World ATM Congress 2020

The Frequentis Aviation Arena Agenda

Updated 6 April. Check back often for more information! 


Tuesday, 10 March 2020

10.20 – 10.40 Airways International Ltd.

Title: Digital Transformation and the Impact on ATS Training

Sharon Cooke

Abstract: Millennial learners are our first truly digital natives who have grown up in an ’on demand’ world where they are connected anytime, anywhere.  They want information that is flexible, interactive, when they need it, where they need it and how they need it.  ANSPs wish to attract and retain the best and brightest graduates into the aviation industry and want high volume, cost effective training options that deliver safe and work-ready graduates. Digital technologies are the enabler for changing the training landscape by delivering better quality courses, meeting next generation learner styles, at a cost lower than traditional classroom delivery.  Recent trends include smart use of data to further enhance the way we train through analytics that provide real time insights into trainee participation, performance, and engagement. This presentation looks at trends and the opportunities for real time insights to provide the right information, to the right people, for the right results.
10.50 – 11.10 ENAIRE

Title: Facing the Risks of ATC Networks in the Single European Sky Concept: Use Case - VoIP for ATC Telephony and Radio Services

Ángel Crespo Pérez

Abstract: ATC communications networks are a key facilitator for the implementation of the Single European Sky concept, which allow the required connectivity between ATC units throughout Europe with the expected levels of capacity, safety and operational efficiency, but also bring some risks which should be properly faced and mitigated. VoIP as use case is a rather clear example of benefits of this facilitator. In addition to an increase in service quality and substantial cost savings, it offers a very interesting feature: the flexibility, that makes easier any reconfiguration of the operational scenario either for efficiency reasons or implementation of continuity strategies. In both cases, it represents a great step towards creating a seamless airspace, but benefits can lose their value if some hazards are not carefully handled.
11.20 – 11.50  Frequentis

Title: From Gateways to Virtual Network Functions: Capitalize on Enhancements of Existing Investment

Werner Messiner and Marjan Mitev

Abstract: The global tendency to move towards IP is often realized by a series of short-term decisions and investments based on today’s needs. We will discuss pros and cons of different models that enable the move towards IP, while at the same time putting the spotlight on the overall gain of a well-designed end-to-end solution that fits to the different stages of the journey from all legacy to all IP.
12.00 – 12.25 Frequentis 

Title: Digital NOTAM Drives the Digital Transformation of Aviation in Estonia

Speaker: Ulrich Kaage

 Abstract: In 2019, Frequentis updated Estonian’s Air Navigation Services (EANS) AIM system with digital NOTAM function. The machine-readable NOTAM format is a pre-requisite and enabler for automation, real-time data management, and AI in both, ATM and UTM environments. Digital NOTAM improve efficiency and remove room for human error, providing a completely new field of applications that legacy ICAO Text NOTAM could not achieve. With digital NOTAM EANS is able to support new automated systems, controllers will be able to focus on their main tasks, while the system processes mass-data in the background, making decisions based on a pre-determined set of rules.
12.35 – 13.05 Frequentis 

Title: Manufacturing the Future: GOF U-Space as an Example of Effective Industry and ANSP Collaboration

Thomas Lutz & Speakers from the GOF U-Space Consortium (TBA) 

Abstract: The airspace is a finite resource with a growing number of stakeholders – such as for manned and unmanned commercial, general aviation and air sports, military and search & rescue operations. Information exchange and shared situational awareness are key to integrate UAV safely alongside manned aviation. During the SESAR Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space validation trials a consortium of 17 industry partners and 2 Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) underlined the technical and operational capabilities to minimize impact on capacity and simultaneously maintain the same safety standards as in the classical aviation domain today. The concept enabled shared situational awareness for all aviation stakeholders. The SESAR Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space consortium succeeded based on deep Air Traffic Management (ATM) experience, extensive UTM knowledge provided by the three world-leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology vendors and operational expertise from commercial UAV operators, manufacturers and two major Air Navigation Services Providers. In collaboration, the consortium deployed interoperability and data-sharing solutions which are aligned with international concepts. 
The results and key findings significantly contribute to a safe and efficient UTM deployment enabling efficient commercial UAS utilization and enhancing safety. The detailed project evaluation will highlight how to overcome the barriers in UTM (cross-border) deployments in close collaboration with UAS Operators, ATM/UTM vendors and ANSPs. 
13.15 – 13.35 Ineco

Title: Navaids Flight Inspection Using UAVs

Victor Gordo

Abstract: UAVs provide a flexible and economical alternative to register navaids signals in space. This presentation will show a solution developed based on SDRs to analyse ILS and VOR signals, providing engineering and ATSEP personnel an easy tool to determine the performances of a navaid.

