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World ATM Congress 2019
The Frequentis Aviation Arena Agenda
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 Tuesday, 12 March, 2019
10.20 – 10.40 Leonardo

Title: RPAS Insertion: Leonardo's Way

Speaker: Alessandro Mura, Leonardo

Abstract: Since 2004 Leonardo has been selling its RPA Systems worldwide for multiple military and civil uses, mainly for surveillance and border control missions. One of the most relevant services is, since 2013, a fleet of Falco Class RPAS is supporting the United Nations (UN) MONUSCO peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2010, with SeaBilla (FP7 project on Border Surveillance) and even more, with MedALE, (SESAR project), and DeSIRE 2 (EDA/ESA Artes project), just to mention the main projects, Leonardo Group began to develop solutions on the insertion of RPAS in ATM. The speech illustrates the results obtained so far and current and future projects with which the company is continuing to support Italy and Europe in developing solutions in this field exploring technological solutions with requirements-oriented approach involving final user in the system definition. The content addresses not only how typical ATM and UTM issues, but also important collateral matter such as information security to protect navigation, C2 and mission data.

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10.50 – 11.10 Airways New Zealand

Title: Selecting, Training, and Retaining the Right People for the Aviation Industry

Speaker: Sharon Cooke

Abstract: This presentation looks at the trends, challenges and opportunities digital technologies provide to improve workforce selection, training and retention.

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11.20 – 11.40 Frequentis

Title: Leveraging Automation Through Artificial Intelligence, Digital NOTAM, and SWIM

Speaker: Ulrich Kaage, Frequentis Comsoft

Abstract: As aeronautical information is a foundation for a large variety of automation tasks, the full aeronautical data chain of airports, ANSPs, data integrators, and airlines benefit from new innovative approaches and concepts. Reducing manual work and providing necessary scalability for future traffic growth is at the core of planned or already achieved improvements. This presentation explores the benefits of artificial intelligence, digital NOTAM, and SWIM in the light of traffic management challenges as introduced by the increase of manned and unmanned air traffic.
11.50 – 12.10 Frequentis

Title: ATM-grade Networks Build the Foundation for Resilient Air Traffic Management

Speakers: Mattias Gerlich, Werner Messiner, Marjan Mitev, Frequentis

Abstract: Safe, performant and resilient networks are the foundation for emerging technologies such as remote virtual towers, SWIM, drone management platforms and virtual centres. In three speed chats we will discuss critical aspects which enhance commercial network infrastructure to deliver this unique end-to-end ATM-grade performance and the benefits for air navigation service providers arising out of it.
12.20 – 13.05 Frequentis 

Title: The Big Capacity Challenge: How to Make Use of Digitalisation and Virtualisation and Ensure Resilience in ATM 

Moderator: Bo Redeborn

Panelists: Tim Boyle, Airways New Zealand; Peter Hotham, SESAR JU; Thomas Hoffmann, Frequentis Comsoft GmbH; Klaus Meier, skyguide

Abstract: This high level panel will focus specifically on keeping up with the capacity demands, while at the same time ensuring that the ATM system stays resilient and operational at all times. Experts from across the globe will voice their viewpoints and discuss the solutions implemented and the related lessons learned.
13.15 – 13.35 Sopra Steria

Title: AI Scenario Generation for Air Traffic Simulations

Speaker: Augustin Degas

Abstract: Sopra Steria presents the latest results of the on-going thesis "Self-Structuration of Real Time Air Traffic in a Multi-Criteria Virtual Environment." Air traffic scenario generation is a crucial and time consuming task in various applications, from air traffic controller training to new system testing. The system presented focuses on an innovative way to ease scenarios generation (e.g.: conflict situations, traffic with high level density) using a proven and original decentralized artificial intelligence technology: Adaptive Multi-Agent System.

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13.45 – 14.05 Helios

Title: Human Factors: A Key Capability to De-risk and Maximise Benefit Realisation in the Introduction of COTS Systems

Speaker: Simon Rozzi, Egis

Abstract: An innovative solution which aims to automate the process of flight procedure design, providing users with a range of benefits including: AIXM-based datamodel and interfaces; state-of-the-art algorithms to calculate the trajectory using the input parameters of the expected procedure; simulations of the tolerances and protection areas (including their unions); the intersection with obstacles and DTM/DSM (including LIDAR compatibility), all in an agile and efficient way - offering all the functionalities developed for NAVtools Suite.

