The IATA Safety and Flight Operations conference is the event where we, as an industry – airlines, regulators, national and international organizations, and other aviation stakeholders – explore key topics affecting us, and share ideas and experiences that will influence the future development of safety and flight operations.
This conference is intended for senior management, along with new entrants to aviation, disruptors and innovators. Our goal is to create better synergies on existing frameworks, and innovative approaches on how we can work and learn together.
Join more than 300 delegates from around the world in Barcelona from April 2nd to 4th.
Who you will meet:
SFO 2019 is being built around the theme of "disruption / disruptors" and how they are driving Industry changes, and consequently the need for airlines, CAA's and all other aviation stakeholders, including international organizations like IATA, to acknowledge these changes and figure out quickly how to adapt.
Today’s aviation disruptors are “game-changers”. New technologies, new transportation models, and entrants to the civil aviation system are influencing our industry at an incredible pace. Yet, the aviation industry has a regulatory framework that has been virtually unchanged for decades. The regulatory response to the technologies and new business models will have a direct impact on how prepared we are as an industry to not only survive but prosper in this new era of aviation.
Automated systems in today’s aircraft has allowed aviation to become incredibly safe, but are pilots becoming too reliant on them? Be part of the discussion as pilots, manufacturers and safety experts examine if “automation complacency” is a real safety risk, if the role between the pilot and the aircraft has shifted, and if so, what changes are needed?
Where does technological advances begin for civil aviation? Augmented intelligence by way of fast decision making, based on volumes of data and analyzed through time, is starting to make its arrival given modern aircraft are nothing more than flying data centers. This at a time when civil aviation is challenged by a rising number of passengers and higher flight volumes, coupled with additional infrastructure unable to keep pace. Based on all the indicators, this growth will not slow. Therein lies the challenge of living and working in an electronic world by way of managing the risk that technology brings. Having flexible systems at one’s disposal is not a means for a cavalier approach; risk must be assessed.
Airline vulnerabilities to hacking will also be addressed.
With the accelerated growth of automation, robotics, UAS, and AI, are we about to see a transformation in air traffic management and its infrastructure? Will all these disruptors boost productivity and innovation speed in ATM? What will the future ATM system look like and how will it be able to manage all the traffic (existing and new airspace users)? This panel of industry and technology experts will discuss the opportunities that disruptors could unlock for traffic management.
This session promises to be very interactive and will involve collaborative dialogue on issues that matter to you. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit six tables with experts hosting various topics of discussion. All will have the opportunity to interact, engage and contribute in this small round-table environment. This speed-networking and information sharing session promises to be informative, interactive and will offer valuable networking opportunities. Truly a great way to wrap up the second day of this exciting event!
Table Topics will include: Fatigue Management, Aviation Skills Shortage, Cyber Security, Drones, Safety Culture, Turbulence Mitigation and more!
The aviation industry has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce fuel burn and consequently carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, however it is not enough. The global rise of temperature and sea levels are creating significant risks to aviation safety and operations.
Expert presentations on in situ real-time turbulence data generation and mitigation tools and strategies to reduce turbulence related events, fuel burn, Co2 emmissions etc.
The conference will close with an internationally recognized Millennial keynote speaker, generations expert, and Inc.com columnist. His content and presentations inspire and equip thousands of people every week around the world making him a leading voice on Millennials in the workplace.
New aircraft produce significant amounts of data that is designed to elevate flight to new levels of performance while ensuring safety of operations.
The industry sees the data as the new fuel and industry stakeholders have been working feverishly on solutions to improve various areas such as fuel efficiency, turbulence avoidance, aircraft health monitoring or simplifying tracking of aircraft and its parts.
The access, control and use of data are still significant questions that need to be answered; how and who will have access to that data, how will its use help reduce airlines costs and increase efficiencies, is there room for a collaborative approach between all interested parties and new innovators-experts in data analytics.
Table Hosts: Ashish Jain, Senior Vice-President, Group Safety and Security, Qatar Airways & Chris Markou, Head, Operational Cost Management, Flight Operations, IATA
The objectives of this bistro table are to open discussions around Pilot, Maintenance and Air Traffic Controller shortages and to identify potential solutions and best practices to mitigate the negative effects of the Aviation Skill Shortage.
The participants will have the opportunity to express any assistance that IATA can help with by interacting with Captain Roger Quinn, UPS Director of Training,
Table Host: Captain Roger Quinn, UPS Director of Training, UPS & Yann Renier, Head, Training and Qualification, IATA
In various areas of the world, we are facing a capacity crisis both with airports (ground and approach) and enroute airspace.
In order to be able to meet the demand for air travelers, action needs to be taken today.
