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Thursday, 8 March ❙ IFEMA, Feria de Madrid

9.30 Exhibition Hall Opens (for Pink Paper Plane Challenge participants only)


10.00 Pink Paper Plane Challenge Launch! (Just inside the Exhibition Hall entrance) 10.00 Data-Driven ATM: Going Digital! Nokia ATM Theatre 10.30 Global UTM Association Workshop FABEC OPS Theatre 10.45 Airport Integration into the Network EUROCONTROL Stand 849 11.20 Changes in the Global Airspace Driving Innovation Frequentis Aviation Arena

Pink Plane Launch How often do you get to set a Guinness World Record? Today, you and your friends and colleagues will have that opportunity, and all you have to do is launch a pink paper plane. At 10.00, pick up your pink plane just inside the Exhibition Hall entrance and launch away. Not only will you be making history, but you’ll also be celebrating Women in Aviation Worldwide Week at World ATM Congress 2018. The Pink Paper Plane Challenge will occur at the same time across multiple time zones. Make sure to share your photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #PinkPaperPlaneDay, #WOAW18, and #WorldATM!

EXHIBITION HALL HOURS Hall 10 at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid (North Entrance) Thursday, 8 March 10.00 – 14.00

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Around the Globe in Eighty Minutes


n African air navigation service provider (ANSP) peer-review system. Artificial intelligence for Asia Pacific air traffic control. A burgeoning collaboration between Spanish- and English-speaking Latin and Central American ANSPs. A new spirit of air traffic management (ATM) cooperation between two Middle Eastern states. These and other hot topics, like unmanned aircraft system air traffic management (UTM), emerged during Wednesday morning’s 20-minute speed chats with ATM experts in four global growth areas. Session four of the World ATM Congress conference programme featured ANSP chief executives and directors general, industry suppliers, and industry commentators from Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Each trio discussed the current and future state of aviation in their region, and the challenges and opportunities they face. In Africa, air traffic providers are look-

Alan Corner, Director Middle East, Helios shares a laugh with Ryyan Tarabzoni, CEO, Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) and Ahmed Ibrahim Al Jallaf, Assistant Director General ANS, General Civil Aviation Authority, United Arab Emirates, during the Middle East Speed Chat.

ing to “reassess challenges, redefine our objectives, and come up with the right strategic grasp that will move Africa to the next level,” said Hamza Johari, Tan-

zania Civil Aviation Authority. Africa has 70 percent of the world’s population but less than one percent Continued on page 9

New Partnerships and Rapidly Changing Skies


lliances and collaborations are becoming so pervasive they will change the nature of air traffic management in the next decade, said David McMillan during session three on Wednesday morning, New Collaborations in ATM. McMillan, Chairman of the ATM Policy Institute and Non-Executive Director of Gatwick Airport Ltd., moderated the session, which included panelists from various ATM alliances, NATO, and industry. Martin Rolfe, NATS and Borealis Alliance, kicked off the session with a discussion of Borealis, which he called a “coalition of the willing.” Borealis includes the ANSPs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Rolfe said the alliance has saved the equivalent of 25 trips to the moon in track miles, 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide, and 1 million minutes Continued on page 5

(second from left) Martin Rolfe (NATS), Chair, Borealis Alliance answers questions during New Collaborations in ATM? The Changing Face of Partnerships and Alliances in ATM.

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ITEC Partners and Eurocontrol to Jointly Develop Interoperability Capabilities Essential for a SES EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, through its Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), and the Founding Members of the iTEC Collaboration, some of Europe’s largest ANSP’s signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, to jointly develop components that will enable interoperability between their respective ATM systems and help deliver a Single European Sky (SES). The MoU will see the two organisations jointly develop the Flight Object Manager (FOM) and the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Node that will underpin the future exchange of flight trajectory data. Sharing of this data is essential to deliver the SESAR concept of operations outlined in the European ATM master plan and meet the growing demand for air travel in Europe in a safe and efficient way. The European Commission’s Pilot Common Project legislation, which outlines core functionalities required to be implemented by law as part of plans to modernise Europe’s ATM system, includes a requirement to share flight trajectories between ANSPs and the Network Manager by 2025. The Flight Object Manager (FOM) and the

