Real world perspectives driving real world change
ATC Global has a unique position of neutrality that provides a platform from which all views and perspectives can be represented. As such it is the only conference that can give you the whole picture of what is happening within the industry and more importantly, what needs to be happening to drive the industry forward. ATC Global leads the way in asking the questions that get to the heart of the issues facing the industry. In 2013, the conference examined real world solutions to the technical, commercial and political challenges faced by the entire ATM industry.
The real world challenges - what did the conference cover?
The ATM industry connects the world: aircraft operators, airports and society as a whole depend on a safe, efficient, consistent and predictable ATM system to serve their transport needs. Yet, the fragmented, outdated and usually government owned ATM service providers have, according to widespread commentary, yet to agree exactly how to converge their systems into the harmonised and efficient global service demanded by the airlines whose trade bodies are clearly not happy and continue to call for action.
ICAO, the global regulator responsible for guiding the policies of states, has defined the Aviation System Block Upgrade. How does this fit with the massive NextGen programmes in the USA or the Single European Sky programme in Europe? What are states in the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa planning in response to the ASBU structure?
The much applauded European ANSP performance scheme plans to reduce ATM user charges. The first European charging scheme reference period (RP1) will be more than half complete when ATC Global 2013 meets in March. Some observers say that there will be no real consequences for ANSPs that fail to meet the charging objectives that their governments have agreed with the European Union. Is this true? What should be done to improve the situation? Where is the promised consolidation that the investment in FABs was supposed to deliver?
Elsewhere, the term best equipped - best served, is intended to give aircraft operators comfort that their investments in new ATM systems will yield improved ATM service and lower costs. Are airlines and controllers convinced?
Some governments will not provide the funding to permit their ATM provider or airline to efficiently play their role in the global system. What does this mean? Are governments not convinced?
ATC Global 2013 will call for answers to these other important questions.
It was time for real world solutions to these real world problems. ATC Global 2013 provided 3 full days of in-depth debate and analysis with a comprehensive programme of topics designed giving honest assessment, practical solutions and realistic prognosis identifying where the accountabilities lie.