Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports; Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group

Conference Agenda

08:00 - 09:00Registration

Morning Plenary

09:00 - 09:30Welcome and opening Comments

09:30 - 10:00Keynote presentation - Airport, airline and ANSP collaborative decision making

  • Data sharing through both airports and airlines to help manage delays and improve efficiency
  • 4D air traffic projections- coping with escalating growth in air traffic and environmental constraints
  • Upcoming airport projects in Dubai

10:00 - 10:30Presentation- Regulations and government projects for the UAE

  • The UAE Air Traffic Management strategic plan from a regulations perspective
  • Strategic planning for regulations
  • How the UAE fits into the Global Air Navigation Plan

10:30 - 11:00Presentation- International developments and the impact on the GCC

  • Worldwide adoption of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM)
  • ICAO’s global plans for aviation safety and air navigation
  • How the GCC fits in to the global plan
11:00 - 11:30Networking break

Autonomous Aviation

11:30 - 12:00Presentation- Regulatory frameworks for UTM

  • Defining a framework (to include effectiveness, safety, and efficiency)
  • Core boundaries for UTM and harmonization between global systems

12:00 - 12:50Panel discussion- Integration of UAS into airspace

  • Safe and efficient integration of RPAS in the GCC
  • Education, operations and technology
  • UTM systems: registration, communication and geo-fencing
12:50 - 14:00Networking lunch

ATC Digitisation

14:00 - 14:50ANSP leadership panel discussion

  • Collaboration across the region between ANSPs
  • Embracing change in the industry
  • Innovation through new technologies and new ways of doing business

14:50 - 15:20Presentation- Digital efficiency

  • ATC tower systems and remote towers
  • Cyber security and data hacking- impact on ATC
  • Cost of digitalization vs savings through increased efficiency
15:20 - 15:50Networking break

ATC and the Environment

15:50 - 16:20Presentation- Environmental impact of ATM

  • ATM route efficiency
  • Environmental aspects of airport and air traffic operations

16:20 - 16:50Presentation- Adapting aviation to a changing climate

  • Collaborative  environmental management (CEM)
  • Modelling tools to measure the environmental impacts of aviation


16:50Closing comments

09:00 - 09:30Opening comments

Air Traffic Flow Management

09:30 - 10:20Opening panel discussion- National airspace restructure

  • More efficient routes to avoid delays
  • Collaboration between the region
  • Next steps for further development


10:20 - 10:50Case study- European airspace restructure to meet future capacity and safety needs

  • Improving airspace utilisation and route network availability
  • Raising the awareness of performance


10:50 - 11:20Presentation- Safety in ATM; threats and solutions

  • Communication, navigation and surveillance
  • Cyber security and data protection
  • Bringing together stakeholders to coordinate the effects of the future ATM systems on safety records


11:20 - 11:50Networking break

Air Traffic Control Modality

11:50 - 12:20Presentation- Minimising ATC interaction through technology

  • Software and systems implementation
  • Data sharing benefits and challenges
  • Mode S benefits and functionality

12:20 - 12:50Presentation- CPDLC equipment implementation

  • Technical issues and implementing issues
  • Mitigating measures and addressing potential safety risks


12:50 - 14:00Networking lunch

Aircraft and Airport Perspective of ATM

14:00 - 14:50Panel discussion - Efficiency from an airport and ground handing perspective

  • Improving runway occupancy to maximise capacity 
  • Apron management
  • Addressing weight turbulence time frames 

14:50 - 15:20Presentation - Aircraft navigation and tracking

  • Navigation equipment standards for the region
  • Policy and regulations to avoid major incidents
15:20 - 15:50Networking break


15:50 - 16:20Presentation- ANSP training developments

  • Competency training procedures
  • How to keep up with increasing competition between ANSPs
  • Addressing pressure to improve safety and services, reduce costs and work in close coordination with airlines, neighboring states and other stakeholders


16:20 - 16:50Presentation- Technology to support and advance training

  • Matching changes in technology for training
  • Latest 3D technology to recreate an authentic airport control tower environment
  • Developing the best possible learning experience through technology

16:50Closing comments

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