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14.15 – 14.35  DLR 

Title: Multiple Remote Towers - Bane or Boon?

Speaker: Jörn Jakobi

Abstract: Controlling one small airport remotely can offer several advantages, such as reduced maintenance and operational costs. However, to fully utilize the advantages of the remote tower concept, remote tower centers need to be connected to more than one airport. Under which conditions high quality ATC can be provided to more than one airport simultaneously is currently assessed within SESAR 2020. The presentation will show first results of a series of realistic simulation exercises, which showed that a “Multiple Remote Tower” is safe and viable concept for the near future.

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14.45 – 15.05 ENAV

Title: The Italian U-Space Company 

Speaker: Cristiano Baldoni, CEO D-Flight

Abstract: The rapid implementation of a U-Space environment has been universally recognized as one of the main enablers for the full exploitation of the drone based services industry. Since 2015, ENAV has been preparing the ground for the deployment of an Italian U-Space, in coordination with the Italian regulator ENAC, and with the support of the major industrial players. The event will provide the audience with an update of the d-flight project, the ENAV initiative for U-Space, and all the related activities on-going, including SESAR JU co-funded demonstration project “d-flight Internet of drones environment” DIODE.

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15.15 – 15.35 ENAV

Title: Free Route in Italy - Real Implementation in a Complex Airspace

Speaker: Paolo Nasetti, ENAV, Head of Enroute Operations

Abstract: Free Route is recognized as a major enabler for flight efficiency and CO2 emission reduction in the framework of the new airspace design concepts, with its offer of the most flexible options for flight planning across a seamless airspace.This measure is promoted by the EU as one of the implementation pillars laid down by Reg.716/2014, the Pilot Common Project, and it has been deployed in Italy since December 2016. ENAV will propose the whole FRAIT implementation path, from its preparatory aspects dealing with the structural remodeling of the Italian national airspace architecture, passing through the various deployment steps, the main features and the lessons learned, to end up with the achievements accomplished and the resulting benefits.
15.45 – 16.05 NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre

Title: Identifying fatigue risks and implementing fatigue regulation at ANSPs

Speakers: Marian Schuver and Rolf Zon, NLR -Netherlands Aerospace Centre

Abstract: Fatigue of operational personnel is inherent in the 24/7 shiftwork system of air traffic control. Fatigue hazards need therefore be managed to minimize effects on operational safety and the human operator. But what causes fatigue? How can we measure fatigue? What comprises fatigue regulation? And how can ANSPs implement ICAO and CANSO fatigue regulation? This presentation starts with the factors causing fatigue and the elements of fatigue regulation for ANSPs. Next, NLRs approach and methodology is highlighted to evaluate work time limits and rest minima and assess fatigue based on the required scientific principles and evidence from data gathered in operational practice.
16.15 – 16.35 Solace

Title: SWIM Demonstration Toolbox

Speaker: Wayne Osse

Abstract: The SWIM Demonstration Toolbox is a safe and isolated community-based, working system for individual ANSPs and other SWIM participants to learn about, experiment with and optionally interoperate with other SWIM participants that is free of as many obstacles and dependencies as possible. Getting started with SWIM is the most important first step. 
16.45 – 17.05 Sopra Steria

Title: Innovation to Operations - Digilab by Sopra Steria as a Booster of EUROCONTROL Network Manager Digital Transformation

Speakers: Jean-Pierre Aiguier, EUROCONTROL, Didier Bosque, Sopra Steria, Pierre Hanoune, EUROCONTROL, Meriem Oubelkass, Sopra Steria

Abstract: Innovation has always been a key contributor of EUROCONTROL Network Manager performance. The new partnership between EUROCONTROL and Sopra Steria, to support the NM Network Technical System Division, relies on innovation as a booster of the future systems building. The digilab approach built by Sopra Steria aims structuring innovation and integrating it into operations. This joint conference presents the NM System evolution challenges and how Sopra Steria digilab approach is contributing to accelerate the operational deployment of new technologies.

