Conference Agenda

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08:00 - 09:00Registration

Morning Plenary

09:00 - 09:10Welcome and opening Comments


09:10 - 09:20Keynote welcome address

09:20 - 09:40Keynote: Regulations and government projects for the UAE

  • Aligning 2020 goals with the UAE Air Traffic Management strategic plan 
  • Discussing updates in regulations, laws and ATC guidelines
  • Showcasing the future of aviation from a regulations perspective 
  • Embracing the Global Air Navigation Plan and revealing opportunities to improve operations

09:40 - 10:10Presentation- A global perspective to Collaborative Decision Making

  • Preparing for the future: surviving the crowded air space with 4D air traffic predictions
  • Increasing predictability, stabilising traffic flows and reducing runway queues a NATS case study
  • Promoting a smooth exchange of data by utilising blockchain technology 
  • Creating a culture of collaboration 

10:10 - 10:50Panel Discussion- Accelerating Airport Collaborative Decision Making

  • Efficiently managing delays and harmonising operations by enhancing ANSP, airport, aircraft and ATC data sharing
  • Implementing the operational procedures and automated process required to improve operational efficiency and maximise benefits for all stakeholders
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction is at the heart of ATC 
  • George Rhodes | Assistant Director Safety and Flight Operations, ATM Africa & Middle East | IATA
10:50 - 11:20Networking break

11:20 - 11:50Privatization of air traffic control

  • Monitoring the effects of ATC privatization on operations costs
  • Increasing  efficiency with targeted technological  investment 

ATC Innovation

11:50 - 12:30ANSP leadership panel discussion

  • Promoting collaboration across the region between ANSPs to manage forecast aviation growth and innovations
  • Embracing digital change in the industry and overcoming regional specific challenges
  • Spearheading technological innovation and developing the industry through international collaboration
  • Transformation of the industry: Addressing the challenges of corporatization
  • Assessing the impact of digital technologies, and promoting ANSP's collaboration

12:30 - 13:00Case Study Scandinavian Mountains Airport: Revolutionising ATC with digital

  • Increasing aircraft capacity, reliability and scalability by harnessing the power of ATC tower systems and remote towers 
  • Successfully transitioning to a virtual tower: Upgrading your legacy systems, command and control communication links
  • Integrating flight efficiency software algorithms and machine learning to provide reliable flight projections
  • Evaluating the true cost of digitalization and examining the potential savings 
13:00 - 14:00Networking lunch

Autonomous Aviation

14:00 - 14:30Panel discussion- Integration of UAS into airspace

  • Safely integrating RPAS in the GCC and minimising airspace disruption 
  • Solving the emerging challenge of remotely identifying RPAS with blockchain identification systems
  • Taking advantage of Big Data. Analysing your operational data and technology to increase your control capabilities
  • Increasing the role of autonomous technology: preparing for the UTM systems disruptors; registration, communication and geo-fencing

14:30 - 14:50Presentation- Regulatory frameworks for UTM

  • Globally aligning UTM frameworks and prioritizing core values to maximise safety
  • Defining a framework to help overcome UTM adoption resistant
  • Successfully integrating UTM into your airspace
  • Exploring the core boundaries for UTM and harmonization between global systems 

14:50 - 15:10Presentation - Seamlessly collaborating Dubai’s autonomous vision with ATC

  • Exploring the operational requirements for implementing AAT services
  • Defining aerial routes, take-off and landing points without disrupting ATC
  • Identifying the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, to secure security and safety standards for the AAT

ATC and the Environment

15:10 - 15:30Networking break

15:30 - 16:10Panel - Disruption and crisis management

  • Adapting to change, efficiently altering flight paths without disruption
  • Contingency planning and crisis management to ensure your network runs smoothly under any circumstance
  • Improving operations and reducing delays during fog and sandstorms

16:10 - 16:30Presentation- Environmental impact of ATM

  • Redesigning ATM to accommodate air traffic growth and environmental responsibilities 
  • Reassessing air traffic control systems and operations to create efficient routes to reduce environmental impact
  • Taking a machine learning approach to air traffic route modelling



