|9 - 10 a.m.
The Art of the Possible: Ushering the NAS into the Age of Automation
Moderator: Patricia Gilbert, Executive Vice President, NATCA
Tony Evans, Head of System Design Architecture, Airbus
Art Huber, Deputy Director, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, Acting Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)
Frank Matus, Director, Digital Aviation Market Development - Americas, Thales
Abstract: We say it again and again: the airspace and the users that access, manage, and maintain it are evolving faster than ever. As UTM becomes a burgeoning reality and we begin to integrate UTM and ATM airspace, we must design and implement automation technology that meets these modern challenges with innovative, cyber-secure solutions. As we all know, the path “from here to there” is often far more difficult to define than the desired end state, however. This is partly due to the great challenge we often face with respect to finding the right balance between off-the-shelf technology and technology under development – the latter offering greater potential but also greater uncertainty. Transition planning of this ilk is also difficult because of uncertainty with respect to changes in the operating environment as well as market evolution, and therefore the requirements for the supporting systems. In this session, we will begin the work to articulate the essential requirements and address how to leverage the strength of automation technologies. What steps must we take as an industry to ensure safety as we move into the third golden age of aviation and the age of automation?
|10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: ANSPs, Industry, and Labor
Fran Hill, SVP of Operations, Leidos, and Chair, ATCA Board of Directors
Teri Bristol, COO, Air Traffic Organization, FAA
Jon R. Damush, Sr. Director, New Business Ventures, Boeing NeXt
Martin Donnan, General Director, Prestwick Centre, NATS
Matt Gilligan, Vice President, Navigation and Modernization Solutions Mission Area, Raytheon
Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA
Paul Winstanley, Chair, Prospect ATCOs' Branch
Abstract: Air traffic management and planning are not areas in which any one stakeholder can act alone. With complexities of airspace sovereignty, military restricted airspace, and varying public/private air navigation service providers, governments, industry, and operations must collaborate to enable this evolution. While a lot of the work that the industry can do by itself is technology-related, much of the real change can only occur when the institutional arrangements that govern ATC are reformed. Current governance restrictions and regulatory issues may hold back the ANSPs’ ability to respond to change, in turn constricting aviation growth and its ability to help support national economies. Research repeatedly suggests that reaching a shared understanding of critical issues, such as defining vision and mission, will ensure producing a better product. There is no better way to do just this than through early and frequent collaboration between designer/developers (industry), system operators/users (unions and workforce) and owners/policy makers (ANSPs). From modernization initiatives led by the Joint Program Development Office (JPDO) for NextGen to the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), integrating new, non-traditional vehicles and technology into a system designed for manned aircraft requires early and continuous dialogue between stakeholders. Join our panel of government and international experts, industry thought leaders, and key operational representatives as we explore the complex and collaborative relationship between workforce, industry, and ANSPs.
|3:30- 4:30 p.m.
Track Session Block B
Welcome to the Matrix: Aviation Technology of Today for Tomorrow
Agent Smith said in The Matrix, “The future is our world, Morpheus. The future is our time.” This exciting session features three leaders in aviation cybersecurity, data, and artificial intelligence and will take attendees on a journey through the digital here and now and paint a picture of what the airspace may look like in a future dominated by AI, machine learning, cyberthreats, and lots (and lots) of data. It’s time to face the new realities of the aviation landscape. Take the red pill and attend this session!
Title: Applying Formula 1 Thinking into ATC Operations - How the F1 Digital Twin Approach is Delivering Superior Airspace Performance
Presenter: Martin Bowman, General Manager of Aviation Products, McLaren Deloitte Alliance
Abstract: In 2018 McLaren Applied Technologies and Deloitte came together to form an alliance aimed at delivering superior performance insight through the application of Formula 1 Digital Twin principles into industry. With McLaren’s experience in running hundreds of thousands of scenario simulations every second using advanced simulation technology and Deloitte’s leading data analytics capabilities, the alliance seeks to empower organizations to leverage the power of the Digital Twin to take the right actions at the right time to improve operations. Since coming together, the McLaren Deloitte alliance has worked with leading ANSPs such as NATS and Airservices Australia to create a Digital Twin of the skies, enabling the managers of airspace to simulate the operational performance in near real time. Their approach helps create a culture of open, transparent and data-driven operational analysis, enabling operational supervisors to work proactively with the ATC community to deliver performance improvement on an ongoing basis. This presentation will include insight into how leading ANSPs and airlines are leveraging the Digital Twin approach at the heart of McLaren’s racing team to deliver superior performance in aviation.
