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EUROCONTROL Network Manager User Forum 2024

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The EUROCONTROL Network Manager User Forum is the yearly must-attend air traffic management event for aviation's operational community. Our next edition is scheduled to take place on 31 January and 1 February 2024 at our Brussels HQ, and we hope you will be able to join us.

Organised under the theme "All together for 2024", our discussions will focus on how we can best manage the European aviation network in 2024.

The event will cover:

  • Delivering agreed capacities
  • Adverse Weather Management
  • Harmonised operational use of datalink
  • Realistic schedules, including turnaround times
  • Prioritising first rotation
  • Disciplined flight plan execution

This event offers unique operational networking opportunities, so we strongly encourage you to join us in Brussels. If you're not able to come, the event will be broadcast live on this page on 31 January and 1 February.

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EUROCONTROL Network Manager User Forum 2024

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Keynote speech

Iacopo Prissinotti EUROCONTROL

Session 1: Delivering agreed capacities

Stéphanie Vincent EUROCONTROL

Session 1: DANUBE FAB ANSPs challenges for the Summer 2024

Ivan Hassamski & Adrian Florea BULATSA & ROMATSA

Session 1: Delivering agreed capacities

Xavier Benavent Navarro ENAIRE

Introduction to the new Network Manager Operations Centre

Steven Moore EUROCONTROL

Session 2: Adverse Weather Management

Yolanda Portillo EUROCONTROL

Session 2: Meteorology and ATFM - The "FAA Way"

Vern Payne & Paul Amen FAA & American Airlines

Session 3: Datalink in 2024 - THE ANSP perspective

Victor Jagasits EUROCONTROL MUAC

Session 3: Harmonised operational use of datalink

Olivier Misset & Odile Prigent DSNA

Session 3: Datalink operations

Christophe Visée EUROCONTROL

Session 3: Enhancing DPDLC Usage - Overcoming Challenges and Improving Efficiency

Carlos Sequeira Ryanair

Session 3: The Cockpit Operational use of Datalink

Francisco Hoyas EUROCONTROL

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Session 4: Impact of AO Schedules

Raffaele Russo EUROCONTROL

Session 4: Schedule resilience and challenges for the Network

Vincent Treve EUROCONTROL

Session 4: Schedule Resilience

Gráinne Murphy Dublin Airport

Session 4: Realistic schedules, including turnaround times

Yves De Wandeler EUROCONTROL

Session 4: Realistic schedules, including turnaround times

Carina Forsell SAS

Session 5: Prioritising First Rotation

Jarek Niewinski EUROCONTROL

Session 6: Disciplined Flight Plan Execution

Chris Peregrine EUROCONTROL

Session 6: FPL Adherence Intruder Flights

Anita Eder Austrocontrol

Session 6: Jet2.com Flight Level Adherence

Charlotte Flannery Jet2.com

Session 6: Disciplined Flight Plan Execution

Slavi Stoyanov EUROCONTROL

Session 7: NM User Forum 2024 - Main Takeaways

Antonio Licu & Kenneth Thomas EUROCONTROL
About the Forum

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager User Forum is the yearly must-attend air traffic management event for aviation's operational community. The 2024 edition took place on 31 January and 1 February 2024 at our Brussels HQ.

Organised under the theme "All together for 2024", our discussions focussed on how we can best manage the European aviation network in 2024.

The event covered:

  • Delivering agreed capacities
  • Adverse Weather Management
  • Harmonised operational use of datalink
  • Realistic schedules, including turnaround times
  • Prioritising first rotation
  • Disciplined flight plan execution

Photos from the event

Network manager User Forum 2024

Agenda

10:30 - 11:00

Opening & Keynote

Raúl Medina Caballero
Director General,
EUROCONTROL
Iacopo Prissinotti
Director Network Manager,
EUROCONTROL
11:00 - 12:30

Session 1: Delivering agreed capacities

This session will provide an overview of:

  • the expected challenges for Summer 2024;
  • the outlook for traffic and capacity; and
  • the main actions that the Network Manager and operational stakeholders will need to take.

We will be examining the impact of the Transition Plans for Major Projects, the need to fully implement the Network Operations Plan commitments and the preparation for major military exercises – as well as reviewing best practices for delivering capacity.

Moderated by:
Razvan Bucuroiu
Razvan Bucuroiu
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Stéphanie Vincent, EUROCONTROL
Ivan Hassamski, BULATSA
Adrian Florea, ROMATSA
Xavier Benavent Navarro, ENAIRE

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Session 2: Adverse Weather Management

This exciting session will look at the issues for the Network caused by adverse weather. In Summer 2023 some of the most penalizing regulations (in delay terms) were caused by "weather". If we want to improve, we must do something differently – but what? Timelines for regulations, a forecast matrix approach, the "FAA method"– and can technology and AI help? Together with a panel of experts, we will delve into the subject in more detail to find ways of achieving better outcomes!

Moderated by:
Yolanda Portillo
Yolanda Portillo
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Vern Payne, FAA
Paul Amen, American Airlines
Martin Dijkzeul, KLM
Cüneyt Altuner, Sunexpress
Clemens Weidemann, Deutscher Wetterdienst
Stéphanie Crocetti-Pappon, DSNA
Holger Schneider, DFS
Fabrice Vanliefferinge, EUROCONTROL

15:30 - 16:00

Break

16:00 - 17:30

Session 3: Harmonised operational use of datalink

In this session, we will emphasize the importance of pilots and controllers increasing their use of datalink to support the provision of more airspace capacity in Summer 2024. Designed to boost both safety and productivity through digital messaging between the cockpit and air traffic control, and mandated under EU legislation, we are seeing a growing number of aircraft being equipped. The supporting ground network connections are also nearing completion.

