World ATM Congress 2022
The FABEC OPS Theatre


World ATM Congress has partnered with FABEC for the fourth year in succession to host the FABEC OPS Theatre at World ATM Congress 2022 on 21-23 June 2022 in Madrid, Spain. The FABEC OPS Theatre provides a platform to debate operational topics and tackle the issues that drive business on a day-to-day basis.

Updated 19 June. Check back often for more information! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

10.30 - 10.55  CADENZA

Title: Reducing flight emissions through capacity-demand management in European airspace

Jan-Rasmus Kuennen, WHU
Frank Fichert, Worms University of Applied Sciences

Abstract: As part of the CADENZA research project, we analyse how better demand-capacity balancing within ATM combined with a revised charging scheme can reduce detours and hence emissions. In a case study with 4,000 flights we find that network-oriented capacity provision can reduce emissions from detours by 64%, with an increase in capacity cost of just 5%. We also find that current en-route airspace charges result in around 320k tons of additional CO2 emissions per year from detours of intra-European flights alone, which could be avoided by using trajectory-independent ATM charges. Such a charging scheme would need to be accompanied by changes in capacity provision that reflect the shift in demand towards shorter and more fuel-efficient trajectories.

Reducing flight emissions through capacity-demand management
11.00 - 11.10   FABEC

CM FABEC CEO-Board John Santurbano

InterFAB Panel Opening

11.15 - 12.25  InterFAB

Title: Commitment to the environment in critical times


Network Manager, Razvan Bucuroiu FABEC,
Peggy Devestel, Chair SC Operations, COO Skeyes FAB CE, N.N., COO ANS Czech, tbc

Abstract: Due to the political and economic events of the last few months, the topic of environmental sustainability - the Green Deal - has been pushed a little into the background. At the same time, climate change is widely recognised as a factual event. Consequently, addressing the issue deserves even more rapid and coordinated action from all partners within the aviation chain. 

This panel will take stock of where aviation - and especially air traffic management - stands today in terms of reducing gas emissions. Are our existing tools and measurement methods sufficient? Does it make sense to distinguish between horizontal and vertical environmental flight efficiency, or can we also define our performance and targets in terms of carbon dioxide? What do participating entities like the Network Manager or the air traffic controller in a control center need to guide aircraft individually or collectively with fewer emissions?  And what influence do the consequences of war have on our environmental objectives - today and in the future? How can ATM deliver a really positive outcome for the environment?
13.15 - 13.40 DFS Aviation Services 

Title: Remote Towers – Operational implementation is Key 

Patrick  von Paris, DFS Aviation Services 
Alexander Koch, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung 

Abstract: The topic of Remote Tower Control is increasingly becoming the focus of ANSPs worldwide and therefore it is looked at pioneers in this field: What are their operational experiences with this technology? How intensively can operational synergies be used for further integrations of airports into a remote Tower Center?

DFS initially started investigating RTC in 2010. After operating the first remotely operated tower of an international airport in Saarbruecken for 3 years and parallel transition of the second location in Erfurt, new experiences could be gained, but also lessons learned could be applied. However, the main way forward of this innovative project could also be confirmed/validated during the transition phase for Erfurt. This mainly concerns the operational part and its challenges/benefits and success factors regarding the following topics: 
• Operational concept (CONOPS) incl. DFS set-up (Screen set-up, compact and functional version)
• ATCO/AFISO training plan 
• Safety assessments incl. Regulatory approval
• Operational cutover incl. transition process and fallback phase
• Change management methodologies 
• Stakeholder involvement

The third airport, Dresden (36.000 movements in CTR in 2019), will follow end of 2023 (influenced by Corona pandemic) and will even benefit from the expertise DFS gained during the first two implementations. DFS plans to add more airports in the future. Based on the mother companies’ lessons learned, its daughter company, DFS Aviation Services GmbH, developed a feasibility study on Remote Tower implementation options for two airports in the Northern part of Germany. 

14.00 - 15.00 InterFAB

Title: Rising complexity in European airspace

Moderation: Markus Pohanka

Airline representative, N.N.
(FABEC, Niels Lokmann)
András SÁGI, HungaroControl, Head of ACC (soon ATM co-director) Baltic FAB, N.N., PANSA Polish Military, N.N.