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17.15 – 17.35 skyguide and Indra

Title: Advanced Runway Safety Improvement (ARSI)

Speakers: Jörn Winkler and Bernhard Daenzer, skyguide, and Terje Dalen, Indra

Abstract: The Advanced Runway Safety Improvement project, commonly known as ARSI, is a pioneering solution that improves air traffic controllers’ situational awareness significantly. The system is capable of A-SMGCS stage 3+ alerts, greatly improving the safety of ground operations.

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17.40 – 18.00 ENAV

Title: First European Implementation of PInS Procedures to Support Medical Emergency Operations 

Speakers: Gennaro Graziano, ENAV Head of Product Management

Abstract: Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operations in complex or remote scenario are usually performed according to Visual Flight Rules. The introduction of PBN routes, and in particular Point In Space (PInS) procedures, provides a powerful instrument to increase the possibility to perform missions in all visual conditions. Trough the case history of Trento PInS implementation, this presentation describes the approach adopted to design and implement the first set of PInS procedures in Europe.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 

10.20 – 10.40 ERA

Title: ERIS-A - Common Ground Alternative Surveillance and Control System

Speaker: Tomáš Lipták

Abstract: Intended for small- and medium and regional airports, the system provides a cost-effective solution for ground surveillance and control by incorporating alternative non-cooperative surveillance technology supplemented by controlled video surveillance. Achieving comparable performance parameters with that of A-SMGCS Level 2, the system supports airport control and increased safety in all-weather conditions. In addition to the ATC purpose, the non‑cooperative detection contributes also to airport perimeter protection as well as management systems.

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10.50 – 11.10 Airways New Zealand

Title: UTM Innovation in New Zealand - Safely Integrating UAVs into the Existing Aviation System

Speaker: Trent Fulcher, AirShare

Abstract: Airways New Zealand has been providing UAV traffic management services (via in controlled airspace in New Zealand since 2015. Since that time, UAV numbers have increased exponentially in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace – resulting in the need to expand UTM services and breadth to ensure both cooperative and non-cooperative UAVs can be safely and effectively managed at a national level. In this session, Airways will share learnings around aerodrome safety, UAV airspace management and the development of a national UAV infrastructure for New Zealand.

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11.20 – 11.40 Frequentis

Title: Information Technology and the Future of ATM Voice Communication

Speaker: Maarten van der Lee, Frequentis

Abstract: ANSPs across the globe are facing challenges of having to support different technologies to be able to provide CNS services to the aviation world. Especially the spread between the support of legacy and the introduction of new technology is driving costs and complexity, and is limiting the speed of introducing new and more efficient technologies to best support aviation growth. By breaking down barriers and opening the technology silos in CNS new benefits are unleashed to the ATM community. Technology independence and information centricity enable the implementation of new operational concepts like the virtual centre and the integrated controller working position.

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11.50 – 12.10 Frequentis

Title: How to Manage Security in Surveillance Data Communication

Speakers: Wenzel Forster & Markus Heichel, Frequentis Comsoft; Paula Santos, NAV PORTUGAL EPE

Surveillance data, e.g. from radars, ADS-B and MLAT coming from multiple local and foreign sources transferred over various networks, arrives at ACCs and airports. The security and integrity of this surveillance data is mission critical for downstream systems and users. In the age of wide area IP networks and increasing security threats, new approaches are necessary to maintain safety and avoid risks for ANSPs, airports, and other civil and military organizations.
12.20 – 13.05  Frequentis

Title: Remote Virtual Tower Talks - What About the Digital Age?

