World ATM Congress 2016

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World ATM Congress combines a large-scale exhibition, world-class conference, and premier networking opportunities with the chance to learn about the latest air traffic management trends and developments.

Operated by CANSO in association with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the event is organised for the industry, by the industry, and is backed by leading air navigation service providers and industry suppliers. It brings together the entire global air traffic management (ATM) community.

A Closer Look
The third edition of World ATM Congress hosted 6,929 participants. The Conference, attended by 313 conference degelates, opened on the first day with a statement by Ana María Pastor Julián, Spain's Minister of Transport and Public Works who stressed the importance of aviation to tourism and the Spanish economy and highlighted progress in the Spanish air traffic management sector. She told the Congress attendees "You have the commitment of Spain."

During the three-day event, 199 companies hosted stands highlighting the newest and most innovative approaches to air traffic management. The Congress featured aviation leaders and experts from around the world discussing pressing topics, including how best to harness the powerful impact of the data revolution and the possible impact of disruptive factors on the air traffic management industry. The exhibition floor included simulations of air traffic control towers, simulators, and visualized models illustrating air traffic solutions that improve safety and efficiency. This year also included many smaller theatres hosting presentations and discussion opportunities covering topics such as integrating remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into the air traffic system and the use of remote towers.

The next World ATM Congress will take place 8-10 March 2016 in Madrid.
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See what happened in Madrid at World ATM Congress 2015
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18 December 2015, Alexandria, Va. -- World ATM Congress returns to Madrid on 8-10 March 2016 with an impressive Conference programme featuring 20 speakers who are the top experts and thought leaders in the air traffic management (ATM) industry.

The Conference of World ATM Congress 2016 examines the joint industry leadership challenges that face air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airlines and airports; takes a fresh look at the changes being created with remote towers; reviews the impact of new entrants into the airspace; and predicts what we will actually achieve in the next five years as the springboard to the future.

The Conference programme will present four informative sessions on 8-9 March, each with an impressive roster of experts addressing a different challenge:

  • Big Picture Leadership - Aviation is a complex system and value chain that depends on its various parts working together in a holistic manner. It calls for an elusive formula of a common vision mixed with clear and inspiring leadership from each of the players.    
    • Moderator: Ed Sims, CEO, Airways New Zealand   
    • Kay Kratzky, Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Airlines
    • Eric Schramm, Chief Operating Officer, Air France 
    • Airport CEO/COO - 'TBD'
    • Martin Rolfe, CEO, NATS 
    • Neil Wilson, CEO, NAV CANADA  
  • Down to Earth - Airports and ATM - Airports are at the forefront of some significant reforms in the ATM industry. Do airports fully understand how they can add value to their customers through their control tower? Do ANSPs see remote tower technology not only as an opportunity for improved operational efficiency but also for competitive outsourcing and added value for users? How can A-CDM (Airport - Collaborative Decision Making) best be implemented on a more widespread basis?
    • Moderator: Olle Sundlin, CEO, LFV
    • Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
    • Nils 'Solle' Svan, Vice President, Strategy, DANS
    • Airport CEO/COO - 'TBD'
    • Mike Gerry, General Manager, SAAB ATM
    • Moodie Cheikh, CEO, Searidge Technologies 
  • Creating Space for New Users - Drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), balloons, and commercial space vehicles are some of the multiple new users that are creating additional challenges to airspace management. They cannot be ignored or banned so the ATM industry needs to understand the unique opportunities and challenges that these users of rapidly developing new technology will bring.
    • Moderator: Marc Viggiano, President Emeritus, Saab Sensis Corporation
    • Sean Cassidy, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Amazon Prime Air
    • NASA - 'TBD'
    • Patrick Ky, Director General, EASA
    • Iacopo Prissinotti, Head of ENAV International Strategies, ENAV
    • FAA - 'TBD'
  • Implementation: Where We Think We Will Be - What is more difficult to predict accurately where we will be in five years? Yet that is the right timeframe for the ATM industry to be looking as this will be the critical period for implementation of significant technologies from SESAR and NextGen in particular but also from new entrants.The session will reveal results of a brief survey by CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) and stimulate a moderated discussion on how closely aligned are the expectations of the major deployment programmes, the ANSPs and the suppliers for the next five years.
    • Moderator: Pete Dumont, President & CEO, ATCA
    • Massimo Garbini, Managing Director, SESAR Deployment Manager
    • Edward L. Bolton, Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration
    • Kevin Shum, Director General, CAAS (Singapore)
    • Todd Donovan, Vice President, Strategy - ATM, Thales
    • Neil Planzer, Vice President, Airspace Solutions - ATM, Boeing

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In addition to the Conference programme, World ATM Congress will feature a vibrant exhibition, free education, and more networking opportunities to connect the entire ATM community than ever before. Visit for more information.




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