13.45 – 14.05  Boeing

Title: Sustainability and ATM Innovation on Boeing’s 2019 ecoDemonstrator B777

Dr. Chip Meserole

Abstract: The Boeing ecoDemonstrator program accelerates technology, collaboration, and innovation for aviation and the environment. The ecoDemonstrator flight-test airplanes speed development of new technologies to improve the entire product life cycle.  To date, there have been six ecoDemonstrators—2019 (777), 2018 (777F), 2016 (E170), 2015 (757), 2014 (787), 2012 (737)—and they have pushed forward technologies for natural laminar flow winglets (737 MAX), flight deck touchscreens (777X), sustainable aviation fuels, efficient flight routing, Jeppesen Flite Deck Pro features, fuel cells, shape memory vanes, wireless flight-test instruments, and more.  In November 2019, the 777 ecoDemonstrator tested information services for flight efficiency and trajectory-based operations on a transoceanic flight from Frankfurt to Atlantic City, and it highlighted sustainable materials applications and connected passenger cabin capabilities throughout its flight-test campaign.

14.15 –14.35 GroupEAD Europe S.L.

Title: Building SWIM on a Solid AIM Foundation

Henry Caceres

Abstract: Solid ground is crucial for each task; all work done can fall into ruin if there is no stable foundation to base it on. This same principle is also essential for the implementation of the “Intranet of ATM”, known as SWIM. The airspace user needs are based on high-quality, relevant aeronautical information, essential to be distributed not only accurately, but in a timely manner.  Major interdependencies include:
       • SWIM infrastructure vs. operational requirements?
       • Responsibilities and roles within your organization?
       • Successful implementation examples?
Years ago, AIS started the transformation towards the modernization of an obsolete service and started the beginning of AIM. EAD is proof-of-concept that an AIM net-centric approach for exchanging aeronautical data is possible, creating the foundation of SWIM. GroupEAD is an early and active player, join us to see how we continue to successfully manage it.
14.45 – 15.05 Searidge Technologies

Title: NextGen Digital Tower Visualisation

Marco Rueckert

Abstract: Join Searidge as we highlight how we take digital tower visualisation to the next level of function and performance. Learn how features such as realistic depth for video labels, runway contour overlays and other advanced 3D visualization technologies can enhance the operation of your digital tower.

15.15 – 15.35  ENAV

Title: GNSS in ATM Evolution, the ENAV Group Vision, Products and Enablers

Speaker: Patrizio Vanni

Abstract: GNSS is a fundamental enabler for ATM evolution as identified in the ATM master plan. ENAV has successfully demonstrated some operational benefits of GNSS and the use of innovative applications (developed by IDS Airnav) in support to PBN implementation with BLUEGNSS, Beyond and Racoon projects. The current challenge is on rotorcraft and drone operations using GNSS, these topics will be pushed forward also thanks to the contribution of ECARO project on which a mobile validation platform is under development. Finally, the last challenge is to put in operations the first GBAS  cat.III station in the coming years. The presentation will give an overview of these projects, their contribution to GNSS adoption and the technological solutions developed so far.

15.45 – 16.05  ENAV  Title: Airspace -  Structure and Adaptation of Capacity to Traffic Demand Variation: ENAV Flexible Configurations Concept

Speaker: Paolo Nasetti
Abstract: The capability to react to the variation of traffic demand is one of the most challenging improvement that ANSPs have been requested to face with. That prompt response is able to cope with flexible demand during different period of the year, the week or the day, in order to avoid and solve bottlenecks  in the network. Independently from availability of ATCOs, the key to such an operational achievement is the adoption of the flexible configurations concept. The ENAV solution is…. 
16:15 – 16.35    ENAV and IDS AirNAV Title: DREAMS Project - SWIM Adoption in Drone Aeronautical Information Management

