The Frequentis Aviation Arena

World ATM Congress 2017
The Frequentis Aviation Arena Agenda

10.20 – 10.40

Title: UTM in Action: Unmanned Airspace Management with AirMap

Abstract: In the very near future, millions of drones will fly billions of flights in increasingly crowded skies - and ANSPs will be on the front lines as drones enter the airspace. AirMap provides ANSPs, airports, and air traffic controllers with sophisticated airspace management tools for drones. Used by more than 125 airports, AirMap's Airspace Management Dashboard allows ANSPs to accept digital flight notices; view past and present drone flights; and communicate with drone operators in real time. Drone operators submit encrypted digital flight notices with just a tap, and benefit from the industry's most comprehensive and reliable information about current flight conditions, including alerts of nearby manned traffic and airspace rules, requirements, obstacles, and more. Millions of drones and hundreds of drone manufacturers and developers rely on the AirMap platform to access and share the data they need to fly safely in low-altitude airspace. 

Join us to learn more about how AirMap's UTM solutions can enhance situational awareness and make the skies safer for all. 

Speakers: Kevin Hightower, AirMap

10.50 – 11.10

Title: SWIM Architectures for the Web

Abstract: Beginning as a new ATM information management paradigm 10 years ago, SWIM is now an operational reality on a global scale. Together with next-generation data exchange standards like AIXM, WXXM and FIXM, it has become a core  part of modern ATM systems. At the same time, web applications have become increasingly popular over the past decade. This is not surprising given the easy access, zero-installation costs and transparent updates of web-based applications that appeal to many users. With web applications becoming an integral part mission critical ATM solutions, we look at SWIM architectures specifically tailored for the web. An obvious choice is to do the heavy lifting on the server-side and purely displaying maps and data in the browser. We do see a strong shift, though, to have rich web applications leverage SWIM's powerful *XM data exchange standards directly in the browser. Based on real-world examples, we make the case that this is possible with modern standards and modern technology.

Speaker: Frank Suykens, Chief Technology Officer, Luciad

11.20 – 11.40 

Title: Smart IT Solutions Applied to UTM Services

Abstract: This presentation will give an overview of smart IT technologies applied to UTM systems. These solutions have already been used in IT engineering for years and they have reached the maturity level required to be included in the traffic management domain, enhancing the high level of safety demanded, ensuring an efficient use of resources, and bringing the tools to integrate remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operations with standard aviation. Taking into account the huge volume and variety of information gathered from an heterogeneous network of sources to multiple users focused on diverse business models, technologies, business intelligence, and machine learning. Artificial intelligence will bring new valuable information in a real-time environment to fit RPAS operation needs.

Speakers: Israel Gómez Sanz, Javier Espinosa Aranda, ineco

12.00 – 12.25 

Title: Beyond AIXM5.1 Standardization – Going Operational with the Electronic Data Chain from Originator to Airline

Abstract: The ATM/AIM domain has been struggling for many years to put AIXM5.1 into operational use. While more and more AIXM5.1-based systems are being deployed, one of the main goals that is so crucial for the future of the domain, the automatic data exchange, is something many ATM organizations have not achieved yet.

Through close collaboration with airports, data originators, data integrators, ANSPs and airlines, Frequentis managed to leverage the advantages of the exchange of high quality data between all stakeholders along the aeronautical electronic data chain.

Speakers: Joachim Lennarz, Frequentis

12.30 – 12.55  Title: NextGen ATN-Brazil – First Deployed SDN in ATM

The Brazilian air navigation service provider CISCEA is responsible for the implementation of the Brazilian airspace control that covers twenty-two million square kilometres of airspace. Change was required in its current network infrastructure to support the forecasted growth in air traffic. In order to meet the stated customer goals of higher network availability, increased reliability and improved safety, CISCEA decided to implement the first software defined networking (SDN) solution allowing a converged network where applications with different safety and performance needs share the same infrastructure.

