Air Traffic Technology International is proud to introduce the third in its series of Virtual Roundtables: ATM Beyond 2021: Operations & innovation.

The pandemic has caused many ANSPs to reassess their priorities and technological goals at the beginning of this new decade. Organisations and individuals have had to change the way they work and adapt to the new normal, while waiting for aviation to bounce-back.

Despite the recent drop in air traffic, the pace of change is expected to accelerate in several areas of new technology during the next ten years. To those ready and willing to modernize and adapt, there is the prospect of an unprecedented increase in activity from new types of aircraft that could further impact ANSPs.

Instead of waiting for the recovery, a strategic approach to innovation is required to benefit from new technologies and embrace new opportunities in the air travel sector.

This roundtable will discuss the technologies and the wider trends that could impact ATM during the next ten years and how leading ANSPs can approach the provision of safe and secure ATM operations during this time.

Our panel of industry leaders and experts will provide insight and analysis for this technology-focused roundtable, discussing ATC’s evolving role during the next decade and how you can take advantage of the changes that may be coming.

Starting with the impact of Covid-19 and the anticipated increases in aviation activity in the short term, the discussion will then focus on potential areas of change for ATM operations such as: the integration of unmanned traffic into airspace systems, urban air mobility, increased digitalization, the use of remote towers and a rise in commercial space activities.

Our panel of experts will be questioned on how ANSP’s can ensure a consistent focus on safe and efficient operations while they support the growth of the aviation industry. Attendees will gain an increased awareness of the issues and technologies shaping the role of the sector within the aviation industry and an understanding of how they could impact their companies and roles.
Cristiano Cantoni
Head of Planning and Innovation Dept, ENAV Group
With a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and an Executive MBA
Cristiano Cantoni joined ENAV in 2005. He worked as an engineer in the ENAV Technical Directorate.
From 2007 to 2015, he was responsible for the BLUE MED FAB Administrative Secretariat as well as responsible for the signature of the State Treaty for the establishment of the FAB. He also acted as an expert within the Interim Deployment Steering Group and as Project coordinator in several EU funded initiatives.
In 2016, he was appointed Head of ATM Planning and Deployment within the ENAV International Strategies Department, with responsibilities in the coordination of the participation of ENAV within the activities of the SESAR Joint Undertaking and of the SESAR Deployment.
Since 2019 Cristiano has responsibility for the Planning and Innovation unit within the ENAV Technology Directorate.
Steven Bradford
Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Federal Aviation Administration
Steven W. Bradford is the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Architecture and Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Development. He is the Chairman of the Technical Review Board, which monitors technical decisions; related investments; and the Enterprise Architecture. Mr. Bradford works with elements of the FAA to develop midterm plans and five-year budget requests to implement NextGen. He is the FAA’s lead for the FAA/NASA Research Transition Team process that supports collaboration between the FAA and NASA on ATM related activities.

He also has a leading role in NextGen’s International engagement activities with SESAR Joint Undertaking, and has led several co-operative international efforts with EUROCONTROL He was a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) technical team that authored the Global Air Navigation Plan, the past US panel member to the ICAO Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel, and continues as a technical advisor to the update for the next GANP.
Wolfgang Bretl
Director Operations Munich, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung
Wolfgang Bretl, Director Operations Munich at DFS, started as a tower controller at the German ANSP. Afterwards he became an upper area controller. 1998 until 2005 Bretl worked as teacher and course leader at the DFS academy. In 2005 he returned to UAC Karlsruhe as supervisor and later as operations manager. Here he was mainly responsible for performance management of Karlsruhe UAC. 2013 Wolfgang Bretl changed to ACC Munich as head of unit and at the beginning of 2021 he took over responsibility for the entire ATC operations in Munich including area, terminal and aerodrome control service. The biggest challenge will be the implementation of the new ATS system iCAS II in 2022 and the recovery of air traffic after the CoViD-19 crisis.
Ben Sampson
Editor, Aerospace Testing International
Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering almost all aspects of technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before eventually becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.
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