SWIM components that will be jointly developed as a result of this MoU will enable that to happen. The SESAR IOP operational concepts are being validated in SESAR projects thanks to the collaboration between ANSPs and industry. The outcome of these validations will be incorporated into the standards being developed by EUROCAE, the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment, which forms the basis of industrialisation projects that will lead to the deployment of the Flight Object Interoperability concept. Enrique Maurer, Chair of the iTEC Board/Steering The Founding Members of the iTEC Alliance are DFS of Germany, Enaire of Spain and NATS of the UK. Other members of the iTEC Alliance are Avinor of Norway, LVNL of the Group, said: “This MemoNetherlands, PANSA of Poland and Oro Navigacjia of Lithuania. randum of Understanding reflects the full commitment of the iTEC Alliance John Santurbano, Director of EURO- erative venture, EUROCONTROL and to ensuring interoperability, a key component of the Single European Sky and CONTROL MUAC, concluded: “Improv- the members of iTEC will actively dethe European ATM Masterplan. We look ing the performance of the European velop the much-needed interoperabilforward to working with EUROCON- ATM system together with our stake- ity that will help us all cope efficiently holders is our priority. With this coop- with growing traffic demand”. TROL on this important initiative.”


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Drone Defence Needs to be Multifaceted Commercial drones are capable of disrupting an entire airport, said Beat Benz, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, during the Wednesday Tower Theatre education session “Securing Airport Operations—Enabling UTM.” Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can create a variety of threats, including involuntary air traffic disturbance, mid-air collisions with airplanes, spraying of toxic agents, interruption of fuel supply, import and export of contraband, disturbances of freight operation, and terror attacks such as carrying improvised explosive devices. That’s why drone defence concepts need to be a part of a UAV traffic management solution, Benz said.

And because commercial drones can be modified to avoid detection via radar or radio frequency, a comprehensive drone defence solution includes radar, radio frequency, EO/VR, visual, and acoustic solutions to neutralise the drone. Counter drone systems include sentinels that remove the drone, Benz said. These systems can integrate with third-party sensors already available at an airport. To ensure a comprehensive drone defence, Benz said it’s key to share and distribute relevant data, ensure multiagency involvement (air traffic authorities, airports, security authorities), and create a Concept of Operations.

Beat Benz, discusses UAV threats at airports and how to prevent them.

Jane's Awards 2018: ATM Stars Shine in Madrid Jane’s recognised cutting-edge ATM on 6 March 2018 at the Jane’s Awards 2018. Congratulations to the winners! Environment Award: DSNA in partnership with EUROCONTROL

Jane's ATC Technology Award for 2018, Inmarsat Aviation.

Enabling Technology Award: University of Bologna and Project Partners Service Provision Award: NAV CANADA Runway Award: Searidge Technologies and HungaroControl Technology Award: Inmarsat Aviation The 18th annual Jane’s ATC Awards included entries from major consortia as well as relative newcomers to the airspace management industry. Contenders were shortlisted and pared down to the winning entry in each category by a panel of experienced judges from the SESAR Joint Undertaking, EUROCONTROL, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization

(ICAO), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), and Jane’s.

Environment Award: Shortlisted

Austro Control, BHANSA, Croatia Control, Slovenia Control, and SMATSA: South East Common Sky Initiative Free Route Airspace (SECSI FRA). DECEA: Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) in Brazilian Air Force Academy training areas. Swedavia: Environmental analysis of flight operations by LFV.

Speaker Spotlight:

Enabling Technologies Award: Shortlisted

EUROCONTROL MUAC and Slovenia Control: ATM Data as a Service (ADaaS). FAA and MITRE Corporation: National Airspace System Operations Dashboard (NOD). Unifly: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) platform.

Service Provision Award: Shortlisted

Aviation Capacity Resources: Tailormade terminal air navigation services

(T-ANS). FAB CE Aviation Services: FAB CE common equipment procurement programme. NUAC: Introduction of Joint Programme Office (JPO) for Danish-Swedish FAB.

