Madrid World ATM Congress to feature 40 UTM presentations

Around 60 companies and organisations with a UTM interest will exhibit and 40 presentations/discussion events on UTM issues will feature at this year’s World ATM Congress in Madrid between 12-14 March (https://www.worldatmcongress.org/home). Among the exhibitors will be the PANSA UTM system developed by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and AirShare, New Zealand’s UTM service for drone flight planning, approvals and management “and is the only platform that allows direct access to air traffic control,” says the company.

Among the more innovative presentations Azerbaijan’s AZANS together with EHang and Abraham Technologies Ltd will highlight its next generation UAV control system which will merge a UAV command control centre and UTM system integrated with an ATC automated system.  A SESAR JU walking tour will also highlight two U-space/UTM walking tours of some of the most important demonstrator projects underway in Europe currently.

A full listing of the UTM presentations and discussions is outlined below.

 

World ATM Congress – conference day one

 

11.10 – 12.30: Session Two: Drones, UTM and the Services Drone Operators Require

 

11.10 – 11.20: Thought-Piece: Prioritising Humanitarian Needs Special Guest Speaker: Sara De La Rosa, UAS Program Lead, UNICEF and Interagency Supply Chain Group Managing remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) programmes that aim to integrate existing and new unmanned aerial solutions into public health government systems to help alleviate some of the most complex challenges in development and humanitarian aid: routine deliveries, medical aid, disease outbreak / epidemics management and natural disaster response.

 

11.20 – 12.30: Panel: The Voice of UTM The use of drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is undoubtedly one of the most significant technical, operational and social developments in the world, not just in aviation. There are already numerous projects and initiatives to develop UAS traffic management (UTM) for drones to enable complex operations for large numbers of drones with a high degree of automation in all types of operational environments, including urban areas. Perhaps the most critical success factor will be the ability to allow drones/UAS to operate safely in controlled, integrated airspace along with manned aircraft. That in turn requires a new digital infrastructure and associated concepts of operations and rules that will ensure safe, harmonised and seamless operations for all users of airspace at any level. It is the fastest evolving aspect of airspace – but what are the critical views from those most involved in UTM today? This moderated panel will address three key issues: the status of UTM today; the vision for tomorrow and the key challenges to get there; and, from the perspective of UTM, what does all this mean for ATM? Moderator: Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Aviation Advocacy

Panel:

• Ben Marcus, Chairman and Co-Founder, AirMap

• Richard Parker, Founder and CEO, Altitude Angel

• Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly

• Todd Donovan, Vice President, Digital Aviation, Thales

 

Aerion spotlight stage – Tuesday 12 March

10.10 – 10.30 Title: Accelerate Operational UTM Deployment – A Process Proposal

Speaker: Oliver Rea, Thales

Although the concepts of UTM and U-space services are still being defined, there is global acceptance that many elements are viable and can be deployed in operational environments, with many functions being tested in the aviation market in 2019. There are many approaches to the integration of drones into the airspace and regardless of how we achieve the goal; there is little argument that unlocking the airspace to allow for routine UAS operations would create significant economic growth opportunities for any nation and will pave the way for more demanding operations like Urban Air Mobility (UAM). To achieve success, capabilities must be deployed as soon as possible to garner widespread community support for true operational services. This session will explore how we can move forward in a manner that manages risk and public perception and does not compromise the safety and equitable access rights for those flying today.

 

11.10 – 11.50 Title: Risk-based Framework for the Integration of RPAS in Non-Segregated Airspace  Speaker: Javier Pérez Castán, Isdefe – Universidad Politécica de Madrid

The integration of RPAS in non-segregated airspace is one of the significant challenges aviation must deal with. This work presents a risk-based framework for the integration of RPAS in non-segregated airspace. This framework is based on two time-frames: strategical and tactical. The strategical horizon assesses the airspace design and current air traffic flows to detect which airways favour or inhibit the integration of RPAS. Meanwhile, the tactical horizon analyses the conventional aircraft schedule is planned to operate, it assesses the introduction of RPAS based on risk indicators, and it determines temporary restrictions for their introduction.