But implementation has not been the smoothest ride, and uptake needs to increase to provide more capacity during the busiest traffic period of the year. Our presenters will share their datalink experience with you – from both pilot and controller perspectives. They will cover its advantages – and what to watch out for in daily usage.

You will also hear about what the plans are for increased digitalisation in the years to come and the increased operational efficiency that the next generation of datalink will bring. But the priority now has to be to implement fully the current generation of datalink!

Moderated by:
Paul Bosman
Paul Bosman
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Viktor Jagasits, EUROCONTROL MUAC
Olivier Misset, DSNA
Christophe Visée, EUROCONTROL
Carlos Sequeira, Pilot, B737, Ryanair
Francisco Hoyas, Pilot, A350/A330, Iberia

17:30 - 19:00

Networking drink

9:00 - 10:30

Session 4: Realistic schedules, including turnaround times

This session will highlight the benefits of setting realistic schedules for smooth operations, from the strategic phase to the day of operations. Some challenges regarding scheduling will be discussed and the potential impact at local and network level will be identified. Best practices will be shared and their positive outcome will be explored.

Moderated by:
Stephanie Vincent
Stéphanie Vincent
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Raffaele Russo, EUROCONTROL
Vincent Treve, EUROCONTROL
Grainne Murphy, Dublin Airport
Yves De Wandeler, EUROCONTROL
Carina Forsell, SAS

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 5: Prioritising first rotation

For this session, we will delve into what difference can be made to the Network by prioritising the first rotation, and how this can be done. Practical examples from Summer 2023, both good and not so good, will help define the issue and the panel discussion will look at what can be practically done to prioritise first departures, allowing for your questions and inputs as we go!

Moderated by:
Steven Moore
Steven Moore
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Jarek Niewinski, EUROCONTROL
Oliver Russ, Vienna Airport
Stephen Fox, NATS Network Operations
Anthony Leggat, EUROCONTROL
Dirk Bresser, APOC Schiphol Airport

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Session 6: Disciplined flight plan execution

In a busy network, disciplined flight plan execution has become increasingly important. Deviations from the expected route (vertically, laterally or in time) increase the volatility of sector loads and can lead to reductions in capacity/increases in delay. On the other hand, such deviations can save time and money for operators in a competitive environment.

In this session, we will explore how we can balance the need for predictability with the demand for flexibility, looking at some of the causes and the impact on the various network stakeholders. A panel discussion and a Q&A session will help to explore these issues and consider possible mitigations.

Moderated by:
Chris Peregrine
Chris Peregrine
EUROCONTROL

Featuring:
Anita Eder, Austrocontrol
Charlotte Flannery, Jet2.com
Slavi Stoyanov, EUROCONTROL

15:00 - 15:30

Close-out & Wrap-up

Antony Licu
Tony Licu
EUROCONTROL
Ken Thomas
Ken Thomas
EUROCONTROL

Exhibition

The Cyber Security stand will present security solutions and best practices for ANSPs and aviation stakeholders:

  • the latest available threat intelligence and expert guidance on how to enhance the security of operational systems
  • penetration tests on aviation systems and EUROCONTROL's cyber threat intelligence services
  • a summary of the most common cyber-attacks on aviation – and measures that have proven effective at mitigating such attacks • new artificial intelligence developments supporting cyber activities in the aviation sector
  • a debrief on some of the latest cybersecurity solutions at EUROCONTROL, including the roadmap to improved DDoS protection and the EUROCONTROL Security Operations Centre.

The massive rise in GNSS Radio Frequency Interference in recent years, with increasingly widespread GNSS jamming, is threatening the safety and efficiency of network operations. EUROCONTROL offers a wide range of tools, guidelines and supporting stakeholders to mitigate the risk of GNSS RFI across the network.

Explore a world of aviation learning opportunities at the EUROCONTROL Aviation Learning Centre (ALC) stand! Discover our comprehensive training programme on Airports, as well as our diverse training portfolio on UAS. Stop by to meet our ALC colleagues—they're ready to assist with all your learning-related needs.

The Network Operations stands will provide demos on 2 key network tools:

  • The Network Manager Portal - Flight and Flow (NMP), collaboration applications that enable our operational stakeholders to interact and collaborate with the Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC)
  • Flight efficiency Group Rerouting tool (GRRT), a tool that gives aircraft operators visibility on other possible routing options in the network, helping them select shorter and more efficient routes, while also enabling them to identify possible inefficiencies in their flight planning considering their specific business criteria.

Got any questions related to accessing NM Systems and/or Services? Then come and visit the NM User Relations stand. Our colleagues will provide you with all the information and details you need on a range of matters including:

  • NMP, NOP & CHMI access
  • B2B access, including an overview of the available services
  • Other NM tools and applications
  • General requests for information
  • How to keep your contact details up to date

A unique forum for participants

This EUROCONTROL NM User Forum is a great opportunity for participants from air navigation service providers, airlines, airports, competent authorities, the military and the aviation industry to:

  • outline your priorities and expectations for 2024
  • better understand stakeholder and NM challenges
  • discuss with NM operational experts at the dedicated exhibition
  • exchange views and take an active part in the discussions.

To enhance your networking experience, we provide you with a list of participants who have consented for their data to be shared for that purpose.

Participation

Due to high demand and reaching physical capacity, registration for the NM User Forum 2024 and registration for the waiting list have now both closed. Thank you for your understanding.

Photography and filming

There will be photography and/or filming at this event and your image may be captured by us and used for communications purposes in print or on our website. By registering for the event you are giving us permission to use your image in this way. If you have any questions, contact us.