Weather Resilience Forum

21 October 2015

 

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager is organising the Network Weather Resilience Forum in Brussels, at EUROCONTROL’s headquarters.

How to proactively manage weather’s impact on performance?

Severe weather and natural hazards disrupt air traffic flows and generate significant delay. In the first two months of 2015, bad weather was responsible for 69% of airport arrivals’ delay.

If not managed properly, hazards to aviation associated with severe weather can lead to unsafe, heavy workloads for pilots and controllers and, ultimately, to potential losses of separation and aircraft accidents.

Severe weather affects the airspace users’ operations: it has an impact on flight efficiency and jeopardises the achievement of overall delay targets, at both local and network levels.

The Network Manager supports the concept that the effective management of severe weather and natural hazards is pivotal in improving the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations and ATC service provision in Europe.

Guided by the regulatory requirements and in order to proactively improve the Network’s performance, the Network Manager developed a weather and natural hazards resilience tool; it is also developing and streamlining its weather and natural hazards resilience process.

There are tangible opportunities for performance gains to be made if the risk of weather impact can be assessed more accurately and if risk management strategies are applied proactively.

Objectives

The main objective of the Forum is to adopt a common strategy to:

  • share proactive alerts for weather-induced risks
  • collaboratively assess the potential network impact
  • jointly elaborate and implement an operations plan that mitigates the impact
  • agree on a collaborative decision-making (CDM) approach and a common procedure.

Speakers

Title Speaker(s) Presentations

Day 1

Welcome Gianni Lenti
Head of NMOC
 
Keynote by Director Network Manager Joe Sultana
Director Network Manager
 
Impact of climate changes on ATM capacity Doug Johnson
UK Met Office
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Network weather delay trends 2013-2015 Gianni Lenti
Head of NMOC
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How NMOC supports anticipation of impacting weather

Chris Wells
NM Aircraft Operator Liaison Office
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Anticipating and managing a weather threat:
Airport processes
Thomas Romig
Geneva Airport
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Anticipating and managing a weather threat:
ACC processes for en-route
Ralph Michalke
Austro Control
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Anticipating and managing a weather threat:
FABEC weather induced delay

Handling mandatory RR in case of TS surrounding airports
Klaus Lang
FABEC
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The added value of collaborative process
Chris Butler
Heathrow Airport
Andy Robertson
Heathrow Airport
James Shapland
UK Met Office
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Day 2

The gains of an aligned weather impact management Tzvetomir Blajev
NM Safety Unit
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MET LEX training course and
MET in SESAR, state of play
Dennis Hart
EUROCONTROL

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The value of anticipating a weather threat:
The pilots’ view
Klaus Sievers
ECA
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The value of anticipating a weather threat:
The flight dispatchers’ view
Chris Woodland
Thomas Cook
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The value of anticipating a weather threat:
A different point of view
Tobin Miller
American Airlines
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The value of anticipating a weather threat:
Network Resilience Tool (NRT) and trial results
Philippe Lenne
Network Manager
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Network solutions – next steps Gianni Lenti Download