Speakers: Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Aurélio Belchior, CISCEA; Stefan J. Galler, Frequentis

13.00 – 13.50

Title: Virtual Towers in Demanding Environments – A 360° Perspective

Abstract: Virtual towers are becoming a reality at medium-sized international airports: DFS, in collaboration with Frequentis, implements the remote virtual tower concept at demanding airports in Germany, in line with national and international rules and regulations. This panel with experts from ANSPs as well as ICAO and IFATCA will discuss aspects such as legislation, global rule-making, controller acceptance and change management.

Moderator: Markus Klopf, Frequentis

Speakers: Thomas Fraenzl, Frequentis; Crystal Kim, ICAO; Patrik Peters, IFATCA

14.15 – 14.35 

Title: UTM Exploration: Testing Mobile Connectivity for Integrating UAS

Abstract: ANSPs are in the position to play an important role in UTM. The presentation outlines the DFS activities with its partners, including Deutsche Telekom for testing mobile connectivity for integrating UAS especially in lower airspace. Innovative solutions need to be found for mapping, surveillance, automation, self-service features, interaction among participants and traffic management challenges. DFS aims to find adequate UTM solutions for the safe and fair integration of UAS into airspace.

Speaker: Angela Kies, Manager Corporate Development, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

14.45 – 15.05 

Title: Stepwise Integration of UAS Into the ATM System

Abstract: Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into non-segregated airspace remains a major goal to be achieved for future acceptance of these systems. DLR’s presentation will show how a stepwise UAS integration into the ATM system can be achieved without impacting conventional manned traffic. The concept combines the idea of customized ATM procedures for UAS with the management concept of sectorless ATM or flight centric ATC. It will also decrease requirements for standard avionics like radio communication onboard the UAS and offers the possibility to start UAS operations now.

Speaker: Dr. Bernd Korn, AT-One/DLR

15.15 – 15.35

Title: Artificial Intelligence Innovation in Air Traffic Management

Abstract: The past few years has seen a significant increase in Artificial Intelligence (AI) based applications, services and platforms. AI is rapidly becoming ubiquitous across industries and various fields. This talk will focus on the near term opportunities and risks of using AI within an ATM technology ecosystem, featuring some practical lessons learned from both a management and technology implementation perspective.

Speaker: Alex Sauriol, Chief Technology Officer, Searidge Technologies

15.45 – 16.05 

Title: Introduction of Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI)

Abstract: Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) is the national institute of Japan, specializing in air traffic systems consisting of Air Traffic Management (ATM), Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems and is conducting research and development to improve air traffic safety, efficiency and environmental preservation. In this presentation, we introduce overview of our research activities. We welcome you to discuss with us at the Stand No.959.

Speaker: Shigeru Ozeki, Managing Director for Research Affairs, ENRI, Japan

16.15 – 16.35 

Title: EGNOS: Status Update and Next Steps

Abstract: GNSS is identified as a key enabler for most of the navigation specifications defined in PBN. Notably SBAS and therefore EGNOS is a key enabler for approach procedures based on the RNP APCH Navigation Specification. In this presentation it will be provided an overview of EGNOS implementation status in Europe as well as on the status of the European GNSS programs. On-going actions facilitating EGNOS use in aviation will be presented as well as the different funding opportunities available.

Speakers: Carmen Aguilera, GSA, and Victor Alvarez, ESSP

16.45 – 17.45

Title: The ATM Policy Institute: ATM Market Liberalisation – Why, What and How?

Abstract: The ATM Policy Institute is a new think-tank created to drive the debate on how to improve the efficiency and performance of air traffic management (ATM) through market liberalisation. Formed by a small group of like-minded ASNPs, with the support of CANSO and Aviation Advocacy, the group’s first paper ‘The case for liberalising Air Traffic Control’ is a provocative document which outlines the potential benefits of greater market liberalisation in ATM and how it could be achieved. Join David McMillan, Chair of the Institute, Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission and representatives from the airline industry, as well as other ANSPs and suppliers, for an engaging and thought-provoking debate about the future of the ATM industry.