Giuseppe Di Bitonto, ENAV
Massimo Antonini,
IDS AirNav
Abstract: In the framework of U-space,  DREAMS (Drone European AIM Study) project explored the needs and the feasibility of new processes, services and solutions for Drone aeronautical information management. The ambition of the project was to fill the gap between the manned and unmanned aviation in terms aeronautical information to be handled and exchanged by U-space stakeholders. The speech will highlight the methodology applied to outline services’ requirements with the collaboration of UAS operators, to analyse the state-of-the-art of data and services catalogue and to identify some gaps reported in the U-Space AIM (U-AIM) Concept of Operations. Some solutions, in terms of set of data models to deliver consistent, accurate and up-to-date data for U-Space stakeholders will be introduced. An Innovative Aeronautical Information management application for U-Space and ATM, by IDS AirNav, has been implemented to validate such U-AIM data models and allowed to appreciate the benefits of SWIM-based solutions. 
16.45 – 17.05   Ehang

Title: Integrate Traditional Aviation into Future: A Case of Baku UTM Center

Speakers: TBA

Abstract: Coming soon.

17.15 – 17.35  Guntermann & Drunck GmbH

Title: Aviation Safety and Increased Cyber Security: How KVM Supports the Shift Towards More Automated ANS

Jochen Bauer

Abstract: The modernisation of ATC systems, in particular in combination with all harmonisation programs, rises the degree of complex IT installations. Only the use of the respective systems can expand the airspace capacities, which are necessary to manage the growing number of flight movements. Where once analogue techniques were deployed, now data centres are used to provide us with all necessary information. Therefore, an optimal system control is indispensable. Because installations have to be operated, administrated and properly protected in times of cyber security – and they should also provide reliable redundancies.

17.40 - 18.00  Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic

Title: QUASAR – New Star in ATSEP Assessment

Speaker: Petr Dvorak


Abstract: The provision of air traffic services builds on reliable technical systems and engineering personnel. Importance of ATSEP training and appropriate assessment increased even more with the updates in regulatory framework and international requirements in the recent years. The goal of QUASAR initiative is to provide a common tool for independent and objective assessment in ATSEP Initial Training. This outstanding example of both intra- and inter- FAB cooperation between FAB CE, FABEC and other members recently reached a major milestone along the path to harmonising assessment for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel. QUASAR Examination is now ready for use for all parts of ATSEP Initial Training and is also available to 3rd parties. The presentation will tell the success story of QUASAR initiative and show new possibilities for ATSEP community. It will be accompanied by an interactive demo and a unique possibility to check ATSEP knowledge with hands-on experience at ANS CR stand. 

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 

10.20 – 10.40 ENAV

Title: Italy Network Optimisation from Airport to Enroute

Speaker: Paolo Nasetti

Abstract: ENAV adoption of the full integrated scenario, linking airport, approach and enroute domain consists of an operational and technological portfolio dealing with Airport Collaborative Decision Making, integration of Approach Service provision in the enroute environment, new generation Towers technology and the optimal upkeep of the network performance levels regardless to the airport capacity fluctuations.

10.50 – 11.10 AirShare (part of Airways New Zealand)

Title: Implementing Remote ID and Drone Traffic Management - A Case Study from Airways New Zealand

Speaker: Trent Fulcher

Abstract: Remote ID is a foundational element for safe and effective integration of drones into the existing aviation system, as well as an enabler for future, more aspirational commercial and humanitarian drone uses.  In 2019, New Zealand’s ANSP Airways introduced Remote ID as part of their national UTM environment.  This session will share their approach and learnings, and define the components needed to deliver a successful operational environment. 

11.20 –11.55 Frequentis

Title: Virtual Centre – How to Tackle the Capacity Issue 

ANSP and Industry Speakers (TBA)

Abstract: Increasing air traffic within a fragmented airspace, cost pressure and shortage of personnel drive ANSP’s around the globe to re-think their concept of operation. Virtual centre scenarios provide a promising alternative for capacity offload, day/night operation and contingency scenarios. Recent activities within SESAR have proven the technical feasibility of these scenarios, by providing a clear separation between aeronautical data service provisioning and the ANSP itself. In this panel participants will speak about the learnings made from the technical exercise, and the future steps needed to make the virtual centre operational reality.
12.05 –12.30 Frequentis 

Title: Increasing Efficiency at Schiphol Airport by Going Digital

Eric Wernsperger

Abstract: The international Airport Schiphol, NL, is one of the busiest airports in the world. With the existing work flow processes based on paper strips, the controllers were challenged to handle peak hour traffic and needed to find a solution for future air traffic growth. Therefore, LVNL decided to implement an electronic flight strips system with integration to the existing FDPS and the future automation system. The Frequentis smartSTRIPS EFS system is now in operation for one year. This presentation will highlight the end user experience and operational improvements LVNL made so far at the six-runway airport. 
12.35 –13.05  Frequentis

