World ATM Congress 2022

Civil UAVs Initiative Theatre

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The CIVIL UAVS INITIATIVE THEATRE, offers high-level institutional and business programming for the dissemination of the next steps in the unmanned vehicle industry. Exclusive discussion tables to advance in the construction of the sky of the future and the full integration of the UAS (UTM-ATM). We are facing a new era of mobility, and we will know the new business models, regulations, who will be the protagonists, and what role the
(AAM) plays that will have a special programming.

Updated 20 June. Check back often for more information!

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

10.00 - 11.40

:  Civil UAVs Initiative: An Integrated Vision

: Belén Picos García, Xunta de Galicia


José Ignacio Cases, CEO Novadays /Director of the Technical Office of Civil UAVs Initiative
Patricia Argerey, Director of the Agencia Gallega de Innovación
Enrique Casado, Airspace Operational Efficiency & Autonomous Ops. Boeing Research & Technology – Europe & Brazil
David Pérez-Piñar, Head of UAS Development en Babcock
Francisco Javier Barcala, Director of Safety and Aerial vehicles, Indra Sistemas de Seguridad

Héctor Estévez, CEO  Centum Research & Technology
Analía López, Managing Director Sensor Engineering & UAS Division del Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG)

Marian Tallón, Fundación CEL – Initiatives per Lugo

Civil UAVs Initiative: an integrated vision
Welcome and Presentation of the Event

12.00 - 12.55 UICI2

 UAM services in the context of sustainable urban mobility planning and the U-space coordination mechanism
A UIC2 panel on the preparation of cities and regions for UAM services
Moderator: Vassilis Agouridas, UIC2 Leader, EU's Smart Cities | AIRBUS Urban Mobility

Luca Valerio Falessi, Direction of  Airspace Regulations, ENAC, Italy
Elena Deambrogio, Head Smart City, Innovation, EC projects Office, City of Torino, Italy

Abstract: The UAM Initiative Cities Community (UIC2) organises a panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the introduction of UAM services in European cities and regions while taking into consideration the topics of the sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP-UAM) and of the Coordination Mechanism (Art. 18(f) of the U-space Regulation Implementation (EU) 664/2021). The panel is composed of representatives forming 'pairs' from cities/regions and national authorities from Italy, Estonia and Spain. 

13.00 - 13.30

Expodrónica Panel

:  Eu Taxonomy (Sustainable investments)

:  Paloma Fra, Ingenuity Eurofinance, Managing Partner

Prof. José Luis Suárez, IESE Business School, Director of IESE´s campus
David Garcia Nuñez, Madrid World Capital of Construction MWCC, President

It is necessary to plan the future public-private investment needed for drone infrastructure, including commercial drone activities, multimodal platforms for package delivery, to drone take-off/landing zones and other projects related to urban air mobility. 

Invest Eu, European Taxonomy and EU Funding Options are now available in the current financial framework 2021-2027, Horizon Europe and the Connecting Europe Facility. Urban projects targeting the UAM will highlight possible future support mechanisms that can be integrated into future EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) programmes through the ERDF.  Rural projects can be supported by EAFRD It is essential to plan sustainable investments in UAM following the guidelines established by the EU Taxonomy and with the support of the EIM.

13.35 - 14.00 Proyecto Siglo C-D

14.00 -14.55 State of UAM in USA and Europe

Title: USA-Europe Discussion on U-space/UTM

Moderator: Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL, Head of Drone Business Development
USA R & D - Parimal Kopardekar (PK), Director Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA
USA UAM Industry - Rob Weaver, Regulation and Public Policy Global Lead, Eve Air Mobility
USA Regulator - Tim Arel, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization (ATO), FAA
European Regulator - Maria Algar Ruiz, Program Manager Drones, EASA
European Industry - Miguel Villaplana, Head of UTM, Airbus
European R & D - David Bachelor, Chief Strategy and International relations Office, SJU

Demand for UAM appears to be generally growing for transportation of passengers and cargo. A variety of business models appear to be emerging.   Future projections show the increasing trend will continue.  But is the UAM industry ready to meet the demand?  Is the eco system ready to integrate many types of eVTOLs occupying the airspace?  In this panel, we will discuss the difference in demand for UAM in the USA and Europe, and the challenges faced by the research organisations, regulators, ANSPs and the industry on both continents and beyond.  We will explore similarities and differences in the approach taken in the USA and Europe.  Finally, we will identify common areas of collaboration for stakeholders from both continents.