16:30 - 16:50Presentation- International developments and the impact on the GCC

  • Shaping GGC’s air traffic with the worldwide adoption of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) 
  • Increasing system operational efficiency and predictions with ATFM technology 
  • Implementing IATA’s global plans for aviation safety and air navigation 

16:50Closing comments

09:00 - 09:10Opening comments


Air Traffic Flow Management

09:10 - 09:40Case study-Reassessing airspace capacity with Performance Based Navigation

  • Responding to industry trends by improving airspace utilisation and route network availability 
  • Easing crowded sky congestion with Performance Based Navigation
  • Enhancing operational efficiency and raising the awareness of Perfomance Based Navigation

09:40 - 10:10Effectively implementing airspace change with simulation and validation

  • Experimentation, simulation and validation as key success enablers of successful airspace change
  • Anticipating and understanding known and emergent risks during a irspace change
  • Employing data-driven decision making to assure safety and operational benefit realisation
  • Gábor Papp | Head of Simulation and Validation Unit, HungaroControl

10:10 - 10:40Utilizing data to improve flight operations and flow management

• Reducing your turn around times with data optimization
• Enriching your data with real time information to predict delays
• Increasing your ADS-B data to optimize your flight path

10:40 - 11:20Networking break

Reinventing the Aircraft and Airport ecosystem

11:20 - 11:50Creating runway efficiency excellence

  • Address how airports can optimize runway capacity while taking into account meteorological conditions and safety requirements
  • Decreasing Runway Occupancy Time (ROT) and increasing capacity with high speed exits
  • Embracing digital apron management to deal with tight operational schedules
  • Addressing weight turbulence time frames 

11:50 - 12:20Defining and recruiting the future air traffic controller

• Preparing for the next generation of ATC’s: Identifying the required skills of the future
• Analyzing the challenges of recruiting the next generation of air traffic controllers
• Efficiently identifying top talent and reducing recruitment cost
• What role might the gaming industry play in helping identify and attract future ATCs?


12:20 - 12:50Presentation – Decluttering air traffic controllers working environment

• Enhancing automation and data integration
• Minimizing distractions with integrated controller working positions
• Aligning stakeholders for seamless collaboration and coordination
• Motivating and engaging your air traffic controllers to make an effective change



12:50 - 13:50Networking lunch

Air Traffic Control Modality

13:50 - 14:20Presentation- Minimising ATC interaction through technology

  • Reducing workload, increasing airspace capacity and efficiency with technology
  • Eliminating frequency congestion and minimizing the probability of human error with data communication
  • Identifying Mode S benefits and functionality
  • Overcoming ATC communication problems with voice recognition software
  • Synchronising and sharing real time data with Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM)
  • Asim Rizwan | Head ATM Planning & Performance, Abu Dhabi Airports

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

• Identifying navigation equipment standards for the region
• Augmenting traditional air traffic control radar services with the next generation flight tracking
• technology Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-)
• Understanding policy and regulations to avoid major incidents


Safety and security

14:50 - 15:20Presentation - Securing air traffic

• Building a new threat model for air traffic communication
• Examining current vulnerabilities in aviation
• Assessing the  correlation between AVSEC and ATC
• Safety procedures for air traffic communication

15:20 - 15:40Networking break

15:40 - 16:10Presentation- Safety in ATM; threats and solutions

• Anticipating risks and detecting threats early to actively prevent attacks in communication, navigation and surveillance
• Bringing together stakeholders to coordinate the effects of the future ATM systems on safety records
• Implementing and managing robust systems for secure data storage and preparing for the data driven ATM future
• Understanding the increased cyber threat and upgrading your systems to prevent data hacks



16:10 - 16:40Panel discussion- ANSP training developments and opportunities for emerging airports

  • Overcoming and preparing for talent shortages 
  • Exploring 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, neighbouring states and other stakeholders 

16:40Closing comments

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