CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024

Our CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 will be held in Chengdu, China on 8-11 July, kindly hosted by Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB).

Taking bold actions for regional ATM through digital solutions.

Following the successful discussions held last year in Bali, Indonesia, the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 will focus on the recommendations published in the Asia Pacific ATM White Paper earlier this year.

This paper was produced by CANSO and Think Research to help Asia Pacific Full Members quicken the pace of ATM modernisation by leveraging digital solutions and new opportunities for collaboration.

Supported further by Think Research Ltd, our conference will include two key focus areas, namely The Asia Pacific ATM White Paper from both the technology and the operations’ perspectives.

Among the range of subjects we’ll discuss will be:

  • The benefits of digital solutions such as managed services;
  • Examples of industry facilitating sharing
  • The potential for greater use of virtualisation
  • The readiness of regional ANSPs to meet requirements of the Asia Pacific Seamless ANS Plan and advanced requirements like SWIM, FF-ICE, TBO
  • The implications of gaps between air traffic demands and capacity, and the possibility of widening gaps between regions
  • The readiness of ANSPs to accept new procurement methods such as that conducted for the Common Aeronautical VPN

Our conversations over the past few years have grown more decisive, productive and inspiring. Join us in Chengdu to make this year’s Asia Pacific Conference the best yet.

Our programme

Monday 8 July

08:00-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early Registration
09:00-12:00CANSO Asia Pacific Operations Workgroup Meeting (by invitation only)
12:00-17:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early Registration

Tuesday 9 July

08:00-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early Registration
09:00-12:00CANSO Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup Meeting (by invitation only)
12:30-17:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Early Registration
16:00-17:30CANSO APC3 Meeting (by invitation only)
19:00-21:00

Dress code: Smart Casual
Welcome Reception hosted by

Wednesday 10 July

08:30-09:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Registration
08:30-17:30CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Exhibition
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, Director General, ATMB 
Kok Juan Han, Chairman, Asia Pacific CANSO CEO Committee and DG CAAS
10:00-10:30Briefing and Dialogue on the Asia Pacific ATM White Paper
 
Speaker:
Conor Mullan, Managing Director, Think Research
10:30-11:00Networking Break
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:
 
·        Benefits of digital solutions such as managed services;
·        Examples of industry facilitating sharing such as the European centralised aeronautical information service (AIS) through the service provider GroupEAD;
·        Potential for more virtualisation usage; 
·        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); 
·        Leadership roles of ATM industry in deploying technology for ATM transformation.      
 
Moderator:
Chris Allan, Director Accounts & Partnerships – Asia Pacific, NATS

Panellists:
Benjamin Binet, Vice President and Managing Director Navigation and Surveillance, Thales
Markus Klopf, Director Product Strategy and International Affairs for the Air Traffic Management (ATM), FREQUENTIS AG
Enrique Castillo, Business Development Director Air Traffic Management, INDRA
Peter Cabooter, Vice President Customer Affairs, Aireon
Kimiaki Sugitani, Project Manager of Aerospace Solutions Department, NEC
Zhang Yang, Senior Engineer, State Key Laboratory of Air Traffic Management System, Technical Expert, Nanjing LES Information Technology Co., Ltd.
12:15-13:30Networking Lunch
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: 
 
·        Readiness of regional ANSPs to meet requirements of the Asia Pacific Seamless ANS Plan and requirements like SWIM, FF-ICE, TBO;
·        Implications of gaps between air traffic demands and capacity, and the possibility of widening gaps between regions;
·        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);
·        Changes required in policy and operations to adopt new solutions;
·        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:
Miao Xuan, Deputy Director General, Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB)
Mohd Fitri Bin Ishak, Director Air Navigation Services Technical, CAA Malaysia
Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Director General, CAA Philippines
Shoji Yoshida, Director General, Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS)
M Suresh, Member Air Navigation Services, Airports Authority of India
Victor Liu, Director-General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department (CAD Hong Kong)
14:30-15:00Networking Break
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’s ATM development.  

Speaker:
Patrick Ky, CEO, International Centre for Aviation Innovation 
15:45-16:00Closing remarks by Chairman APC3
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.

Buses will return to the hotel from 21:30 but guests are free to stay in the area and make their own way back.

Thursday 11 July

08:30-09:00Welcome Coffee
09:00-13:00CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 Exhibition
09:00-11:00Aireon Sponsored Workshop
11:00-11:30  Networking Break
11:30-13:30Indra Sponsored Workshop
13:30-14:30Networking Lunch
14:30-20:00Host Tour

Our host tour starts with a visit to Chengdu’s Panda Base, where guests can walk and see the panda’s at their own pace for two hours. As the Panda Base is quite large we will arrive at the South Gate and guests are advised to only visit the south area.

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


 
After that we will proceed to a traditional Chinese tea house for refreshment and a special show.


 
Our tour finishes with a river cruise start at 19:00, 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 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.

As a former Air Traffic Controller with over 25 years of Air Traffic Management experience, 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’ International business interests throughout the Asia Pacific region.