15.00-15.25 Egis Group

A New Roadmap for Building Vertiports or Retrofitting Heliports for UAM Scale Up

Hervé Drévillon, Egis, Director, Aviation

Abstract: With the publication of a prototype specification for vertiports in Europe and the US, a significant hurdle has been cleared for designers and developers looking to implement UAM-specific infrastructure. This means that the first vertiports to support initial UAM operations can now be developed and approved. In all likelihood, early infrastructure will be retrofitted heliports or helipads. However, for the UAM market to keep its promises, more enabling infrastructure will be needed to support the scaling up of operations. This presentation proposes a roadmap for building vertiports and retrofitting heliports for the expansion of UAM.

15.30– 15.25
SMG Consulting

: Is the Advanced Air Mobility ecosystem ready for the eVTOL passengers?

Speaker: Sergio Cecutta, SMG Consulting, Founder and Partner

Abstract: Advanced air mobility and how the reality is fast approaching: 2024 is the year the most advanced eVTOL OEMs think they will have vehicles in commercial service. However, the vehicle is just one cog of a much larger machine, including parts like airspace, charging and many more.

Is the Advanced Air Mobility ecosystem ready for the eVTOL passengers?

We will take a look at all the pieces of the ecosystem needed to support the entry into service date and walk them back to today to see where we are on time and where we might already be late.
16.00 – 16.55 CANSO

Title: A Roadmap to the Skies of 2045

Eduardo Garcia, Manager European Coordination and Safety, CANSO

Michelle Bishop, Director Programmes, CANSO
Raj Pai, Senior Technologist,  Aeronautics, NASA Ames Research Center  
Rob Weaver, Regulation & Public Policy (Global), Eve Air Mobility
Gema Ferrero Rubiera, Managing Director at VOLO and Openvia Air
Matthew  Satterley, Policy & Government Relations at Wing 
David Hayzlett, Business Growth Executive at Collins Aerospace 
Coleen Hawrysko, Director, ATO International,  FAA
Angel Kies, Head Unmanned Aircraft Systems, DFS 

Absract: Just eight months after the Complete Air Traffic System’s Global Council launched its vision for the skies of 2045, the forum will unveil a new roadmap to achieve that vision. The Global Council which brings together leaders from over 50 organisations from across the entire aviation spectrum – manned and unmanned aviation, and space travel - will reveal the goals, actions and milestones that will create global airspace that is safe, green fair, intelligent and interoperable, leveraging revolutionised design, technology and services to power global mobility and prosperity.  Join members of the forum’s Technical Committee for this panel session to find out more about the key actions and milestones that will lead us to the skies of 2045.

17.00 – 17.30  Expodrónica Panel

 Air Taxi Operations, the need for UTM and Procedures in both Crewed and Uncrewed Operations

Toby Portter, SkyOne

Erick Corona, Director of Product Management, Wisk
Jef Geudens, Head of Operations, Skyports
 Chris Kucera, Co-Founder, OneSky
Carlos Poveda, CEO, Umiles Group
Matthew Sattler, Infrastructure & Ecosystems Partnerships: Supernal

Abstract: What is needed to enable the safe operation and integration of Crewed and Uncrewed operations as we move into a world of Urban Air Mobility?

The panel brings together experts from UTM, UAM Vehicle manufacturers and Air Taxi Operators to explore the procedures required to enable safe operation and how UTM is an enabling factor for scaling and integrating services.

