World ATM Congress 2020
The FABEC OPS Theatre Agenda


Agenda updated 30 April. Check back often for updates!  

For the third year in succession, World ATM Congress has partnered with Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) to host the FABEC OPS Theatre at World ATM Congress. Participants are invited to submit proposals for the 2020 agenda that address operational topics driving air traffic management (ATM) business on a day-to-day basis. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

10.10 – 10.35 ANA

Title: Cutting-Edge Multi Services Architecture for the New ATM S/E & Services in ANA Luxembourg

ANA Luxembourg, Head of CNS

Abstract: Coming soon.
10.45 – 11.05 Airbus Airsense

Title: Enhanced Arrival Prediction with Machine-Learning – For Airport Operations

Carina Schnitzenbaumer

Abstract: By 2040, in Europe, 16.2M flights are expected, pushing 16 airports to work at 80% of capacity for most of the day during the summer period. The lack of capacity will bring the total delay to 20.1 min/flight during summer and a total of 1.5M flights that cannot be accommodated. But when airport utilization has to be improved,  the overall goal of the airport operations is to achieve the best possible number of movements, safely and efficiently, in and out of the airport. An accurate Estimated Time of Arrival for each incoming flight plays a key role to increase the response time and therefore reduce the impact of delay on airport operations.
In a joint collaborative exercise with all ATM stakeholders the most valuable EPTA use cases are defined showcasing  the potential for improving airside operations, an important part of the overall Airport Operational Performance.
11.10 – 11.55  Objective Area Solutions (OAS)

Title: Managing Convenience, Privacy, and Security in an App World

Allan Storm, OAS
Steve Bradford, FAA
Michael Callender
NATO Headquarters
Sven Halle,
ICAO Regional Office, Paris
Philip Plantholt, Flightradar24  

Abstract: In the past, the aviation ecosystem was a closed system using aviation-specific technology and protocols that were unavailable to the general public and certainly not openly broadcasted over the internet or phone application (App).  Today, with the migration to digital data communications, inexpensive tools, software, and public knowledge accessible on the internet, the aviation ecosystem is more open to the public and introduces a concern for security and privacy.  The panel’s objective is to examine aviation issues more closely and address the interdependencies between aircraft, air traffic systems and flight tracker data providers and discuss potential areas to improve.
12.00 – 13.15 Inter-FAB Panel

Title: Interdependencies of ATM Performance – The Possibilities and Impossibilities of ATM Improvements Across All Domains

Marc Baumgartner, Performance Review Commission
Razvan Bucuroiu, EUROCONTROL 
Grzegorz Stępniak,
Maurizio Paggetti,
Vitan Todorov,
Matej Eljon,
FABCE, FAB CE Aviation Services Ltd.
Geoffroy Ville,

Abstract: Since the start of the Single European Sky initiative, the key performance areas of safety, capacity, environment and cost-efficiency have been the backbone of performance management in air traffic management (ATM). After two reference periods of the EU performance scheme, these measures have become established as the key reference points of ATM legislation and service provision. However, after almost ten years of operational experience, there is a need to have a more detailed look, how they influence service delivery and investment decisions and to what extent there are trade-offs and interdependencies. 

And the political context has changed. The original drivers of continual traffic growth and developing economics of scale have gradually changed as the realities of a volatile market have become apparent - incorporating downturns in traffic demand – which have required additional buffers to manage traffic safely. At the same time, aviation stakeholders are coming under increase pressure to improve their environmental footprint.

The panel will put an operational focus on questions such as:  What are the positive and negative aspects of interdependencies between the key performance areas and how can they be used to improve the system?  How should the impact of external factors such as volatility of traffic demand be considered? In the light of the evolution of the Single European Sky and the “network centric” and “passenger centric” concepts, is there a need to widen or to shrink the scope of current key performance areas? For example, do we need to adapt the intrinsic view of capacity to reflect a passenger perception of punctuality? And last but not least, what will be the impact of the European Green Deal on the performance scheme?
13.20 – 14.20 International Panel

Title: The Human as a Source of Improved ATM Performance

Tom Laursen, IFATCA
Tony Tisdall,
JMA Solutions
Marinella Leone and Ellen Beckers, EUROCONTROL, MUAC
Peter Stensgård Hansen, Elsis PRO / SHIFT
Dr. Eric Weis,
Objective Area Solutions

Abstract: Join a panel of human factors and air traffic control experts as they explore the challenges and benefits of innovative programmes and technology that both mitigate threats to personal and team performance and enhance the lives of critical frontline employees for the benefit of the global airspace. The panel will open with a briefing from the Maastrict Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) on a new project, Personal Energy and Resilience Management. ANSPs, airport management, technology developers and vendors, ATCOs, and ANSP staff alike will not want to miss this informative session.
14.30 – 16.00 Inter-FAB Panel

Title: Necessary Delay – Do We Need to Change Our Understanding of ATFM Delays?

