LONDON, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Air traffic management professionals from North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China met in Beijing at the ATC Global Exhibition and Conference on 17-19 September 2014. Hailed a success by Organisers, UBM, and hosts ATMB, the show has already rebooked over 70% of the exhibition space.
The event was organised with full backing from China's Air Navigation Service provider (ATMB) and China's Aviation Regulator (CAAC), securing the attendance of a high level and engaged domestic audience alongside key international stakeholders.
Commenting at the event, Mr Wang Liya, Director General of ATMB said "I am thrilled with the outcome of this year's ATC Global Exhibition and Conference and could not have hoped for better results. We welcome the return of ATC Global to China in the future." Both Mr Wang Liya and Deputy Director General Mr Zhang Jianqiang commented on how valuable an opportunity it was to have the international ATM community share their experiences in China.
Over 3,500 attendees, including SESAR and Eurocontrol Director Generals and senior members of the Chinese military flooded through the doors of the China National Convention Centre over the three days of the event, attracted by a diverse range of exhibitors and comprehensive educational programme. A hosted buyer programme delivered active buyers from countries rarely seen at industry events including Cambodia, Zambia, Lebanon, Cuba and Mozambique who met with exhibitors in a series of pre-arranged meetings.
Innovations on the show floor included Rohde & Schwarz showcasing their R&S VCS-4G IP based voice communications system and Exelis presenting their global aviation expansion programme and Global Surveillance Solutions portfolio. Airbus provided briefings on their global market forecast for air transport, air traffic flow management initiatives in China, the widespread use of PBN in the region and cockpit design plans for new ATM technology whilst Airways New Zealand officially launched their exclusive partnership with the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China (CAMIC). Delighted with the results Airways New Zealand tweeted "@atcglobal well done and congratulations!"
Popular educational workshops and seminars were also held on the show floor, including an educational workshop held by SESAR on 17 September featuring three of SESAR's solutions: initial 4D (i4D) trajectory management, System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and Remote Tower Services.
The three-day conference running alongside the exhibition and focused on "Spearheading growth" was opened by Mr Wang Zhiqing, Deputy Director General CAAC and Wang Liya, Director General of the ATMB.
Conference speakers explored technical, regulatory and operational challenges surrounding the provision of a safe and efficient ATM framework for air traffic growth, with four reoccurring areas for improvement highlighted across the three-days: safety, efficiency, capacity and environmental performance.
Senior speakers from both ATMB and CAAC outlined the very high rates of aviation growth seen in China and described the resulting capacity challenges in great detail. They presented a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to increase the throughput and efficiency of the airspace capability in China planned in accordance with the ICAO global air navigation plan.
Referring to aviation growth in China and throughout the Asia Pacific, Ken Mclean Regional Director, Safety and Flight Operations with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated: "Passenger numbers are expected to triple to over 2.2 billion. Cargo volumes to rise at a rate of 6.3% per annum. Aviation's direct contribution to GDP will increase by 6.1% per annum in real terms. An additional 1.3 million jobs will be created across the region by 2030."
The conference also examined the potential benefits of implementing new technologies to support future growth safely, which according to Patrik Peters, President and CEO of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA), will require five elements: training, culture, recruitment, harmonised technology equipage on the ground and on the aircraft and automation in support rather than to replace air traffic controllers.
Following the success of this year's event and the continuation of a strategy to take ATC Global around the world, ATC Global 2015 will take place on 5-7 October in Dubai. Location of the world's busiest international airport, Dubai is an important international hub bridging east and west, north and south and linking more cities than almost any other airport.
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About ATC Global
ATC Global is the place for the international ATM community to do business.
- ATC Global is a three day event comprising a world-leading exhibition, high-level conference, hosted buyer scheme, networking receptions and an extensive free educational programme.
- Founded in 1990, the event unites industry stakeholders from across the globe with the purpose of sharing information, knowledge and expertise. It brings buyers and sellers of ATC equipment and services together in an environment conducive to conducting business.
About UBM Asia (http://www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.
SOURCE: ATC Global