Moderator: Markus Klopf, Frequentis

Panelists: Dieter Eier, Frequentis USA; Csaba Gergely, HungaroControl; Alexander Koch, DFS; Claire Blejean, Helios; Tim Boyle, Airways New Zealand

Abstract: Remote virtual towers are now being rolled out at an increased rate. With the increasing acceptance of towers going digital, what is now the next big thing? Which new technologies will be first adopted in remote virtual towers and will subsequently change classic towers? This panel of leading experts will discuss this issue, among other questions: Will artificial intelligence survive in a safety critical system? Is airport charging moving towards blockchain? Isn't there a lot of useful data generated? And what do controllers actually think about all that?
13.10 – 13.40  Ingenav

Title: ORATs in ATM: ORATs Are Not Just for Airports

Speaker: Max Bezzina, Ingenav

Abstract: ORAT: Operational Readiness and Airport Transition (or Transfer) is a term coined by airport management teams to encapsulate a series of activities necessary to prepare the system and all stakeholders for operational changes planned to take place in an airport environment. The necessity to prepare for changes in a managed and organised way is however not a specificity of airport projects. ORATs should be applied to operational transitions in ATM. In this session, Max will present what an ORAT in ATM should consist of. Starting from a sound Concept of Operations, to analyzing the gaps, considering regulatory compliance, preparing for the changes with procedural updates and training, carrying out a thorough safety assessment and manage the operational migration. Whilst horizontally involving all stakeholders in the change management process. The presentation is based on best practice experiences in the field of Operational Transitions in ATM.

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13.50 – 14.10 ERA

Title: IXO - Beyond the Airspace: Drone Integration

Speaker: Pavol Serbín

Abstract: Could the UTM system be user-friendly? Can it be mutually beneficial to all its users? How complex will the system be? Will it remain manageable and reliable for the end user? What's more desirable - complexity or good user experience? We had to overcome many hurdles during the development phase of the IXO system, but at last all questions have found an answer. From complexity to simplicity.

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14.15 – 14.35 LAIC

Title: ATCO License and Training Support

Speaker: George Charles Parobek

Abstract: LAIC have continued to innovate in the development of ATM support tools and solutions. George Parobek will present the second part of a solution for ATCO Occupancy monitoring, license and training support. Topics covered will include Unit Endorsements, Calculation of ATCO Hours, Minimum Hours, Inactivity and Training.

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14.45 – 15.05  ENAV

Title: Re-organisation of ATS Provision in Italy Through Remotisation of ATC Units

Speaker: Enrico Lucini, ENAV

Abstract: According to ENAV industrial plan, a new operational mode has been defined focused on a flexible and agile organisation able to manage demand changes and new needs of airspace users. The approach will be described through a case history that will detail the methodology and instruments used to manage the transit of providing the APP service from a ground environment to the ACC.
15.15 – 15.35 AT-One/NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre

Title: NARSIM: Flexible Radar and Tower Simulator Remote Towers Implementation in Sweden

Speaker: David Sancho, NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Marcus Filipp, Coopans

Abstract: There is a need for Flexible Real Time Simulations when thinking about implementing Remote Towers in your airport. The presentation will cover the different stages of the implementation of a Remote Tower solution and how Real Time simulations can help solving the biggest challenges of that implementation. For many years NLR and LFV have worked together on these different stages and are still cooperating to further develop the Remote Tower solution of the future with the help of NARSIM Flexible Real Time Simulator. 

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15.45 – 16.05 DLR

Title: Flight Centric ATC in the Hungarian Airspace: Results from SESAR Validation Exercises

Speakers: Dr. Bernd Korn, DLR

Abstract: Flight-Centric ATC validations within SESAR 2020 project PROSA were successfully carried out in Budapest earlier this year. The whole Hungarian upper-airspace was demonstrated using the Flight Centric ATC concept with more than ten air traffic controllers participating in the single man operations. The validation platform was developed by DLR, which has been researching and validating the innovative “Sectorless ATM” concept since 2008. First results from these validations will be presented by DLR.