17.30 - 18.00  AESA 

Title: UAS & UAM: vision and challenges.

Marta Lestau,  Flight Safety Director
Juan José Sola, Head of UAS Division.
Abstract: Urban Air Mobility is considered safe, secure and sustainable air mobility of passengers and cargo enabled by new generation technologies integrated into a multimodal transportation system. This concept, together with the incoming U-Space deployment in Europe are engaging the UAS sector.

According with EASA and European Commission roadmap, AESA will explain its vision and the major challenges to face in next ten years. 


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

10.00 – 10.35 SESAR

Title: SESAR U-space Research: Demonstrating Urban Air Mobility

Christine Stewart, SESAR Joint Undertaking, Communications officer

Cengiz Ari, SESAR 3 JU 
CORUS-XUAM : Concept of Operations for European U-space Services - Extension for Urban Air Mobility
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL 
Jakub Karas, UpVision
AMU-Led - Air mobility urban - Large experimental demonstrations
Pablo Menendez-Ponte, AMU-LED, Project Coordinator 
SAFIR-MED - Safe and Flexible Integration of Advanced U-space Services for medical Air Mobility
Mikael Shamim, Helicus
ICARUS - Integrated Common Altitude Reference system for U-Space
Pawel Korzec, Drone Radar
Bubbles - Defining the BUilding Basic BLocks for a U-Space SEparation Management Service
Juan Vicente Balbastre, UPV
AURA (P.J34) - ATM U-space Interface
Julián Alonso, INDRA
Cengiz Ari, SESAR 3 JU

Abstract: As the drone service market continues to grow and take shape in Europe, the pressure is on to make sure that these air vehicles are integrated safely and securely into our already busy airspace. Transforming infrastructure to support such operations is critical to harnessing the potential of the sector, unlocking market growth, jobs and services to EU citizens. But a simple adaptation of our current ATM system is not enough; accommodating these air vehicles in the numbers forecasted requires a new approach. This is where the European Commission’s U-space initiative comes in and the SESAR 3 JU’s innovation portfolio of research and demonstration projects that underpins it. 
Join SESAR 3 JU and a selection of U-space projects to find out about the services and technologies currently in the innovation pipeline, particularly in the area of urban air mobility, and steps that are being taken to make U-space a reality.

10.35 – 10.55


: U-space Ecosystem Challenges for First Deployment and the Designation of U-Space Airspaces

Daniel Garcia-Monteavaro, ENAIRE, Head of Drone Business Development Department, ENAIRE
Marina Estal
, Head of airspace policy area in the spanish CAA, DGAC

Abstract: U-space Regulation Framework has been issued in April 2021 and will enter into force in January 2023. How is Spain getting ready for this challenge?  What is the Spanish Strategy for U-space Deployment through the National Action Plan for U-space Deployment?  What are the challenges and showstoppers for an early start of U-space operations?  What are the different phases in the development of ENAIRE U-space Platform? What are the first results? What are the main initiatives in Spain regarding U-space and their locations?  What should the next steps be to land U-space as a reality? 
11.05 – 11.55 Expodrónica Panel

UAM Concept of Operations for the London Environment

Moderator: Robert Weaver, Regulation & Public Policy Global Lead, Eve Air Mobility

Mark Balsdon, Head of Airspace Customer Solutions And Account Management, NATS
Jef Geudens, Head of Technology & Flight Ops, Skyports
Breden Hedblom, Head of Traffic Management Solutions, Eve Air Mobility
Jörn Jaeger, Head of Airspace and Vertiports, Volocopter
Rob Stallard, Safety Strategy Specialist, UK Civil Aviation Authority


12.00 – 12.55 Expodrónica Panel

Current and future challenges for RPAS in a civil-military context

Moderator: Vicente de Frutos, European Defence Agency, R+D Project manager. Aeronautics and security 