Runway Award: Shortlisted

LFV Air Navigation Services: Runway Incursion Prevention Programme (RIPP). Network Manager Safety Improvement Sub Group (SISG): Development of the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI) v3.0. UFA Inc and Israel Airports Authority: Realistic emergency team coordination training.

Technology Award: Shortlisted

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Indra Sistemas: iTEC Center Automation System (iCAS). Frequentis with partners MUAC and DSNA: FABEC N-VCS live operations at MUAC. NITA: ATM automation system for Krasnoyarsk Consolidated ATM Centre.

Chris Metts, Deloitte’s new Specialist Executive, on the Value of World ATM Congress 2018

”World ATM Congress brings everyone to one place. It’s been a great week and was perfectly timed with my recent appointment as Deloitte’s new Specialist Executive. World ATM Congress has been a great vehicle to showcase our brand as we expand our mission to help facilitate industry’s continued evolution to ATC/ATM modernisation. There’s a hunger amongst the ATM community and Deloitte is here to satisfy that hunger – to keep us forwardfacing and moving towards advancing artificial intelligence, UAS, UTM, and urban air transport technologies. This week was also a great opportunity to highlight some of Deloitte’s success in parallel industries such as our recent work with McLaren Applied Technologies and Formula 1 racing. It’s also been fun to catch up with former colleagues at World ATM Congress. I feel very grateful to have been a part of such wonderful organisations throughout my career, several of which are exhibiting this week.“

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of time. By 2022, Rolfe said there will be free route airspace across all nine member states. Overall, it’s easy to start an alliance, Rolfe said, especially for people with a history of government cooperation. But it’s more difficult to know when to say no to a potential partner, or to disband when an alliance has achieved its goals. Sovereignty is often used as an excuse for not forming an alliance, but Rolfe said 95 percent of the issues Borealis faces don’t have any bearing on sovereignty. For instance, he said collecting overflight fees is a business-case question rather than a sovereignty issue, but sovereignty is an easier excuse for alliance members who don’t want to participate in a certain initiative. In fact, Rolfe envisions an increasing emergence of traffic-based partnerships that have nothing to do with regions or sovereignty. The COOPANS-Alliance of five ANSPs in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden was started over 10 years ago to save costs, said Thomas Hoffman, COOPANS Board Chairman. But the alliance has resulted in much more. “We have stabilisation and harmoni-

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sation, and it’s a lot of fun to work together,” he said. “We’re like a family.” With seven ATM centers across its five member countries, COOPANS can deploy the same software system-wide within two weeks, and joint procurement results in a cost savings of 30 percent, Hoffman said. One ANSP launches the new software and does all of the testing and the safety case. “It’s a very efficient working scenario,” he said. Hoffman said another advantage of COOPANS is that it gives smaller ANSPs voices in SESAR and other alliances. “It helps us to be heard like the big guys.” Unlike ANSP alliances, SESAR began as a “forced marriage” because it was established by regulation, said Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of SESAR JU. “But 10 years later, the objective is the glue of the partnership.” A decade ago, SESAR operated with airspace blocks, but Guillermet said now sub-alliances are forming within the SESAR partnership. Guillermet believes the shift from physical assets to more digital assets create fluidity and potential for ANSPs to pair up, because they could deliver air traffic services anywhere in the world. “This can transform the industry,” he said. The NATO Alliance is also creating new partnerships, said Georgio Cioni,

NATO Head of Airspace Capabilities. Since 2014, NATO has emphasised more airspace interopability and security, and at its last summit, recognised cyber as an operational domain in addition to air, land, and maritime. This requires cooperation between military and civil aviation, Cioni said, along with an emphasis on security in the UAV space. Panelists also answered audience and moderator questions, including: Is there any added value of the functional airspace blocks (FABs), or should they be discontinued? Rolfe said his “politically incorrect opinion” is based on the time that NATS was part of a FAB with Ireland. “It produced an enormous amount of bureaucracy. Once you put something into a legal framework, it turns operational partnerships among airspace into political constructs. FABS are supposed to reduce costs and generate ideas for users, but there are a lot of ways to do that.” Given the security issues with airground voice and automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B), do you see an investment in a new ATM system to meet future security challenges? Guillermet said the communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) domain presents challenges. “Today it’s open because of how it’s been built. We

