The Spotlight Stage Agenda

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

10.10 - 13.30  ENAIRE TitleCommunication networks as an effective response to threats against air navigation systems: cybersecurity and ATS contingency

Ángel  Crespo Pérez, ENAIRE
 AbstractAn air navigation system is under permanent threat, in some cases due to natural or unavoidable causes (floods, fires, earthquakes...), and in others, for a deliberate purpose (for example, terrorist or military attack). To avoid a severe impact of such threats on the service provided, two types of measures can be implemented: risk prevention and risk mitigation, with communications networks playing a relevant role in both. Regarding the former, an adequate approach to cybersecurity in the network is essential to protect air navigation systems from malicious attacks, an increasingly serious problem due to the growing teleworking scenario and the emergence of the so-called hybrid war. Concerning the latter, it is also essential to implement an ATS contingency strategy that allows any ATC centre to recover its operability as quick as possible in the event of a disaster. Such a strategy is not feasible unless the communication network is carefully designed to successfully deal with this scenario.
10.40 - 11.00 The BOEING Company  Title:

Chip Meserole, The Boeing Company
11.10 - 11.30  UFA, Inc.

Title: Delivering Remote ATC Training - Lessons Learned during the Pandemic and Innovations for the Future of Training

Glynn Turner, UFA, Inc. - Director, International Business Development
Sean Connolly - UFA, Inc. -  Head of Strategic Partnerships

Abstract: During the COVID-19 outbreak, the World’s Air Traffic Management System experienced massive reductions in traffic, lost income, and cancellation of complete ATC training programs. Training providers urgently needed innovative ways to deliver critical training that complied with extreme pandemic restrictions.

This presentation explains how UFA and our customers jointly investigated how the use of cloud-based training tools and simulators, could provide better trainee self-learning and greater access to remote training.  The solution built on proven UFA simulation products already used by customers, meaning they could leverage their established simulator knowledge and previous investment by re-using current databases and exercise with UFA’s Cloud-based, self-learning tools and the newly delivered UFA Virtual Simulation Center (VSC).

ATCloud™ portal offers comprehensive, robust, and reliable training to customers, providing Professional Knowledge, RT Phraseology, and Radar Skills training.  The VSC provides virtual machines for all simulator positions, including a full 3D view of the training airport.  All systems are accessed remotely by staff and students.

Having achieved excellent results, three customers commented on their successes, and these will be shared during our presentation.

These innovative tools underpin our “Training Anytime, Anywhere” mantra and meet customer needs for improved self-learning packages and remote training for students. 
11.40 - 12.00 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH
& Co.KG

Title: Leading the ATC transformation: Voice Communication as a Service

Alexandru Negulescu, Rohde & Schwarz Topex S.A.

Abstract: In an ever-complex operating environment and having to deal with persistent post-COVID challenges, ANSPs all over the world are looking for innovative solutions and business models to provide their customers sustainable air navigation services. 

To address the paramount customer’s safety, security and efficiency requirements, industry is nowadays expected to deliver both field proven technologies for architecting more resilient infrastructures, and to find partnership business models to sustain them throughout their lifecycle.

Join our expert talk "Leading the ATC transformation: voice communication as a service" and get more information about our quad-redundant, IP based CERTIUM VCS.
12.10 – 12.30 ERA a.s.

TitleFrom Prediction to Validation – Full Usage of Surveillance Data

Vojtěch  Pék, ERA

12:40 - 13:00 Micro Nav Ltd




13.10 – 13.30  Collins Aerospace




13.40 – 14.00 Intersoft Electronics Services

TitleCNS Measurements to the Next Level

Domien De Ruyck, Intersoft Electronics Services/Managing Director

Abstract: Skyguide and Intersoft Electronics Services will be giving their vision on the future of CNS measurements. The usage of dedicated equipment such as SkyRF, an Intersoft Electronics Services’ drone platform delivering radio frequency (RF) measurement services for performance analysis on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) installations is crucial.

