World ATM Congress

NATS will be returning to the World Air Traffic Management Congress in Madrid for 2018. Join us on stand 826 to explore the challenges faced by the industry and what we are doing to unlock performance, create advantage and embrace change to support our customers and the wider industry.

For the first time this year, we will be partnering with Searidge to create an immersive digital tower technology experience from some of the world’s largest airport hubs. NATS will also be covering a range of industry hot-topics on stand, including Intelligent Approach, DCB and drones and giving insight into a number of key partnership projects including SESAR.

Hospitality events

This year, NATS will be hosting two hospitality events, the first welcomed by FerroNATS on Tuesday 6th from 17:00 – 18:30 and a British Afternoon Tea hosted by NATS on Wednesday 7th from 15:00 – 17:00.


NATS will be participating in various presentations throughout the conference:

Date Presentation Presenter/Chair Time Location
Tuesday 6th March New training needs in the ATC’s liberalization process Rogelio Pérez Liñán, Director of Skyway, FerroNATS 14:40 – 15:00 Aireon Spotlight Stage
Tuesday 6th March SMART Airports – A realistic future for today Andy Taylor, Head of Customer Solutions, NATS 15:15 – 15:35 Frequentis Aviation Arena
Tuesday 6th March Where next for the competition in ATM (ATM Policy Institute) David McMillan, Chair of Institute 15:40 – 16:00 Aireon Spotlight Stage
Wednesday 7th March Session Three: New collaborations in ATM? The changing face of partnerships and alliances in ATM – Panel session Martin Rolfe, NATS CEO, Chair of Borealis Alliance 09:15 – 10:30 Main Conference
Wednesday 7th March Time Based Separation (TBS): Optimising runway operations at Heathrow Airport Andy Shand, GM Customer Affairs, NATS 11:15 – 11:35 Aireon Spotlight Stage
Wednesday 7th March Drones: Creating a safe environment for growth Andy Sage, Account Director (Drones), NATS 14:15 – 14:35 Frequentis Aviation Arena
Wednesday 7th March The Digital Tower Revolution: Leaders in the industry – Panel session Andy Taylor, Head of Customer Solutions, NATS 13:00 – 14:00 ATM Theatre
Thursday 8th March The Role of ANSPs in UTM – Panel session Andy Sage, Account Director (Drones), NATS 11:30 – 12:10 Fabec Ops Theatre

Full schedule in pdf format.

You can also learn more about controller tools and team organisation for separation management, Enhanced Runway Operations, TBS, Enhanced arrivals and departures, XMAN and Advanced Airport Operations through visiting the NATS stand on SESAR guided tours.

Please click the link below to discover SESAR’s guided tours and to register for free:


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