have to collectively address how to secure this system and who’s going to pay for it. It’s not just an ATM problem; it’s an aviation problem.” Haslacher and Hoffman looked at the question from a financial angle, noting that suppliers have to invest quite a bit of money to keep up with rapidly changing cybersecurity regulatory environments, but it’s complicated because every country has different standards. “We have to spend millions on new technology to make sure we’re compliant with Florian and his master plan, but we also have to reduce our costs,” Hoffman said. “That’s the biggest issue we have right now.” Rolfe said NATS and Borealis are devoting a lot of time to recognising a cyberattack and deciding how to respond in terms of things like playbooks and rehearsed scenarios. Where do you see alliances and partnerships in 10 years’ time? “We have a lot of work to do, but Europe and SESAR are an excellent resource for EANA,” Grellet said. Florian believes there’s a need to start enabling regulations that allow partnerships to flourish, and Hoffman pointed out there’s a “tendency for overregulation and overkill, but I hope that will change.”

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Thursday 8 March Free Education new this year: FABEC OPS THEATRE UTM Foundations 10.30 - 11.10 Talks Welcome: What is UTM? Safety and Security Requirements of the UTM architecture The State of UTM Standardisation Initiatives Aeroscope: Identifying and tracking airborne drones 11.10 - 11.30 Q&A panel with the speakers The Role of ANSPs in UTM 11.30 - 12.10 UTM in Germany: A Connected Vision How is NATS Supporting the Development of UTM Services in the UK? What Can UTM Service Providers Bring to ANSP? Drone Integration in Controlled Airspace 12.10 - 12:.30 Q&A panel with the speakers

FABEC's six states — Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland — make up one of the busiest and most complex airspaces in the world. Most major European airports, major civil airways, and military training areas are in this area. FABEC airspace covers 1.7 million km² and handles about 5.8 million flights per year – 55 percent of European air traffic. Visit the FABEC OPS Theatre to hear operational experts discuss key topics such as traffic volatility, adverse weather affects, ❚ View session abstracts at: new developments in flow management, and crossfabec-ops-theatre border free route airspace.

UTM Operations and Applications 12.30 - 13.10 U-Flyte – Researching Innovative UTM Solutions UTM Deployments in Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan, and the US UTM Tests in Hungary UTM Business Model(s): How to Finance UTM? 13.10 - 13.30 Q&A panel with the speakers

AIREON SPOTLIGHT STAGE 10.45 – 11.05 SWIM - Accelerated Data Movement

❚ View session abstracts at: aireon-spotlight-stage

THE FREQUENTIS AVIATION ARENA 10.20 – 10.40 Innovation Beyond Long-established ATM Simulation Methods 10.50 – 11.10 Results of R&D Project Concerning a "Next Generation ADS-B/MLAT System" 11.20 – 11.40 Changes in the Global Airspace Driving Innovation

❚ View session abstracts at: frequentis-aviation-arena

NOKIA ATM THEATRE 10.00 – 14.00 Data Driven ATM: Going Digital! 10.00 – 10.30 Introduction and Welcome: SJU & UPM 10.30 – 12.00 State-of-the-Art Big Data Research in ATM 12.00 – 13.15 Panel 13.15 – 13.30 Summary and Conclusions

❚ View session abstracts at: nokia-atm-theatre

EUROCONTROL at World ATM Congress EUROCONTROL is once again taking part in World ATM Congress 2018, joining the international ATM community in Madrid. At the EUROCONTROL Stand (849), visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about how EUROCONTROL can support aviation through hands-on experience of the latest products and briefings on a wide range of topics. Briefings This is your last chance to learn more about how EUROCONTROL is supporting European aviation. 10:15 – 10:45 10:45 – 11:15 11:15 – 11:45

IRiS: The Integrated Risk Picture for Europe Airport Integration into the Network Free Route Airspace Becoming a Reality in the Core Area of Europe