The dedicated equipment onboard SkyRF and the software platform were specifically built for measuring NavAids and Radar performance in the field. Measuring and analyzing signals at elevation was never before so easy, accurate and reliable. SkyRF complements ground measurements and reduces the need for flight checks with more than 50%.

SkyRF supports commissioning, certification and maintenance of primary & secondary radar, ILS & DME, TACAN & VOR, featuring unique advantages:
1. Complete radar up- and downlink measurement, no need for checking multiple subassemblies individually
2. Much lower operational impact compared to conventional flight checks for NavAids: less downtime, less support from technicians required, less notification air messages to be published for pilots
3. Instant, reliable and repeatable measurements, no estimates, no theoretic calculations but real measurements

SkyRF offers CNS measurements as a service. As such, Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) and the need for qualified flight testers, insurance and a lot of administrative overhead are avoided. With SkyRF, commissioning, certification and maintenance of CNS systems are performed faster, more accurate and at a much lower cost.

SkyRF operates manufacturer independent and is available for ANSP’s and military operating CNS NavAids and Radar.

SkyRF makes the sky safer.
14.10 – 14.30  Rohde & Schwarz GmbH
& Co.KG

Title: LDACS Paves the Way to ATM Digitalization: A Cornerstone for Efficient Deployment of Upcoming ATM Operational Concepts and Enabling CNS Integration.

Francesco Gualtieri, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

Abstract: Aviation is currently experiencing a significant digital transformation to ensure sustainability and efficiency. New multilink-based communication models are now being implemented to support the deployment of upcoming ATM operational concepts, like Sectorless Flying, 4D-Trajectories and integration of CNS services.

The L-Band communcation datalink LDACS is a significant pillar of this future scenario. Leveraging on its strong experience in ATC communication and on its advanced technological know-how, Rohde & Schwarz is deeply involved in supporting the definition and the validation of this new technology.

The R&S LDACS demonstrators for both avionic and ground installations are the cornerstones to achieve the necessary maturity level for this new technology.

Being active on both sides of the ground-to-air communication, Rohde & Schwarz plays a key role in guaranteeing the full interoperability of the LDACS Datalink

14.40 – 15.00  Vaisala




15.10 – 15.30 Searidge Technologies 

TitleDigital Towers and Hybrid Operations

Ginette Bebeung, EVP, Strategic Programs, Searidge Technologies

Abstract: Digital Towers and Hybrid Operations: France's Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) has been a leading adopter of Digital Tower technology to support a variety of operations throughout the country. Join us for a deep dive into how Searidge Technologies has worked with France's Direction des Services de la navigation aérienne on different types of airports (low, medium, and high-intensity runway operations) with non-identical concepts of operations and bespoke implementation approaches. We will explore the differences in the need assessments, runway operation volumes and airport sizes, challenges and proposed technology solutions. 
15.40 - 16.00 Skyguide 

TitleSwitch-on the light! Detect, understand and solve your ATN CPDLC problems!

Luc Chevalley, Skyguide

Abstract: Airline Operators, CSPs and ANSPs invested heavily to implement ATN CPDLC over VDL2, but many continue to suffer of several issues jeopardizing the possibility to reap the fruits. Thanks to the Skyguide CPDLC Cockpit, stakeholders can easily dive into the complexities of the ATN, understand where your data flow, detect issues and identify associated root causes in a fast and easy manner. 

The CPDLC cockpit is a web-based real-time monitoring solution providing unprecedented capabilities thanks to a user-friendly and powerful search engine and customizable dashboards. Based on a PaaS shared by all stakeholders, the CPDLC Cockpit uses cutting-edge technology.