AbstractThe war in Ukraine is a disaster for humanity. It also reflects a changing geopolitical situation on Europe's southern and eastern borders where social and military tensions have continued to escalate since the middle of the last decade. Aviation plays a key role in warlike and social conflicts: On the one hand supporting civilian needs; while on the other fulfilling military requirements. However, it is itself affected, for example, by closure of airspaces.
In this panel, the participants analyze what concrete operational changes they experience in their everyday operations as a result of the war. They also anticipate events that lie ahead: What effects will the securing of Europe's eastern flank by NATO have on the ATM Network? In which areas of Europe will the complexity of the airspace increase or decrease? How will traffic flows change? How will the common airspace be shared in a way that respects both military and civil needs?
15.05 - 15.55 Borealis/SESAR
Deployment Manager

Title: Borealis Alliance environmental achievements in the context of SESAR Deployment

Christine Berg, Deputy Director for Aviation, Head of Single European Sky Unit at European Commission DG MOVE
Marylin Bastin, Head of Aviation Sustainability at EUROCONTROL
Thorsten Elkjær, COO of Naviair
Francis Richards, ATM Manager, EasyJet Group
Reynir Sigurdsson,  Executive Director at Borealis Alliance
Ralph Schwarzendahl, Head of Performance and CBA at SESAR Deployment Manager

Abstract: Free Route Airspace implementation aims at enabling airspace users to fly efficient routes, allowing savings such as reduced fuel load. Its implementation is part of the Common Project 1 (CP1) adopted by the European Commission and deployed with the support of the SESAR Deployment Manager.

In close coordination with SDM and with the support of Connecting Europe Facility funds, the Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace implementation is key to the delivery of fuel efficient and environmentally friendly user preferred routings.

The Borealis Alliance gathers nine air navigation service providers from nine European States, namely: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who have decided to put their efforts in common to drive better performance for stakeholders through business collaboration. Together, the Borealis Alliance members provide air traffic services across 12.5 million km2 of North European airspace, accounting for 39% of European airspace.

The Programme is divided onto three phases and with the first two phases implemented, substantial environmental benefits have already been reaped.  The implementation will enable seamless transition between the different FRA volumes in the airspace of DK-SE FAB, NEFAB, UK/Irish FAB and Iceland.

These achievements motivate the Alliance to continue to identify new environmental ambitions which it expects to implement in the short-medium term through the expected availability of innovative technology and operational measures, in particular addressing the non-CO2 environmental effects of flying. The launch of the SESAR Deployment Implementation Partnership certainly offers new opportunities to support these ambitions.

16.00 - 16.30  Droneup

Title: Are we ready for January? Fielding Operational U-Space/UTM

Andy Thurling, Vice President Airspace Innovation, DroneUp

Sebastian Babiarz, Chief Operating Officer at Dronehub, Co-President of Global UTM Association
Andreas Lamprecht, Vice President Research and Development, DroneUp
John Vernon, CTO, DroneUp
Reinaldo Negron, Head of UTM, Wing
Alexandra Florin, Wing Aviation, Technical Standards Manager



Abstract: The UTM community held its first Industry Workshop in February 2014. Since then, we have completed several rounds of developmental testing and two test campaigns assessing the operational effectiveness and suitability. While much has been achieved, much is left to do – there are still precious few deployments of UTM. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommended several actions needed to enable the approval of third-party service providers. Yet, they stopped short of mentioning UTM Service Suppliers. This seems to indicate that UTM is not envisioned to be essential or achievable in the near term for the FAA’s initial BVLOS Rule. What does this portend for UTM further in the future? 

A near-term milestone will be achieved in Europe this coming January when U-Space goes live across the EU. While the rulemaking concerning U-Space Service Providers is much clearer in Europe, are the standards in place to provide a means of compliance with the performance-based rules laid down? 

So, how are we really doing with fielding UTM?  Our panel comprises UTM/U-Space veterans with UTM system development, testing, and standards experience. Join them as they discuss the real challenges the UTM/U-Space industry faces in fielding a functioning and approvable UTM/U-Space ecosystem that can safely support not only drones but also to serve as a foundation for other “new entrants” such as Advanced/Urban Air Mobility and Cooperative Traffic Management in the Stratosphere.
16.30 - 18.00 IFATCA Reception  100 Years of ATC



Wednesday, 22 June 2022

10.15 - 11.25 ATM Magazine

Title: ATM Magazine Award



11.30 - 12.10 EUROCONTROL

Title: Operational Introduction of ATS B2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) at MUAC

Ana Beroiz,, Data Link System Level Engineer, EUROCONTROL MUAC
Viktor Jagasits,Air Traffic Controller and Data Link Operational Expert, EUROCONTROL MUAC

Abstract: MUAC went fully ATS B2 operational (ADS-C and controller pilot data link (CPDLC) v2) at the end of May 2022.