Welcome and introduction by the moderator, Colonel Arturo Cuartero, ATM Section in the ES Air Force Staff
12:05 – 12:20 What is feasible today:
12:05 – 12:15  a. MALE: Cross border flight France-Spain: Description of the Mission – Platform details – Civil and military roles – Lessons learned and way ahead,  Christophe Hinderman 
12:15 – 12:20  b. HALE: AGS-NAGSF: Current Standard Operations procedures – Operational challenges, -Lt Col. LUCA “Gag” Gagliardi, Italian Air Force
12:20 – 12:35 What will be feasible tomorrow:
12:20 – 12:25 a. SAFETERM, Ignacio del Valle, Project Officer, EDA UAS Programmes
12:25 – 12:30 b. U-space challenges, Nathalie Hasevoets, EDA Project officer Certification and ATM Research
12:30 – 12:35  c. RPAS readiness initiative provides a strategy, Ross McKenzie, NATO Unmanned Aircraft and automated systems
12:35 – 13:00 Q&A and Conclusions & Closing remarks
12:35 – 12:50 Q&A 
12:50 – 13:00 Conclusions: Michael Callender, NATO Head of AER Capabilities

The objectives are to:
- Share awareness on NATO-EU Cooperation in the context of UAS
- Address safety aspects and current solutions
- Address regulatory framework
- Highlight operational issues
- Identify civil-military cooperation opportunities
13.00 – 14.25
III Legaldrone Congress

Urban air mobility from a legal point of view

Elisa Celia González Ferreiro, Presidenta de la Asociación Española de Derecho Aeronáutico y Espacial
The regulatory complexity applicable to sandboxes in Urban Air Mobility, Dr. Yolanda Bustos Moreno,  Professor of Civil Law and GI Director "Civil Responsibility" at the AU. MICINN's R&D&I project is  "Artificial Intelligence and Damage Law".

Data protection in the U-Space realm, 
Dr. Efrén Díaz Díaz. Head of Technology and Space Law Area Bufete Mas and Calvet. Secretary-General Spanish Association of Aeronautical and Space Law.

The responsibility of service providers in U-Space, Dr. Fernando González Botija. Professor and Secretary of the Department of Administrative Law UCM. Director, UCM Research Group GIESA-BIOLAW

ENAIRE U-space Project, Daniel Garcia-Monteavaro, Head of Department of Drone Business Development - ENAIRE

Sandbox at international level: present and future
Dr. Israel Quintanilla, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Technical challenges to ensure compatibility between UAS, operators and U-Space, Antonio Bedmar, General Manager/ Founder at ABIONICA and PrimeCor Systems UAS/ UAV Flight Control & Autopilot Specialist

14.30 – 15.10

Expodrónica Panel

EU Drone Strategy 2.0:State of play

Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL, Head of Drone Business Development Department

Key Note Speaker - Nicolas Eertman, European Commission (DG Move)
Military - Olivier Reichert, Director of Programme Innovation, Safran
Aircraft Manufacturer - Saskia Horsch, Global Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs, Lillium
Industry Association - Koen De Vos, Secretary-General, GUTMA

Abstract: The EU needs to ensure safe and efficient development of a drone ecosystem. In its Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy, the Commission announced its plan to adopt a Drone strategy 2.0 by the end of 2022 to develop drones into a sector for the smart and sustainable mobility of the future. 
This initiative aims to enable drones to contribute, through digitalisation and automation, to a new offer of sustainable services and transport, while accounting for possible civil/military technological synergies. In this panel, we will discuss key elements that might be covered in the EU Drone Strategy 2.0, how these elements will support the drone services market, participation of cross-section of industry sectors involved to develop the strategy and the next steps.

15.15 – 16.10

Expodrónica Panel

Title: Is the infrastructure ready for the arrival of Advanced Air Mobility? 