 

15.10 – 15.30 Title: Connecting Drones Safely, Creating a Better Airspace Speaker: Patricia Hervías, Indra

U-Space & UTM are the hot topics in drone world right now. In a very traditional and close world like is ATM and the airspace use, new actors and companies are entering, opening the market and applications. This is a good way to boost the economy and encourage the use of drones for commercial applications, but keeping the safety and security levels for both airspace users and assets on ground become essential. During the presentation, Indra will expose its vision about U-Space and UTM, applying its wide experience in maintaining safety and security in ATM systems to this new UTM world. The possible architecture will be discussed, making emphasis in different solutions, both in the short and in the medium-long term. To finish, Indra presentation will also highlight the integration between both systems, UTM and ATM, especially in critical zones close to controlled airspace or airports and its relationship with C-UAS systems.

 

Aerion spotlight stage – Wednesday 13 March

16.50 – 17.10 Title: The Digital U-Space: Paving the Way for New Partnerships with Cities to Deploy Sustainable Urban Air MobilitySpeakers: Didier Bosque, Sopra Steria; Jean-Claude Dardelet, Toulouse Metropole 

New opportunities around cities drive the emergence of UAV related innovative services. The economic and industrial fabrics have to adapt for the arrival of new decisive actors to carry out the future challenges for ATM and U-Space in terms of Urban Air Mobility (UAM). As a key enabler to unprecedented partnerships and solutions that fulfill the needs of this complex and fast evolving environment, the “Digital U-Space” defines itself as a cornerstone of a sustainable, safe, and secured sky of tomorrow. This presentation will address three key questions: How partnerships between ATM and city stakeholders pave the way for operations? What are the stakes for a sustainable UAM through the lenses of cities and ATM/U-Space actors? How does “Digital U-Space” propose to address the challenges regarding technology, services, and UAM use cases?

 

Frequentis Aviation Arena – 12 March

 

10.20 – 10.40 Title: RPAS Insertion: Leonardo’s Way Speaker: Alessandro Mura, Leonardo

 

14.45 – 15.05 Title: The Italian U-Space Company Speaker: Cristiano Baldoni, CEO D-Flight, ENAV

The rapid implementation of a U-Space environment has been universally recognized as one of the main enablers for the full exploitation of the drone based services industry. Since 2015, ENAV has been preparing the ground for the deployment of an Italian U-Space, in coordination with the Italian regulator ENAC, and with the support of the major industrial players. The event will provide the audience with an update of the d-flight project, the ENAV initiative for U-Space, and all the related activities on-going, including SESAR JU co-funded demonstration project “d-flight Internet of drones environment” DIODE.

 

Frequentis Aviation Arena – 13 March

 

10.50-11.10 Title: UTM Innovation in New Zealand – Safely Integrating UAVs into the Existing Aviation System

Speaker: Trent Fulcher, AirShare

Airways New Zealand has been providing UAV traffic management services (via AirShare.co.nz) in controlled airspace in New Zealand since 2015. Since that time, UAV numbers have increased exponentially in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace – resulting in the need to expand UTM services and breadth to ensure both cooperative and non-cooperative UAVs can be safely and effectively managed at a national level. In this session, Airways will share learnings around aerodrome safety, UAV airspace management and the development of a national UAV infrastructure for New Zealand.

 

17.40-18.00 Title: Integration of Small Drones’ Applications in Airports and CTRs Speaker: Victor Gordo

 

FABEC OPS Theatre – 13 March

 

12.45-14.45 Title: Safeguarding Our Future Skies: How Real-time Risk Calculations Enable New Operations

Speaker: Peter Sach, Airbus UTM

Thanks to years of work to add layers of redundant equipment, extensive training and new decision support tools to our cockpits and air traffic control facilities, our global aviation system is as safe as it’s ever been. But how do we continue to ensure safe operations when it comes to high-throughput, autonomously managed drone operations? Airbus UTM is tackling these problems with research in a variety of areas. By analyzing millions of ADS-B flight tracks and population density patterns from around the world, we’re making new predictive airspace analysis tools to enable autonomous UAS risk assessment. And through thousands of simulations, we’re developing new metrics for characterizing airspace capacity and for understanding UAS failure modes. These advances will allow future UTM systems to dynamically predict and respond to risk factors in our airspace, keeping everything from blood transfusions to air taxis safely separated in our future skies

 

15.10-15.55 Title: UAV/Drone Management – The Gatwick Airport Event Speakers: Andreas Pötzsch, DFS Aviation Services GmbH, Paul Diestelkamp, Air Navigation Solutions Ltd.

