Air Traffic Management

LocationMarylebone, Central London

This Air Transport short course examines issues in air traffic management, including economic, regulatory and performance aspects. We will discuss current procedures, regulations, policies and data sources, in addition to the latest research and European planning in SESAR. You will also explore the technical aspects of flow management, flight planning and performance measurement.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for air transport professionals, such as:

  • middle management at both airlines and airports
  • management from air transport related industries (eg software/solutions development)
  • employees at air navigation service providers
  • employees working in airline scheduling, airport management and operations, and ATM research functions

Academics from research institutes and universities, especially those engaged in air transport research, also will find the course beneficial for their work and research

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Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
8 April 2019 2 days Monday to Tuesday, 9.30am–5.30pm £545*/£595 Already started

*Early-bird discount if you book by 4 March 2019.

Course content

This course ranges from presenting the principles of air traffic management through to introducing advanced future concepts. Flow management and current flight planning are explained before the main features of operation of domestic airspace and oceanic airspace are compared, and ATC at the world’s busiest dual-runway airport (Heathrow) is set in the context of future expansion challenges. Performance measurement is explained across the main global regions with insights into KPIs and the regulatory context.
 
The main operational and technical content of SESAR and its Key Features are explained, followed by dedicated sessions discussing trajectory-based and free-route operations, the key challenges and benefits of increased automation, and the vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies relating to cybersecurity.
 
A discussion of modelling approaches in ATM is complemented by a session on key datasets available to support aviation research, with an overview of the research landscape in SESAR, its main events and funding mechanisms, and insights into an ongoing SESAR research project.
 
The course will equip participants new to the area with air traffic management knowledge that is necessary and relevant in a number of airline, airport and other air transport industry functions. It furnishes industry middle management and researchers with complementary knowledge to their existing job/research functions (eg airline scheduling, airport management and operations; ATM research). Each session is presented by a senior expert in the field, with a balance between practitioners from industry and leading academic researchers.
 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • evaluate and assess current issues in air traffic management
  • critically appraise current air traffic management and flight planning methods and practices, identifying future challenges, considering planned improvements and new concepts
  • identify key research areas in air traffic management, citing applied examples and new methods

Tutor information

Each session is presented by a senior expert in the field, with a balance between practitioners from industry and leading academic researchers. The course lecturers are:

  • Dr Andrew Cook, Principal Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • Dr Luis Delgado, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • Dr Gérald Gurtner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • Graham Tanner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • Julie Cranch, Head of Strategic Operational Development, NATS
  • Adrian Clark, Manager Advanced Concepts, Future ATM & Policy, NATS
  • David Bowen, Chief ATM, SESAR Joint Undertaking
  • Professor Francisco Javier Saez Nieto, University of Cranfield & SESAR Scientific Committee
  • Matt Shreeve, Principal Consultant, Helios

Organisers

This seminar is one of a number of short courses organised by the Department of Planning and Transport at the University of Westminster. Each course provides an in-depth analysis of a topical issue through a limited number of high class, detailed presentations.

The Department of Planning and Transport has been involved with air transport research, consultancy and teaching for 40 years. The University’s association with aviation goes back much further, however, as it was here in the 19th Century that Sir George Cayley first demonstrated the principles of flight.

Day 1 (Monday 8 April 2019) (current operations)

Time Title Speaker
9.15–9.30am Registration  
9.30–9.45am Welcome

 

9.45–10.45am The principles of air traffic flow management

Dr Luis Delgado,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

10.45–11.30am An introduction to flight planning and ATM messaging

Graham Tanner,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

11.30am–12pm Coffee  
12–12.50pm The principles of air traffic flow management

Dr Luis Delgado,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

12.50–2.30pm Lunch break

 

2.30–3.20pm SESAR - a high-level content view of the programme

Ruben Flohr,

Interim Head of ATM,

SESAR Joint Undertaking

3.20–3.10pm Meeting the Challenges of London Airspace

Melodi Irfan,

Manager Operational Concept Development,

NATS

4.10–4.40pm Tea  
4.40–5.30pm Performance Management in ATM (I)

Dr Andrew Cook,

Principal Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

 

Day 2 (Tuesday 9 April 2019) (future concept and research)

Time Title Speaker
9.30–10.15am Performance Management in ATM (I)

Bertie Aspinall,

Senior Consultant,

Helios

10.15–11am Future Concepts in ATM

Dr Luis Delgado,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

11–11.30am Coffee

 

11.30am–12.15pm

Essential data sources in aviation and ATM

Graham Tanner

12.15pm–1pm Delays in European Aviation: Trends and Costs

Dr Andrew Cook,

Principal Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

1–2.30pm Lunch break

 

2.30–3.15pm Modelling methods in aviation – comparative benefits

Dr Gérald Gurtner,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

3.15–4pm Machine Learning in ATM (II): Forecasting Safety Risk and Performance

Dr Andrew Cook,

Principal Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

4–4.30pm

Tea

 
4.30–5.20pm Vista -  a Novel, Multi-Layer Model for Long-Term KPI ALignments Forecasts

Dr Gérald Gurtner,

Senior Research Fellow,

University of Westminster

Venue

The University of Westminster is conveniently situated in the heart of London at 35 Marylebone Road – 100 metres east of Baker Street underground station and directly opposite Madame Tussauds. It is also only 10 minutes walk from Oxford Street. 

 

Course fees

The course fees include:
  • Morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch each day 
  • Tour of historic London pubs on the Monday evening (participants pay for their own food and drink on the pub tour)
Seminar lecture notes will be given to all delegates on arrival.