CPDLC Cockpit enables the ANSP, the Communication Service Provider or Airline Operators to:
• Detect CPDLC service degradation in real time
• Single out root causes and impacted areas (avionic or ANSP software, ACSP or routing, VDL2 frequency or specific Ground Station)
• Identify VDL2 frequencies jamming
• and much more …
 16.10 - 16.30  INDRA TitleBoosting the Digital Transformation of the ATM Network

Víctor  Martínez, INDRA

 16.40 - 17.00  Hensoldt Title: Airspace surveillance in ATC – benefits of combining active and passive radar technology


Oliver Werning, Hensoldt Sensors
17.10 -017.30   ENAIRE TitleTowards the early adoption of ARAIM services: PROARAIM experimentation campaign results

Xavier Quiles Calatayud, ENAIRE
Abstract: The Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitor (ARAIM) concept is being developed as an evolution of the previous RAIM technology. The Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) technique has been widely used in aviation GNSS receivers as an ABAS augmentation to GNSS core constellations. Nowadays it is based on GPS L1. The ARAIM concept takes advantage of the GNSS modernization programs, using the new constellations and signals available for civil aviation navigation and the information on the constellation characteristics received via an Integrity Support Message (ISM). The initial ARAIM service will support a Horizontal ARAIM solution (H-ARAIM), and it is expected to provide superior performance compared to traditional RAIM. Later, the ARAIM service will also support a Vertical ARAIM solution (V-ARAIM). The PROARAIM project has pre-developed and experimented some of the key elements needed to validate, approve and monitor the future use of ARAIM to support flight operations, easing this way the early adoption of ARAIM services.
 17.40 - 18.00 Atech - Negócios em Tecnologias S/A  Title:


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

10.10 – 10.30  INDRA

Title:  Remote tower control of a major capital airport

Martin Hasselknippe, INDRA
Viktor Zsóka, HungaroControl

Abstract: Budapest will be the largest airport in Europe to be remotely managed by air traffic controllers from a digital remote tower center located outside of the airport area. In a longer term, multiple airports can be remotely controlled from the same center. Learn how HungaroControl expects to improve efficiency, safety and ATCO working conditions compared with conventional tower operation, and how Indra’s complete and integrated remote tower solution will help them achieve their goals. Mr. Viktor Zsóka, Head of Aerodrome ATM Systems Development, HungaroControl, will join me for this presentation.

10.40 – 11.00  SOPRA STERIA

TitleHow to tackle environmental and societal issues by rethinking engineering ATM systems?

Didier  Bosque, Sopra Steria

AbstractThe ATM has been deeply disrupted in the last few years by the health crisis and it is likely that we will no longer fly like we used to. This upheaval was only a prelude to the real revolutions to come with climate and societal issues. ATM must adapt and address these new challenges.

During this conference, Sopra Steria, with more than 20 years of experience in ATM systems engineering, from design to implementation, will present its vision anchored in an industrial reality and its approach to sustainable aviation. After setting the scene, we will present our approach, based on a strong involvement in R&D programs to rethink engineering from the design phase, the mastery of new technologies to get the best out of them, and a collaborative and agile management philosophy, necessary when dealing with work of this magnitude.

11:10 – 11.30 DFS Deutsche

Title: Ad-hoc solution for civil and Military Traffic over Germany due to the war in Ukraine

Osman Saafan, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

Abstract: With the invasion of Ukraine, overnight, a flexible corridor solution was implemented in German airspace and ready for extensive military operations of NATO partners. The disguised military operations in corridors were supported, while at the same time, additional military traffic outside the corridors was accommodated and it was made sure that the civil air traffic could go on flowing safely and with minimum disruption – even despite the broad-scale shift of traffic flows due to the war in Ukraine, the civil aviation recovery and the extensive closure of Russian airspace. 
This was possible due to the long-established civil-military integration in Germany and an outstanding collaboration between the various players involved.
11.40 – 12.00 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH 
& Co.KG

Title: Increasing air traffic safety through effective drone detection

Goetz Mayser, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

Abstract: Drones that fly above prohibited areas are an increasing security risk. Remotely controlled drones repeatedly violate personal privacy, the boundaries of protected areas and air traffic safety. 
Regardless of the drone pilot’s intention, drones pose a serious safety risk. 