Dave Knorr, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S.
Gerard Boydell, EUROCONTROL
Tomas Montvila,
Baltic FAB, Oro Navigacija 
Haris Antoniades, BLUE MED FAB, DCAC Cyprus 
Christian Kern, FABCE, Austro Control
René Lehner,
FABEC, skyguide

Abstract: For decades we have all operated under the assumption that air traffic flow management (ATFM) delay is bad. The greater the ATFM delay the worse the performance of the ATM system and the greater the impact to airline to passenger schedules. But is this really true? Is our view of ATFM delay too narrow? Can ATFM delay actually be a power for good?

In this panel, experts will try to take a more holistic perspective than the regulation currently allows. What effect do tactical en-route control measures have on daily operations, on the network and the passenger? Can they help to stabilise the system? Can they even create capacity by increasing the throughput on a runway? And how can flow measures close the gap between data supplied in the flight plan and flight actually flown by the airspace user? What about their impact on other performance indicators?

An introduction will pe provided by Dave Knorr, FAA (1430-1500 hrs) elaborating on necessary delay in ATM and the impact of demand changes on performance. Dave Knorr will provide insights from his experience co-chairing the FAA/Industry Joint Analysis Team (JAT) charged with coming to agreement on the benefits of select NextGen implementations.  How can the post implementation value be assessed with changes in demand and weather? Through normalization of historical data and some basic modelling the JAT has successfully come to common statements of fact regarding complex evaluations. The JAT process has helped improve the transparency of performance analysis between the FAA and stakeholders. The JAT methodology also highlights the challenges associated with setting performance targets under changing conditions.  

16.10 – 16.40  IACIT

Title: Weather Surveillance Radar for Air Traffic Controllers at High Density Airports: A Use Case at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (LVNL) and Its Use on Airports in Tropical Regions

Eng. Gustavo de Castro Hissi, IACIT
Paul Malkomes, GAMIC

Abstract: Coming soon.
16.50 – 17.10  Haitham Bakr

Title: Space Weather and its Impact on ATM

Haitham Bakr, Air Traffic Controller at NANSC EGYPT, En-Route/ Terminal Area Radar Controller 

Abstract: The Earth is constantly subjected to electromagnetic and high energy particle radiation from both galactic sources and the Sun. Most of the variability is of solar origin and is collectively known as space weather , Generally the day-to-day variation in space weather has a negligible impact on technology and humans but on average several times in each solar cycle of 11 years space weather can have operational impact. 
During the most extreme events, associated with rare solar superstorms (and not necessarily related to the solar cycle), there are a number of issues that the aviation industry should consider because the impact will be global and significant. Although extremely rare (1 in 100-200 years) the potential disruption caused by extreme space weather cannot be ignored and requiring that mitigation be considered. Without appropriate preparedness an extreme space weather event could create large scale disruption of the aviation industry from which it would take weeks to fully recover.
So as identifying Space weather components and its direct effect to the Aviation industry it hits a red light as a High important Safety issue that requires to be ready for its occurrence  and to put into account the Appropriate mitigation  and caution actions to be taken before the occurrence depending on the forecasts for the space weather phenomena beside spreading the whole subject as safety culture to ATM buddies provided with the guidance materials and requests from the international organizations (IATA) and the response of the ICAO for such matter with the “Doc. 101000”  “Manual on Space Weather Information in Support of International Air Navigation”
 This manual aims to provide guidance for aeronautical meteorologists, particularly those at the operational level, as well as for operators, flight crew members, air traffic services units, search and rescue services units, airport management and others concerned with the conduct or development of international air navigation. It describes practices to be applied in the provision, reception and use of information on space weather phenomena affecting international air navigation and contains information on the space weather phenomena themselves, the hazards and mitigation aspects.

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17.20 – 18.00 EGNOS

Title: EGNOS and Galileo Services for Aviation: Status and Opportunities

Carmen Aguilera, GSA

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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 

10.10 – 10.35 HungaroControl

Title: PBN Implementation in Hungary – Contributing to Safe, Secure and Environmentally-Friendly Operations Countrywide

Dr. Rita Markovits-Somogyi, HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services
Dr. Bence Takács, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Mercedes Reche,
Pildo Labs

Abstract: Coming soon.

