CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 – Our Programme

Welcome to the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024, here in Chengdu, China, kindly hosted by Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB).

Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time here, including out full programme of events.

Day 1 – Monday 8 July

08:00-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early RegistrationJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
09:00-12:00CANSO Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup Meeting (by invitation only)Brocade City Hall, Second Floor
12:00-17:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early RegistrationJinJiang Hall Foyer

Day 2 – Tuesday 9 July

08:00-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early Registration
JinJiang Hall Foyer
, Second Floor
09:00-12:00CANSO Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup Meeting (by invitation only)Brocade City Hall, Second Floor
12:30-17:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early RegistrationJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
16:00-17:30CANSO APC3 Meeting (by invitation only)Brocade City Hall, Second Floor
19:00-21:00

Dress code: Smart Casual
Welcome Reception hosted by

Dignitary Hall, First Floor

Day 3 – Wednesday 10 July

08:30-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 RegistrationJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
08:30-17:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 ExhibitionJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
09:30-10:00Opening Addresses

Speakers:
Ma Bing, Deputy Administrator, CAAC
Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
Tao Ma, Regional Director, ICAO Asia & Pacific Office
Wen Xuezheng, Party Secretary/Deputy Director General, Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB)
Kok Juan Han, Chairman, Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee and Director-General, CAAS
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
10:00-10:30Briefing and Dialogue on the Asia Pacific ATM White Paper
 
Speaker:
Conor Mullan, Managing Director, Think Research
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
10:30-11:00Networking BreakJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
11:00-12:15The Asia Pacific ATM White Paper from the Technology Perspective
 
This panel will consist of representatives from various ATM technology companies who will discuss how new solutions on the supply side can make the deployment of ATM capabilities in the region easier. They will likely discuss topics such as:
 
路        Benefits of digital solutions such as managed services;
路        Examples of industry facilitating sharing such as the European centralised aeronautical information service (AIS) through the service provider GroupEAD;
路        Potential for more virtualisation usage; 
路        Changes required on the supply side to better meet regional needs, especially requirements of System Wide Information
Management (SWIM), Flight and Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment (FF-ICE),  and Trajectory Based Operations (TBO); 
路        Leadership roles of ATM industry in deploying technology for ATM transformation.      
 
Moderator:
Chris Allan, Director Accounts & Partnerships – Asia Pacific, NATS

Panellists:
Benjamin Binet, Managing Director Navigation & Surveillance, Thales
Markus Klopf, Director Product Strategy and International Affairs, FREQUENTIS AG
Enrique Castillo, Business Development Director Air Traffic Management, INDRA
Peter Cabooter, Vice President Customer Affairs, Aireon LLC
Kimiaki Sugitani, Project Manager of Aerospace Solutions Department, NEC Corporation
Zhang Yang, Senior Engineer, State Key Laboratory of Air Traffic Management System, Technical Expert, Nanjing LES Information Technology Co., Ltd.
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
12:15-13:30Networking LunchLouvre Garden Restaurant, First Floor
13:30-14:30The Asia Pacific ATM White Paper from the Policy and Operational Perspective
 
Operational fragmentation can be mitigated by digital solutions.  However, while cost-effective digital ATM solutions may be available, they do not translate to capabilities unless they are accepted operationally. This panel will be invited to discuss: 
 
路        Readiness of regional ANSPs to meet requirements of the Asia Pacific Seamless ANS Plan and requirements like SWIM, FF-ICE, TBO;
路        Implications of gaps between air traffic demands and capacity, and the possibility of widening gaps between regions;
路        Readiness by ANSPs to accept new procurement methods such as what was done for the Common Aeronautical Virtual Private Network project (collective selection of one service provider);
路        Changes required in policy and operations to adopt new solutions;
路        New opportunities for ANSPs to work closer together in the digital space to make the whole larger than the sum of its parts.  

Moderator:
Tim Arel, COO, FAA ATO

Panellists:
He Tianjian, Director General, Southwest Regional ATMB
Mohd Fitri Bin Ishak, Director Air Navigation Services Technical, CAA Malaysia
Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Takayuki Harada, Director, Air Traffic International Affairs Office, Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS)
Victor Liu, Director-General, Civil Aviation Department (CAD Hong Kong)
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
14:30-15:00Networking BreakJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
15:00-15:45APAC Aviation Dialogue
 
While the value of innovation is well recognised, ATM is not normally associated with being innovative. Patrick Ky, CEO, International Centre for Aviation Innovation, will share his thoughts on the inherent challenges of innovation in ATM and potential ways to overcome them. His experience with SESAR JU and EASA could provide insightful lessons for ATM modernisation in the Asia Pacific.
 
He will also illustrate how the International Centre for Aviation Innovation can make a difference in the region鈥檚 ATM development.  