As the Vice President of Thales for Navigation & Surveillance, 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 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’s 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’ 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’s 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’s 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.

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.

As Chief Operating Officer of the FAA’s 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 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 ’s degrees in Safety Management  from Civil Aviation University of China and Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile of France.

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’ 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.

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’s 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 “Industry Leader of the Year” 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

Venue and Travel

The CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 will be held at the:

JinJiang Hotel, No. 80, Section 2, Renmin South Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

To book your stay at the CANSO delegate rate, please visit http://www.jjhotel.com/en_US/, enter your check-in and check-out dates, enter the promotion code “CANSO”, and click “search”. Then select the room type, and complete your reservation.

Please note the difference in room type as follows:

The VIP Room category is 52m² in size and located in the VIP building of the newer wing of the hotel.

Business Room category is 30m² in size and located in the older wing of the hotel.

You can choose breakfast for single or double occupancy, by selecting either one or or two breakfasts when booking your room.

The deadline to book your stay is Friday 21 June, after this rooms and rate will be subject to availability. Please read the full terms and conditions.

If you need to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the hotel reservation department email reservation@jjhotel.com.

Other recommended hotels

We have also secured a special rate at the following recommended hotels;

Shangri La Chengdu to book your stay please click here. Credit card information is collected for guarantee purposes, payment can made upon arrival at the hotel.

Please note that free cancellation is only available before 18:00 local time on 15 June. After this, charges will be incurred.

JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu to book your stay please click here. No advance payment will be collected, payment can be made upon check in during arrival at the Hotel. Credit card information is collected for guarantee purposes, if your arrival is later than 18:00 local time. The deadline to book is 30 June.

Airport Transfers

ATMB are kindly organising complimentary airport transfers, from and to both airports in Chengdu (Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport) to and from JinJiang Hotel only, on the peak arrival dates (7, 8 and 9 July) and peak departure dates (11, 12, 13 July). If you stay at any other hotel you may take the airports transfers to JinJiang Hotel and from there you can make your own arrangement to your hotel.

The Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is approximately one hour and thirty minutes from the JinJiang Hotel. The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is approximately one hour from the JinJiang Hotel.

Due to the distance from both airports to the JinJiang Hotel, please note that a waiting time of no more than 40 minutes is expected before each airport transfer departs.

To make use of this service please complete your full flight arrival and departure details when you register or by Friday 21 June.

Important visa information

We advise that you apply for your visa as soon as possible. Please check the visa requirements via: https://visaforchina.cn/globle/

If you require a visa invitation letter from CANSO, please tick yes in the visa section of the registration form.

If you need an invitation letter and other accompanying documents from the host, ATMB, please email visasupport@atmb.net.cn specifying your request for an invitation letter and if you need any other accompanying documents from the host for your visa application. In the email please specify what information is required on the invitation letter, for example:

  1. Title
  2. Names(s)
  3. Job Title
  4. Organisations
  5. Passport Details – Passport Number, Date of Issue, Date of expiry, Passport Issuing Authority (Country/Place of Issue), Date of entrance, Photos of front and back pages)
  6. Nationality

Should you not receive a response on your request within five days, please copy haolong@atmb.net.cn on your follow up email.

Practical Information

Location

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Chengdu’s history dates back to at least the fourth century B.C., when it served as capital for the Shu Kingdom. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation centre where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.

Conference venue

Our CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 will be held at JinJiang Hotel located in the centre of Chengdu.

The hotel address is:

JinJiang Hotel, No. 80, Section 2, Renmin South Road

Jinjiang District Chengdu

Sichuan, China

Transportation

Taxis

The easiest way to get around Chengdu is to take one of the many taxis. Taxi rides can be paid for in cash or through WeChat/Alipay.

Tourist can also use Alipay to take buses and metro.

How to set up WeChat/Alipay:

Simply download the app at your Apple or Google Play store. Then:

  • Register An Account: Click “Sign Up” or “Register” and provide your mobile number (even a foreign one).
  • Verify Your Identity: Follow through with the verification process.
  • Linking Your Foreign Credit Card

To ensure smooth communication with the driver, it is advisable to have the Chinese name and address of your destination written down, or to have a screenshot of the address to show them.

Buses

There are public buses that travel throughout Chengdu City, and taking the bus is the best and the most common way to get around the city. The buses charge 2 to 8 RMB depending on the distance. The new sightseeing buses, No.901 and No.902, have ticket takers who speak both Chinese and English and also have multimedia systems for foreigners who speak other languages. As their routes cover most of the famous and interesting tourist attractions in Chengdu City, this means of transportation has become one of the most convenient and popular choices among visitors.

Metro

Chengdu’s extensive Metro system covers the entire city with a number of different lines.

Chengdu East Railway Station is easy to get to by Either Line 2 or Line 7. Tianfu Square is linked together by Line 1 and Line 2. And if you want to visit Chunxi Road, go by Line 2 or Line 3.

For more information about the Metro, please click here.