When presented with a situation like Gatwick Airport was, the first aspect taken into consideration was to maintain a safe operation, which in this case required the aerodrome to be declared unavailable for a period of time. During this time, work was carried out extensively but efficiently to assess and mitigate the safest way for operations to resume. After an introduction by Andreas Pötzsch, Paul Diestelkamp will present on the experiences from this work. Focusing on the importance of a comprehensive view on Drone Management and the benefits of incorporating the operational environment, procedures and communications as well as systems rather than a solely technology focused approach.

 

16.30-18.00 Title: Anatomy of the U-space: Tools & Technologies for Drone Enablement Moderator: Richard Deakin, AirMap Panel: Robert Fraefel, skyguide, Andi Lamprecht, AirMap, Barbora Janikova, ANSCR

Air traffic management services for unmanned aircraft in Europe is being orchestrated by U-space and a variety of industry experts and leaders. This panel will bring light to the status and outlook of U-space architecture, deployments, and implementation to date. Panelists will share their perspectives and discuss lessons learned and best practices from their current initiatives in the Switzerland, Czech Republic, and France. Join a panel of executive leaders who will break down the current challenges, opportunities, trends, and expectations, as well as recommendations on how to prioritize UTM/U-space services in the coming years.

 

FABEC OPS Theatre – 14 March

10.00-10.50 Panel: FIMS – USP Moderator: Benoit Curdy, GUTMA

FIMS-USP, the terminology; and FIMS-USP in the Network of U-Space demonstrators

Speaker: Marc Kegelaers, Unifly and GUTMA

Title: ANSP integration of UTM in the UK
Speaker: Andy Sage, NATS

Title: Evolving Traffic Management for Manned and Unmanned
Speaker: Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Technologies

Title: UTM Principles promoting safety, privacy, efficiency and fairness
Speaker: Andrea Shestopalov, AiRXOS (part of GE Aviation)

 

The ATM/UTM Bridge in Action Speaker: Rupert Benbrook, Altitude Angel  11.00-12.00

Panel: Operation Talks

Moderator: Benoit Curdy, GUTMA
Title: Flying a drone in controlled airspace: the challenge
Speaker: Carlos Hernandez Medel, everis Aerospace and Defense

Title: Leonardo UTM: an integrated platform for today and tomorrow’s needs
Speaker: Francesco Barbaria, Leonardo

Title: Complex operations using UTM capabilities
Speaker: Reinaldo Negron, Project Wing @ X (formerly Google X)

Title: How wind lidar technology can support UAS (unmanned aircraft system) operations
Speaker: Tapio Haarlaa, Vaisala

Title: TBC
Speaker: Tim McCarthy, U-Flyte

Title: Integrating Unmanned Logistics Missions into Thailand’s National Airspace System
Speaker: Michael Currie, Fling

 

Nokia ATM Theatre – 12 March 2019

15.20-15.50 Title: Operation Zenith: A Practical Demonstration of ATM/UTM Integration Speaker: Jim Cranswick, NATS

 

Nokia ATM Theatre – 13 March 2019

14.00-14.50 Title: Defining Future Skies – The Evolution of ATM and UTM Moderator: Dr. Isabel Del Pozo de Poza Panelists: Peter F. Dumont, ATCA; ANSP Reps TBC

 

Tower Theatre – 12 March

 

10.50-11.10 Title: Next Generation UAV Operations in ATM Speaker: Derrick Xiong

AZANS together with EHang and ABRAHAM TECHNOLOGIES LTD joined to develop Next Generation UAV Control system which will merge UAV Command Control Centre and UAV Air Traffic Management integrated with ATC Automated System. New UAV Control Centre will implement various equipment to be hosted in ATM Artificial Intelligence at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport at Baku. The main objective of this project is collaboration in establishment of Command Control Centre at Heydar Aliyev International Airport to control flights of civil UAVs , automation of certification, permission and application for flight procedures. System will be fully integrated with live Airt Traffic Management system of Azerbaijan. State of Art 3D mapping functionality of EHang Drones to be integrated to AIM system of AZANS for generation of Digital Terrain Modules. Due to the frequent incidents of unauthorized flights of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near the airports, an urgent need has arisen throughout the world to create an appropriate system for protecting these strategic facilities. Air traffic management (ATM) / unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) solution enables a wide range of commercial and recreational drone operations to be safely integrated into everyday operations, including the runway of a major international airport.

