Tower Theatre

World ATM Congress 2018
The Tower Theatre Agenda 

Eligible Presentation slides will be available soon 
10.20 – 10.40
Slot available: Contact Paul Planzer for details!
10.50 – 11.10

Title: Integrated Solution for Voice Communication in an ATC Environment (VoIP in REDAN) 

Abstract: REDAN is a communication network which integrates voice and data for CNS/ATM purposes, providing coverage in all ENAIRE premises and allowing the interconnection with other aeronautical networks.

ENAIRE is currently running a project aimed at adapting REDAN to fulfill the requirements coming from the Single Sky framework that, consequently, is included in the SESAR Deployment Program. The project comprises two main activities:

- Deployment of a new generation network (REDAN phase V), based on the most modern technology (MPLS) and implementing a dual-telco (telecom operator) infrastructure to increase its availability.

- Integration of ATC voice communication on the above referred new generation network by using VoIP technology.

Such implementation will allow increasing the performance of the ATC voice communications in terms of quality and flexibility. Additionally, safety level is increased as a consequence of the strictness imposed by the Spanish Air Safety Agency (AESA) in the compliance of the applicable procedures coming from the Single European Sky regulations.

Speaker: Angel Crespo, ENAIRE

11.20 – 11.40

Title: UTM and ANSPs – DFS Activities on UTM and U-space

Abstract: The UAS market challenges ANSPs and ATM both tactically and strategically. ANSPs have good reason to deal with disruptive UAS trends and establish UTM systems and U-space in the direct vicinity of controlled airspace. DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has decided to play an active role here. Ralf Heidger will give an overview of the strategy DFS is pursuing as well as its current activities in this sector.

Ralf Heidger, UAS/UTM Development & Solutions, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

12.00 – 12.20

Title: 4D-Trajectory Predictability and Uncertainty Management

Abstract: The implementation of the 4D-trajectory operational concept in the future Air Traffic Management (ATM) system will impose on aircraft the compliance of very accurately arrival times over designated checkpoints.

This constrains are called time windows (TWs) and require the capability of performing precise and robust trajectory predictions. The aim of this work is to develop a methodology to characterise these TWs and to manage the uncertainty associated to 4D-trajectory evolution.

The new Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) concept aims at enabling an efficient management of the expected increase in air traffic volumes strategically, only applying tactical interventions as a last resort. To achieve this objective, we need new tools to support 4D-trajectory management functions, such as strategic planning, trajectory negotiation and collaborative de-confliction. In that sense, we propose a novel approach for controlling aircraft punctuality.

4D-trajectories are modelled using a point mass model and the EUROCONTROL’s BADA (Base of Aircraft Data) methodology. The variability of the parameters that influence the definition and development of 4D-trajectories is appraised stochastically through Monte Carlo simulation, by considering different aircraft models and scenarios. It allows us to delimit TWs for several checkpoints. Finally, we develop a causal model (based on a Bayesian Network approach) to evaluate the impact of variations in fundamental parameters over the settled checkpoints. This conceptual framework identifies the interdependencies among variables and the contribution of each parameter to trajectory performance. Initial results (validated at an intra-European route) show that for aircraft models Boeing B737 and Airbus A320, the proposed TW model can control the time tolerance within less than 27 seconds along the passing checkpoints of an en-route segment (300 NM).

The main contribution of the study is the development of a model to deal with uncertainty and increase predictability, improve synchronization and potentially ease conflict resolution in 4D-trajectories, which are cornerstones in the future airspace operational environment.

Alvaro Rodriguez and Fernando Gómez, ISDEFE

12.30 – 12.50

Title: INSIGNIA: Road to the Next AIP

Abstract: INSIGNIA started as a system to support charting operations on ENAIRE Aeronautical Information Service Division, based on GIS technology. During the first years of operation, it became clear that the true benefit from the system was the database that was being built, out of which at that time aeronautical chart products were obtained.

The natural evolution of the project, in line with the ICAO AIM roadmap and SESAR SWIM initiatives, has led to INSIGNIA becoming more and more a core part of the AIS Service Provision at ENAIRE.

Today, not only charts are produced from the database, but also data sets in AIXM5.1 and CSV formats, and several AIP sections in HTML and PDF formats, enabling a high degree of automation on data ingest, management, distribution and AIP production.