Stand Exhibit 10.00 – 14.00

PJ07 User Driven Prioritisation Process (UDPP)

❚ View session abstracts at: eurocontrol-schedule Andrew Kilner Matthis Birenheide Andreas Henn

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Data Link Services on Track in Just 16 Months During the session “Data Link Services, from ELSA to Recovery Plan,” all Data Link Services (DLS) partners provided an overview of how DLS is recovering from delay in modernising ATM communication in Europe. Sixteen months ago, the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) received a mandate from the European Commission’s DG MOVE to act as a DLS Implementation Project Manager. The mandate was intended to recover from the fragmented and unsynchronised deployment of DLS in Europe, building on SDM technical expertise and its unique position as coordinator of the SESAR Deployment Framework Partnership and requiring strong cooperation and coordination with the Network Manager (NM), EASA, and EUROCAE. In just 16 months, SESAR DM was able to fulfill this role successfully. Several factors contributed to turning around the situation. First, the stakeholders required to implement DLS, under coordination of SDM, worked jointly in an unprecedented way, setting up two dedicated projects known as Path 1 and Path 2 (as per DLS Recovery Plan), respectively led by ENAIRE and ENAV. Secondly, NM, EASA, and EUROCAE progressed in their respective domains, strengthening the regulatory and standardisation frameworks whilst

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monitoring improvement of the operational performance of DLS. Finally, the Communication Service Providers, SITA and ARINC, stepped up their efforts upgrading the communication network to implement the multi-frequency where necessary. These achievements put the DL Service provision in Europe back on the right track. The other mandated bodies played and are playing a key role as well:

❚ NM established the DLS performance monitoring function (DPMF) and is constantly working on performance monitoring, elaborating monthly reports, and closely cooperating with the SDM to follow all the technical issues and next steps.

the companion document that will consider relevant IOP aspects for the ground network and infrastructure domain. This standard, developed in coordination with ETSI activities, is expected to be published in the summer of 2019. “Clearly the mandate enabled SDM to cooperate with all necessary partners and lead all of them towards recovering from the previous fragmentation and lack of confidence. The work is not finished yet; however, the increased performances will produce growing

benefits day after day for the European airlines and passengers,” said Davide Corinaldesi from SESAR Deployment Manager. “The availability in Europe of high quality data communications capabilities for ATM with appropriate quality of service is essential to reach the Single European Sky (SES) objectives, and subsequently the deployment of SESAR,” said Marouan Chida from SESAR Joint Undertaking More info:

❚ EASA worked in close cooperation with SDM on the implementation of the DLS transitional solution. Furthermore, EASA has published the ToR for RMT.0524 on DLS, and just started the RMT.0524 working group activities to provide the regulatory framework to address the DLS implementation issues and to support the DLS as enabler to PCP AF6. ❚ EUROCAE worked on the current ED-92B standard in order to update it to include some identified needs. This standard is expected to be published before end of 2018. The work is still ongoing for

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Smart Phone SWIMming A handful of business aviation operators and their iPhones and iPads have become trailblazers in the FAA’s effort to smooth the gate-to-gate flow of traffic at congested airports, starting with Charlotte International airport. The pilot program is part of the NASA’s ongoing Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) project, which — in cooperation with the FAA — aims to make surface movements more predictable, in part through data sharing. ATD-2 findings will also help the FAA optimise its new Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM) system, set for initial deployments to airport towers starting in 2019. At Charlotte, four airlines have begun sharing certain data elements for every flight directly with NASA through the FAA’s System Wide Information Management (SWIM) system. Included is the earliest time the aircraft can push back from the gate —also called earliest offblock time (EOBT) — wheels off, wheels on, and gate-in. The data elements will feed the NASA-built metering automation system designed to minimise conga lines on the ramp and ensure departing aircraft have a waiting slot in the overhead stream. Currently, flights departing Charlotte can wait as long as 45 minutes in a line of 15 or more aircraft before receiving a takeoff clearance. Airlines are not the only users of major airports however, and at locations