Speakers: David McMillan, Chair of the ATM Policy Institute, and Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission

10.20 – 10.40

Title: The ENAV Cloud Infrastructure: Actual and Future ATC Services

Abstract: ENAV, as on of the major ANSPs in Europe and part of the A6 Alliance, has a clear roadmap to bring ATM services to support business and operational demands of the future. Starting from the SESAR experimental mission through verification and validation mission and towards pre-operative and operational mission, ENAV is building and actually using a leading-edge Cloud Infrastructure to encompass ATC-system-as-service concept. This approach is also ready to bridge modern ATC services such as the AIREON Spae-based ADS-B. The speech will highlight the key elements of this approach.

Speaker: Luigi Mazzucchelli ENAV - Head of ATM Systems Platforms

10.50 – 11.10 

Title: Advanced Algorithms to Assess Impact of Obstacles on Pulsed CNS Systems (IMPULSE)

Abstract: The presentation will deal about the algorithms developed by Ineco to assess the impact of obstacles on the performances of Pulsed Signal Air Navigation Systems (e.g. DME, PSR, SSR, MLAT… ). Physical Optics has been employed to quantitatively evaluate the received direct and multipath signals from the transmitter, and identify if the receiver would be able to correctly decode the direct signal or not. These algorithms have been gathered in a SW tool called IMPULSE, which is used by Ineco’s radioelectric simulation engineers to conduct analysis of the effects of multipath caused by new obstacles on the required performances of CNS systems.

Speakers: Víctor Gordo, Gema Paz, Ineco

11.20 – 11.40

Title: Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace Programme: Cross-Border Collaboration in Practice

Abstract: The SES-award winning Borealis Free Route Airspace programme reached a major milestone in 2016, with seamless Free Route Airspace now available across five states without boundaries covering two functional airspace blocks, in additional to existing areas of FRA within Ireland, Iceland and Norway. This is enabling airspace users to plan and fly user preferred routes, saving time, fuel and money, marking a major contribution to the vision of a Single European Sky. As well as significant strategic and operational collaboration to achieve this goal, regulatory support has also been vital. Representatives from the Alliance Executive Management Team, the Borealis FRA Project Team and the unique 9-State National Supervisory Group will talk in detail at this session about how the Alliance has embarked on this ground-breaking collaboration.

Speaker: Branks Subotic, Executive Director Borealis Alliance

12.00 – 12.25

Title: Voice Services in the Virtual Centre

Abstract: TBD

Speakers: Thomas Buchanan, skyguide; Maarten van der Lee, Frequentis

12.30 – 12.55

Title: True Cross-Vendor ATM System Implementation Based on Open Architectures – New Technologies as Catalysts for Change

Abstract – TBD

Speakers: Guenter Graf, Frequentis; Pratik Jha, Leidos

13.00 – 13.50 Title: Strengthening Innovation in ATM - How Do We Expedite Implementation?

Abstract: Outside ATM, innovation takes place with an incredible speed: virtual reality, deep-learning, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars. This is no longer science fiction, but getting mainstream technologies. With a world being more and more connected, also networks are changing.  

Experienced leaders will discuss how the ATM industry could embrace the culture of innovation and change with a view to attract and retain new talents. What are the issues that would make ATM great again?

Moderator: Bo Redeborn

Speakers:  Kornel Szepessy, CEO Hungarocontrol; Alex Bristol, COO skyguide; David Bowen, SESAR JU; Hermann Mattanovich, CTO Frequentis

14.15 – 14.35

Title: Which ICAO Airspace Class is the Best for a CTR?