A multisensor approach is imperative in nearly all counter-drone scenarios, but is particularly important in the vicinity of airports. Radar technology is used especially to locate drones in the airspace. However, to locate the pilot, which is the only means to minimize costly downtimes, other technologies are needed. Learn more about remote control signal detections and in particular how to address the challenges encountered in the airport environment.

12.10 – 12.30  INECO

TitleBioMathematical Model for Fatigue Prediction in ATM

Marisol de Mena, INECO

Abstract: Since the publication of the regulation (UE) 2017/373, requiring air traffic control service providers to develop policies and systems to manage risks associated with work-related fatigue (FRMS), many organizations are increasingly using biomathematical models for estimating the associated fatigue with shiftworkers’ duty schedules. INECO has developed an algorithm and a Fatigue Index Tool (INEFIT) to quantify the fatigue associated with any duty schedule using hours of work, Workload & Alert Questionnaires (WAQ) and actigraphy measures as input. All these functions allow us to conclude that the Biomathematical Model could become a tool of great help when assessing fatigue, and be able to take preventive measures that mitigate its associated risks. 

12.40 - 13.00 SAAB, Inc.  Title: Airport Drone Threat Management - Addressing the Gap between Detection and Defeat

Robert Brown, Saab

 Abstract: The number of small drones in the airspace continues to rise, as does the threat that they pose to traditional aviation at and around airports. Recognizing this threat, companies around the world have developed a multitude of drone detection and mitigation tools. However, most airports have yet to deploy such capabilities, and those that have often lack a holistic approach for how operational stakeholders coordinate and utilize them. This presentation will provide an overview of available drone detection and mitigation technologies and highlight what is needed to make them truly effective. 
13.10 - 13.30 Solace TitleAdvanced Information Exchange, From Finance to SWIM

Wayne Osse, Solace

Abstract:  This presentation introduces Advanced Information Exchange, its application and use in ATM and SWIM in particular, along with its finance origins.

If data is gold, how do you ensure its safe exchange? Trading gold and currency on a global, fully distributed electronic information exchange across many countries has been live for over 30 years. How does this award-winning system safely trade over $1 trillion a day? It uses an Advanced Information Exchange (AIE). 30 years ago, its was custom built. Today, its clone uses off the shelf products with that are far more sustainable, but it is still realized using an AIE.

Advanced Information Exchange is used in critical data exchange realms such as stock exchanges, positive train control, connected cars, smart airports, and SWIM. Success is defined by higher reliability, security, efficiency, and real-time delivery and management on a federated information exchange that can grow up and down in real-time.

The key is an EDA foundation that is extremely safe, strong, flexible, and agile while being based on open standards.
13.40 - 14.00 Vaisala

TitleA solid future – How integrated, high performance weather radar technology is changing the game for aviation safety and efficiency 

Aleksis Kajava, Vaisala

AbstractHaving access to accurate and timely weather information is crucial for safe and efficient airport operations and to mitigate the impact of adverse weather. 

Weather radars are a key component of an integrated Airport Weather Observation System (AWOS) that allows air traffic controllers and other users of airport weather information to make data driven decisions that improve safety and efficiency. 

In this presentation you’ll hear how Vaisala’s cutting-edge Solid State weather radar technology is providing improved assessment, prediction, and preparation of adverse weather and windshear at and around the airport. 
14.10 - 14.30 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH
& Co.KG
TitleIncreasing air traffic safety through accurate and fast aircraft identification

Erwin  Hainzinger, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

 AbstractThe rapidly growing air traffic is increasing the workload on air traffic controllers. Rohde & Schwarz supports air traffic controllers by providing direction finders and turnkey solutions for radiolocation of calling aircraft. 

Providing controllers with automatic aircraft identification and immediate display on the radar screen helps them identify the calling aircraft quickly and securely. Call-sign confusions are significantly reduced and readback errors can be detected more easily. 

Besides small-scale solutions for airports, Rohde & Schwarz also provides nationwide solutions for upper area control. 