 

12.50-13.10 Title: U-Space Architecture for Spain Speaker: Daniel Garcia-Monteavaro

 

14.20-15.10 Title: The ENAC – Groupe ADP – Sopra Steria Research Chair on Drone Systems: A New Way to Explore Drone Integration into Airspace

Speaker: Yannick Jestin, ENAC

In the world of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), the future is almost here; but it can, and must, be shaped still, by working on both the vehicles themselves and the organization of the airspace in which they will be deployed. Added to that, new trends keep emerging, pulling the future in different possible directions (Urban Air Mobility, driverless personal air vehicles, etc.). A study of ongoing efforts to shape the future of UAS shows that these efforts are almost always divided in two categories moving in parallel: work on the vehicle (trying to increase its Technology Readiness Level: its size, endurance, autonomy level, improve its software’s assurance level …); and work on the concept of operations (EASA, EUROCONTROL, SESAR, etc.). The Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) – Groupe ADP – Sopra Steria Research Chair on Drone Systems is helping to bridge that gap, by providing inputs for both vehicle technology and the environment in which they operate. The Chair has a three-year-old background in Detect And Avoid and fault detection and management. Embedded in the ENAC’s Research Lab on Small UAS, it benefits from an environment rich in skill and testing facilities, providing research on topics such as Vertical Take Off and Landing fixed wing aircraft. Added to that, the Chair works on the development of UAS operations within the airport environment, for example for the inspection of radio navigation systems. As a result of this approach mixing both vehicle and environment, the Chair contributes to building some of the blocks of U-space.

 

15.20-15.40 Title: Safeguarding Aspects of UAV/RPAS Mitigations in ATM Environment  Speaker: Sarah Webb, Air Navigation Solutions Ltd.

When Gatwick Airport was presented with multiple UAS infringements in December 2018, various detection equipment was brought on site. Sarah Webb will present on the complexity of the integration of such tools in a live ATM Operational Environment, the tailored application of safeguarding principles and the learnings of introducing systems into airfield environments with limited previous exposure to aviation related applications.

15.50-16.10 Title: Drone Defence in the Airport Environment – Enabling Secure Airport Operations

Speaker: Beat Benz

Recent incidents involving drones interrupting flight operations of airports Gatwick in the UK and Newark Liberty in the United States have caused significant discomfiture for passengers and financial damage for airlines and airport operators. These incidents have shown that in today’s world where drones are more and more present in various applications inside the private and economic domain, the management of airspace and in the last resort also drone defence must be regulated, sanctioned and finally executed. Providing a complete local air picture and classification of cooperative and non-cooperative drones is no longer a desirable capability, it has become an absolute must in order to secure and sustain daily airport operations. Concept of Operations which can address the needs of multiple agencies will drive the future developments of system architecture. Rheinmetall Air Defence and Radar System has developed drone defence capabilities for the civilian environment. Our goal is to contribute with our long lasting expertise in dealing with small and smallest aerial vehicles to provide a drone defence in the airport environment, enabling secure airport operations.

 

Tower Theatre – 13 March

11.20-11.40 Title: The Emerging UTM System at DFS Speaker: Ralf Heidger, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH 

Over the course of the last year, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Deutsche Telekom have been working on prototyping UTM in Germany by using UAS detection with “Hook-on devices” and other means of surveillance. A cloud-based environment has been set up using a UTM framework, a staged cloud infrastructure, the DFS multisensor fusion tracker PHOENIX and a number of mobile telecommunication devices. The setup allows cooperative UAS surveillance all over the country, in combination with the surveillance of manned aviation. This functionality is combined with workflows of mission definition, validation, flight permission processing, and post-flight functions like logbook maintenance. Currently the cooperation between UTM systems and drone detection systems (DDS) for uncooperative UAS are being tested. Ralf Heidger will present the architecture, use cases and trial results of this project, and outline the future roadmap in Germany.