Inability to absorb this demand may cause the many economic and social benefits that air connectivity brings to be lost, in detriment to the World economy. How can the Industry work in a cooperative manner to ensure a greater understanding by authorities, regulators, and stakeholders of the need to take action to ensure capacity is improved in a cost-efficient manner, to future-proof the system in the air and on the ground for air passenger growth?
Table Hosts: TBC
As the aviation industry continues to evolve, and the need for improved capacity is made more evident, IATA is concerned that we are losing sight of one of the basic requirements, namely collaboration.
As ICAO moves toward completing the standards for SWIM, TBO, and FF-ICE, there is one important module that will play a key role, CDM or “Collaborative Decision Making”.
Although fairly straight forward, the actual CDM process has taken an interesting turn.
This bistro will discuss the differences between CDM and the more targeted Airport-CDM (A-CDM), and how these two processes will need to work effectively in order to ensure stakeholders are able to participate in the decision making process.
Table Host: Daniel Vaca, Head, ATM Harmonisation & Global Policy, IATA
With increased aircraft e-Enablement, Connectivity and Digitization comes an enhanced probability of a cyber event. Therefore, advancements in electronic proficiency including: flight efficiency, customer service, security, operations and the passenger experience—both in the air and on the ground comes heightened risk. The cyber environment in which aviation operates will not go away, whereby modern systems must be designed with cyber security in mind.
Table Hosts: Jim DeYoung, Vice President, Network Operations Center, United Airlines & John Synnott, Manager, Flight Operations Information Technology, IATA
The aviation industry has a track record of driving innovation and transformation.
So it is not unusual that after 100 years of the first commercial flight, technological advancements are still changing how we fly; from unnamed flying taxis to space tourism.
With all this additional activity and new users, how can we ensure that our skies remain safe? Join this bistro to discuss these topics and exchange ideas.
Table Hosts: David Morgan, Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer / Chief Pilot, Air New Zealand and IATA OPC Chair & Ruby Sayyed, Head ATM Advocacy, IATA
IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) requires a two-stage auditing function, the assessment of the provision being documented, followed by an assessment of the provision being implemented.
This core IOSA principle is to ensure that the implementation assessment is based on standard operating practices and not on undocumented practices, for which standardization cannot be assured.
To improve the quality and completeness of the IOSA evaluations, IATA introduces the measurement of effectiveness.
The purpose of the assessment is to validate if an ISARP has been implemented effectively or not, in accordance with criteria established in the IOSA Standards Manual (ISM).
Join the bistro to better understand the intention behind the method and get the answers to your questions from an IATA subject matter expert.
Table Hosts: Michel Gaudreau, Senior Vice President of Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Korean Air & Catalin Cotrut, Director, Audit Programs, IATA
Fatigue has become one of the major safety concerns, and prescriptive measures and the shortage of crew members will only increase the risk.
We will be discussing on a holistic approach to crew fatigue.
Fatigue Performance Data and how benchmarking can assist in operational efficiency and regulatory decision-making.
Table Hosts: Jim Mangie, Captain, Pilot Fatigue Program Director, Delta Air & Claudia Mariscal, Project Manager, Operational Data Management, IATA
FDM/FOQA has been an integral part of operational safety for many years. Recent years however have seen an evolution in the way flight data is being utilized across departments. The availability of improved technologies, data transmission and new analysis techniques have opened the platform to conversations around subjects such as:
Table Host: Matteo Bombara, Manager, Flight Data Connect, IATA
Airlines are facing an increase in the number of States deciding to impose additional foreign authorization / validation requirements of their Air Operators Certificates even when those Certificates are already issued and approved by ICAO Contracting States.
These developments do not appear to be aligned with the founding principles of the Chicago Convention
How can the industry – in a collective effort – stop the growth of these approval schemes which are not bringing tangible safety benefits but regulatory and financial burden to the airlines on top of what is already required by their Competent Authorities.
Table Hosts: Dragos Munteanu, Assistant Director, Safety and Flight Operations, Europe, IATA
The changes implemented in ISAGO in January 2018 have made a significant difference in the audit program management.
Ground service providers are experiencing audits that get to the detail of their management and operational processes.
The IATA selected and qualified, independent auditors assess against provisions designed to establish standardized station ground operations aligned with corporate policies and procedures and IGOM.
An average of 19 findings are raised per audit. The IATA Operations Committee was impressed, so was the IATA Board of Governors.
The BoG’s opinion, shared by OPC, is that the time is right for IATA members to embrace ISAGO.
At their meeting in December 2018, the BoG instructed IATA to develop and propose an implementation strategy whereby ISAGO registration becomes mandatory for all ground service providers contracted by IATA members.
Come and join us to share your views on the potential ISAGO mandate.
