World ATM Congress

NATS at World ATM Congress

NATS is back at the World ATM Congress for 2017. Our stand will explore the needs and potential solutions that airspace users face both today and tomorrow. From Airports to ANSPs, the Military to Drone pilots, technology is providing new ways to increase flexibility and effectiveness of the flow of aircraft within airspace, even as volume increases. Our interest is how to introduce these advancements in aviation without challenging the primary objective, to keep skies safe.

Our team will be on stand 890 giving presentations and demonstrations, as well as promoting a number of key partnership projects we are collaborating on, including SESAR and The ATM Policy Institute with progress on deployment with our partner members.

Drinks reception

Enjoy some light refreshments with the chance to talk with a few of our experts and colleagues from FerroNATS at our drinks reception on Tuesday 7th from 5pm – 6:30pm. Everybody is warmly welcome and we hope to see you there.

Presentations and speakers

NATS will be participating in various presentations throughout the conference:

  • Martin Rolfe, NATS CEO, will be moderating a panel in the 3rd session of the main conference on Wednesday between 09:15 and 10:30 on the topic of ‘Information Technology and the Culture of Collaboration’
  • David Harrison, NATS Safety Director, will be moderating a panel in the 4th session of the main conference on Wednesday between 11:00 and 12:00 on the topic of ‘Airspace and UTM: Driving the Future or Left Behind?’
  • Branka Subotic, Executive Director Borealis Alliance, will be talking about Free Route Airspace in the Frequentis Aviation Arena on Wednesday between 11:20 and 11:40
  • Gonzalo Martin, NATS-iTEC Programme – ATM Strategic Development Manager, Indra, will be talking about ANSP Collaboration: Benefits of Cross-Border ATM Systems Harmonization on Wednesday between 12:00 and 12:40 at the Aireon Spotlight Stage
  • Alejandro Sastre García, Chief Technical Officer of FerroNATS, will be talking FerroNATS on Wednesday between 16:45 and 17:05 at the Frequentis Aviation Arena


NATS is proud to be shortlisted for two IHS Janes Air Traffic Control Awards. The nominations are for Project ELSA and Project EVA in the Enabling Technology category, both of which have been jointly created with members from different partnerships and alliances.

The awards ceremony will take place during the World ATM Congress event in Madrid.

The ATM Policy Institute: market liberalisation

The ATM Policy Institute is a new think-tank created to drive the debate on how to improve the efficiency and performance of air traffic management (ATM) through market liberalisation. Formed by a small group of like-minded ASNPs, with the support of CANSO and Aviation Advocacy, the group’s first paper ‘The case for liberalising Air Traffic Control’ is a provocative document which outlines the potential benefits of greater market liberalisation in ATM and how it could be achieved. Join David McMillan, Chair of the Institute, Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission and representatives from the airline industry, as well as other ANSPs and suppliers, for an engaging and thought-provoking debate about the future of the ATM industry.


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