16.15 – 16.35 Inmarsat

Title: The Power of Now: Advanced Air Traffic Services Delivered Today

Speaker: Lisa Bee, Inmarsat Aviation

Abstract: Since the mid 90s, Inmarsat satellite communications have enabled revolutionary and evolutionary safety and efficiency improvements in oceanic airspace management. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, reduced separation standards, supported by satellite ADS-C surveillance and conformance monitoring paired with controller pilot datalink communications have provided $890 million in benefits to airlines. These same satellite communications capabilities have even more to offer: today’s ADS-C configuration can be optimised to support even further reductions in separation minima while meeting rigorous performance-based communications and surveillance standards. Today’s Classic Aero satellite network also supports satellite voice over IP service to deliver fast, direct controller pilot communications, promising even greater safety and efficiency in oceanic airspace. Why wait?
16.45 – 17.05
ADB Safegate 

Title: ATC Challenges in the Middle East: Doubling Capacity Without Doubling Infrastructure

Speaker: Roy Bolwede, ADB Safegate

Abstract: How can airport operators in the Middle east cope with continued double digit growth - The set up. What challenges? How to address a coordinated approach of the apron, the airfield and the tower? - The future. Creating a future proof set up with a vendor-agnostic model.
17.15 – 17.35

Title: Creating Consolidated ATC Centres in Russia

Speaker: Sergey Yanovets

Abstract: The presentation will address advantages of consolidated ATC centres for flight operation safety. The architecture of technical facilities and the principles of ATC and engineering staff workstations arrangement will be considered. The reasons will be given for the choice of COTS and customised special-purpose equipment. Functional specifications of software-and-hardware complexes installed in consolidated ATC centres will be listed. The specific examples of project implementation to create consolidated ATC centres will be considered. The analysis will be made of consolidated ATC centres operation reliability method.
17.40 – 18.00

Title: Integration of Small Drones’ Applications in Airports and CTRs

Speaker: Victor Gordo

Abstract: Ineco is a global leader in transport engineering and consultancy. Our global and multimodal nature, allows us to participate in the emerging technologies in a variety of sectors. One of the latest technology that is revolutionizing the airspace market are Drones, that are becoming a key tool in many industries. In Airports, Drones can also provide very useful applications, increasing efficiency or developing new services (navaids flight inspection, Runway inspection, etc.). Additionally, as large airports’ CTRs usually expand to the closest cities, many small drones’ applications will need interaction and approval from ATC. In summary,, the integration of drones in an Airport environment introduces a risk for manned aviation, which has to be managed to maintain the highest levels of safety; the presentation will describe potential ways to allow the full development of drones’ market maintaining the safety for manned aviation.

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Thursday, 14 March, 2019

10.20 – 10.40 INECO

Speaker: Javier Espinosa Aranda and Fernando Carrillo, INECO

Title: HEDIPRO: Flight Procedure Design Tool

Abstract: An innovative solution who aims to automate the process of flight procedure design, providing users with an AIXM-based datamodel and interfaces and state-of-the-art algorithms to calculate the trajectory using the input parameters of the expected procedure and simulate the tolerances, protection areas (including their unions) and the intersection with obstacles and DTM/DSM (including LIDAR compatibility) in an agile and efficient way, also offering all the functionalities developed for NAVtools -Suite-.

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10.50 – 11.10 DLR GfR mbH
Title: Safe and Secure Infrastructure for Future Automated Mobility Solutions

Speaker: Prof. Christian Arbinger

Abstract: The digital transformation and its wide-spread impact on society and the environment opens a new round of discussions about innovative mobility solutions in order to sustainably improve today’s traffic problems. A realistic and cost-efficient solution is the establishment of multi-modality and commonly used digital infrastructure supporting all modes of transport domains on ground, in the water and in the air with a focus on robust, safe and secure data communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS). DLR’s subsidiary company DLR GfR mbH is tasked to manage the Galileo Control Center with more than ten years of experience providing the operations and maintenance services for the European navigation satellite constellation, Galileo. The company sees the potential in the transfer of regulations, processes and technologies from the aviation sector to assist with the high density traffic scenarios. A well-designed common digital infrastructure will, through inter-connectivity, enable safe and secure operations within the continuously rising traffic volume. It is exactly this point, where DLR GfR, also with its certification as Air Navigation Service Provider, anticipates by analyzing today’s concepts and applying them to generate innovative concepts for tomorrow under the slogan “Air meets Space”. In 2019, DLR GfR together with their partners are tasked to build up a mobile infrastructure that will enable the validation of automated and coordinated drone flights as well as integrated scenarios with road mobility.


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