Moderator: Sergio Cecutta, SMG CONSULTING, Founder and Partner

Anne-Pascale Guedon, EVP Blade Europe
Carlos Poveda, CEO Umiles Group
Alberto Barreiro, Head of Network and Business Plan, Ferrovial Vertiports
Miguel Borja Cano, Jefe de Defensa, Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad

Abstract: Advanced Air Mobility vehicles are two to three years away from transporting passengers. Is the infrastructure ready to welcome them? AAM is a complex ecosystem, one in which all the pieces need to be ready for the start of operations and eventual success. As infrastructure is lagging behind aircraft development, we explore what is needed to be ready.
16.15 – 17.10

Expodrónica Panel

How Can We Make Drone Delivery Take Off?

Moderator: Quentin Browell, Senior Director, Head of London Office, Inline Policy

Fernando Castillo, CEO, Novaltia
Antonio Bedmar Gonzalez, Founder and CEO, PrimeCor Systems
Marta Cejuela Martin, Safety Manager and Head of Airworthiness, Flying Basket
Gema Ferrero Rubiera, Managing Director, Openvia Air
Alexandra Florin, Aviation Technical Standards Manager, Wing

How can we make drone delivery take off? With several companies now conducting drone delivery for real in selected locations, how can the industry scale up? Is the technology and the infrastructure up to the challenge? Regulations and standards are taking shape but do we have the right regulatory framework to ensure a safe, robust, competitive, drone delivery market? Or are standards and regulations too prescriptive? What can we do to get the right levels of support from regulators, governments, ANSPs and most importantly, the general public? Is there a strong enough business case for drone delivery compared with its ground-based competitors?

These and other questions surrounding drone delivery will be debated at this session. Join a panel from all sides of the drone delivery industry – retailers, drone delivery companies, logistics, UTM service providers, vertiports, and technology experts.

17.15 – 18.00 Alliance for New Mobility

Towards a business-viable drone ecosystem

Moderator: Christoph Raab,
Secretary-General, Alliance for New Mobility Europe (AME) 

Antoine Lecestre, Innovation Director, Azur Drones 
Daniel Garcia-Monteavaro, Drone Business Development, ENAIRE
Jan-Eric Putze, CEO, Droniq 
Christoph Selig, Chief Commercial Officer, Unisphere 

 In this panel, we will focus more on a business angle rather than on regulatory questions. We will take a closer look at the value chain in the UTM context and what is enabling it, from the CIS down to the drone operator. Which business models already work today and which conditions need to be fulfilled for further viable business models to emerge and how do we get the investments necessary for the build-up of drone-related markets? In this context, the panel will also discuss the relevance of the roll-out of U-spaces for the expansion of drone markets.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

10.00 – 10.25 Murzilli Consulting


Lorenzo Murzilli, Murzilli Consulting, CEO



10.30 – 11.25

Expodrónica Panel

Financing Sustainable UAM Solutions

Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL, ATM/UTM Business Development

Public investor - Khalid Naqib, Senior Investment Officer, Venture Debt, European Investment Bank
Corporate Finance Advisor - Ricardo Fernandez, Senior Partner at One to One Corporate Finance
Urban Infrastructure Provider - Ricky Sandhu, Founder and Executive Chairman Urban-Air Port Ltd
Pharmaceutical Sector - Fernando Castillo, CEO - Novaltia

Abstract: Scene setting: As the urban air mobility (UAM) industry evolves to satisfy needs of urban environments by transporting cargo and passengers across cities or conducting inspections, surveillance or maintenance activities in crowded places, there is a need to focus on financing all components of the UAM eco-system to ensure sustainable delivery of solutions.  Investment has been pouring into manufacturing of aircraft (eVTOLs) from private industry.  However, the eco system of UAM requires other parts to be ready to enable eVTOL flights in urban environment.  Little has been invested in establishing the physical and digital infrastructure required for UAM.  Without the required infrastructure, eVTOLs cannot fly in a scalable and complex environment. 