Learn more about the architecture of a nationwide solution and integration into the existing ATM system.
14.40 - 15.00 Searidge Technologies TitleDigital Airports: Convergence of Infrastructure and Data

Pat Urbanek, Searidge Technologies
Marco Rueckert, Searidge Technologies

 AbstractAdopting a common technology platform is enabling a digital ecosystem where data converges and is harnessed to provide enriched services and enhanced collaboration for airports and ANSPs. This digital ecosystem brings together technology, knowledge, and experience to create an environment optimized for successful Digital Airport deployments. The open integration and collaboration between stakeholders create a flexible foundation that offers choice, efficiencies, and investment protection. Through customer use cases, Searidge will showcase how a common platform and market-leading cybersecurity for inter-stakeholder data management can deliver measurable benefits for both ATC and Airport Operations.
15.10 - 15.30 SOPRA STERIA TitleTowards Cloud architectures for core critical ATC Systems: Myth or Reality?

Romain  Bouyssou, Sopra Steria

 AbstractSafety and security of systems and operations have always been ATM pillars and mandatory backbones. Nevertheless, this necessary requirement becomes more and more a limitation to the domain transformation. 
Moreover, the ATM domain is challenged by more processes’ integration, build and operations cost efficiency as well as environmental impact consideration. Thus, the supporting ATM Systems needs to: 
·         Evolve toward more flexibility, scalability, variability and openness; 
·         Embrace more efficiently and rapidly the change of technology, architecture and business processes. 
The aim of this conference is to demonstrate that ATM systems can be flexible, scalable, rapidly evolving without neglecting safety and security. 
Are Cloud architectures the enablers to transform core critical ATC systems?
15.40 - 16.00 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH
& Co.KG
TitleDrone Measurements of Terrestrial Navigation Signals

Peter Breuer, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG
Thomas Friedrich, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG

Abstract For over 20 years Rohde & Schwarz has used their unrivaled experience with RF receivers to provide state-of-the-art testing solutions for ground-based navigation installations. Rohde & Schwarz customers around the world use the R&S®EVSG1000 and R&S®EVSF1000 for fast, accurate and ICAO compliant measurements of ground and flight inspection applications

As they become ever more powerful, interest has for drone-based measurement systems with professional receivers. ICAO DOC 8071 Volume I - Testing of Ground-based Radio Navigation Systems Fifth Edition, 2018 - mentions RPAS and UAVs. Drone based measurements have clear advantages and can be done from any position and at higher altitudes than traditional ground based ones. A drone solution makes it easy to perform far-field GP measurements with better reproducibility and improved correlation with flight inspections. Drone measurement systems are very cost competitive relative to traditional mast solutions.

Drone inspection requires more than just Navaids-measurement expertise: a small and light antenna, a permanent data link to the ground, very precise and lightweight GNSS and robust immunity to RF interferers inside and outside the drone are also needed, along with light weight and a reasonable battery life…

Based on experience with the R&S®EVSG1000/R&S®EVSF1000, Rohde & Schwarz is introducing a receiver for drone based measurements: the new R&S®EVSD1000. Even though it is much lighter, it still offers the same performance as the ground and flight inspection models for ILS, VOR and GBAS analysis. Integrated data and IQ recording enable even more detailed analysis, revealing more than just level and DDM values. GNSS and datalink solutions are also available, together with a drone-dedicated antenna and guidelines for smooth integration.
16.10 - 16.30 IACIT Solucoes Tecenologicas S.A. Title:


16.40 - 17.00 Fonds de dotation ENAC Title: Integration of Drones into Air Traffic: A Unique Way to Address UTM Future Challenges

Julie Saint-Lot, ENAC
Nicholas de Kergorlay, ENAC
Corentin Conan, ENAC
David Elmalem, SOPRA STERIA

AbstractThe ENAC-Sopra Steria Research Chair on drone systems is capitalising on its six years of existence to direct its work towards themes that are resolutely linked to the UTM, based on research into the UAV object and its safe and efficient integration into controlled airspace. 