like Las Vegas, where business aviation can make up as much as 50 percent of the traffic during popular events, effective metering will require input from a broader set of users. “We did an assessment to find out if there were gaps that might prevent the FAA from completing its surface metering vision,” said Craig Johnson, the ATD-2 mobile technologies project leader for the MITRE Corporation. “We found that at some airports, business aviation traffic was not being considered.” For smaller operators, participating in surface metering would have been

more generic terms is the earliest time they would be able to taxi) — using an application developed by MITRE. Through its connection to SWIM, MITRE monitors when the participating operators at Charlotte file a flight plan. When an EOBT comes in from one of the operators via a mobile device, MITRE attaches the flight plan information from SWIM and sends all the data to NASA for the ATD-2 scheduler. “We hand it off to NASA just like we would send it back into SWIM,” said Johnson. It is too soon to tell how much of an impact the corporate operations are having on metering. NASA and MITRE are evaluating the EOBTs offline, but plan to add the information to the scheduler later this year, “ once we assess the input and it looks reasonable,” cost- and time-prohibitive: Connecting said Johnson. to SWIM in order to send the FAA data The next step for the mobile techelements like EOBT would require an IT nology demonstration will be to proinfrastructure that most do not have. vide two-way data to the operators. “ Most do, however, have smart phones We considered incentives above and and tablets. “We set up a collaboration beyond trying to explain how this data with NASA to bring mobile capability helps the big picture,” said Johnson. into ATD-2 in an incremental fashion,” One highly desirable piece of data opsaid Johnson. “Right now, we’re in a erators would like to receive is an early beta test phase.” notification of a ground delay. “Today Working with the National Business they load up, they taxi out, they call the Aviation Association, MITRE signed tower and the tower tells them they’re up five companies of varying sizes to delayed 20 minutes,” said Johnson. “If participate in the beta test. The pilots they would have known earlier, they use mobile devices to submit only one would not have boarded so soon and data element —their EOBT (which in wasted fuel.”

Snowflake Software’s AIXM Converter Enables A New Generation of Software and Services for Aeropath On Tuesday, 6 March, Snowflake Software, a provider of cloud and on-premise software solutions for the aviation industry, announced that it is working with Aeropath to deliver an Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) data converter, in alignment with the industry standard of System Wide Information Management (SWIM). In delivering this solution, Snowflake Software and Aeropath will combine their expertise and establish a strong partnership with the joint goal of making aviation data accessible and easy to use. Aeropath will now be able to create new innovative solutions and enhance existing ones with data provided from the Snowflake AIXM data converter. Built on top of Snowflake’s award-winning Laminar Data Technology Platform, the AIXM data converter allows Aeropath to map and convert their existing aeronautical data into the AIXM 5.1 SWIM standard, resulting in significant cost savings while avoiding costly infrastructure upgrades. Aeropath’s development of the next generation of aero data solutions based on the AIXM 5.1 standard is well established. The benefits of the AIXM 5.1.

“Aero data and AIM is the glue that binds the operational aviation system together, connecting people, systems, and aircraft on the ground and in the air.” — Matt Day model combined with modern web and geospatial technologies is enabling traditionally static aero data to be accessed, updated, and visualised dynamically, providing much greater awareness to end users at a fraction of the cost of the solutions currently available. Rizal Pickard, Business Development Manager at Snowflake said: “We are excited and privileged to be working with such a forward-thinking organisation that are proven specialists in the field of AIM. Snowflake can envisage several future projects with Aeropath that are well-aligned and complement each other’s ability to deliver cutting edge solutions and services.” Matt Day, Manager of Aeronautical Information Management at Aeropath, said, “Aero data and AIM is the glue that binds the operational aviation system to-

Rizal Pickard, Business Development Manager at Snowflake Software, Wayne Smith, Aeropath CEO, and Snowflake Software CEO Ian Painter.

gether, connecting people, systems, and aircraft on the ground and in the air. It is dynamic, constantly evolving, and vital to all involved in aviation. Moving to an AIXM 5.1 environment puts us in at the forefront of solution providers today, and

we are excited about the innovations we can now bring to our clients. Snowflake have been a real pleasure to work with, flexible, solution-orientated, and experts in their field. We look forward to a long relationship of joint innovation.”

