Tower Theatre

World ATM Congress 2017
The Tower Theatre Agenda

10.20 – 10.40

Title: New Airport ATC and Cockpit Systems: Toward the Integrated Management of Surface Operations

Abstract: Due to the availability of digital ATC tools in aerodrome towers and digital communication, new possibilities have arisen to improve aerodrome traffic management. SESAR has developed systems and concepts of operations for airport ATM stakeholders which will enable them to address the frequent safety, scheduling and human performance issues they currently face.

Egis has actively contributed in the SESAR 1 programme, to the definition and validation of A-SMGCS, DMAN and data link communication evolutions to meet these challenges. The Pilot Common Project requires some of these functions to be implemented at European airports. Here Hervé Drévillon will discuss these evolutions and the benefits they can provide.

Speaker: Hervé Drévillon, Complex systems Expert, Egis

10.50 – 11.10

Title: What Can Satcom Do For You?

Abstract: Satellite communications from Inmarsat have delivered $3 billion in benefits to airlines and passengers since 2001 in the form of reduced separation standards and complex operational solutions that save time and fuel. Now it’s time for secure IP to enable SESAR and NextGen.

Speakers: Captain Mary McMillan, Vice President, Safety and Operational Services, Inmarsat Aviation

11.20 – 11.40

Title: The Role of ATC Networks in the Implementation of the Single European Sky Concept. Use Case: VoIP for ATC Telephony and Radio Services

Abstract: TBD

Speaker: Manuel Garcia Martin, ENAIRE

12.00 – 12.20
Title: The Drone Challenge: Addressing the Threat to Commercial Air Traffic

Abstract: Airplane pilots reported 1,800 drone sightings last year, up 25 percent from 2015 according to the FAA. As sUAS sales grow, the likelihood of a tragic incident involving a commercial airliner is only a matter of time. This presentation will examine the technology available to detect, track, and identify this threat, as well as discuss programs currently underway to provide airports with critical drone security.

Speaker: Anthony Albanese, President, Gryphon Sensors, LLC
13.00 – 13.20

Title: Seamless IT/OT Convergence in ATC and Airport Communications

Abstract: ATC and airport authorities face today the complexities of maintaining critical services running over multiple legacy communication systems, and at the same time, attempting modernization and access to new applications as solutions in the IP world, while maintaining the intrinsic level of security required in a Critical Infrastructure and assuring the level of required service performance. This presentation will review efficient mechanisms for a seamless migration to IP, while ensuring business and service continuity and making the most of the existing assets. Specific aspects of interest include the use of security elements already in the IT infrastructure for the OT network and best practices to ensure end-to-end service visibility and performance in a packet network environment.

Speaker: Vicente Arroyo, GM Critical Infrastructure Europe, RAD

13.30 – 13.50

Title: Experience the Crowdsourcing Disruption – Getting the Right Resource at the Right Price, Time, and Duration

Abstract: The ATM industry is facing major challenges. Companies must find a balance between seizing opportunities brought by booming demand in air transport while satisfying increasing cost pressures driven by open competition and international regulations. Innovation has become a key driver in remaining competitive and maintaining a strong market foothold. While collaboration and talent are apparent in driving effective innovation, human resources are becoming scarcer and more difficult to obtain. is creating a unique and innovative approach to enable aviation professionals to connect and collaborate, fostering innovation and enabling firms to optimize their resources. Using our web-based tool, companies can match their project needs with the skills of our professional community. Join us and discover how brings crowdsourcing to the aviation and aerospace industry and provides its users with solutions for their resource and innovation challenges.

Speakers: Annelise Bremme, Co-Founder & COO,
14.00 – 14.20

Title: Enterprise GIS that Powers the National Airspace

Abstract: Global air traffic continues to rise placing greater demands on our air traffic management (ATM)systems. These demands require new technology to gain efficiencies while increasing the safety of operations. GIS is extending the reach of location based analytics in a collaborative and secure environment providing insight to location based analytics including time information. The access to authoritative data and business processes extends the system of engagement to an intuitive platform capable of answering critical questions for a national airspace system. 