ADS-C enables aircraft to log on to the MUAC system and automatically downlink flight management system information, which can be displayed on the controllers’ screens. The extended projected profile (EPP) trajectory received from the aircraft is displayed to the controllers both graphically and in a textual manner in a tabular window. Additionally, the top of climb (TOC) and top of descent (TOD) computed by the flight management system are marked over the graphical EPP trajectory and an automated warning is displayed when there is a 2D discrepancy detected between the air and ground predicted trajectories. The functionality implemented covers the CP1 mandate, the EU regulation that mandates the implementation of ADS-C. MUAC fully recognises the benefits of using ADS-C for both controllers and airlines.

From the controllers’ point of view, the display of the EPP and the 2D discrepancy indicator is a good safety improvement, which increases their situational awareness, saves time on the frequency and further reduces the risk of mistakes. Additionally, the display on the screen of the EPP TOC and TOD and the optimal descent profile helps controllers adhere to pilots’ plans, facilitating continuous descent operations and optimal descents whenever traffic allows.

For the airlines this translates into an increase in safety, more optimal descent profiles and greener flights because of the time and fuel savings.

12.15 - 13.00 DSNA

Title: 4-FLIGHT, DSNA’s innovative ATM system for en-route control centres, is on operational use!

Geoffroy VILLE, DSNA/Deputy Director Strategy & HR 

Abstract: The DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider, member of FABEC, has made the technological modernisation of its systems a crucial step to support a sustainable recovery for air transport.

4-FLIGHT is based on next-generation tools. Designed to be interoperable with other European air navigation systems, this new ATM system integrates an enhanced Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) called Coflight that provides a flight predictability and tracking close to the flown trajectory. Its ergonomic and streamlined interface (jHMI) in a stripless, electronic environment offers more graphical and efficient cooperative and control support tools to improve safety and flight efficiency. 4-FLIGHT was also designed to deliver a high-performance training simulator as close as possible to the real operational life.
4-FLIGHT has been co-financed by the European Union and the French Ministry of Defence. This new system indeed will bring operational benefits not only to France but also to the entire European network. The SESAR Deployment Manager monitors its deployment planned within the 5 French ACCs by 2025.
Following a wide range of training over two years, the DSNA has started the commissioning of 4-FLIGHT in Reims UAC in 2022 and next step will concern the Marseille ACC at the end of this year.
This presentation explains main assets of 4-FLIGHT to meet the new, demanding challenges, and how the DSNA has been worked with its stakeholders for one year to succeed this complex transition phase
13.05 - 14.00  InterFAB

Title: Complexity demands aligned objectives


IFATCA, N.N. (only name missing)
FABEC, Urs Lauener, Skyguide
FAB CE, Alexander Hanslik, Austrocontrol tbc.
UK/IRL FAB, Juliet Kennedy, NATS, tbc.

Abstract: Stakeholder demands on our operations are growing continuously – both quantitatively and qualitatively.   Many years ago, our focus was exclusively on safely guiding aircraft from A to B, but as air traffic has grown, capacity has increasingly become the decisive factor in our performance. With the liberalization of the air traffic market, the focus was suddenly on fees – in order to support the airlines’ competitiveness. With Flight Shame, however, the principle of growth was suddenly called into question. The consequences of the pandemic and the short- and medium-term requirements resulting from the war in Ukraine and the securing of the Eastern Flank by NATO can hardly be grasped today. The only aspect we know – complexity in ATM is a reality.
In this panel, participants will analyze how various external expectations affect their work. Which specific goals are pursued by the stakeholders, which objectives fit together? What new requirement is coming to operations? How can interests be prioritized or balanced? Which decisions have to been taken?

14.05 - 14.45 NATCA

Title: ATC and You: Integrating the Workforce into Tomorrow's Vision

Paul Winstanley, President, The Alliance
Tom McRobert,  Secretary/Treasurer, The Alliance
Rob Weaver, Regulation and Public Policy Global Lead, Eve Air Mobility
Geoff Hounsell, VP Flight Operations Support Services and ATM, Emirates Airline
Simon Hocquard, Director General, Civil Air Navigation Services


Abstract: What is the role of the air traffic controller workforce in CANSO’s Vision of the Skies 2045 plan? This panel seeks to address that and other questions. 

The plan has resulted from the work of the Complete Air Traffic System (CATS) Global Council, a forum of industry bodies, which believes that a shared blueprint and joint action are vital to make sure that future skies are efficient, clean and safe and can generate
global economic prosperity and social welfare.