Title: Creating Benefits with Turnkey Remote Tower Implementation - Frequentis DFS Aerosense

Peter Gridling

Abstract: Remote digital towers are now being rolled out at an increased rate around the globe. With the increasing acceptance of towers getting digital, how do we improve the implementation and deployment? Pioneering projects delivered the proof that ATC operations using remote digital towers are here to stay. So how can we move on implementing change? How do we help regions to ensure to have controlled airports – a requirement for economic growth? What is the next big thing? In this presentations, expert speakers will talk about recent remote tower deployments. 
13.10 – 13.40 ISDEFE

Title: Collision Risk Models for RPAS in Non-Segregated Airspace

Javier Pérez Castán, Politecnic University of Madrid (UPM)

Abstract: Systematic integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) in non-segregated airspace is one of the major challenges that Air Traffic Management (ATM) must tackle. One of the main aspects ATM must assess is to estimate the minimum protection distance (MPD) which is required to avoid a potential conflict. The MPD is calculated based on conflict-resolution algorithms that calculate the last location that an RPAS must start climbing to avoid a separation minima infringement. The approach selects two parameters to model the conflict-geometry: the path-intersection angle and the rate of climb (ROCD). The proposed model analyzes different scenarios, and proposes the RPAS evasion maneuver, using variations in the ROCD.

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13.50 – 14.10 Isdefe Horizons Network

Title: Dual Use Technologies to Face-up the Safety and Security Related Consequences of RPAS Flying Around Airports

Dr. Mateo Burgos García and Mr. Rodrigo Bázque García

Abstract: The number of unmanned air vehicles is exponentially  increasing worldwide. This fact poses a serious safety problem for aeronautical navigation, as recent incidents in Gatwick or Barajas 
manifest. At the same time there is increasing concern about this topic in the security and defense community. A wide variety of technologies have been tuned in recent years to protect people and infrastructures against intentional attacks with drones.

These technologies cover the stages of detecting, identifying and neutralizing the threat. An important point is that many of them are also useful to face unintentional incidents, where a negligent action of an amateur drone pilot can end in a severe safety problem for civil navigation. In this presentation, a summary of the main existing technologies, their limitations and their potential use for aeronautical navigation safety is presented.

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14.15 – 14.35 Snowflake Software

Title: The Operational Benefits of SWIM  

Ian Painter and 
Oli Deakin

Abstract: System Wide Information Management (SWIM) is a hot topic, but one that is often discussed without the context of the operational benefits or recognition of what is required to implement it in the real world. Last year the SWIM Gateway, an instance of Snowflake Software's Flight Object Manager product, went operational in the United Arab Emirates, and we have since been accelerating our customers' SWIM roadmaps through further installations in the ASEAN SWIM Trial. This talk will give real-life insight into the concepts of SWIM, its benefits, and lessons learnt from building and taking operational a SWIM system.

14.45 –15.05 NATS UK

Title: The Power of Predictability When Every Day is Different - Collaboration to Deliver Target Times of Arrival at Heathrow

Emmeline Kingsford, Heathrow Airport
Ian Brumby, NATS
Gotthard Boerger,
Harris Orthogon

Abstract: Hear about how a network trial of Target Times of Arrival (TTAs) demonstrated between 26% and 41% reduction in ATFM delay.  Heathrow Airport Ltd, NATS, Harris Orthogon, EUROCONTROL and multiple airline partners collaborated in the implementation of innovative technologies and operational processes to enable the shift from the existing departure management paradigm to a dynamic, prediction-based, arrival management model.  Along the way we overcame technical and operational challenges and ultimately, successfully delivered real-world application of Target Times of Arrival. This work was dependent on, and clearly demonstrated, the true benefits of cross-organisational collaboration in the civil aviation industry.
15.15 – 15.35 UFA Inc.