Speaker: Jonathan Weaver, Esri

14.30 – 15:10

Title: Lidar-Aided Air Traffic Management

Abstract: The continuous growth of worldwide air traffic associated with the necessity to improve safety and efficiency of ATM implies the development of new advanced integrated ATMB systems that must be fed by accurate and frequent weather observations. On one hand, the monitoring of atmospheric hazards like wind shears in 3D around airports with coherent Doppler Lidars allows to improve the awareness of forecasters,  controllers and pilots and to support them in their operational decisions. On the other hand, the detailed characterization of wake turbulence behind aircrafts with coherent Doppler Lidars allows to perform the safety assessment and the risk monitoring of wake vortex encounters when introducing new wake turbulence regulations like the RECAT-EU. Moreover, existing observation systems at airport that provide only surface observations should be enhanced by Lidar remote sensors to provide upper air met observations. These observations will improve weather monitoring for end users and forecasting when assimilating into numerical weather prediction models in order to develop efficient weather resilient ATM systems.

Speaker: Leosphere

15.30 – 15.50
Title: Why Airports Must Get SMART 

Abstract: Today’s airport operators face multiple challenges. They have to manage growing competition while dealing with increasing growth in demand and pressures on capacity, within a context of changing and ever more stringent safety and security requirements. At the same time, their passengers are demanding higher quality services and their shareholders are expecting revenue to be maximised. It is clear that a digital transformation is a necessary requirement for airports if they are going to meet the growing demands made on them. Digitalisation enables benefits such as optimized airport flows, faster turnaround times, more efficient ground handling, improved air traffic services, enhanced safety, and better customer experience. However, to date this work has been piecemeal and, although it has brought many benefits, operators are missing out on the full rewards of a truly digital integrated airport. However, the benefits are too great to ignore and the operators need to wake up to new possibilities, embrace them and start working to create the SMART airport of the future.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Fairbanks, Aviation Specialist, PA Consulting Group

10.20 – 10.40

Title: ATM Cyber-Security: Roadmap to Reality. An Industry Case Study

Abstract: Cyber security and resilience are now accepted as key requirements for ATM, and indeed the wider aviation system. Policies and white papers are in abundance, and initiatives at ICAO and European levels are progressing. But the hard work is only just beginning, particularly for ANSPs, as next-generation ATM systems and infrastructure are deployed. In this presentation Matt Shreeve will first lay out the top specific challenges that ANSPs face, and then how to address them, focusing specifically on an ANSP case study.

Speaker: Matt Shreeve, Principal Consultant, Helios

10.50 – 11.10

Title: A Day in the Remote Tower

Abstract: Since April 21th 2015 the remote tower concept has been live and running. The early goals to build up a RTC center is now a reality and more airports is on its way in to the center. Experience, both operational and technical, gives you a new way on how to look at the future. The presentation will take a footprint of one day in RTC and what we do.

Speaker: Erik Bäckman, Vice President Head of Operations, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

11.20 – 11.40

Title: GNSS Developments: Opportunities and Challenges in Aviation Applications

Abstract: GNSS is widely recognised as a key asset for ANSPs to develop performance-based airspace operations. GNSS capacity is growing fast due to the development and improvement of new core components and augmentation systems. These will enable stakeholders to take advantage of the future dual-frequency multi-constellation GNSS environment.

In this presentation Mikaël Mabilleau will discuss GNSS updates and civil aviation benefits of core constellations, and each GNSS augmentation system in terms of opportunities for new navigation services and concepts. Building on activities held at standardisation forums and on an availability roadmap for future GNSS systems and aeronautical equipment.

Speaker: Mikaël Mabilleau, Navigation services Manager, Egis

12.00 – 12.50

Title: Presenting Controller Briefing and Controller Rostering Mobile Applications

Abstract: Ingenav is launching two mobile applications aimed to improve safety, flexibility, and efficiency in ATC operations:

Controller Briefing App: The controller briefing app is a tool which permits controllers to consult their operational briefings through mobile devices prior to starting their operational watch and for operations management to be able to easily manage and control the information that needs to be transmitted to the controllers and to supervise the reading of such information. The tool permits to create rules for information visualisation (by time/profile/category) that are adaptable to each individual operational unit. All this delivered through a secured environment.

Controller Roster App: The controller roster app permits the operational unit to communicate daily, weekly, and monthly rostering with controllers and other operational staff via a mobile app, and for the operational staff to consult this roster. The app also allows the operational staff to propose changes to their schedule within the company´s agreed rostering framework. The app permits the organisation to parameter the rules that render visualisation and information messaging, and change proposals according to the organisation´s needs. The app works over a secured environment.