Ride share apps

DiDi 滴滴is China’s equivalent of Uber, and allows visitors to register using an overseas credit card and phone number. To download the app head to the App Store or Google Play and search for ‘DiDi’ Download and install the DiDi app. Open the app and register using your details.

Airport Transfers

The Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is approximately one hour and thirty minutes from the JinJiang Hotel. The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is approximately one hour from the JinJiang Hotel.

ATMB are kindly organising complimentary airport transfers, from and to both airports to and from JinJiang Hotel only, on the peak arrival dates (7, 8 and 9 July) and peak departure dates (11, 12, 13 July). If you stay at any other hotel, you may take the airports transfers to JinJiang Hotel and from there you can make your own onward journey to your hotel.

Due to the distance from both airports to the JinJiang Hotel, please note that a waiting time of no more than 40 minutes is expected before each airport transfer departs.

ATMB will have a desk in the arrivals hall at both airports to help you access your transfer, which will be by shuttle bus.

VISA Information

You can find out more about China’s visa requirements here.

Please tick yes on the registration form if you require a visa invitation letter from CANSO.

If you need an invitation letter and other accompanying documents from the host, ATMB, please email visasupport@atmb.net.cn specifying your request for an invitation letter and if you need any other accompanying documents from the host for your visa application. In the email, please specify what information is required on the invitation letter, for example:

Title

Names(s)

Job Title

Organisations

Passport Details – Passport Number, Date of Issue, Date of expiry, Passport Issuing Authority (Country/Place of Issue), Date of entrance, Photos of front and back pages)

Nationality

Time Zone

The time zone in Chengdu is UTC 08:00

Language

Mandarin is the official language in Chengdu.

The CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 will be conducted in English

Currency

The official currency in Chengdu is the Renminbi (RMB), also known as the yuan. Current exchange rates can be found here.

Bank/Credit Card

In many areas of the economy, retail transactions are still generally completed on a cash basis. However, ATMs and credit or debit card payment machines are increasingly available in the retail market.

Foreign credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted in major hotels and restaurants.

Delegates are advised to bring or source the local currency to make sure they have enough to make any purchases which can’t be paid for by card.

Mobile banking is the most popular payment method in China. Most Chinese people pay by scanning QR codes or in-app payments via Alipay and WeChat Pay.

Tipping

In China tipping is not customary. If you insist on leaving a tip this may be seen as rude – and can cause acute embarrassment even if you think someone should be rewarded extra for their work. Instead, thank your hosts politely, and be respectful.

Electricity

Type A sockets are the most common in China. They are two-pronged and have round holes. If you have appliances from North America, Europe, or Australia, you will need an adapter to use them with a Type A socket.

The voltage used in Chengdu is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hertz (HZ).

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests attending the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024.

Climate

July is normally warm and sunny in Chengdu with clear blue skies and temperatures around 30°C (86 F). However, unpredictable rain showers may also occur.

Emergency contacts

General emergency line: 119

Police: 110

Ambulance: 120

Fire: 119

International dialing code

The dialing code in China is 86,and the area code in Chengdu is (0)28

Our additional sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our additional sponsors.

Indra

Lanyard sponsor

Notebook sponsor

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

Here we list the sponsorship and exhibition options available should you wish to support the CANSO Asia Pacific Conference 2024 or other CANSO global events. To find out more contact:

Mike Treacher
VP Sales
Email: Sales@canso.org

Registration

CANSO members are warmly invited to register for our conference using the form below.

Colleagues who work for the following Full CANSO Asia Pacific Member organisations can attend for free

  • AEROTHAI
  • Air Navigation And Weather Services, CAA (ANWS)
  • AirNav Indonesia
  • Airports Authority of India
  • Airport & Aviation Services (S.L.) Limited (AASL)
  • Airservices Australia
  • Air Traffic Management Bureau, CAAC (ATMB)
  • Airways New Zealand
  • CAA Bangladesh
  • CAAS
  • CAA Malaysia
  • CANS
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
  • DCA Myanmar
  • FAA ATO
  • Fiji Airports
  • Hong Kong CAD
  • JANS
  • Macau International Airport Company Limited
  • Maldives Airports Co. Ltd
  • NATS
  • NiuSky Pacific
  • VATM

Colleagues who work for other Full CANSO Members (ANSPs) can attend for a fee of EUR 595.

Colleagues who work for CANSO Associate Gold Members can attend for a fee of EUR 595.

Colleagues who work for CANSO Academia and Research Members can attend for a fee of EUR 595.

Colleagues who work for CANSO Associate Silver Members can attend for a fee of EUR 760.

To check your Associate Member status please see our CANSO Membership Directory

You are cordially invited to complete your registration here.

Event Details

8 – 11 July 2024

Chengdu, China

CANSO

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

Contact us

For all CANSO events information please contact:

CANSO Events
Tel: +31 (0)23 568 5390
Email: events@canso.org

Interested in sponsorship or exhibition space at this event?
Please contact:

Mike Treacher
VP Sales
Email: Sales@canso.org

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