World ATM Congress 2018
The FABEC OPS Theatre Agenda -

Eligible Presentation slides will be available soon 


10.30 – 12.45

Title: SESAR - From innovation to deployment


Maurizio Castelletti, European Commission
Florian Guillermet, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Nicolas Warinsko, SESAR Deployment Manager
Benoit Fonck, SESAR Joint Undertaking
Mariagrazia La Piscopia, SESAR Deployment Manager

13.00 – 15.00 

Title: InterFAB Panel
Volatility in ATM: Cases, Challenges, Solutions

Abstract: External shocks such as the crisis in Syria and the opening and closing of Ukrainian airspace are having a significant impact on the stability of the aviation sector. In addition, there are also repercussions caused by new weather phenomena, the sudden launch or shutdown of city pairs by low-cost carriers or changes to ATC service charges. Based on concrete case studies, representatives of six functional airspace blocks will present different kinds of volatility, their impact on operational management for day-to-day business and will discuss ways of achieving predictability in the given framework.


15.15 –16.15

Title: Discover EU Funding Opportunities Worth €300 million....and Be Part of it  ( by GSA  - European GNSS Agency- & INEA Innovation and Networks Executive Agency)

Abstract: We fund aviation projects with €300 million, do you want to be part of it?

EGNOS, Galileo are used but we can help you to be part of it, find out how

-GNSS opportunities in Aviation: EGNOS for Aviation Call and H2020-EGNSS Market Uptake. Carmen Aguilera, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Overview of the EU funding programmes for European GNSS in Aviation, aiming at supporting operational implementation and research and development activities. The upcoming calls make €50 million of EU funding available to accelerate the use of EGNOS and Galileo in all application areas, including drones.

- 017 CEF Transport Call – SESAR-Single European Sky. Isabelle Jagiello Rand, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

The 2017 CEF Transport SESAR call for proposals opened on 6 October 2017 until 12 April 2018. It makes €290 million of EU funding available for projects of common interest in the transport sector in all EU Member States. The call is open exclusively for proposals addressing the priority Single European Sky – SESAR.

Carmen Aguilera, European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Isabelle Jagiello Rand, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

16.30 – 17.30

Title: Project Altiscope by Airbus A3

Abstract: Project Altiscope is building a comprehensive toolkit to help operators, users,regulators and policymakers understand how high-density UAV operations might fit into their airspace. An integral part of our work is developing an open-source quantitative risk framework that can inform the many complex decisions that need to be made. By developing, testing and deploying a quantitative model, we can give users and regulators alike clear predictive insights into how safe each mission will be – and what needs to be done to make the Air Traffic Management System function as safely as possible. What’s “safe enough” for one regulator or for one mission type may not be sufficient for another. Our model can help regulators set appropriate thresholds for their airspace without needing to make decisions in the blind.

We discuss the many variables that our risk framework is incorporating, what we’re learning from our research and simulations, and how the framework may be applied in various settings. How do we account for a diversity of operations that might soon include:

- Transit to and through Class B airspace?

- Small aerial photography platforms in proximity with passenger-carrying UAVs?

- Operations in jurisdictions that may have different requirements for navigation precision and communications protocol reliability?

Karthik Balakrishnan (Head of Altiscope project)
Peter Sachs (Altiscope Risk and Safety Architect)

11.15 – 12.15

Title: South East Common Sky Initiative Free Route Airspace (SECSI FRA)
From Concept to Successful Implementation

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

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

Razvan Bucuroiu, Network Manager Directorate

12.15 – 12.45

Title: FAB CE Legal Entity as Common Procurement Platform

Abstract: FABCE Aviation Services Ltd is a joint venture, established by 6 FAB CE Air Navigation service providers. One of the most important objectives of the company is to establish a common procurement process which will enable synchronized and cost effective implementation of services and infrastructure in the region. Smart procurement is a key enabler for the harmonization and optimization of FAB CE operations.