Speaker:
Patrick Ky, CEO, International Centre for Aviation Innovation 
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
15:45-16:00Closing remarks
Speaker:
Kok Juan Han, Chairman, Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee and Director-General CAAS
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
16:00-17:00EHang鈥檚 air taxi demonstrationCourtyard
19:00-22:00

Dress code: Smart Casual
Conference Dinner hosted by



The dinner will be held at Shuyanfu Restaurant. The literal translation of Shuyanfu is “The Ode to Sichuan Banquet”. That derives from Shu – one of the three Kingdoms in the ancient Zhou Dynasty and now another name for Sichuan Province, and Yan, meaning banquet or feast, and Fu, meaning ode and poetry.

Buses will depart the hotel at 18:00, please gather at 17:45.
Buses will return to the hotel from 21:30 but guests are free to stay in the area and make their own way back.


Shuyanfu Restaurant

Day 4 – Thursday 11 July

08:30-09:00Sponsored Workshops Welcome CoffeeJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
09:00-13:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 ExhibitionJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
09:00-11:00Workshop: Using Satellite-Derived Data to Tackle Aviation Challenges: Flow Efficiency, GNSS Interferences and Search Applications

Brought to you by

Ensuring the safe and efficient flow of aircraft within airspace and through aerodromes is the top priority for any ANSP. Access to reliable and real-time air traffic surveillance data has the potential to enhance ANSP鈥檚 safety programs, especially in the busy Asia-Pacific region. In this workshop, Aireon, the global leader in aviation data products and services, will discuss the potential for its global dataset to unlock those efficiencies and provide unprecedented safety benefits to users in areas of Flow Management, Space-Based ATC, Search and Rescue, and Safety Parameters.

Additionally, Aireon will discuss a growing problem of threats of GNSS Radio Frequency Interference, such as spoofing and jamming, and the ability of the robust, global Aireon dataset and monitoring tools to identify abnormalities in the GNSS signals to an aircraft.

Speakers:
Michele Carandente, Deputy Vice President for ATS Services, Aireon LLC
Diego Albert, APAC Sales Director, Aireon LLC
Stuart Ratcliffe, Product Manager, AireonFLOW
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
11:00-11:30  Networking BreakJinJiang Hall Foyer, Second Floor
11:30-13:30
Workshop: Indra Air Solutions in Asia

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Indra, with its wide range of solutions and services across Air Traffic Management, will host a workshop sharing the company’s ATM offering. Its technology is present in more than 200 control centres, more than 1,700 landing systems and more than 400 radars in 176 countries. Additionally, more than 85 per cent of world passengers travel making use of Indra ATM technology at any time of flight.

Indra will run a demo on ManagAir, a centralised ATM system that applies the latest technology in the market, laying out its own roadmap fully aligned with EUROCONTROL, SESAR and ICAO ASBUs definition and evolution strategy. 
 
ManagAir is the centralised ATM system that manages all the air traffic control services: from area, approach and aerodrome, to seamless monitoring and control flights gate to gate.
 
It covers en-route, approach and tower control, along with Advance Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) level 4 and integration with our solution of virtual tower IRTOS as part of the Tower Control Service. ManagAir offers ANSPs the possibility to combine all services into a full ATM suite with the cutting-edge technology. In addition, it provides complete airspace management and demand and capacity balance tools, optimising the operational and environmental resources from strategy phase onwards.
JinJiang Hall, Second Floor
13:30-14:30Networking LunchLouvre Garden Restaurant, First Floor
14:30-21:00Host Tour

Our host tour starts with a performance at the Tea House.


After that we will proceed to Chengdu’s Panda Base, where guests can walk and see the pandas at their own pace for one and half hours.

After the visit guests are advised to meet at the restaurant JinJiang Panda Food Plaza as an assembly point, where we will enjoy a one hour break and try traditional Chengdu snacks.

We advise you to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and wear comfortable shoes. Water will be provided on the bus.


 
Our tour finishes with a river cruise start at 20:00, on which guests can enjoy a night view at the river and city of Chengdu.


Guests will have the option to leave early if they wish to at this point as the location is close to the city which is accessible by taxis.

Meet our speakers

Conor Mullan, Managing Director, Think Research

Mr Conor Mullan is Managing Director of Think Research, the independent ATM and Airport consultancy. Born in Ireland, Conor graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Computer Science and gained a Masters in Operational Research from the University of Strathclyde. Following an early career as a consultant at both NATS (UK) and EUROCONTROL (FR), Conor co-founded Think in 2004 and has since grown it to be a truly global consultancy advising ANSP and airport clients around the world on operational performance, modernisation and digitalisation. He is a recognised expert in the field of Remote and Digital Towers and has been elected three times by industry peers to serve on the CANSO Executive Committee as their Associate Member Representative.