Foremost, a key milestone of the project has been the recently (November 2017) deployment of a direct interface to the INSIGNIA database for all Internet users. Based on a service oriented architecture, INSIGNIA web mapping application enables all users to query and interface with AIP data following a mapping paradigm, making it easier to identify and analyse data interrelations.

For the future, further integration between ICAO AIP and INSIGNIA web maps is expected, we are looking for a seamless integration that will empower users with new ways to analyse and understand the high volume and sometimes complex aeronautical information, of course this also means static (AIP) and dynamic (NOTAM) integration, where INSIGNIA already provides and initial implementation.

Speakers: Javier Fenoll and Leonardo Peinado, ENAIRE

13.00 – 13.20

Title: Civil-Military Integration in ATM in Germany; a Flagship Model

Abstract: The complete story of civil-military cooperation in German ATM covers not only the past 25 years since DFS was founded. Already in 1959 a first cooperation agreement between the German Ministry of Transport and the German Ministry of Defence was signed. Based on this long history and the resulting body of profound knowledge in this area, the DFS Group can help other countries to develop their own model of civil-military cooperation to make their airspace more performant for the benefit of all users. A successful civil-military cooperation and integration is a key enabler for the optimised use of the common airspace and thus also a cornerstone of the Single European Sky.

Klaus-Dieter Schütte can look back on many years of experience in civil-military cooperation in Germany and will share his valuable insights and knowledge about how it can be a role model internationally.

Klaus-Dieter Schütte LTC (ret), Key Account Manager German Armed Forces & NATO, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

13.30 – 13.50

Title: How KVM Can Add Resilience to Air Traffic Management Infrastructure

Abstract: A core tenant of  ATM is reliability and resilience to failure.  Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) switching systems have evolved significantly over the last 2-3 years to enable them to add extra resilience and redundancy to ATM infrastructure while also reducing operators stress during computer failure events. At a basic level they allow a failed computer to be worked around by switching to a another operational computer. At another level the system can help optimize the cost of redundancy by "sharing" resources seamlessly to reduce the number of "redundant" computers needed within the infrastructure. This presentation will outline how ATM infrastructure is leveraging KVM today and some of the key features needed in these systems for ATM applications

Speaker: John Hickey - R&D and KVM Systems Director, Black Box

14.15 – 14.35

Title: Creating a Digital Tower Ecosystem

Abstract: At some of the world’s busiest airports, a digital revolution is happening. Hear how Searidge’s open technology platform is enabling a digital ecosystem where data converges and is harnessed to provide benefits to airports and ANSPs.

This digital ecosystem brings together technology, knowledge and experience to create an environment optimized for successful Digital Tower deployments.  The open integration and collaboration between industry players creates a flexible foundation that offers choice, efficiencies and investment protection.

Neil Bowles, Head of Air Traffic Management, Searidge Technologies

14.45 – 15:05

Title: Safety Assessment of Surveillance Chains

Abstract: Radar, Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) - the choice of surveillance techniques is large and offers the possibility for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to rationalise their surveillance infrastructure. This is supported by the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1207/2011 (and further amendments) laying down requirements for the performance and interoperability of surveillance for the single European sky.

Whatever the technical solution chosen by the ANSPs, a key element before operating the surveillance infrastructure (as required by ICAO Annex 11 and (EU) No 1207/2011) is the development and approval of a safety assessment. Eric Vallauri discusses how ANSPs can meet this requirement and demonstrate that an acceptable level of safety will be met.

Eric Vallauri, Safety Expert, Egis

15.15 – 15.35

Title: Securing Aiport Operations – Enabling UTM

Abstract: Enabling UTM to happen is a great challenge, in order to do so a first, reliable situational awareness of the respective airspace is crucial. Modern surveillance technology can provide such a recognized air picture which indicates all cooperative but also non-cooperative UAVs. Detection – Verification – Classification - Tracking and possible Intervention at a civilian airport requires the right system architecture and most of all a Concept of Operatios which is capable for Multi Agencies. Rheinmetall Air Defence has developed and applied such an integrated solution approach.

Beat Benz – Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

15.45 – 16.05

Title: Remote Tower - Virtual Assistance

Abstract: Are you interested in remote tower solution? Do you plan to build up your own rTWR? Learn more from one of our experts.