The UAM eco system is as strong as its weakest link.  In order to deliver services in a sustainable way in safety critical industries (medical, pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Maritime, etc.), it is vital that the right infrastructure is available for eVTOLs to fly in a UAM eco-system that is reliable, robust, efficient, safe and secure.  In this panel, we want to discuss with a panel of experts on what it takes to attract public and private investment to bring sustainable UAM solutions to serve industries seeking drone services (such as in the medical sector), key aspects for SMEs to consider to seek investment to fund their UAM projects, and learn lessons from ongoing project(s) that has successfully secured funding for UAM infrastructure. 
11.30 – 11.55

ANRA Technology

The journey from UTM to UAM: Infrastructure and Technology Needs

Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Technologies, Founder and CEO  

Ricky Sandhu, CEO Urban Ports 
Rob Eagles, Airbus

Abstract: The session will involve an overview of the Infrastructure and Technology Needs as we start the transition from small UAS to eVTOL. We will touch on the impacts from an infrastructure point of view as well as technical components both hardware and software. We will also touch on the incremental regulatory changes/updates required for the transition. 


12.00- 12.25   Abionica Solutions

Title: Enabling Commercial BVLOS Drone Operations in Dubai – Safety Aspects and Business Opportunities

Dr. Tarek Taha, Robotics Lab Lead at Dubai Future Foundation.
Christoph Schlettig, CEO, Unisphere
Antonio Bedmar, CEO, Abionica Solutions.
Abstract: BVLOS drone operations are highly in demand all over the world. There has been tremendous interest in providing commercial services using unmanned aerial vehicles with BVLOS operations in various sectors (e.g., deliveries, inspection, surveillance etc.). While todays approval processes in most countries focuss on safety aspects, the commercial viability tends to be disregarded.  

As today's market for professional drone operations is still nascent, expensive and lengthy evaluation processes limit the commercial viability of many use cases and restrict growth.

The Emirate of Dubai, UAE has developed a streamlined an efficient regulation, evaluation and certification framework which balances safety and commercial interests. This scalable approach makes Dubai City unique in enabling BVLOS commercial operations to unlock the full potential of unmanned aviation. 
12.30 - 12.55


EGNOS and Galileo for Drones

Emilio González, Galileo User Services Expert GSC

The European GNSS programmes in support to the drone community – Carmen Aguilera, EUSPA
Practical Galileo use in UAS applications – Carmen Martín, INECO
Configuration and use of EGNOS in UAS – Sergio Cabrera, ESSP SAS

 The presentation will focus on the practical use of EGNOS and Galileo in drones: what solutions are available, how to configure the receivers for use and how to take advantage of these systems for the most characteristic applications.

 13.00 - 13.30 Drone Talks

Title: Women Behind the Drone Revolution

Eszter Kovács, CEO & co-Founder at DroneTalks 

Daniela Arimondi, Regional Sales Manager at senseFly
Marina Estal Muñoz, Head of Airspace Policy Area at Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC)
Gema Ferrero Rubiera, Managing Director at VOLO & Openvia Air
Abstract: In the Women Behind the Drone Revolution Series, we interview influential drone field female leaders, to highlight their contributions to the industry, talk about all things drones and inspire a new generation of technology professionals.

 13.30- 14.00 Expodrónica Panel

Title: Towards Autonomous Aerial Mobility

Moderator: Dr. Antidio Viguria Jiménez, CATEC, Head of Avionics and Systems Department

Miguel Martin Acosta, AIRBUS
Dimitrios Panagiotakopoulos, Cranfield University
Aníbal Ollero, University of Seville

Abstract: This roundtable will be focused on commenting the largest challenges in introducing highly autonomous aerial systems in aerial mobility applications and services. It will be discussed the main benefits of autonomous systems along with the current bottlenecks in its implementation. Also, it will be commented, with our experts, how we can help deploy these technologies, so they become a reality in the near future. 


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