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

Join our conference to actively share the latest news, regulation updates, developments and best practices with our engaging sessions.

08:00 - 09:00Registration

Morning Plenary

09:00 - 09:15Welcome and opening Comments

09:15 - 09:30Keynote address

Mohammed AHLI, CEO DANS and DCCA (invited)

09:30 - 10:00Keynote: 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

10:00 - 10:30Presentation- 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 

10:30 - 11:00Panel 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 
  • Upcoming airport projects in UAE; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain
11:00 - 11:30Networking break

11:30 - 11:50Privatization of air traffic control

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

ATC Innovation

11:50 - 12:20ANSP 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

12:20 - 12:50Case 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 
12:50 - 13:50Networking lunch

13:50 - 14:20Presentation- 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 

Autonomous Aviation

14:20 - 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 - 15:20Panel 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
15:20 - 15:40Networking break

ATC and the Environment

15:40 - 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- Adapting aviation to a changing climate

  • Project update: UAE’s airspace restructure contribution towards the environmental policy and responsibilities towards ‘greener’ aviation
  • Future proofing the airspace. How to efficiently measure the environmental impacts of aviation
  • Assessing the environmental challenges faced at airports with collaborative environmental management (CEM) and identifying viable solutions

16:50Closing comments

09:00 - 09:15Opening comments

Air Traffic Flow Management

09:15 - 09:40Opening panel discussion- National airspace restructure

  • Increasing route efficiency, maximising aircraft capacity whilst reducing delays
  • Building a collaborative understanding to flight paths between the region
  • Catering to the ever-growing industry, next steps for further innovation

09:40 - 10:10Case 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 performance 

10:10 - 10:40Effectively 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
10:40 - 11:10Networking break

Reinventing the Aircraft and Airport ecosystem

11:10 - 11:30Creating 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 

11:30 - 11:50Presentation - 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 

11:50 - 12:10Presentation – Decluttering air traffic controllers working environment

  • Minimizing distractions with integrated controller working positions
  • Aligning air traffic and apron controller’s operations to reduce workload
  • Reducing the information overload: what air traffic controllers need to know


12:10 - 13:10Networking lunch

Air Traffic Control Modality

13:10 - 13:40Presentation- 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

13:40 - 14:00Presentation- CPDLC equipment implementation

  • Overcoming technical issues and enhancing existing communication with CPDLC
  • Mitigating measures and addressing potential safety risks
  • Optimising existing, outdated equipment and addressing implementation issues
14:00 - 14:20Networking break


14:20 - 14:50Presentation- ANSP training developments

  • Overcoming and preparing for talent shortages 
  • 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 

14:50 - 15:10Defining 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 
  • Utilising AR to attract and retain future talent

15:10 - 15:30Presentation- Discovering disruptive digital training technologies

  • Keeping pace with new technology with training
  • Welcoming the new role of digital air traffic controllers 
  • Creating VR/ AR based simulation to recreate an authentic airport control tower environment
  • Developing the best possible learning experience through technology 

15:30 - 16:00Measuring your air traffic safety, accident and incident management systems

  • Morocco civil aviation case study; airspace, infrastructures, objectives, policies and traffic statistics
  • Exploring accident investigation techniques and prevention opportunities
  • Shifting emphasis to preventive safety administration to restore confidence in air transport safety
  • Understanding the expanding liability of air traffic controllers: applying critical incident stress management 
  • Identifying your safety performance indicators
  • Fayçal HATRI | Head of Air safety Investigations National Airport Authority, Morocco


16:00 - 16:20Presentation- 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


16:20 - 16:40Improving Safety Culture with SMS

• Identifying the four components of SMS for ATC
• Successfully implementing new processes for effective risk based decision making
• Improving organization safety culture

16:40Closing comments

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