Speakers: Matej Eljon, FAB CE Aviation Services

13.00 – 14.00

Title: FABEC, NATS, Network Manager: Cross-border Initiative to Prepare for Summer Traffic 2018

Abstract: Due to the complexity of managing the increasing traffic effectively and efficiently at the control centre level, the Network Manager and four en-route centres (Karlsruhe UAC, Maastricht UAC, Reims ACC and Swanwick ACC) have launched an initiative to prepare for the 2018 summer in the most congested areas of the European network. The speakers will present and discuss the strategy that aims to optimise the en-route flows, to reduce workload and thus increase the overall capacity.

Speaker: DFS, DSNA, MUAC, NATS and the Network Manager/ EUROCONTROL      

14.00 – 15.00 

Title: InterFAB Panel: Adverse weather and ATM: Consequences of Climate Change

Abstract: Torrential rainfall, extreme thunderstorms, gale-force winds, and quantities of snow not seen for decades - Climate change has reached Europe and is having a major impact on the air transport system. Airports have to be closed, flights cancelled, or huge detours flown. In this InterFAB panel, representatives of METAlliance and four FABs will talk about concrete everyday examples of what is otherwise a theoretical discussion. Using facts, case studies, and concrete operational initiatives, approaches to solutions will be presented and discussed.


15.15 – 16.15

Title: CORUS: A concept of operations for a harmonized approach to integrate drones in the VLL airspace

Abstract: CORUS stands for Concept of Operation for EuRopean UTM Systems. It is a Horizon 2020 project, established within the context of SESAR. 

Gathering experts from aviation (manned and drone), research and academia, the CORUS consortium will develop and write a concept of operations for the safe interaction of drones with all airspace users within U-Space, the European system for the management of drones. 

Speakers: EUROCONTROL, DFS, DSNA, ENAV, Unifly and UPC 

16.30 – 18.00

Title:  How To Manage Drones In Low Altitude Airspace

Abstract:  Hear from thought leaders in unmanned traffic management on successful implementation strategies worldwide. This panel will focus on the barriers to and benefits of implementing UTM, U-space, and LAANC concepts today. Panelists will share their perspectives and discuss lessons learned and best practices from active deployments in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Attendees will hear from industry-leading ANSPs about current challenges, opportunities, trends, and expectations, as well as recommendations for ANSPs on how to make unmanned traffic management a priority in 2018.

Richard Deakin, AirMap

Francis Schubert, Chief Corporate Officer, skyguide
Trent Fulcher, Head of Strategy, Airways New Zealand
Prof. Vu Duong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jeff Woods, FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, European Commission


10.30 – 13.30

UTM Foundations

10.30 - 11.10: Talks

  • Jonathan Evans, Skyward and GUTMA president
    Welcome: What is UTM?

  •  Carlos Hernandez Medel
    Safety and security requirements of the UTM architecture
  • Anna von Groote, EUROCAE
    The state of UTM standardisation initiatives

  • Christian Struwe, DJI
    Aeroscope: Identifying and tracking airborne drones

11.10 - 11.30: Q&A panel with the speakers

The Role of ANSPs in UTM

11.30 - 12.10

  • Ralf Heidger, DFS 
    UTM in Germany: A connected vision.
  • Andrew Sage, NATS
    How is NATS supporting the development of UTM services in the UK?

  • Marc Kegelaers, Unifly
    What can UTM service providers bring to ANSPS?

  • Neil Kidd, Altitude Angel
    Drone Integration in Controlled Airspace

12:10 - 12:30: Q&A panel with the speakers

UTM Operations and Applications

12:30 - 13:10

  • Tim Mc Carthy, Maynooth University
    U-Flyte - Researching innovative UTM solutions

  • Stephen Willer, AirMap
    UTM deployments in Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan, and the US

  • Pavol Serbín, R-Sys
    UTM tests in Hungary

  • Cristiano Baldoni, ENAV
    UTM business model(s): how to finance UTM?

13:10 - 13:30: Q&A panel with the speakers


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