 

12.50-13.10 Title: Drone Defence in the Airport Environment – Enabling Secure Airport Operations Speaker: Beat Benz, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

Recent incidents involving drones interrupting flight operations of airports Gatwick in the UK and Newark Liberty in the United States have caused significant discomfiture for passengers and financial damage for airlines and airport operators. These incidents have shown that in today’s world where drones are more and more present in various applications inside the private and economic domain, the management of airspace and in the last resort also drone defence must be regulated, sanctioned and finally executed. Providing a complete local air picture and classification of cooperative and non-cooperative drones is no longer a desirable capability, it has become an absolute must in order to secure and sustain daily airport operations. Concept of Operations which can address the needs of multiple agencies will drive the future developments of system architecture. Rheinmetall Air Defence and Radar System has developed drone defence capabilities for the civilian environment. Our goal is to contribute with our long lasting expertise in dealing with small and smallest aerial vehicles to provide a drone defence in the airport environment, enabling secure airport operations.

 

14.20-14.50 Title: Low-level Airspace Surveillance: See What You Have Been Missing Speaker: Michael Duboi, Raytheon

 

SESAR walking tour 3 – day one

DAY 1: TUESDAY, 12 MARCH 2019 TOUR 3: Ensuring the safe and secure integration of drones (U‐space R&D) Research and development (R&D) is underway in SESAR to ensure the safe and secure integration of drones across Europe, within the framework of U‐space, an initiative by the European Commission. This tour will present the work of some of SESAR’s R&D projects addressing the concept of operations for drone operations, critical communications, surveillance and tracking, and information management to aircraft systems and ground‐based technologies. The tour will also look at the initial results from a large‐scale demonstration on the maturity of these U‐space services and technologies. TOUR GUIDE: Ludovic Legros
Please check in at 10:15 11:30 Europe For Aviation (849) (SESAR JUpod) Introduction Ludovic Legros,SESAR JU

·         11:45 Europe For Aviation (849) (EUROCONTROL pod) CORUS ‐ Concept of operation for European UTM systems Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL

·         12:00 Europe For Aviation (849) (SESAR JUpod) DroC2om – Dronecritical communications Troels B. Sørensen, Aalborg University

·         12:15 ENAIRE‐CRIDA (844) IMPETUS ‐ Drone Information Management Showcase Services in U‐space MartaSánchez  Cidoncha, ENAIRE

·         12:30 ENAIRE ‐INECO (844‐845) TERRA ‐ Technological European research for RPAS in ATM Victor Gordo,INECO

·         12:45 DSNA (480) An overview of DSNA’s U‐space activities Antoine MARTIN/ Christian AVENEAU, DSNA

·         13:00 IDS(883) DREAMS ‐ Drone European AIM study Massimo Antonini, IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistem

 

 

SESAR walking tour 11 – Day two

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, 13 MARCH 2019 TOUR 11: Demonstrating U‐space R&D is underway in SESAR to ensure the safe and secure integration of drones across Europe, within the framework of U‐space, an initiative by the European Commission. In 2017/2018, several demonstrations got underway to show the readiness of U‐space services to manage a broad range of drone operations and related services, and their interaction with manned aviation. Services range from parcel deliveries between two dense urban locations, medical emergencies and police interventions, to maritime search and rescue and forestry inspections. The tour will present the work of some of these demonstrations, as well as the underlying concept of operations and the technology platforms that stakeholders are putting in place in support of U‐space. TOUR GUIDE: Ludovic Legros
·         13:15 Europe for Aviation CHECKIN 13:15 (849)

·         13:30 Europe For Aviation (849) (SESARJU) Introduction Ludovic Legros, SESAR

·         15:30 JU 13:45 Europe For Aviation PODIUM ‐ Peter Alty, (849) (EUROCONTROL) operations of drones with initial UTM: U‐space integrators role EUROCONTROL

·         14:00 Unifly (1145) CORUS, CLASS,SECOPS, PODIUM, VUTURA, SAFIR Ellen Malfliet, Unifly

·         14:15 ENAIRE (844) DOMUS ‐ Demonstration of multiple U‐space suppliers Daniel Garcia‐ Monteavaro Vizcaino, ENAIRE

·         14:30 Frequentis (526) GOF ‐ Gulf of Finland U‐ space demonstration Jan Ziegler, Frequentis

·         14:45 Thales (515) U‐space ‐ Thales Eco System UTM Olivier Rea and Todd Donovan, Thales

·         15:00 Thales (515) Geofencing and geocaging – status of R&D Pierre‐Jerome Clemenceau, Thales

·         15:15 ENAV (927) DIODE ‐ D‐flight internet of drones environment Stefano Giovannini

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