CANSO asks us to imagine the airspace of 2045 – maximised to its fullest potential as a global resource; a unified, optimised, sustainable and safe environment where people and goods move effortlessly in a mix of manned and unmanned vehicles; a smart and connected
network that is resilient and scalable; a healthy and competitive marketplace with a proud culture of innovation and agility; and an industry that is thriving with a new generation of highly skilled talent.  

The Alliance believes strongly that the frontline workforce is vital to any plan or vision moving forward. But how does this vision include OUR MEMBERS, and what is the vision on how the future will look for the workforce? OUR most important mission IS INCLUSION AND COLLABORATION IN THE DELIVERY OF THE PLAN 

CANSO’s VIEW IS THAT over the next two decades, extensive and collective changes must be made to make this vision a reality.  

This panel will explore these issues and also look at regional complexities, THE POSSIBILITIES OF ‘ONE SIZE FITS ALL’ SOLUTIONS and determining how we factor in the flexibility that is needed across the globe to maximize the efficiencies of the area/region at hand.

14.50 - 15.40 FRACS

Title: DIADEME: Digital Airspace Design & Performance Modelling Environment

Farid ZIZI, France Aviation Civile Services/Director

Abstract: Reducing Aviation’s environmental footprint and dealing with the recovery of the traffic in Europe and in the world has become a necessity to well manage traffic and ensure in the same time a sustainable management of the airspace. A balanced approach integrating all components of airspace management performance is possible by taking advantage of innovative technology in a collaborative and exhaustive approach.

In this objective, France Aviation Civile Services (FRACS) has developed DIADEME (Digital Airspace Design and performance Modelling Environment) in cooperation with DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider. 

On a common web platform, remotely accessible by users, experts and project partners, it is possible to simulate, modify and assess an air traffic situation and optimize the airspace design considering every performance criterion at all steps of the development. Thus, DIADEME allows a good and workable balance between operational, economic and environmental performance. DIADEME can be used for pedagogical or promotional purpose, by demonstrating pros and cons of different strategies. It can demonstrate positive effect of a fleet change for some operators. Performance experts and operational users are able to collaborate via DIADEME without any constraints.

DIADEME integrates different tools, including performance analysis systems which have been integrated on a unique platform. Procedures developed with specific and specialized tools can be imported. Traffic samples and airspace description for the purpose of full-size simulation and large-scale demonstrations may be delivered.

DIADEME can therefore support the strategy of all aviation stakeholders to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint and simultaneously increase airspace efficiency. 

15.55 - 16.45 The Boeing Company

Title: Urban Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ConOps and Enabling Technologies and Services for Today and Beyond

Enrique Casado, The Boeing Company
Erick Corona
, Urban AAM Autonomous Operations in the United States NAS and other Jurisdictions
Chip Meserole, The Boeing Company
Fabrice Kunzi, SkyGrid
Sherry Yang, The Boeing Company
Brian Bruckbauer, ATCA, CEO/President

Abstract: The vision of Urban Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is to provide an ecosystem of safe, sustainable, affordable, and automated air transportation for passengers and cargo capable in urban environments. 

The exponential speed of interest and investment in AAM is creating both significant challenges and huge opportunities to the safe and efficient operation of the airspace for all users.  Leaders from ATCA, Wisk, SkyGrid, and Boeing will provide insights and updates on the development of AAM ConOps and its enabling technologies and services. 
The panel will showcase Urban AAM in the context of the existing airspace and expand on the necessary technological, regulatory, and trial efforts that lead toward the certification of the AAM aircraft systems and their operations in the current and future airspace systems.  It will present key aspects of a Concept of Operations addressing AAM corridors, vertiports, services, and enabling technologies in autonomy and airspace efficiency.  

The panel will start with a short presentation with each panelist, and then move along with moderator-curated questions followed by audience Q&A.

16.50 - 17.20 French DoD

Title: RPAS Accommodation in General Air Traffic

Brian Bruckbauer, ATCA, CEO/President
COL Christophe Hindermann
, French Military ATM Directorate, Head of Airspace Division
LTC Nicolas Meu, French Military ATM 

Abstract: The development and the diversification of the use of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS type raises high expectations both from national authorities for safety needs and from future RPAS service provider or operators who see real potential in terms of economic development if the use of MALE RPAS for  civilian purposes becomes widespread. To clear up this area, DIRCAM, the French military ATM directorate, DSNA, the French civil ANSP, and  the French Air and Space Force, have decided to cooperate closely on this topic and to carry out live trial with the objectives of defining the most suitable operational profile for these flights, demystifying the use of this type of aircraft within a  civil ATM community so far solely focused on conventional aviation and, finally, putting the regulatory and technical developments that would be necessary to make these flights a daily reality forward.


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