Abtract: Airspace classification of control zones has a direct impact on ATCO working procedures and separation requirements. HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Services) for example can pose challenges in restrictive airspace classes. The presentation discusses challenges and solutions concerning this topic

Speaker: Matthias Hieronimus, Head of Project Management, DAS Aviation Services GmbH

14.45 – 15.05

Title: How Quadrant ADS-B/MLAT Supports the Growth of Regional Airports

Abstract: Currently multilateration technology is mainly used for area control (ACC), as well as at heavily frequented airports (APP/TWR), however, the cost (> 1 M €) of these systems is not affordable for regional airports. Regional operators are already confronted with the high acquisition costs of surveillance systems, along with a need for air and ground surveillance due to increasing traffic numbers, especially during peak hours of daytime operation. Above all, airports with low capacity are dependent on an economically viable system, a prerequisite for a "remote tower" operation, which can secure continuity for regional airports - the driving force for economic growth.

COMSOFT Solutions and TRAX International talking about the German / Scottish approach

 Scott Hauswald, COMSOFT Solutions; John Henderson, Trax International
15.15 – 16.05

Title: Bringing Minimal Viable Product Thinking to ATM

Abstract: We have all seen and used minimal viable products – systems that are small at first, but then grow into solutions that change everyday life. Some of the best examples are Google Maps and Facebook, but there many more.

Minimal viable product thinking enables big data, brings rapid improvements, and is focused on improving user experience. For this reason, we are bringing minimal viable product thinking to air traffic management to allow us to rapidly and effectively realize the benefits of big data for aviation.

Come and hear about what this way of thinking is, how it can benefit you, and how you can be involved.

Speaker: Mark Palmer, Innovation Director, Air Traffic Management, Thales
16.15 - 16.35  

Title: ATC Corporatization:  The Career Manager's Perspective

Abstract: The United States National Airspace System (NAS) is the largest and most complex in the world.  If the US Air Traffic Control (ATC) system is destined to convert from a government entity to a corporate entity, any transition will demand meticulous oversight provided by experienced supervisors, managers and support personnel.  There is an important distinction between executive leadership and operational field leadership, as management of air traffic control is not monolithic.

Speaker: Andy Taylor, President, FAA Managers Association, Inc.

16.45 – 17.05

Title: FerroNATS

Abstract: FerroNATS has specifically designed a web-accessible Business Intelligence platform called E-co that is a pioneering forerunner in Spain.

This platform is based on the Big Data concept, allowing capture, analysis, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, querying, updating and information privacy.

Speaker: Alejandro Sastre García, Chief Technical Officer of FerroNATS

10.20 – 10.40

Title: Drone Innovation: Detection and Integration Into Civil Aviation

Abstract: To address opportunities and challenges related to drones, DSNA Services and its partners invite you to discover a unique solution. Gathering innovant technology and French Civil aviation know-how, our solution enables you to detect, track and identify drones. But also to safely integrate drones into Civil aviation. 

Speakers: Stéphane Durand, Executive Director (DSNA Services),Elodie de Cazenove ( DSNA services), and DSNA Services partners Lucas Le Bell and Marc Chiesa.

11.00 – 13.00

Title: GAMMA: A New Vision for ATM Security Management

Abstract: The goal of the GAMMA FP7 project is to develop solutions to manage the new emerging threats impacting the air traffic management system backed up by practical proposals for their implementation. The ideas developed in the project build on the principles and concepts related to Security Management in a collaborative multi stakeholder environment, while maintaining a strong link to the current international and European legal framework and the constraints given by the respect of national sovereignty. The concept proposed by GAMMA is being tested in exercises using validation platforms based on prototypes developed within the project.


Giuliano d’Auria – Leonardo
Claudio Porretti – Leonardo
Garik Markarian - University of Lancaster
Rainer Koelle – University of Lancaster
Francesco DI MAIO – ENAV
Tim Stelkens-Kobsch – DLR
Frédéric Duten – Airbus DS

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