improve the operational efficiency and resilience of airport operations.

The A-CDM project integrates processes and systems, and focuses particularly on aircraft turnaround and pre‑departure sequencing processes. Through the sharing of data between stakeholders, A-CDM supports improved decision-making through the provision of more accurate and timely information, thus generating the same operational picture across all airport partners.

But how has the integration of airports into the network started? And what is the expected future evolution? These and other questions will be addressed.

Matthis Birenheide
15:15 - 15:45 A two-way live connection with the Brussels-based Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC)

NMOC is the heart of Europe’s air traffic flow management operations. Created more than 20 years ago, this unique centre is a model for other regions in the world. From Brussels, the Centre has a picture of where every flight is - where the bottlenecks are and will be. The NMOC deals on average with 29,000 flights per day over an area covering 43 States, keeping the ATM network running 24/7. Its mission is to optimise traffic flows according to air traffic control capacity while enabling airlines to operate the safest and most efficient flights. It shares the air traffic situation in real time and in full transparency with all its operational partners: 4,500 airspace users, 530 airports and 68 control centres. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see how the Centre operates and to ask questions.

Moderated from Madrid by Gianni Lenti
15:45 - 16:15 EAIMS: the enabler for information management in the ATM world

The European ATM Information Management System (EAIMS) is a single point for quality-assured ATM information, developed in close cooperation with airspace users, air navigation service providers and the Network Manager. The project is a joint undertaking between the European Commission and EUROCONTROL in compliance with the SESAR SWIM concept.

Peter Matern
16:15 - 16:45 The EUROCONTROL-EASA UAS Operational Concept & PODIUM

Drones are a challenge and an opportunity for every part of air traffic management - it’s a hot topic!

This session will introduce the draft EUROCONTROL/EASA UAS operational Concept. It is an evolution from the EUROCONTROL RPAS ATM CONOPS version 4.0. It will cover the introduction of UTM/U-space, common altitude reference system, the introduction of flight rules for traffic below 500 feet, small UAS operations at airports, and the UAS airspace assessment.

The SESAR/Horizon 2020 Proving Operations of Drones with Initial UTM (PODIUM) large scale demonstrations will be introduced, as an example of how EUROCONTROL is taking a leading role in assessing the maturity of UAS operations, and making recommendations for standards, regulations and deployment.

Mike Lissone & Unifly
17:00 - 17:30 Integrated CNS: Time for a conceptual change

In the face of new emerging concepts, capabilities, constraints and applications, aviation and its infrastructure will need to adapt. A wide range of factors will influence the introduction of new concepts and technologies to enhance existing communication, navigation and surveillance domains which can no longer be considered as independent silos.

This presentation will introduce the concept of integrated CNS in which communication, navigation and surveillance are tackled as one domain. It will then focus on short-, mid- and long-term CNS evolution and challenges

Emilien Robert


Pascal Barret
17:30 - 18:00 Free route airspace becoming a reality in the core area of Europe

Free Route Airspace (FRA) is a specified airspace within which users can freely plan a route between a defined entry point and a defined exit point, with the possibility of routeing via intermediate (published or unpublished) waypoints, without reference to the air traffic services (ATS) route network, subject of course to availability.

Maastricht UAC applies a phased approach for the implementation of FRA. The first phase, which was implemented on 7 December 2017, made FRA available during the night. The second phase will extend the availability of FRA to the weekend and is expected to be implemented in December 2018. The final phase will make FRA available at all times throughout the week, and this is planned for spring 2020. This approach frees up the benefits of the intermediate steps quickly while allowing familiarisation with the FRA concept in all its detail. This presentation will shed light on the activities performed and the concept followed in preparation of this implementation.

Andreas Henn

Briefings 8 MARCH

This is your last chance to learn more about how EUROCONTROL is supporting European aviation.

Timetable

Time Title Speaker(s)
10:15 - 10:45 IRiS: the integrated risk picture for Europe

IRiS is a web-based framework that hosts a set of barrier-based risk models describing how risk evolves and is managed in ATM. Track data and incident data from both ground and aircraft operator centres are used to harmonise safety data reporting (operational reporting) and safety assessments of change, with safety monitoring using the same framework.

IRiS provides, for the first time, a cohesive, integrated safety framework capitalising on local data to baseline risk, measure change (in safety terms) and monitor risk following operational changes.

Andrew Kilner
10:45 - 11:15 Airport integration into the network

Airport CDM is about equal partnership between airports, air navigation service providers, airspace users and the Network Manager, working transparently and collaboratively to improve the operational efficiency and resilience of airport operations.

The A-CDM project integrates processes and systems, and focuses particularly on aircraft turnaround and pre‑departure sequencing processes. Through the sharing of data between stakeholders, A-CDM supports improved decision making through the provision of more accurate and timely information, thus generating the same operational picture across all airport partners.

But how has the integration of airports into the network started? And what is the expected future evolution? These and other questions will be addressed.

