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World ATM Announces Keynote Speaker

19 February 2015 / Alexandria, Va. - World ATM Congress announces that Peter F. Hartman, vice chairman, Air France-KLM will be the keynote speaker for the delegate's programme and will present at 10.00 on 10 March in the World ATM Delegate Theatre. The award-winning World ATM Congress will be held in Madrid on 10-12 March and is expected to draw in excess of 6,000 professionals from more than 100 countries representing the entire air traffic management (ATM) industry.  

Mr. Hartman was awarded a royal decoration by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, Kingdom of the Netherlands, who appointed him Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Netherlands aviation industry. The decoration was to acknowledge the role Mr. Hartman played in the merger between Air France and KLM, his attention for the network, the development of the hub, and the jobs that were created.

As keynote, Mr. Hartman will expand on the World ATM Congress programme theme, "Smart Choices in a Challenging Environment," which explores how the ATM industry can best respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow. He will offer the perspective of an airline executive with intimate knowledge of airline industry matters at the global and association (IATA) levels.

Mr. Hartman will comment from the airline viewpoint on the ATM industry from a broad strategic vantage, including transforming the ATM/aviation industry, implementing new technologies and infrastructure, improving efficiency, and working in partnership.

We are also honoured that Ana Maria Pastor Julian, Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Spain, will be opening the conference.

The conference takes place on the mornings of 10 and 11 March as part of the larger World ATM Congress event held at the Feria de Madrid, which features three days of free education and an exhibition representing 196 organizations. For the first time, the Conference Delegates' Theatre will be located in the centre of the action on the exhibition floor allowing delegates more efficient use of their time spent at the Congress.

World ATM Congress has grown in size and reputation, allowing it to keep the pledge it made three years ago at its inaugural - to reduce costs as the quality continues to increase. Registration fees for the programme have reduced by nearly half and include two lunches where participants are able to share their perspective and experience regarding the most pressing issues affecting the industry.

The conference programme will present three informative sessions, each with an impressive roster of experts addressing a different challenge:

Smart Choices in an Interconnected World - Smart choices can exploit yet manage and control the data and systems that will be fundamental to the future of ATM.

  • Moderator:
    • Philip Clinch, VP Aircraft Services, SITA
  • Speakers:
    • Kevin L. Hiatt, Senior Vice President, Safety and Flight Operations, IATA
    • Soh Poh Theen, Deputy Director-General (ANS), CAAS
    • Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, SESAR JU
    • Edward L. Bolton, Jr., Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration
    • Jeff Snyder, Vice President Cyber Programs, Raytheon Company

Smart Choices for Building Sustainable ATM Networks - How can we ensure enhanced regional cooperation and regional focus? What would ATM look like if it was completely subject to international market forces?

  • Moderator:
    • Todd Donovan, Vice President of Global Strategy & Marketing, Air Traffic Management,Thales
  • Speakers:
    • Amadou Ousmane Guitteye, Director General, ASECNA
    • Ahmed Ibrahim Al Jallaf, Assistant Director General for ANS, GCAA UAE and Chairman, ICAO Middle East Airspace Enhancement Programme
    • Patrik Peters, President & CEO, IFATCA
    • Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager, EUROCONTROL

Smart Choices in a Disruptive Future - There are a number of challenges facing our industry: growing economic pressures, slow acceptance of new technologies, and the need for regulatory reaction to the changes.   

  • Moderator:
    • Ed Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Airways New Zealand
  • Speakers:
    • Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS
    • Don Thoma, President & CEO, Aireon LLC
    • Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
    • Rob Eagles, Director Air Traffic Management and Infrastructure, IATA
    • Leo Mondale, President, Inmarsat Aviation  

Registration is still open for the World ATM Congress. You are encouraged to visit for more information and register today.

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