10.45 – 11.05 Loon

Title: Collaborative Traffic Management in the Stratosphere – A Concept for Collaboration in High Altitude Operations

David Hansell, Loon
Léonard Bouygues, Loon
Max Fenkell, AIA
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA
Andy Tailby, Airbus

Abstract: Advances in technology and innovation in recent years, coupled with ever-increasing interest by industry and state actors for stratospheric airspace use, has driven exponential interest in unlocking the stratosphere as a venue for new operations. Industry has imagined, designed, tested and started to commercially fly an ever increasing set of innovative vehicles that will provide a wide range of services from the stratosphere. Maintaining the safe operation of such an ecosystem is an urgent necessity recognized by world regulators, and industry is ready to assist in developing and implementing a collaborative traffic management system.

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11:15 – 12.00 Federal Aviation Administration

Title: FAA’s Innovation on Increasing Capacity and Efficiency of Airports and Airspace in the Northeast Corridor and Beyond

Rob Hunt, FAA 
Wendy O’Connor,
Steve Bradford,

Abstract: To demonstrate what the FAA is implementing for Initial Trajectory Based Operations (iTBO), with a focus on the Northeast Corridor program.  The panel will provide an informative update on the FAA’s approach to addressing congestion in the Northeastern U.S. through a combination of time-based flow management (TBFM), airspace optimization, performance-based navigation (PBN), and controller tools to improve operational efficiency.
12.10 – 12.50 DSNA

Title: U-Space Together

Maurice Georges

Abstract: DSNA will present the vision and program for making U-space a reality. The winners of the 2019 U-space innovation challenge and their solutions will be presented. DSNA will also announce the next steps of its call for partnerships. The conference will provide information on how ATM addresses – safely and fairly – the integration of new entrants with an iterative, innovative and collaborative approach. It will shed light on how this approach for U-space innovation can address cross-boundary and Urban Air Mobility issues of U-space implementation.

13.00 – 14.00 Inter-FAB Panel

Title: OPS Check: Do Traffic Forecasts Really Help in the Management of an ACC?

Razvan Bucuroiu, EUROCONTROL
Michał Mikołajczak,
Antonio Gigli,
Adrian Florea,
DANUBE FAB Strategic and Planning Standing Committee, ROMATSA
Marek Dočkal,
Wolfgang Bretl,

Abstract: Operations management requires a clear understanding of when and where aircraft will fly. Currently, this is based on Europe-wide traffic forecasts, which are used to determine the number of controllers and the financial resources available for investments etc. At a high level, these forecasts are useful but at the operational level they can be a cause of major disruptions due to discrepancies between forecasted and actual traffic. As a result, throughout Europe there is a shortfall of hundreds of air traffic controllers and urgent investments have been postponed and operational projects suspended – often not known to the public - due to a lack of experts. Traffic disruptions during summer 2018 have made it clear to everyone that there are severe consequences to resource-management planning based on highly aggregated forecasts in a volatile market. 

In this panel, experts will discuss the concrete effects of the discrepancies between forecasts and reality. What do minor changes in the forecast mean for staffing in day-to-day business? Which deviations from the forecast can easily be compensated for and which will require more radical solutions? Can a control centre be controlled by forecasts at all, or would it make more sense to plan based on actual capacities? What should be prioritised: the stability of the network or meeting the forecast demand? What are the specific local consequences resulting from unforeseen increases or even decreases in traffic, which we are currently experiencing?

14.10 – 14.40 United Arab Emirates

Title: Application of Artificial Intelligence in Enroute Centres

Bashayer Zaid Al Rowaiei Al Menhali, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

Abstract: The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications into ATM operations needs to be managed carefully to gain the trust of operational staff and regulatory bodies. AI carries the potential to increase capacity and efficiency in ATM by providing advisories to the operator, eliminating redundant tasks and automating repetitive tasks, thus reducing human error. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center and Searidge Technologies signed an MoU in November of 2018 to explore and collaborate on the development of advanced AI capability in the en route environment. SZC has provided a team of subject matter experts, advanced capabilities in SWIM and data management to help facilitate rapid development of AI capability to work alongside Searidge experts to initially brainstorm a roadmap of how AI would function in support of the ATM activities of SZC.