Csaba Gergely - Air Traffic Controller, former TWR manager, currently acting as Senior ATM Advisor to Director of Business Development at HungaroControl

16.15 – 16.35 

Title: Saab Digital Towers – Technology is Only Half the Delivery

Abstract: Digitalisation of local Air traffic service will enable smaller airports to stay open and larger airports to expand. At Saab we understand that technology is only half the delivery and work closely with our customers to be able to reduce the risks and time to implement by using knowledge from operating the world’s first centre of towers together with LFV. We also understand the process and steps needed to become operational, including the critical change management aspects. We also continue to improve the overall capabilities of the centre of towers with training functionalities, embedded approach functions, AFIS and contingency and rostering and planning tools. So technology is only half the delivery.

Niclas Gustavsson, Vice President Business Development & Governmental affairs, SAAB
16.45 – 17.05 

Title: Delivering Outstanding Airspace Re-design : The 3 to Thrive!

Abstract:  In this presentation, Don-Jacques Ould-Ferhat will guide the audience through the 3 success factors that, if you pay attention to them, will allow you to produce an outstanding airspace redesign.

These have been gathered throughout 15+ years of experience in the field of PBN implementation, with a track-record of proven efficiency.

If you are involved in Airspace redesign, or if you are simply curious to understand how such redesign unleashed up to 30% more capacity in multiple airspaces, you will want to attend this presentation and meet some of the most knowledgeable PBN experts.

The presentation will also welcome VATM, the Vietnamese ANSP, who will share their experience regarding the current re-design of the whole Vietnamese airspace.

Don-Jacques Ould-Ferhat, Head of Airspace and Airport, NAVBLUE

17.15 – 17.35 

Title: ENAV Decision Support System (DSS). A Powerful Ally to Ensure Highest Level of Safety in ATS Units

Abstract:  Constant monitoring of the Safety levels during operations is a fundamental requirement in any modern ATS Unit environment. Achieving and maintaining adequate safety levels is not simple in a complex environment such as an ATS Unit. Elements such as the complexity of airspace, high traffic density, low visibility, the availability of Radar, Data and Radio Links, maintenance activities, through its degradation or fault, can determine the degradation of the entire Safety System and put at risk the Safety of operations in the ATS Unit.

To ensure support for the entire System and its resources, thanks to its internal know-how, ENAV has developed and uses a tool capable of providing a real time view of the Safety system and supporting decision-making processes.

This presentation targets operational, technical, safety and management resources involved in the ATS Units processes.

Speaker: Marco Giancarli, Business Development Department - ENAV

10.20 – 10.40

Title: DYLEMA Project: GNSS Interference Detection and Localization at Madrid

Abstract: DYLEMA project has the objective of implementing a GNSS interference detection and localization system in order to protect air navigation in the surroundings of Madrid Airport. The challenge to solve is not only to detect jamming/spoofing sources but also to localize the geographic position of the jammer/spoofer  to restore the service as soon as possible.

Speakers: Ana Bodero, Francisco Jiménez Roncero and José Luis Madrid, ENAIRE

10.50 – 11.10

Title: Flight Object- Time for a Re-think

Abstract: Flight object is considered the ‘holy grail’ of tomorrow’s ATM – the concept transforms flight management in an increasingly automated airspace that will include everything from drones to civilian aircraft. The trouble is, the vision of ATM based on a shared Flight Object is further away than ever. Even as the supplier market shrinks to a smaller number of players, the ability to reach a common solution seems to be getting harder. Helios discusses how we could move towards a more pragmatic version of the concept that delivers the benefits in a shorter timeframe.

Speaker: Dr. Isabel Franke-Chaudet, Senior Consultant, Helios

11.20 – 11.40

Title: ATC Communications in the Digital World

Abstract: A revolution in airspace use and enabling technology is driving important changes for all those involved in provision Air Traffic Management. Today’s communications solutions need to be  designed for the digital ATC network, both to get the best performance out of the available technology, and to guard against the potential risks that come with grater interconnectivity.

Dr Dominic Walker, Strategy + New Business Manager, Northrop Grumman Park Air.

