Pioneering partnerships take centre stage with NATS at World ATM Congress 2019

21 February 2019

NATS will be a major supporter of the 7th annual World ATM Congress in Madrid on 12-14 March.

On stand 826, NATS will be showcasing the partnerships that prove collaboration is the answer to the many of the industry’s biggest challenges – from unlocking airport and airspace capacity through to enhancing operational resilience and the passenger experience.

Searidge Technologies, the world’s leading provider of digital airport and artificial intelligence technology, will be demonstrating the latest thinking, fresh off the back of unveiling the world’s first 4K Ultra HD digital tower facility at Heathrow Airport.

McLaren Deloitte, who NATS is working with to bring the power of data science and F1-style simulation technology to the aviation industry, will be on hand to illustrate how the concept of the ‘digital twin’ is key to improving ANSP performance.

And Aireon, now on the cusp of transforming how air traffic is managed around the world, will be discussing the forthcoming Space Based ADS-B trials for the North Atlantic, alongside experts from NATS and NAV CANADA.

NATS will also be covering a range of industry topics on stand, including airport capacity enhancement, SESAR deployment, and drone integration. FerroNATS, the Spanish ANSP jointly owned by NATS and Ferrovial, will also feature on stand.

To pre-arrange an interview on these or other topics, please contact the NATS press office at or call 01489 615945.

 Event highlights

Tuesday 12 March
Presentation Presenter/Chair Time Location
SESAR Guided Tour: Collaborative Control John Godsell, NATS SESAR project lead 11:15 – 11:30 NATS stand 826
7 Key lessons from increasing capacity at Heathrow Jonny White, Product portfolio manager 14:35 – 14:55 FABEC Ops Theatre
Operation Zenith: a practical demonstration of ATM/UTM integration Jim Cranswick, Head of Drone and UTM programmes 15:20 – 15:50 Nokia Theatre
AI, Co-creation and the Digital Tower Lab, AI for HIRO Airports Alex Sauriol, Chief Technology Officer, Searidge Technologies
Andy Taylor, Chief Solutions Officer, NATS
16:00 – 17:00 Fabec Ops Theatre
SESAR Walking Tour: Controller Working Positions Nathan Vink, senior human factors specialist 16:15 – 16:30 NATS stand 826
The UK network – planning for summer 2019 Wendy Howard-Allen, head of service improvement 17:10 – 17:30 FABEC Ops Theatre
Wednesday 13 March
Investing in People as Critical Enablers – Diversity and Millennials in ATM  (Panel Session) Emma Parry, digital marketing manager 09:45 – 10:45 Conference Theatre
SESAR Walking Tour: PJ01 Dinesh Gogna, SESAR work package lead 11:15 – 11:45 NATS stand 826
RECAT & Time Based Separation enhancing runway capacity and resilience Andy Shand, general manager customer affairs 11:30 – 11:50 Aireon Spotlight Stage
SESAR Walking Tour: eTBS Andy Shand 12:45 – 13:00 NATS stand 826
Digital Transformation is Happening in the Tower: An ANSP Perspective Kuah Kong Beng, Director for Special Projects, CAAS
Andy Taylor, chief solutions officer,NATS
Csaba Gergely OR Gyula Hangyaldirector of ATM, HungaroControl
Moderator: Jenny Beechener, editor Jane’s Air Traffic Control
12:50 – 13:50 ATM Theatre
Behind the Scenes: NAT operational trials of Aireon’s space-based ADS-B System Juliet Kennedy, Operations Director, NATS
Ben Girard, Vice President, Operational Support, NAV CANADA
13:00 – 14:00 Aireon Spotlight Stage
10 years on – From Remote Towers to Digital Airport Transformation Chris Thurow, head of research and development, Searidge Technologies
Steve Anderson, head of airport transformation, NATS
15:00 – 16:00 ATM Theatre
CNS services in the Single European Sky framework: the FerroNATS’ successful experience Alejandro Sastre García, maintenance and technical exploitation director, FerroNATS 16:10 – 16:30 Nokia Theatre
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