With the help of its sponsors, it addresses the key technological, regulatory and social challenges for the future. The use cases are tested through highly realistic UTM simulations in airport and urban contexts.

Established in 2015 and renewed in 2019, The ENAC Research Chair on Drone Systems is led by ENAC through its Foundation
17.10 - 17.30 Fonds de dotation ENAC Title:


17.40 - 18.00 Deutscher Wetterdienst TitleMet4Airports – Prediction of weather-induced operating restrictions at German international airports by means of artificial intelligence

Ole Kouker, Deutscher Wetterdienst
Dr. Daniel Koser, Deutscher Wetterdienst

 AbstractMet4Airports is a research and development project aiming at the prediction of relevant planning and control parameters in ATM by means of artificial intelligence (AI). It focusses on the effects of selected weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, significant wind events, fog, and winter weather events like snowfall, as they pose a significant disturbance for air traffic, causing capacity constraints for airports and en-route and approach sectors. The predicted quantities are mainly capacity values, delays of individual flights as well as average delay values for varying timespans with forecast lead times of up to 24 hours. Predictions of sufficient forecast qualities could be utilized to optimize decision-making processes in ATM and enhance the situational awareness of decision makers. 
Throughout the development process, various machine learning models are examined, relying on both meteorological forecast products of Deutscher Wetterdienst and air traffic data of airport operators (Flughafen München GmbH and Fraport) and air traffic control (Deutsche Flugsicherung). In the iterative development process, artificial neural networks with varying topologies and hyperparameters are trained on different combinations of data types in order to identify a suitable AI-model. 
Interim results indicate the capability of preliminary models to surpass the prediction quality of estimation timestamps (EOBT) currently used in the Airport Collaborative Decision Making process. Ultimately, delay forecasting results tend to be considerably more precise for the prediction of average values than for single flight delays, as the corresponding results are far less sensitive to short-term effects affecting individual flight operations.
 Thursday, 23 June 2022
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10.40 - 11.00 INECO  TitleBIG DATA Application on Air Navigation Operational Optimization

Miguel Angel Bueno, INECO
Javier Vázquez Capitán, INECO 
AbstractOver the last few years, technical evolutions have boosted the capabilities for air traffic operational analysis. Technical improvements concerning IT new technologies have made possible the digitalization of air traffic control service analysis.
Most sources of information are not new, but their collection is easier, and their processing is faster too. 
Ineco has taken advantage of these changes and the great development of Big Data techniques that has been taking place over the last few years to start applying new techniques to air navigation operational analysis.
In the first steps, classical fast time simulation was enriched by more accurate data based on bigger and more specific data samples, so simulation could be adapted to each scenario and provide more reliable outputs.
Later on, since new technologies and data paved the way for new analyses mixing up different sources, other kind of analysis can be carried out. Some examples are: 
• A-CDM variable taxi times.
• Instrumental flight procedures deviation from the nominal trajectory and contributory causes.
• ROT calculation and Artificial Intelligence applied to ROT prognosis.
So far, these techniques have only been applied to post-processing analysis, but there are also projects being made in collaboration with Enaire that provide information to the tactical decision making. Some examples are:
• Adaptative separations

• ATC GMC configuration.
All of them are aligned with sustainability of the environment, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. 
11.10 - 11.30 Navblue TitleRunway Occupancy Time Prediction to enhance runway capacity

Mohamed Ellejmi, Eurocontrol
Olivier Chauvet, Airbus 
AbstractEurocontrol and Airbus will provide an overview of the solutions developed to predict the Arrival Runway Occupancy Time both on the ground using Machine Learning, and onboard the aircraft. The knowledge of the predicted Runway Occupancy Time (ROT) allows the approach controller to safely reduce the separation on final approach, using the optimized runway delivery (ORD) tool. This utilization of predicted ROT is expected to increase runway capacity and resilience through an optimization of the separation on final approach. 
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