14.50 – 15.20 Industry panel

Title: ATM Delay Reduction and Flight Efficiency Improvement by Filling the Gap Between Nowcasting Dedicated Thunderstorm Cells and Forecasting Broader Convective Activity

Mika Semann, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH 
Volker Stuhlsatz, EUROCONTROL, Maastricht-UAC
Caroline Forster, WxFUSION GmbH 

Abstract: Weather has a huge impact on efficiency in air transport. Costs of weather related delays in Europe are in the hundreds of millions € per year – roughly one third are due to thunderstorms. In the past years weather related delays were also massively increasing. One of the fundamental issues is that traditional model based weather forecasts can’t deliver results which enables the ATC domain in planning sector capacity on the reliability level needed. Detection and nowcasting thunderstorms in satellite images has proven to be a much better source but with limitations regarding the time horizon for some tasks. The approach we want to present here combines the best from two worlds in order to improve efficiency, save fuel and reduce costly delays by sharing this knowledge between all stakeholders. 
We have evaluated this approach based on use cases from Eurocontrol MUAC (Maastricht Upper Area Control Center) which controls one of the most congested airspaces in the world. Delay allocated to severe WX in 2017 (with Cb Nowcast) at Eurocontrol MUAC were 407.931 Min. In 2018 (without Cb Nowcast), WX attributed delay at MUAC increased by +30%. According PRU (University of Westminster), 1 min of ATFM delay costs €104. Beside improved situational awareness a WX related delay reduction due to improved tools by only 3% would represent a cost saving of more than 1.6 Mil €. The solution we present below allows a consolidated view into the upcoming WX situation both in the air and the ground (ATC and OCC).

15.30 – 15.50  SINTEF Digital

Title: Dynamic Airspace Configuration – Experience and Future Directions

Speakers: Amela Karahasanovic, Erik Nilsson, and Patrick Schittekat

Abstract: Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) has been proposed as one of the means for addressing growth in air traffic amount and complexity. In DAC, instead of using one or a limited number of predefined sectorisations, the airspace is divided into a much smaller airspace comprising building blocks from which new sectorisations are built dynamically based on the volume and complexity of air traffic. This allows better and more flexible use of airspace capacity without reducing safety. 
In this talk we are going to present the DAC concept, a new controller working position for ATCOs supporting DAC, results from an experiment evaluating DAC with end-users and the direction for future development of the concept. The focus of the talk is on the needs, requirements and acceptability of the DAC approach by the end-users: ATCOs, supervisors and flow managers.  
We have conducted the first experiment to assess the overall acceptability of DAC. In addition, we investigated how different user interface mechanisms aided ATCOs. To assess the acceptability of DAC and the effect of different user interface mechanisms, the experiment was split into two sections with three conditions, all were tested with executive controllers from Milan ACC.

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16.00 – 16.25 Deloitte

Title: Operations Concepts for Mature Urban Air Mobility: Early Insights from NASA’s UAM Community ConOps

Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Metts

Abstract: Urban Air Mobility (UAM) represents an exciting paradigm shift, taking aviation from a predominately long-distance public transportation mode to an integral component of regional and local transportation. This session describes the latest Urban Air Mobility concepts developed through Deloitte’s work with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a broad cross-section of the UAM community to develop a Concept of Operations at a mid-level of maturity. The concept envisages a future where 100s to 1000s of semi-autonomous EVTOLs (passenger drones) operate in urban settings, servicing high-demand routes to reduce congestion, supporting emergency response operations, and providing on-demand air mobility. It explores the essential foundational operational concepts needed to enable mature UAM markets, such as autonomous passenger-carrying air vehicles, unmanned air traffic systems, advanced urban micro-weather capabilities, and communication navigation and service data exchange capable of providing situational awareness for high-density flight operations in urban settings.

16.35 – 16.55 Saab

Title: Operating Digital Towers - A Growing Experience

Erik Bäckman, SDATS
Rob Abbot,
Cranfield Airport

Abstract: Operating  Digital Towers is not a new thing, since the first airport opened up in Sweden 2015 three more has been added and there is now, five years later, a true Digital Tower centre operation and a second centre being close to finalisation. In UK Cranfield airport operations have is now in its third year. There is a growing experience and lessons learned, both operationally, technically, regulatory, interaction with the costumer and last but not least the trust and human perspective. In parallel we see new centres and costumers seeking to adopt and embrace this experiences into new centres and more airports.
17.05 – 17.25 National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

Title: Runway Safety

Steve Hansen

Abstract: Coming soon.
17.35 – 18.00 Slot reserved

Title: TBA

Speakers: TBA

Abstract: Coming soon.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

10.00 – 12.00 Global UTM Association (GUTMA)

Title: GUTMA Workshop - ATM and UTM: Integrate or Segregate?

    Panel 1: Harmonized Skies – Business Implications

Panel 2: Unified Services – Operational Implications
Speakers: Jessie Mooberry, Airbus; Sebastian Barbiarz, AirMap; Trent Fulcher, Airways New Zealand; Phil Binks, Altitude Angel; Amit Ganjoo, ANRA; Asam Khan, Exponent Technology Services; Andy Sage, NATS; Terry Martin, Nova System; Chris Kucera, OneSky; Tom Prevot, Uber; Marc Kegelaers, Unifly; Reinaldo Negron, Wing 


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