NATS at the World ATM Congress 2017

NATS will once again be in attendance at the CANSO World ATM Congress in Madrid on 7-9 March. Sharing its vision and views on the future of the industry, NATS experts on stand 890, will be available to discuss a range of ATM topics throughout the event, including the future of airports and the future of airspace.

NATS at the World ATM Congress 2017

NATS at the World ATM Congress 2017

NATS at the World ATM Congress 2017

Sharing its vision and views on the future of the industry, NATS experts on stand 890, will be available to discuss a range of ATM topics throughout the event, including:

  • The future of airports – digital ‘remote’ towers, time based separation, airport capacity management
  • The future of airspace – airspace modernisation, the safe operation of drones and deploying SESAR concepts and technology

Event highlights

The ATM Policy Institute: ATM market liberalisation – why, what and how?

Formed by a small group of like-minded ASNPs, including NATS, and with the support of CANSO and Aviation Advocacy, the ATM Policy Institute is a new think-tank created to drive the debate on how to improve the efficiency and performance of air traffic management (ATM) through market liberalisation. Join David McMillan, Chair of the Institute, Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission and representatives from the airline industry, as well as other ANSPs and suppliers, for an engaging and thought-provoking debate about the future of the ATM industry.

Speakers: David McMillan, Gatwick Airport BOD and Matthew Baldwin, European Commission

When: Tuesday 7th March, 16:45 – 17:25

Where: Frequentis Aviation Arena

Session Three: Information Technology and the Culture of Collaboration

As the world of ATM evolves and changes, so does the need to exchange information faster and more efficiently to ensure well-informed decisions. Information technologies will provide the mechanisms but how will the requirements for collaboration be affected in a complex, multi-stakeholder industry?

Moderator: Martin Rolfe, CEO NATS

Panellists: Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking; Todd Donovan, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Thales Air Traffic Management; Eldar Hauge, Managing Director, Indra Navia AS; Norbert Haslacher, Member of the Executive Board, Frequentis

When: Wednesday 8th March, 09:15 – 10:30

Where: Main Conference

Session Four – Airspace and UTM: Driving the Future or Left Behind?

This session will look at how the European Commission is intending to establish oversight of drones and its implications for ATM, followed by a panel discussion to provide some broader perspectives.

Moderator: David Harrison, Safety Director, NATS

Speaker: Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Panellists: Craig Marcinkowski, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Gryphon Sensors; Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly NV; Kevin Shum, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; Teri L. Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, FAA Air Traffic Organization

When: Wednesday 8th March, 11:00 – 12:00

Where: Main Conference

Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace Programme: Cross-Border Collaboration in Practice

The SES-award winning Borealis Free Route Airspace programme reached a major milestone in 2016 – Free Route Airspace (FRA) available across five states without boundaries covering two functional airspace blocks, in addition to existing areas of FRA within Ireland, Iceland and Norway. Representatives from the Alliance Executive Management Team, the Borealis FRA Project Team and the unique 9-State National Supervisory Group will talk in detail at this session about how the Alliance has embarked on this ground-breaking collaboration.

Speaker: Branka Subotic, Executive Director, Borealis Alliance

When: Wednesday 8th March, 11:20 – 11:40

Where: Frequentis Aviation Arena

ANSP Collaboration: Benefits of Cross-Border ATM Systems Harmonization

It is a known fact that one of the biggest constraints ANSPs face, when trying to increase flight safety and efficiency, are the problems derived from crossing different FIR boundaries.

Homogenisation of the different ATM platforms at a regional level through ANSP collaboration has proved to drive not only big operational benefits in terms of flight efficiency or safety increase but also a reduction of costs for each of the partners in the implementation, upgrade and maintenance of the different ATM platforms within the same region.

Speaker: Gonzalo Martín, NATS-iTEC Programme – ATM Strategic Development Manager, Indra

When: Wednesday 8th March, 12:00 – 12:40

Where: Aireon Spotlight Stage

FerroNATS Business Intelligence Platform

FerroNATS has specifically designed a web-accessible Business Intelligence platform called E-co that is a pioneering forerunner in Spain. This platform is based on the Big Data concept, allowing capture, analysis, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualisation, querying, updating and information privacy.

Speaker: Alejandro Sastre García, Chief Technical Officer of FerroNATS

When: Wednesday 8th March, 16:45 – 17:05

Where: Frequentis Aviation Arena

About NATS

NATS is a leading air navigation services specialist, handling 2.3 million flights in FY 2015/16, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.

NATS also provides air traffic control services at 14 UK airports including Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

Building on its reputation for operational excellence and innovation, NATS also offers aerodrome, data, engineering and consultancy solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, air traffic service providers and Governments. There is more information on the NATS website at


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