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Exhibitor Spotlight: GroupEAD (Stand 590) “For us, being here is a must. All the big industry players are here – whether it’s sales leads, partners, clients, or shareholders. World ATM Congress helps keep us visible, which is so important in our industry. GroupEAD provides solutions from AIS to AIM.” —Antonio Dominguez, GroupEAD Head of Marketing and Sales

Check Out SESAR Walking Tours at World ATM Congress 2018 Get a taste of the ATM transformation underway thanks to SESAR members and stakeholders through a series of events and walking tours all week. The walking tours will give visitors an opportunity to meet with experts from the SESAR community and see firsthand the wide variety of solutions being delivered and deployed across Europe. Visitors can find out more about the SESAR-enabled ATM of the

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of its air traffic, said Dr. Sandile Malinga, Air Traffic and Navigation Services. The continent is expected to be home to 2.5 billion people by 2050, and Malinga says that population growth will translate into aviation growth. “We need to change how we do things,” he said. “Training and new skills will be crucial. There are new initiatives in place to create a single African sky, but politics take a long time.” However, “harmonising systems are things we can do quickly,” Malinga said. That harmonisation includes a peer-review mechanism that allows ANSPs to collaboratively work together to learn from one another, while still protecting their autonomy. “On the continent, we tend to learn from others, but this is one thing we believe the world can learn from us,” he said. Captain Gilbert Macharia Kibe, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, said unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a challenge. In Kenya, drones are used for agricultural services, wildlife tracking, news gathering, and for the film industry. “We need to register commercial drone users, but we’re not so sure what to do with recreational users,” he said. Moving east, Asia Pacific will be home to half of all new air passengers by 2025, said Professor Vu Nguyen Duong, Nanyang Technological University’s Air Traffic Management Research Institute. “Our routes will see an extra 1.8 mil-

future by trying out an interactive digital wall at the SESAR stand (890). Tours depart from stand 890 and each last approximately 90 minutes. *Follow us @ #PoweredBySESAR

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TOUR 14: 10.15 – 11.45 Transforming ATM Through Data Sharing TOUR 15: 10.45 – 12.15 Building a User-Centric Network lion passengers,” he said. “The whole region is changing. I have seen some countries achieve 15 to 18 percent growth in the last five years.” In the next five years, “I would not be surprised if China surpasses the United States as the world’s largest aviation market,” said Simon Li, Civil Aviation Department (CAD Hong Kong). Expanding airports and air traffic control systems takes time, but a multimodal air traffic flow management (ATFM) system is an immediate solution, said Kevin Shum, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. This system has already reduced delays and emissions and has increased fuel savings, he said. “Volume growth is stressful, but there’s also growth in the complexity of the networks,” Shin added. “A lot of secondary and tertiary airports are growing and having to fit into main air routes in Asia Pacific.” This means that an Asia Pacific seamless sky is actually route restructuring, Shin said, entailing common, open standards. However, only about half of Asia Pacific states are able to achieve the standards in the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program, he said. As in other growth regions, manpower is a key issue in Asia Pacific. Artificial intelligence (AI) may be an option to “leapfrog years of experience” that’s missing in young controllers, Shum said. “But an ATM system driven by AI is science fiction.” In Latin America and the Caribbean, climate change and other factors make it imperative that all states join

together to develop ATM systems, said Carl Gaynair, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority. Last fall’s hurricanes are not likely to be isolated incidents, and the growing number of drones pose issues. “A small state can’t do UTM on its own,” he said. In 2012, Jamaica began modernising its airspace. Gaynair said complete interconnectivity with seven area states should begin after the end of the certification phase next week. Central America is home to one of the oldest collaborative ANSPs in the world. Founded in 1960, COCESNA includes Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Belize. However, “it’s almost impossible for us to implement any ATM flow management because it would go across our main goal of efficiency,” said Jorge Antonio Vargas Araya, Executive President of COCESNA. Even though COCESNA is a collaborative effort, it has traditionally interacted only with Spanish-speaking countries— highlighting the English/Spanish divide throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. But two years ago, COCESNA forged an alliance with Jamaica, Vargas Araya said. In the future, Vargas Araya predicts more ANSP partnerships will form in the region. He also envisions ANSPs partnering with industry. “I see ANSPs as a business case,” he said. In the Middle East, Alan Corner, Helios, said there’s a “fairly positive and upbeat story about a transition that’s been happening over the last five years.”