Title: Leading Innovation in Air Traffic Control Training

Sean Connolly

Abstract: What constitutes innovation in air traffic control training? How do you introduce new technological and pedagogical ideas for the next generation of trainees while at the same time respecting the expectations of current controllers? Understanding new trainees and trends, focusing on customer emerging needs, and identifying existing bottlenecks is how UFA has managed the introduction of innovation in ATC simulation. New trainees have grown up in a world of digital technology. How do you tailor your training program when there are three generations in the ATC Workforce? And how do you make it innovative for all? Keep it simple – focus on customer feedback, understand the workforce, and create products that can satisfy. Define end goals and provide personal acknowledgment and recognition. UFA’s products, such as ATLIVETM and ATCloudTM, are examples of the innovative products needed in this evolving training industry.
15.45 – 16.05 Searidge Technologies

Title: Digital Transformation - The Airport and Beyond 

Speaker: Neil Bowles

Abstract: On their digital transformation journey, airports are leveraging Big Data to optimise all sorts of processes across the full range of operations. The Digital Tower harnesses the power of ATM data and AI to enhance resilience, capacity and efficiency.  Airports worldwide are recognising the benefits of this approach and are making significant advancements in the deployment of Digital Towers as a key building block in the airport transformation. Learn how Searidge is supporting industry leaders: Airservices Australia (Sydney Airport), CAAS (Changi Airport), and NATS (Heathrow Airport) in advancing their Digital Tower programs.
16.15 – 16.35  D-Flight

Title: D-Flight: The Future of BVLOS in Italy

Cristiano Baldoni

Abstract: D-Flight, one year later. Current results and future perspectives of the Italian initiative on U-Space.
D-flight. The company founded by ENAV in partnership with Leonardo and Telespazio at the beginning of 2019 for developing and deploying U-Space in Italy - presents the results of the first year of operations: what has been achieved so far and the lessons learnt, what are the ambitious plans for the future, along with the longer-term perspectives and the challenges that a U-Space Service Provider has to face, considering the uncertainties related to the regulatory framework, especially in the EU, on a yet unknown and immature market.
16.45 – 17.05 Raytheon

Title: Small Radars, Big Value: Radar as a Service

Michael Dubois

Abstract: The status quo of ground-based radar is being challenged by scarce budgets for modernization, existing systems nearing the end of their useful life, evolving requirements to support new entrants, and the reality of severe weather. The potential of “radar as a service” to provide governments, businesses, and consumers with high-resolution data requires a re-thinking of how surveillance is specified and procured. The adaptive ability for radar systems to provide surveillance for multiple applications simultaneously is available today.  This talk explores the value and importance of adopting a common radar platform using small, transformational, low-cost software defined phased array radars.  This enabling technology has the potential to revolutionize airspace surveillance, combining sensing needs for both aircraft and weather.
17.15 – 17.35  Honeywell Aerospace – Advanced Technology Europe

Title: Will Speech Recognition Technology Change Pilot Communication with ATC?

Stéphane Marché

Abstract: In the last years, speech recognition became a complementary modality of human interaction with machines: smartphones, car navigation systems, smart home devices, etc. Just like other fields, aviation and air traffic management will soon adopt this technology that improves user experience and is required by new generations. The presentation will provide an overview of the benefits of speech recognition for cockpit operations, focusing on pilot tasks related to ATC communications. It will then discuss challenges raised by this Machine Learning enabled technology and how those challenges can be addressed by research activities. Finally, we will propose credible steps for a phased implementation of ATC communication recognition in future cockpits.

17.40 - 18.00  Slot tentatively reserved

Title: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Thursday, 12 March 2020

10.20 – 11.20 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Title: The FAA Approach to Data-Driven Safety Risk Management

Panel Moderator:
Glen Martin, Air Traffic Organization, FAA 

Shayne Campbell, CANSO
Steve Hansen,
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

Abstract: Panel discussion of FAA’s data driven, Safety Risk Management (SRM) approach.  Understanding aviation safety starts with transparently collecting, analyzing and sharing data to better identify risks, determine the nature of those risks, and verify that mitigating actions are delivering an acceptable level of safety. This insight from day-to-day operations helps us to understand performance variability, assess the performance of existing risk controls, and prepare for emerging risks.  This panel will discuss two major innovations in which FAA is investing
-        Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) SYSTEM -- Artificial Intelligence and community involvement 
-        Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment (ARIA) SYSTEM – Looking beyond compliance. A risk based method for the identification and monitoring of key airspace risk areas. Evolution of risk based and compliance based reporting and analysis.
-        Other related items for discussion: Voice Recognition/Analytics; Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence to identify risks/trends

11.30 – 12.00  ATEN Infotech n.v.

Title: TBA

Hugo Barrero Valle

Abstract: Coming soon. 

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