 12.00 – 12.20   
12.30 – 12.50 

Title: Conflict-Resolution Algorithms for RPAS in Non-segregated Airspace

Abstract: This project focuses on the development of conflict-resolution algorithms between RPAS and conventional aircraft. The goal of the conflict-resolution algorithm is to estimate the minimum protection distance (MPD) which is required to avoid a potential conflict. The conflict-resolution algorithms calculate the last location that an RPAS must start climbing to avoid a separation minima infringement. The RPAS manoeuvres to prevent the conventional aircraft based on the kinematic equations. The approach selects two parameters to model the conflict-geometry: the path-intersection angle. Moreover, the approach performs variations of the rate of climb (ROCD). Results confirmed that the aircraft pair flying in opposition was the worst scenario because the MPD reached its maximum value. The best value of the MPD is about 12 NM to ensure a safe resolution of a potential conflict. Besides, variations of the ROCD concluded that the link between the ROCD and the MPD is not proportional. The primary limitation is that the conflict-resolution algorithms are designed in a theoretical framework without bearing in mind other factors such as communications, navigation capacity, wind, pilot errors among others. This study is the first approach to quantify the minimum protection distance between RPAS and conventional aircraft and will serve the aeronautical community by defining new navigation requirements for RPAS.

Speaker: Javier Pérez / Fernando Gómez/ José Pablo Haro, ISDEFE

13.00 – 13.20

Title: Gaming the Training... a New Approach to Training Air Traffic Controllers

Abstract: Since 2005, award-winning Rigil Corporation has been delivering leading edge solutions to the aviation industry. StrataGem, Rigil’s new cloud-based (with an on-premise option) gaming platform, allows for low-cost deployment, and rapid customization of training games for accelerated learning. StrataGem is ideal for Trainers or Managers seeking new ways to teach Trainees and teams.

Pankaj Sharma, Rigil Corporation

13.30 – 13.50

Title: Simulation and Validation – Committed to Maximize Benefits for Airspace Users

Abstract: CRDS is HungaroControl’ research, development and simulation centre operating Central Europe’s largest advanced air navigation simulation facility. It provides real-time and fast-time validation projects, training simulations and consultancy services for airports, air navigation service providers, functional airspace blocks and other interested parties. Our simulation and validation capabilities allow conducting of large-scale studies, such as FAB CE’s study on the introduction of Free Route Airspace throughout the FAB CE area, from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Do you want to know more?

Gábor Papp, Hungarocontrol

14.15 – 14.35

Title: Securing Aiport Operations – Enabling UTM

Abstract: Enabling UTM to happen is a great challenge, in order to do so a first, reliable situational awareness of the respective airspace is crucial. Modern surveillance technology can provide such a recognized air picture which indicates all cooperative but also non-cooperative UAVs. Detection – Verification – Classification - Tracking and possible Intervention at a civilian airport requires the right system architecture and most of all a Concept of Operatios which is capable for Multi Agencies. Rheinmetall Air Defence has developed and applied such an integrated solution approach.

Beat Benz – Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

14.45 – 15.05

Title: Data sharing : how to involve all Aeronautical services for more benefits

Abstract: Airport collaborative decision making is a paramount requirement for Airports included in so-called “core areas”, but are other Airports concerned? Ten years after its first implementation, the A-CDM concept along with its international equivalents, have demonstrated their efficiency. As the international air traffic is predicted to double within the next fifteen years, more and more airports become involved in the data sharing network to preserve acquired benefits.

Based on its field proven experience in Airports such as ATM, Landside and Airside activities, ENGIE Ineo proposes a specific look at data sharing (A-CDM) and innovative solutions.

Augustin Bareau, Director of the Aeronautical Export Department and
Daniel Cabagnols, Head of Aeronautical Products Lines, ENGIE Ineo

15.15 – 15.35

Title: Driving Performance Improvement, Enablers Selection and Procurement Through Low Cost Modelling

Abstract: At a time when ANSP and airports are faced with performance based regulation and (often mandatory) implementation decisions, how can novel modelling techniques quickly identify the potential benefits of system and operational improvements and how can they help develop optimal deployment roadmaps, driving procurement of the most cost beneficial systems?

Speaker: Conor Mullan, Think Research, Ltd.

15.45 – 16.05

Title: Safeguarding Continuity of ILS Services, an Innovative Service-oriented Solution

Abstract:  Maintenance activities, both ordinary and extraordinary, replacements and accidents result in the unavailability of instrument landing services with consequent limitation of runway capacity, airport operations and performances.

Conventional recovery operations last normally around 90 days. Stakeholders accept these limitations as ineluctable.

Nevertheless, an alternate is now available.

ENAV and Thales have developed a service-oriented model aimed at dramatically reducing downtime through the deployment of mobile ILS.

This presentation targets airport operators and service providers that run business in environments where such prolonged ILS service interruptions are unacceptable.

Speaker: David Tangorra, Head of Sales - ENAV

16.15 – 18.00
Speaker: EUROCAE 


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