Table Host: Monika Mejstrikova, Director, Quality and Risk Management, IATA
With the advent of new technologies, notably, lithium batteries with higher power, the design standards for fire detection, suppression and mitigation in aircraft cargo bays, are being scrutinized, since they have remained primarily unchanged since the 1950’s.
However, updated design standards are just a start. The IATA Safety Group has suggested a multi-level approach be adopted to manage this ongoing safety risk.
Join members of IATA’s Safety Group and OPC, who are at the heart of the matter, to share your views on this risk and discuss potential mitigations from both an Operator and Industry perspective.
Table Hosts: Rick Howell, General Manager Group Safety and Operational Risk Management, Cathay Pacific Airways & Cathay Dragon, and IATA Safety Group Chair
Accident investigations have identified a poor Safety Culture as a factor that increases the probability and severity of occurrence of accidents.
The existence and understanding of an organization’s Safety Culture is a prerequisite for successful and effective SMS implementation.
Consequently, to improve safety performance, it is necessary for all organizations to continuously improve their Safety Culture through a cycle of self-assessment, understanding and action.
Join the discussion about how to build and maintain a strong positive Safety Culture.
Table Hosts: Sergio Quito, Chief Operating Officer, GOL & Mariam Khojayan, Manager, Safety Program Development and Promotion, IATA
IATA has developed a turbulence sharing platform (IATA Turbulence Aware) to consolidate, standardize and enable access to worldwide real-time objective turbulence data collected from multiple airlines around the globe.
The primary purpose of the Turbulence Aware system is to provide airline pilots and airline operation center personnel with real-time, very detailed turbulence awareness and support a global industry shift towards data-driven turbulence mitigation.
Table Host: Brent King, Head, Flight Operations Efficiency, IATA
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A city for visionaries
The fourth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris and Istanbul, and the most visited city in Spain, Barcelona is famous, above all, for its architecture. Aside from the visual impact, the architecture of the city presents shining examples of forward thinking, many of which can be found in its Eixample district, itself a vision of a new city.
In 1855, Barcelona city hall launched a competition to link the old city with the surrounding towns after the medieval walls were torn down. Ildefons Cerdà’s modernistic grid plan, with rounded corners to improve light, visibility and ventilation, and with long straight boulevards mixing residential buildings, markets, schools and hospitals won the day. And it provided the perfect setting for the next generation of visionaries.
Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia needs no introduction, first cut his teeth on residential buildings. The Eixample district is home to the Casa Batlló, which Gaudí renovated in 1906 – known for its wavy lines and stunning decoration, and the innovative Casa Milà – known as La Pedrera, which was finished in 1912. The Casa Milà apartment building incorporates a number of pioneering features, including the very first underground parking garage, a common feature in today’s apartment buildings, and a clear sign that Gaudí anticipated the rise in popularity of personal transport. Its striking, wavy façade is a curtain wall, not a load-bearing one. Rare at the time, because of the difficulty in achieving it, it’s now very often seen in modern glass-walled office buildings.
Also in Eixample is the Casa de les Punxes by Gaudí’s contemporary, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, built in 1905. Actually three houses, blended to look like a single, medieval-inspired castle, it has open-plan commercial spaces on the ground floor, as modern apartment buildings often have, also created by eliminating load-bearing walls. The first examples of such walls can be seen at the Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by Gaudí’s and Puig i Cadafalch’s teacher Lluís Domènech i Montaner. His Casa Lleó Morera, which can be found alongside Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller in the Eixample, has been described as a scaled-down version of the Palau.
There are many more examples of stunning architecture in Barcelona, ranging from the medieval in the Gothic Quarter, to the high-tech Torre Glòries, designed by Jean Nouvel. All bear witness to the ability to conceive of a world different from the one we know and to move with those times to come – an inspiration for us all!
Fira Center, for the very best views
The elegant Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center offers fantastic views over Barcelona, from the hotel’s rooftop terrace. The terrace also features an outdoor pool and a dining area where guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and a selection of drinks and cocktails. This bright, airy and spacious hotel also offers a gym and a spa to help guests relax, and free premium wi-fi to stay connected.
The hotel is easy to get to via aerobus from the Barcelona–El Prat Airport, and the city’s historic center can be easily reached by bus or metro from the hotel. The Crowne Plaza is situated on Montjuïc, surrounded by the remnants of the 1929 World’s Fair, such as the Poble Espanyol open-air architectural museum, the grand Palau Nacional, the Estadi Olímpic (the Olympic stadium), the ornate Font Màgica fountains, which are just steps away. For art-lovers, the Joan Miró Foundation is also close by.
Hotel Address & DirectionsAv. de Rius i Taulet, 1, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
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