Matthis Birenheide
11:15 - 11:45 Free route airspace becoming a reality in the core area of Europe

Free Route Airspace (FRA) is a specified airspace within which users can freely plan a route between a defined entry point and a defined exit point, with the possibility of routeing via intermediate (published or unpublished) waypoints, without reference to the air traffic services (ATS) route network, subject of course to availability.

Maastricht UAC applies a phased approach for the implementation of FRA. The first phase, which was implemented on 7 December 2017, made FRA available during the night. The second phase will extend the availability of FRA to the weekend and is expected to be implemented in December 2018. The final phase will make FRA available at all times throughout the week and this is planned for spring 2020. This approach frees up the benefits of the intermediate steps quickly while allowing familiarisation with the FRA concept in all its detail. This presentation will shed light on the activities performed and the concept followed in preparation of this implementation.

Andreas Henn

Workshop

South East Common Sky Initiative Free Route Airspace (SECSI FRA): From concept to successful implementation

TIMING
7 Mar 2018
11:15 to 12:15
Room
  • FABEC OPS THEATRE
Venue
IFEMA - Feria de Madrid
Avda. del Partenón 5
28042 Madrid Madrid
Spain
 

Opening

  • Joe Sultana (Director Network Manager)
  • Heinz Sommerbauer (CEO Austro Control)
  • Thomas Hoffmann (COO Austro Control)
  • Davorin Primorac (Director BHANSA)
  • Vlado Bagarić (Director General Croatia Control)
  • Franc Željko Županič (CEO Slovenia Control)
  • Predrag Jovanović (CEO SMATSA)

Presentations

  • SECSI from Concept to Implementation
    Kristian Wollner (ATM Expert Austro Control)
  • Benefits for Airspace Users
    Davor Mizerit (ATM Expert Slovenia Control)
  • Harmonisation Within the Project – LoAs, Publications, Safety
    Mirjana Vasiljevic (ATM Expert SMATSA)

Closing

  • Razvan Bucuroiu (Network Manager Directorate) 

Stand Exhibits

In parallel to the theatre briefings, over the three-day event, we will showcase the following business areas:

The Network Manager

Focusing on technical developments and the architecture of the future. Our experts will highlight the main technical principles and challenges related to this transformation and take the opportunity to inform and gather feedback from our stakeholders.

The Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre

Presenting solutions aimed at reducing air traffic controller workload and enhancing traffic prediction capabilities. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take a 360° tour of the centre.

Simulation and validation activities and platforms

Our experts will showcase EUROCONTROL’s simulation capability in support of research and operational development in the area of RPAS/drone operations

Our demonstration, consisting of a mobile real-time simulation platform with a controller and a pseudo-pilot working position, will show the impact of RPAS integration into the upper controlled airspace. Don’t miss it!

The Agency's contribution to SESAR 2020

Of the 25 grant agreements signed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking on behalf of the European Commission in 2016, we are participating in 24 SESAR 2020 projects and are leading the eight projects which are dedicated to pan-European network performance.

At the show our experts will present the following topics. Check the timings!

PJ09 Advanced Demand Capacity Balance (DCB)

By Hamid Kadour

10:00-14:00 on 6 March & 14:00- 16:00 on 7 March

The SESAR 2020 DCB project links the existing DCB process to a powerful distributed network management function which takes full advantage of the SESAR layered collaborative planning, trajectory management principles and SWIM technology to improve the effectiveness of ATM resource planning and the network performance of the ATM system in Europe.

PJ02 Leading Optimised Runway Delivery (LORD)

By Valerio Cappellazzo and Vincent Treve

14:00-19:30 on 6 March & 10:00-14:00 on 7 March

LORD provides air traffic controllers with a separation tool to support them in the application of the appropriate separation between two aircraft on final approach.

The tool HMI predicts aircraft behaviour and facilitates speed management on the glide slope, taking into account wake vortex minima, runway(s) configuration, runway constraints and meteorological conditions. Real time simulations have shown that, when combined with RECAT-Pair-Wise Separation minima, a 5 to 10% runway throughput increase is obtained irrespectively of wind conditions.

EUROCONTROL’s role in PJ02 is to help mature different concepts and procedures that have an impact on runway throughput and to integrate them in LORD within a single HMI. The final aim is to give the controller a user friendly way to deliver safe and reduced separation, irrespective of runway configuration, constraints, wind conditions or aircraft equipage.

PJ07 User Driven Prioritisation Process (UDPP)

By Nadine Pilon

16:00-18:00 on 7 March & 10:00-14:00 on 8 March

UDPP gives more flexibility to airspace users to reschedule their flights when facing capacity constraints and congestion. This is possible because it allows airspace users to enhance the current swapping capabilities as well as to protect important flights to the detriment of less critical ones.

UDPP provides different methods of prioritisation which take into account the need for equity between users and the performance goals of the airports and the network. It operates as part of collaborative constraint management processes which include the margins of manoeuvre of each stakeholder.



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