Chris Allan, Director Accounts & Partnerships 鈥 Asia Pacific, NATS

As a former Air Traffic Controller with over 25 years of Air Traffic Management experience, Mr Chris Allan has directed, developed and deployed a broad spectrum of innovative solutions for international airports, Air Navigation Service Providers and airlines.

Throughout his career, Chris has held a number of senior roles whilst based in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and currently holds the position of Head of Accounts and Partnerships for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. He is responsible for NATS鈥 International business interests throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Benjamin Binet, Vice President and Managing Director Navigation and Surveillance, Thales

As the Vice President of Thales for Navigation & Surveillance, Mr Benjamin Binet leads a global business focused on helping civil aviation authorities, airports and military forces to navigate the skies, land safely and get the most accurate surveillance data.

Previously he was Vice President Strategy for the global Thales Airspace Mobility Solutions activity.

Benjamin has always been passionate about aviation and is a member of the CANSO Exec Committee as Associate Member representative.

He joined Thales in 2019 through the acquisition of Gemalto where he held various executive roles in the wireless and secure transactions businesses from 2003 to 2019 in Marketing, Sales, Product Management and General Management at HQ in France but also in Brazil and in South Africa. Benjamin holds a Master of Business Administration at ESCP-Europe Business School, Paris. Half French and half Belgian, he speaks 4 languages and has built strong multi-cultural skills through his time abroad and his trips.

Markus Klopf, Director Product Strategy and International Affairs, FREQUENTIS AG

Mr Markus Klopf is Director Product Strategy and International Affairs for the Air Traffic Management (ATM) Civil division at Frequentis and has over 20 years of global experience in the telecommunications and IT sector. He is involved in international organizations such as CANSO and ATCA and is co-founder of the ATCA Young Aviation Professionals (YAP). In CANSO he鈥檚 part of the SISC Steering Group and Chair of the Strategic Technology Working Group.

Markus has played a key role in growing the Frequentis portfolio in ATM, for example, he championed the creation of Frequentis鈥 drone strategy, worked on the transition from research to products for SWIM as well as growing the remote digital tower business. His credo is that he wants to make the world a better place, which is why he鈥檚 been very active in pushing green ATM solutions for many years. Prior to Frequentis, Markus held various commercial and technical positions at the Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. He has an engineering degree and earned his Master鈥檚 degree in Marketing and Sales at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Austria. He is a passionate runner, cyclist, tennis player and certified chair umpire and referee.

Enrique Castillo, Business Development Director Air Traffic Management, INDRA

Mr Enrique Castillo is a recognized professional in the air traffic management sector with more than 30 years鈥 experience in the industry.

As the Global BD & Sales Director for Air Traffic Management at Indra, Enrique oversees the strategic direction and execution of business development and sales activities for the ATM & CNS business at Indra, conformed by several specialized companies and units in different countries and regions.

With a deep technical knowledge of air traffic systems, Enrique is an active participant in international forums and working groups, with a special interest in the achievement of regional harmonization of ATM systems.

Peter Cabooter, Vice President Customer Affairs, Aireon LLC

Mr Peter Cabooter is Aireon鈥檚 Vice President of Customer Affairs, leading Aireon鈥檚 Sales, Marketing, Products and Strategy Division to serve Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and Aireon鈥檚 commercial data customers.

Cabooter joins Aireon with an extensive background of over 20 years in managing and directing sales within the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, with a strong knowledge-base and awareness of key issues that affect the aviation industry globally.

Before joining Aireon, Cabooter was the Vice President of Customer Affairs for NavBlue (formerly Airbus ProSky), where he managed the customer affairs teams in Toulouse, Dubai and Beijing. Cabooter previously served as NavBlue鈥檚 Regional Director of Customer Affairs, where he managed portfolios towards civil aviation authorities, airports and airlines with a supporting role to the customer affairs team for Air Traffic Management related matters.

Prior to his roles at NavBlue, Cabooter was the Sales Director for Barco Orthogon, which is now a part of Harris.

Kimiaki Sugitani, Project Manager of Aerospace Solutions Department, NEC Corporation

Mr Kimiaki Sugitani, Project Manager of Aerospace Solutions Department, NEC.

His career at NEC started in 2005 since when he has been heavily involved in ATC control system production.

His current role sees him project managing the system production of Trajectorised Oceanic ATC.

Mr Sugitani is also deeply knowledgeable about SWIM, and FF-ICE.

Zhang Yang, Senior Engineer, State Key Laboratory of Air Traffic Management System, Technical Expert, Nanjing LES Information Technology Co., Ltd.