Acknowledging that everyone’s heard about a new spirit of collaboration before, Corner said Middle Eastern ATM is genuinely transforming this time. Much of that is due to air traffic growth that has resulted in a new cooperation between two of the region’s busiest airspaces—Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. “We’re looking at traffic growth as an opportunity to modernise,” said Ahmed Ibrahim Al Jallaf, General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE. The current major airspace restructuring in the UAE is expected to enhance capacity by 25 to 30 percent. And future technological changes could potentially double capacity, he said. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian ATC has been corporatised, and there’s a new, major investment in infrastructure and a new ATM system, said Ryyan Tarabzoni, Saudi Air Navigation Services. And the Saudi Academy of Air Control has its first female students. Corner said because both Saudi Arabia and UAE have acquired new ATM systems, there has been some collaboration between the systems in terms of flow management and system pairing. And there has been talk about centralising ATM among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes all Persian Gulf states except Iraq. Nevertheless, Jallaf points out that there are “big blocks of airspace in the region that are not available for navigation. That makes regional development not very efficient, and there is no participation at all from some states.”

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FREQUENTIS signs subcontract with Thales for the VCS and Airfield Management System segment of the OneSKY program at World ATM Congress 2018. Pictured left to right: Peter Skiczuk, Frequentis Vice President Defence; Herman Mattanovich, Member of the Frequentis Executive Board; Martin Rampl, Managing Director, Frequentis Australasia; Jason Harfield, CEO Air Services Australia; Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Vice President ATM; Jean Marc Alias, Thales Vice President ATM. At World ATM Congress 2018, Leonardo’s customer support relies on artificial intelligence and a special presenter at Stand 333.


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DFS and Frequentis celebrate a successful second day at World ATM Congress 2018.

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Exhibitor Listing and Floor Plan # 42 Solutions B.V. A-B-C ABB ACAMS AS Adacel Systems, Inc. ADB SAFEGATE Advionics nv AeroMACS - WiMAX Forum Aeropath Agility Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic Air Traffic Control Association Air Traffic Technology International Airbus Aireon AirMap Airports Authority of India Airtel ATN Airtopsoft Airways New Zealand ALES, Member of ICZ Group All Weather, Inc. The Alliance Altitude Angel ALTYS Technologies Anhui Sun Create Electronics Co., Ltd ANS Finland ATC Network Atech Negosios Em Tecnologias ATIS UHER SA AT-One ATRiCS ATS Data Design Avinor ANS Avion Revue Key Publishing Spain Avnon Group LTD AZIMUT JSC Becker Avionics GmbH Biral Black Box Network Services Borealis Alliance BridgeNet International Cadmos microsystems S.r.l. Cambridge Pixel Ltd Campbell Scientific Limited CANSO CENTUM CGH Technologies, Inc. CGX AERO Civil Aviation Air Traffic Control Technology Equipment Development Co. Ltd Coastal Environmental Systems COOPANS Copperchase Limited COROBOR SYSTEMS CPI Antenna Systems Division Croatia Control CS Communication & Systemes CS SOFT Cursir D-E-F DANUBE FAB DF Núcleo DFS Aviation Services GmbH DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH DHMI Diamond Antenna and Microwave Corp DLR GfR mbH DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne) DSNA Services DTN Easat Radar Systems ltd Egis EGNOS EIZO ELDIS Pardubice,s.r.o Electronic Navigation Research Institute Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile) ENAIRE Enav ENGIE Ineo - Energy & Systems Entry Point North ERA a.s. Esterline EUROCONTROL Evans Consoles Incorporated Eventide Inc.

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