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 Information Sharing Networks, Safety Culture, MET 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 insitu 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.
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The Safety and Flight Ops Conference is a unique opportunity to showcase your products and solutions to the airline operations community. Find out what kind of privileges we offer our sponsors and exhibitors in our sponsorship prospectus (pdf).
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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