ATC Global Highlights How Changing Weather and UAV Integration Challenges Will Require Increased Industry Collaboration
LONDON, October 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The weather is changing and – as over 200 air traffic management (ATM) professionals
from around the world learned as part of the ATC Global virtual event of October 17, 2012
- air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airports and aircraft operators will have to
work increasingly closely to prepare for and mitigate extreme weather conditions, from the
sub-Saharan Africa to the northern Europe and the U.S.A.
Participants to the virtual event included representatives from across the industry,
encompassing airlines, airport authorities, ANSPs, Governments, academic institutions,
technology providers, consultants, military and research institutions.
As the world warms the aviation industry will have to cope with greater levels of
weather unpredictability, according to Dr Herbert Puempel, Chief, Aeronautical Meteorology
Division at the Geneva based World Meteorological Organisation who participated in the
first of two global webinars over the course of the day. Airports in particular will have
to develop increasingly capable and customized forecast and mitigation systems, said Nic
Nilsen, Managing Director, Oslo Airport, another of the speakers. Nicky Cooper, Head of
Network Operations Management, EUROCONTROL, spoke of the need for aviation stakeholders to
work together more closely on mitigation measures, given the vulnerability of the overall
network to delays and disruption caused by severe weather incidents in a single major hub.
Coping with winter and extreme weather conditions: How the European ATM network works
together featured experts from all sides of the industry to access advice, debate issues
and share best practice experiences and solutions.
The second session, held later in the day and also moderated by ATC Global Insight
Editor Philip Butterworth-Hayes, explored UAV Operators’ experiences of moving towards
integrating civil-military UAS into the Single European Sky and globally. ATC experts
heard from Gerard Mardine, EUROCAE UAS Work Programme Lead, and Member of the European
RPAS Steering Group Regulation and Radio Frequency Working Group along with David Gleave,
Air Traffic Management safety expert.
In an audience poll, conducted live during the session, most participants did not
believe remotely piloted vehicles would be sharing the same controlled airspace as civil
traffic by 2018. Some of the issues discussed included how airports and controllers would
cope with managing inhabited and uninhabited aircraft in the same airspace, whether
collision avoidance technologies would become available for unmanned vehicles and how
Europe and the U.S.A. are aligned in their airspace management programmes in view of these
“We were delighted to be able to engage so many people from across the industry and
provide a neutral platform for the ATM community to talk about these important topical
issues,” said Paula Milburn ATC Global Event Director, “the virtual event compliments the
annual event in Amsterdam (12 – 14 March 2013) and is yet another way ATC Global
contributes to knowledge sharing throughout the year.”
With more than 55 countries represented and senior personnel from ANSPs and civil
aviation authorities including ENAV, FAA, Austro Control, NATS, Jamaica CAA, Nav Canada,
PANSA, SMATSA, Skyguide, Kenya CAA, Naviair, Uganda CAA and ANAC (Argentina) the virtual
conference proved to be a hit across the globe.
They were joined by key suppliers and ATM stakeholders such as Indra, Thales,
Frequentis, Raytheon, Barco, HITT, Vaisala, Egis Avia, Altran Praxis, Ministry of
Transport (Bolivia) European Commission and SESAR, among many others, all coming together
on a neutral platform to participate in the interactive debates, network with peers online
and source valuable industry information in the resource centre.
These two sessions and others are still available online, for access please click on
the link: http://www.atcglobalhub.com/page.cfm/link=7
About ATC Global:
ATC Global has been uniting the entire ATM industry annually since 1990. It provides
an independent and impartial marketplace for ATM businesses from every region, small and
large and regardless of affiliation. It brings together the broadest range regulatory
bodies, ANSPs, industry organisations and suppliers to establish and maintain meaningful
The ATC Global conference agenda is set by an Advisory Board made up of senior
decision-makers from throughout the industry, determining the right discussions for the
whole of the industry. The conference and workshops examine a wide range of topics, with
speakers drawn from all sections of the ATM community.
ATC Global currently holds its annual event at the Amsterdam RAI. It is a subsidiary
of the global B2B communications and marketing provider UBM, now a finalist for the 2012
Haymarket Event Awards.
For further information go to http://www.atcglobalhub.com
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