Speaker: Max Bezzina, CEO, Ingenav
13.00 – 13.20

Title: Connected Vehicles Preventing Runway Incursions

Abstract: Creative technology using connected vehicles and electronic fences (geofencing) could be the solution to the increasing number of incursion incidents involving ground vehicles. Research Institute RISE Viktoria in Sweden has demonstrated a cost-effective solution at Umeå Airport in September 2016. The prototype is based on satellite navigation (GNSS) and 4G communication.

The pilot system has now been developed further, to be made commercially available by Combitech AB, a business unit within SAAB AB.

The programme will give a description of the product and the potential for further automation of airport operation.

Speaker: Magnus Johansson, Director Combitech AB, and Jonas Didoff, Senior Project Manager, RISE Viktoria.

14.15 – 14.35

Title: EMIL, Advanced ILS/VOR Ground Inspection System: The Experience at the Barcelona – El Prat Airport

Abstract: The Barcelona – El Prat Airport has been operating EMIL for ILS/VOR ground inspection since 2012, which has made its operations more efficient and has reduced inspection costs by up to 50 percent. We present its experience through a case study.

EMIL is an advanced ILS/VOR ground inspection system that enables cost-efficient, automatic, and repeatable ground inspections of ILS Localizer, ILS Glide Slope, and VOR.

Speaker: Javier Escartín – GMV 
14.45 – 15.05

Title:  GNSS Performance Assessment in Spanish Airspace

Abstract: To support PBN implementation in Spanish Airspace, ENAIRE performs recurrent and ad-hoc GNSS performance assessments. This speech explains the rationale behind the ground and flight validation for GNSS-based PBN operations and provides a hint on the GNSS performance assessment and the ENAIRE GNSS lab.

Speaker:  Francisco Jiménez Roncero, ENAIRE       
15.15 – 15.35

Title: Remote Tower – Driving Business Transformation

Abstract: Digitalisation is happening all over in the society. In ATM Remote Tower Services(RTS) and the ability to centralise the tower services, thus enabling new business models, new delivery and service models and new ways of working for the ANSPs and its controllers. The presentation will address how existing RTS technology, operational experience and management can speed up the needed business transformation of ATM.

Niclas Gustavsson, Vice President Business Development & Governmental Affairs, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions
15.45 – 16.05

Title: Digitalisation of ATM Requires Cyber Security Resilience

Abstract: Digitalization of air traffic management, such as remote tower services, puts cyber security firmly at the top of the ANSP agenda. Cyber security is fast becoming a fundamental enabler as air traffic control becomes more dependent on integrated digital solutions and the sharing of data with all key stakeholders in the aviation value chain. The inherent organizational and technical complexities of air traffic management require a comprehensive and risk-based approach to cyber security. If  the cyber security issue is not adequately addressed, the ongoing digital transformation will be slower than desired, or may not even take place. Thus, there are strong incentives for all actors – technology providers, ANSPs and airports to address this issue. Learn more about how to address cyber security to support continued digital transformation.

Speaker: Dr. Anders Adrem, Global Head of Aviation, PA Consulting
16.15 – 16.35

Title: What Can Satcom Do For You?

Abstract: Satellite communications from Inmarsat have delivered $3 billion in benefits to airlines and passengers since 2001 in the form of reduced separation standards and complex operational solutions that save time and fuel. Now it’s time for secure IP to enable SESAR and NextGen.

Speaker: Captain Mary McMillan, Vice President, Safety and Operational Services, Inmarsat Aviation

16.45 – 17.35

Title: New Challenges in ATM: 4D Trajectories and Integration of RPAs

Abstract: The Air Navigation/ATM Observatory is one of the Horizontes Isdefe Netwok nodes dealing with the promotion of R&D in ATM and proposed as a reference forum to foster ideas and projects aimed at improving and optimizing ATM processes

In particular, two areas of interest are addressed as challenges in the ATM.

  • 4D Trajectory

Analysis of influence parameters in the definition of 4D trajectory points. Identification and modelling of influence parameters in the definition of waypoints in 4D trajectories. The aim is to apply causal model that allows to reduce uncertainty and improve the synchronization and conflict resolution in 4D trajectories.

  • Collision risk models for RPAS and conventional aircraft.

The definition and modelling of a collision risk model with the objective of defining separation minima consistent with the operation of RPAS and conventional aircraft.

Speakers: Jesús López Pino- Isdefe (Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España)
Rosa Arnaldo Valdés – UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
Álvaro Rodríguez Sanz –UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
Javier Pérez Castan – UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

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