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Building on the success of the previous two conferences SMi are pleased to have produced the third annual conference to deal exclusively with the crucial issues surrounding Air Traffic Management - Prospects for Free Flight.

This two day conference will give you unprecedented access to the key people involved in ATM Free Flight. This conference will provide you with the opportunity to measure potential markets and minimise the costs of accessing that market.

WHO WILL ATTEND THE 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - PROSPECTS FOR FREE FLIGHT?

Worldwide organisations represented at the 1998 Annual event included:
US Federal Aviation Authority, UK Civil Aviation Authority, Eurocontrol, National Air Traffic Services (UK), Swisscontrol, FAA Select Committee on Free Flight Implementation, FAA of Russia, National Aerospace Laboratory, DERA, Civil Aviation Authority Denmark, SITA, ARINC, MITRE, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group, European Space Agency, IFALPA, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell Air Transport Systems, GEC Marconi Avionics, Jet Aviation AG, Pilatus Aircraft, Cranfield University College of Aeronautics, Airbus Industrie, US Airways

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Captain Michael Baida

Captain Michael Baida, President, RMB Associates

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Charlie Keegan

Charlie Keegan, Director, Free Flight Phase 1, Federal Aviation Authority (USA)

  • How far has the Free Flight concept progressed in the US industry?
  • The transition to Free Flight - problems and potential solutions
  • Overcoming cultural differences and resistance to change
  • The call for international and global transition to Free Flight
  • Ensuring total safety in any new system - Priorities for the 21st Century
  • When does the US envision total Free Flight capability?
  • 9:40 THE FUTURE EUROPEAN AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Antony Vaudrey

    Antony Vaudrey, Head of External Affairs, National Air Traffic Services

  • EATCHIP to Eatms (ESTEEM): The transition
  • The Free Route Airspace Concept
  • Comparisons with the National Route Program (NRP) in the USA
  • The difficulties of Free Flight concepts in the face of 35 separate sovereign nations
  • What are the political considerations?
  • Prospects for CEATS and EATCHIP
  • 10:20 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

    Dean Dalzell

    Dean Dalzell, Head of Aviation Systems Development, Serco Aviation

  • Service Providers role
  • The advent of a new Performance Review Mechanism
  • The monitoring of all ATM aspects
  • Economic performance - ATS providers
  • Setting targets for the next century
  • Regulating cost to ensure airline confidence
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Aligning ATC data-link requirements with Airline requirements

    Philip Clinch

    Philip Clinch, Manager Strategic Planning, SITA Air-Ground Services, SITA (Geneva)

  • Hurdles to investment
  • Leveraging airline needs
  • Synchronising schedules
  • Harmonising requirements
  • Multipurpose solutions
  • 12:00 DEMONSTRATING THE BENEFITS OF AIR-GROUND DATA COMMUNICATIONS

    Bruno Simmenauer, Project Manager

    Bruno Simmenauer, Project Manager, Jean-Jacques Lutz, Project Manager, Sofreavia

  • Technology is not enough - it is just an enabler
  • User input has identified opportunities for data link
  • Beneficial ATC data link services are being developed for European airspace
  • EOLIA will demonstrate these services through co-ordinated trials
  • Issues regarding regional implementation of data link services
  • Global implementation of data link services
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 User preferred trajectories and the known trajectory environment

    Ian Wilson MBE MBCS

    Ian Wilson MBE MBCS, Project Leader, PHARE Advanced Tools, EUROCONTROL

  • Ways of using trajectory information - Systems available today
  • Generation of Trajectories - the fallacy of prediction
  • Trajectory errors - open vs closed loop systems
  • Guidance and Safety; Generation and Efficiency
  • Deconfliction of Trajectories - Datalink and Trajectory Negotiation
  • Known Trajectory Environment - Commercial Concerns
  • 14:40 A case study from Swisscontrol

    Francis Schubert

    Francis Schubert, Head of International Relations, Swisscontrol

  • Institutional aspects of Free Flight
  • A Swiss perspective from an operational viewpoint
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Free routing - and when and when it applies

    Alison Turner

    Alison Turner, Principal - Intelligent Transport Solutions Division, The Smith Group