Mr Zhang Yang, Technical Expert from State Key Laboratory of Air Traffic Management System, China, and Nanjing LES Information Technology Co., Ltd.. He is engaged in research and application of new ATM technologies, the related fields include Trajectory Based Operation, FF-ICE based trajectory information sharing and management, ATC automation system architecture and functions.

Tim Arel, COO, FAA ATO

As Chief Operating Officer of the FAA鈥檚 Air Traffic Organisation, Mr Arel is responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and secure air traffic services for approximately 50,000 aircraft operating every day over nearly 30 million square miles across the National Airspace System NAS. Mr Arel will moderate our The Asia Pacific ATM White Paper from the Policy and Operational Perspective discussion.

Miao Xuan, Deputy Director General, Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB)

Mr Miao Xuan currently serves as the Deputy Director General of ATMB CAAC, he oversees safety management, operations, international affairs, finance and strategic development. 

Starting from being an ATCO of the North China Regional ATMB, Mr. Xuan’s experience notably includes serving as Director of ATC Division of ATMB,  as well as Director of Airspace Management Centre of ATMB. In August 2021, he was appointed as the Deputy Director General.

Mr. Miao graduated from Civil Aviation University of China in 1990 with an undergraduate degree in ATM, and earned joint Master 鈥檚 degrees in Safety Management  from Civil Aviation University of China and Ecole Nationale de l鈥橝viation Civile of France.

Mohd Fitri Bin Ishak, Director Air Navigation Services Technical, CAA Malaysia

Mr Bin Ishak currently holds the position of Deputy Director of the CNS/ATM Unit and Acting Director of the Air Navigation Technical Safety Division at CAAM. He began his career as an Air Traffic Controller in 2008 and held an active Area Surveillance Control rating, before progressing to the role of CNS Desk Officer at headquarters in 2012. In 2020, he was promoted to Head of the Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) unit before transitioning to the ASBU unit in 2022, focusing on modernising Malaysia’s aviation infrastructure and capabilities to align with international standards and best practices.

Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Director General, CAA Philippines

Captain Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo has been serving as the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) since November 2022. Prior to his current position, he was appointed as the Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) from May 2017 鈥 December 2020. Before joining CAAP, Captain Tamayo already had extensive experience in the aviation industry, he spent most of his career with Philippine Airlines (PAL), for 28 years, starting as a Commercial Pilot to retiring as the Vice President (VP) for Flight Operations Department/Director of Operations.

Takayuki Harada, Director, Air Traffic International Affairs Office, Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS)

Mr Takayuki Harada began his work experience as an Air Traffic Controller of Tokyo Area Control Center, then moved to position in system specialist for ATC systems. In 2005, He was a member of initial staff that successfully established new ATM Center in Japan. That opportunity marked the turning point in his career from the tactical job of air traffic controller to the strategic one.

He had used his knowledge of both operational side and system side to develop of new ATM system and ATM procedures at HQ of JANS. He contributed to the study of advanced ATM operations in Japan and to the implementation of his works into a feasible computerized system. During almost of his career, Takayuki endeavored to bridge ATM Operation and System Development. He had also served as a member of ICAO’s ATM Requirement & Performance Panel and an editorial member of ICAO Doc9971 (Manual on Collaborative. Air Traffic Flow Management).

In recent years, he has worked as a director of air traffic controller at Tokyo (Haneda) international Airport and a director of Fukuoka ATM Center, primarily responsible for managing human resources in addition to his ATM operational leadership. Since April 2022, he started work as a Director of Air Traffic International Affairs Office at JANS.

Victor Liu, Director-General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department (CAD Hong Kong)

Mr Victor Liu has over 30 years of aviation experiences.  Before taking up the DGCA position, he has held different senior management positions in various technical divisions of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.  Victor was previously the Chairman of the ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Group, and the Vice President – Asia of International Federation of Airworthiness.

Victor graduated from the University of Hong Kong.  He also holds a Specialized Master Degree in Aviation Safety (Aircraft Airworthiness) from Ecole Nationale de l鈥 Aviation Civile, France.

He is a professional pilot with experiences in scheduled airlines, business charter as well as search and rescue operations.  He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers.

Patrick Ky, CEO, International Centre for Aviation Innovation 

Mr Patrick Ky was formerly Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Prior to leading EASA, he was in charge of the SESAR programme – Europe鈥檚 ATM modernisation programme.

Mr Ky is the recipient of The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award of the Air Traffic Controllers Association as a recognition of his achievements in the field of aviation and for being an advocate of innovation and change in air traffic control. In 2015, he was designated 鈥淚ndustry Leader of the Year鈥 by the German publication Fliegermagazin.

Mr Ky is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Toulouse and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Our additional sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our additional sponsors.

Indra

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