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Flight Safety Symposium
26 - 27 September 2017
Park Inn Heathrow, London, UK



Safety in Air Traffic Control: Day 1

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Tuesday 26th September 

08:15     Coffee & Registration

09:00     Conference Chairman's opening remarks

For all delegates in the main hall

David Soucie, Safety Analyst, CNN

09:10     ATC Chairman’s opening remarks - 

David Parkinson, Independent ATM Researcher

09:15    Opening Panel Discussion - An update on what the international industry players are doing in 2017

  • Realising what is going on in the air and on the ground
  • How fast and appropriate is the response to safety concerns in the ATC space?
  • What has been the focus for spending? Are there financial constraints in place when trying to improve safety operations? Where have there been cost cuts?

Stewart Wallace, Safety Auditor, AQUILA Air Traffic Management

Peter Curran, Assistant Director, Safety & Flight Operations, IATA

Alfred Vlasek, Head of Safety and Occurence Investigation, Austro Control

Isabel Del Pozo de Poza, Head of Department and Expert in the field of ATM and Civil Operations, Airbus Helicopters

Bruno Rabiller, R&D and SESAR Safety Team Leader, EUROCONTROL

Neil May, Head of Human Factors, NATS

10:15    How do we measure safety performance in aviation

  • Assessing the suitability of existing safety performance indicators
  • Developing alternative process and safety outcome metrics
  • Validating the alternative indicators in practice with the help of industry
  • Translating this knowledge into a tool for the industry to evaluate safety in a more objective way than is currently possible

Dr. Nektarios Karanikas, Associate Professor of Safety & Human Factors, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences / Aviation Academy

10:45    Mid-morning coffee & cetworking in the exhibition area

11:15    How best to manage the impact of weather systems on ATC

  • With the increase in 2017 in weather related delays, what does the future hold in store?
  • What can be done to manage potential ‘worsening’ weather conditions?
  • What is the outlook for 2018?

11:45     An operational concept for total aviation safety

  • The role of the controller
  • The roles of the aircraft captain and crew
  • Automation and system security
  • A fresh look at landmark accidents

David Parkinson, Independent ATM Researcher

12:15     Lunch & networking in the exhibition area

13:45     Safety in ATC the fellowship of travelling!

  • When did we start to talk about safety?
  • What was the public Interest?
  • How did we improve safety and when?
  • What are the methods and how did they change

Alfred Vlasek, Head of Safety and Occurrence Investigation, Austro Control

14:15     Emotional resilience and confidence support for trainee and experienced Air Traffic Controllers.

  • Ability to deal with pressure / stress
  • Ability to accept criticism and ‘bounce-back’ from difficult feedback
  • Self-belief after a failure / repeated failure in training
  • Confidence issues relating to training or on the job performance
  • Support following a confidence knock caused by various factors (for example long-term absence, incident involvement)
  • Support relating to changes to working practices or shift in mind-set

Neil May, Head of Human Factors, NATS

14:45     Afternoon tea & networking in the exhibition area

15:15     Aviation English research project CAP 1375: Main findings and best preactice recommendations

  • Main findings from independent qualitative and quantitative analysis of 18 months of MORs submitted to the UK CAA
  • Best practice recommendations for improving pilot / controller communication
  • Overcoming cultural challenges
  • Discussion of challenges to pilot / communication in global aviation

Dr Barbara Clark, Founder, You Say Tomato

15:45     Remotely piloted aircraft systems: Airspace, segregation and regulation 

  • How much more regulation is being put on RPAS? How will changes to regulation affect them?
  • Comparing the issue of integration of RPAS into controlled airspace and the lesser discussed issue of the use of small RPAS by hobbyists: Infringing controlled airspace and subsequent ATC issues
  • Analysing new and innovative ways RPAS will be used in the future
  • Fitting RPAS into the overall ATM system

Fernando Lopez-Calleja, Director Consultancy, L&W Partnership

16:15     What is the most innovative safety solution in 2017?

A select few vendors will demonstrate cutting edge safety solutions to our panel of industry experts and audience to vie for the award of most innovative solution 2017

This will be held in the main conference area

17:00     Closing remark from the Chairman

David Soucie, Safety Analyst, CNN

17:15     Networking drinks reception 

18:15      End of Day 1


Safety in Air Traffic Control: Day 2

Wednesday 27th September 

08:45     Coffee & registration

09:35     Chairman’s opening remarks -

David Parkinson, Independent ATM Researcher

09:45     SESAR: An update for 2017

  • The need for safety performance
  • SESAR Safety reference material is still the methodology to apply within SESAR 2020
  • Safety in SESAR 2020 projects

Bruno Rabiller, R&D and SESAR Safety Team Leader, EUROCONTROL

10:15     A safety focussed SESAR Solution

  • An overview and understanding of current rotorcraft scenarios
  • Undesrtanding the need for low level IFR routes
  • Moving towards safer scenarios for the rotorcraft community

Isabel Del Pozo de Poza, Head of Department and Expert in the field of ATM and civil operations, Airbus Helicopters

10:45     Mid-morning coffee & networking in the exhibition area

11:15     Remote Towers: What are the real risks?

  • Failure, delay, seperation from the event, resilience and camera fail: getting to grips with common concerns
  • Could assumptions and bad habits cause problems and incidents? Measuring the dangers of an augmented reality
  • When does it make sense to have remote control towers? Avoiding hostile environments and benefitting from cost savings

11:45     Analysing the impact of fatigue on Air Traffic Controllers

  • A look at the performance penalties and safety risks
  • Regulations – What is currently in place and what’s coming and what is the impact?
  • Understanding the sources of fatigue – prevention is better than cure!
  • What are the solutions needed to minimise fatigue and boost human performance in Air Traffic Control

Chris Stock, Director, Air Risk International

12:15     Closing remarks from the Chairman 

David Parkinson, Independent ATM Researcher

12:30     Lunch & networking in the exhibition area

14:00     End of conference

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