  • Analysing which type(s) of free routing or Free Flight might be applicable in parts of UK airspace
  • A way forward to realise free routing where it is practical and appropriate in Europe
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY - THE PRE-OPERATIONAL EUROPEAN MODE-S STATION (POEMS)

    Dave Spalding

    Dave Spalding, Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon Cossor

  • Acting on the Eurocontrol strategy for Europe
  • Benefits of Mode-S
  • The Mode-S station for Europe
  • The strive towards an integrated system for Europe
  • Setting up the UK and German systems
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Captain Michael Baiada

    Captain Michael Baiada, President, RMB Associates

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

    Margaret Jenny

    Margaret Jenny, Director, Airline Business Analysis, US Airways, Co-Chair, Free Flight Select Committee, RTCA

  • Essence of Free Flight is collaboration
  • The roadmap
  • Optimal interaction between service providers and users
  • The promise of Free Flight
  • Next steps
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS- THE FUTURE OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL-HUMAN OPERATORS AND AUTOMATION

    Christopher Wickens

    Christopher Wickens, Head, Aviation Research Laboratory, University of Illinois Institute of Aviation

  • Increasing role of ATC automation - potential problems
  • Safety ‘uncertainties’ with Free Flight design concepts
  • Issues surrounding the high level of control Free Flight gives to pilots
  • Separation authority - ground or cockpit?
  • Use of databases for direct air routes
  • Automation - Compensate for human vulnerabilities and exploit human strengths
  • 10:20 BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS OF CNS/ATM

    Captain Gene Peterson

    Captain Gene Peterson, Vice President Flight Operations, Northwest Airlines

  • What are the benefits of CNS/ATM?
  • Reduced vertical seperation - a problem?
  • Macro Economics
  • Infrastructure change
  • ATS ground functionality
  • Investment - where will it come from?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 VDL mode 2 - next generation data link

    Graham Lake

    Graham Lake, Vice President Air Ground Services, ARINC

  • The next generation - VDL - Mode 2
  • Implementing the USA’s future ATM system
  • HF data link update
  • The future prospects for data link systems
  • Benefits of Acars
  • 12:00 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

    Michael McNally

    Michael McNally, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, USA

  • The advent of a new Performance Review Commission
  • The monitoring all ATM aspects
  • Economic performance - ATS providers
  • Setting targets for the next century
  • Regulating cost to ensure airline confidence
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 Free Flight - a major contribution to aviation safety

    Francois Janvier

    Francois Janvier, Executive Manager, Air Eurosafe

  • The growing interaction of ground and airborne elements
  • The greater complexity and integration of systems
  • The differences in infrastructure from country to country
  • Traffic growth and the benefits of a safety policy (eg EATCHIP)
  • The need for international action
  • 14:40 FINANCE AND COST CONSIDERATIONS

    Dr John Fearnsides

    Dr John Fearnsides, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Director/CAASD, MITRE

  • What are the operational efficiencies produced by Free Flight?
  • The user request evaluation tool
  • Airborne Data Link
  • Centre TRACON Automation System (CTAS)
  • Benefits to the Airlines
  • Maintaining Schedules
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Surveillance methods and issues in the CMS/ATM environment

    Lewis Proudfoot

    Lewis Proudfoot, Director of Product Development, Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman

  • Required changes in operational procedures and policies
  • How fast should new CNS/ATM technology be introduced
  • Weather detection and display - Terminal area surveillance radars
  • Necessary controller display automation system capabilities
  • Enroute surveillance - Airport surface surveillance and control
  • Automatic dependent surveillance (ADS) considerations
  • 16:20 The Transition to Free Flight - Airspace and Avionics perspective

    Denny Helgeson

    Denny Helgeson, Director CNS/ATM, Rockwell Collins

  • Why change?
  • Progress of CNS/ATM implementation
  • Critical next steps
  • Remaining issues
  • Will it be worth it?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    The Technology of Free Flight
    Workshop

    The Technology of Free Flight

    The Strand Palace Hotel
    27th January 1999
    London, United Kingdom

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 Strand
    London WC2R 0JJ
    United Kingdom

    The Strand Palace Hotel

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