Title: Seven Easy Steps to Better Aviation Cybersecurity
Presenter: Sebastian Dunne, Senior Solution Architect, Red Hat
Abstract: “Cybersecurity is hard.” “It takes too long and delays my project.” “I don’t have enough staff to patch my systems all the time.” “Making security changes might break things.” We’ve heard all the excuses, and many of us have made those excuses. But there’s a danger is making cybersecurity seem too daunting. When security is perceived as too difficult we end up with excuses, exceptions, and reasons to accept risks rather than fix things. Follow these Seven Easy Steps and immediately improve your cybersecurity standing.
Title: The State of AI Adoption
Presenter: Jennifer Swindell, SVP, Booz Allen Hamilton
Abstract: The nature of work is transforming radically. Just thirty years ago, workers were learning about word processing and spreadsheets on their new personal computers. Today, organizations are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to reimagine their entire enterprise - from optimizing workforce efficiency to hyper-targeted customer marketing. Federal agencies are exploring similar opportunities, but with added pressure from policy directives mandating they modernize their workforces both swiftly and comprehensively. The highly technical safety critical work of FAA brings added complexities to the adoption of AI and Machine Learning in the operational environment. As the FAA develops specific strategies to integrate AI and Machine Learning, there are many adoption challenges. This journey is only just beginning.
Title: Managing Increasing Complexity in ATM: New Concepts for NAS Operations that Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges
Moderator: Jim Eck, Vice President, Mission Networks, L3Harris Technologies
Kristen G. Burnham, Vice President, Program Management Organization, FAA
Jay Merkle, Executive Director, UAS Integration Office, FAA
Wayne R. Monteith, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Integration, FAA
Abstract: Forget planes, trains, and automobiles. The transportation sector of tomorrow will include commercial space tourism, underground hyperloops, self-driving cars navigating smart pavement, and automation, automation, automation, but let’s shift our focus upwards, and with a somewhat pragmatic eye. Increasing complexity and traffic in the NAS will continue to pressure the system, and challenge those who work within it to more rapidly evolve and expand safe and efficient operations. Join our panel of FAA leaders who are charged with taking the big ideas, the big policies, the big political problems, the pilot programs, the nascent operational systems and marry them to the structured research activities, the evolving infrastructure and automation programs and the budgetary framework to produce the forward momentum that will get the job done. In this discussion of the space where the proverbial “rubber meets the road” we will look at the trends, risks, issues and opportunities in unmanned systems, commercial space and manned aviation. We will examine their effects on airspace operations that drive changes to the foundational capabilities and systems of the NAS. If you miss this panel your boss will likely not approve your expense report for the conference.
Title: TBO: Setting the Trajectory of the Future NAS
Moderator: Michele Merkle, Director, NAS Systems Engineering, FAA
Capt. Robert Goldman, Senior Manager, ATM, Delta Air Lines
Rob Hunt, Technical Systems Program Manager, FAA
Jeff Woods, OAPM Representative, NATCA
Abstract: Trajectory-based operation (TBO) has always been at the heart of NextGen, which is building toward something greater than the sum of the parts — a system that is seamless and elegant. It will include information from automation, communication, navigation and surveillance systems, as well as weather tools, so the FAA can optimize traffic flow for all aircraft. To do this, the FAA must build its flow-management framework and industry must collaborate to help maximize airspace and airport capacity. When NextGen unlocks the full power of TBO, a goal of the NextGen air traffic modernization effort that the FAA is currently meeting, we will know much more than just where all aircraft are now—we will know where the aircraft are going to be precisely in terms of time and space in the future. With TBO, technical information flows better, moving the NAS from a tactical domain where air traffic control facilities keep aircraft separated to a strategic flow-based scheme. iTBO is already allowing the FAA and operators to strategically manage and optimize trajectories throughout the operation, which decreases the need for tactical intervention in air traffic. Strategic planning also improves through the use of high-confidence estimates of the aircraft’s location and altitude at critical points of time in the flight. Join us for a track session diving deep into the status, progress, and future of this pivotal program.