World ATM Congress 2018

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The Award Winning World ATM Congress 
In just five years, World ATM Congress has built a reputation for excellence, earning the Gold for Best Congress overall from the Eventoplus Awards for its inaugural 2013 edition and recognition as one of the Best Congress/Conferences in 2014 at the EuBEA (European Best Events Awards) Festival.

CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, and ATCA, the Air Traffic Control Association, deliver the innovation and education you need to meet ATM’s future head-on. A global mix of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Air Traffic Management (ATM) experts, and leading product developers and service providers will converge in Madrid, 6-8 March 2018, at the sixth annual World ATM Congress – the largest international exhibition and industry forum of its kind.

Event Profile

  • Onsite Exhibition: What You Can Expect in Madrid

    More than 7,100 people walked the halls of the World ATM Congress Exhibition in 2016. We expect even greater participation this year. The Exhibition is where networking takes place and business is done. It draws from more than 125 countries and represents the entire spectrum of the ATM industry.

    Free Education at World ATM Congress

    Presentation Theatres are an integral part of the World ATM Congress experience. These complimentary forums presented in the heart of the Exhibition Hall provide the opportunity to learn the latest trends and developments from industry leaders. Learn more about activities at the five Presentation Theaters.

  • World ATM Congress 2017 Conference

    Air traffic management (ATM) is a complex, high technology industry characterised by a focus on safety, a dependence on humans and a fragmented governance structure based on State-by-State institutional arrangements. It is on the cusp of significant changes as a result of deployment of new technologies, new entrants to airspace and to the ATM industry, increasing competition and the ever-present pressures from airlines and other airspace users for improved performance and cost efficiency.

    Despite the desire for harmonised global approaches, ‘single’ regional skies and air traffic flows based on user requirements rather than national boundaries, the industry faces significant political and institutional barriers to change. Furthermore, there is considerable diversity among air navigation service providers with regard to national and regional cultures, organisation and business models, levels of traffic density, traffic complexity, ATM infrastructure and technological platforms. The ‘what’ needs to be done to facilitate transformation is often clear while the ‘how’ to achieve it remains elusive.

    The Conference of World ATM Congress 2017 considers how best to ‘create the right culture’ that will facilitate desired change, quicker, in this complex environment. It will start with an airline view – not just of the airline requirements but how the airline business has coped with and facilitated major changes and how it is seeking to respond to geopolitical changes and events. It will then look at achieving better performance through people and at how to collaborate more effectively between multiple stakeholders. It will take a fresh look at a specific example of the challenges of change in ATM – how to integrate remotely piloted aircraft systems and drones safely into and alongside airspace.

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Organisers of the World ATM Congress:
CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation
ATCA, the Air Traffic Control Association