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Air traffic management (ATM) professionals from across the globe will be meeting in Beijing at the ATC Global exhibition and conference, the place for this international community to do business from Sept. 17-19.

Running for its 24th year with full backing from China’s Air Navigation Service provider (ATMB) and China’s Aviation Regulator (CAAC), ATC Global will facilitate business partnerships and knowledge sharing between colleagues from over 100 countries, at the same time delivering an in-depth and varied educational program offering cross-industry perspectives and the opportunity for vigorous discussion and debate.

“China is the fastest growing aviation market in the world, and as we strive to improve the performance of the air traffic management network, we need to look beyond Europe in order to develop connections with the global network. We therefore look forward to ATC Global and the opportunities that it can offer,” stated Frank Brenner, director general, Eurocontrol.

Reflecting CAAC and ATMB’s support of ATC Global 2014, Wang Zhiqing, DDG CAAC and Wang Liya, DG ATMB will be opening the three-day conference focused on spearheading growth.

Later on Sept. 17, Dr. Joe Tymczyszyn, executive director, U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), Ralph Riedle, chairman, Performance Review Commission and a senior representative from Airbus will lead a session on ATM demand, capacity and efficiency across global markets, using China as a case study.

On day two, the SESAR JU, ATMB and Thales will explore how different regions from around the world are managing the transition towards global system harmonization, using guidance from ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) framework.

International collaboration, which is critical for the development of ATM, will be discussed in a session later in the day. Pierre Bachelier, head of ATM program engineering, Airbus will review the impact of ATM developments in the cockpit.

On the final day of the conference, panelists from CAAC, Eurocontrol, Airbus-Prosky and SESAR will review the integral role of the airport in fulfilling key areas of the ASBU framework, in their role as nodes on the ATM system. Speakers will outline where ATM performance improvements have already been achieved at airports and will consider other initiatives underway, their impact and future plans.

The conference will also include thought-leadership sessions considering the impact of new technologies and procedures, including the introduction of remotely piloted aircraft in civil airspace, and collaboration between civil and military airspace managers.

A program of free educational workshops that feature: Single European Sky programs; NextGen, Airport developments in China; ATM performance benchmarking and Global Air Traffic Flow Management will be running alongside the conference, in addition to an exhibitor-led seminar program on the exhibition floor. Both will be open to visitors, exhibitors and delegates at ATC Global and will also cover topics including the introduction of centralized services; air navigation charges services and; an informal review of aircraft tracking and surveillance in context of the disappearance of MH370.

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