How AAM is to be managed and are ATM or UTM a solution


How AAM is to be managed and are ATM or UTM a solution? 


26 April    10:00 - 11:30 EST

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This webinar will discuss AAM and introduce the case where passengers and cargo will be transported by highly automated, remotely piloted, or optionally piloted aircraft.


The panel will investigate requirements in terms traffic management services to support such operations and whether these requirements will lead AAM towards solutions similar to RPAS. In addition, the panel will discuss how UTM and ATM will be able to manage AAM operations particularly as we move towards highly automated operations.


This panel will also address issues such as: Is UTM still a valid and reliable solution to manage AAM from a safety and a roles and responsibilities perspective? 


If so, what are the requirements to fulfill? Is ATM envisaged to be the fastest and easiest enabler solution in the short term?  How would UTM and ATM have to work together to facilitate such operations?


Michael Gadd,   Blue Bear Systems Research


Mr. Gadd is the Head of Airworthiness  at Blue Bear Systems Research. Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society with over 22 years of experience in regulatory roles with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency where he has held technical and management lead roles in unmanned aircraft systems, cyber, spaceplane and aircraft airworthiness/certification and safety oversight programs.


Now back in the private sector and working in the innovative technology industries where he focuses on timely, scalable and cost appropriate solutions that address societal concerns around safety, privacy and potential cyber issues, along with facilitation of safe operation of piloted and unpiloted aircraft within the shared airspace and current regulatory environments. He assists in the development of the regulatory frameworks and processes through support to national and international policy and rulemaking activities including JARUS, EUROCAE, EASA and ICAO, where he has held previous chairmanship of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Panel.   Prior to this he worked in the aircraft design and production sectors, which provided a background in technical systems design, risk and safety management, system safety assessment, airworthiness certification, continuing airworthiness development, continued airworthiness management and in-service operational support. He regularly contributes insight to media and journalists and engages with wider debate through expo events and panel discussions.

Professor LIU Hao, Beijiing Institute of Technology

Professor LIU Hao is an expert in air and space law and management. He has extensive professional experience in emerging technologies and aerospace operations, such as unmanned aviation, sub-orbital flight, near-space operation, and commercial space. Promoting innovation and facilitation in new aerospace operations, he is an active participant and heavily engaged in international organizations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS). Professor LIU Hao has been involved in almost all the air traffic legislation work in China since 2009. His research interests include Air and Space Law, Digital Economy, and Global Governance. Professor LIU Hao teaches at the School of Global Governance, the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), and Beihang University (BUAA). Professor LIU Hao works as the Deputy Director of the National Research Center of ATM Law and Standard, a think tank founded by China's State Air Traffic Commission.


ZHAO Liang, Antwork Technology

Mr. ZHAO Liang is the co-founder and COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Antwork Technology. Liang is very experienced on urban environment drone operations. He has led the company's operation team to conducted tens of thousands of urban delivery flights and become the first CAAC-licensed urban drone delivery service provider in China. Liang graduated from Beihang University and majored in Aircraft design and is currently acting as consulting expert in CAAC's UAS regulation working group's UTM and UAS distributed-operation sub-groups. Liang has been leading the work of multiple UAS industry standards.

Professor Raafat Saadé,   Beijing Institute of Technology 


Professor Raafat Saadé is a multidisciplinary scientist and professional, bridging the arts and science of fundamental areas such as digital innovation and transformation, performance and change management, the environment and sustainability, management, and engineering. Formerly the Chair of Supply Chain and Business Technology Department at Concordia University, he currently is a Chair Professor at the School of Global Governance, and Chief Scientist at the Global Aviation Development Academy, in Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. He also served on the Board of Governors for the Informing Science Institute (an international scientific association).Dr. Saadé has over seven years of international experience, working on capacity building, impact assessment, and information technology projects sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), in countries such as Pakistan and Ukraine. For eight years, he also served as senior advisor and business architect at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He also also recently founded the International Network of Digital Innovation Research and Education (INDIRE) which launched two journals and planning to hold its first inaugural conference in 2023 in Greece. Throughout 32 years, Dr. Saadé engaged in over 60 projects in many different areas of engineering and management, and kept presence in both industry, academia, and research. 

Filippo Tomasello, University of Beihang

Mr. Filippo Tomasello was flight test engineer in Italian Air Force until 1984. Subsequently, he was responsible in ENAV (Italian Air Traffic Control) for R&D and modernization projects for automation of Area Control Centres. He chaired the ICAO Aeronautical Mobile Communication (AMCP) and the Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADSP) Panels. Additionally, he was manager for coordination of ATM development in Northern Europe in EUROCONTROL since 2000. In 2005 worked at European Commission (DG-MOVE) on mid-term evaluation of accident investigation Directive, data collection and extension of EASA remit to ATM/ANS and aerodromes, including related impact assessments. He joined EASA in 2007 until 2015 where he developed rules on ATM, aerodromes, flight operations, flight crew licensing and initial airworthiness, including related regulatory impact assessments. Since 2008 he was focal point for rulemaking on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He was leader of a consultancy provided by EASA to the European Space Agency (ESA) for regulatory compliance and safety of the project 'Iris' (aeronautical mobile communications via satellite over continental Europe). Member or chair of several ICAO Committees, Panels or Study Groups, including the UAS SG which developed the 1st edition (2015) of the ICAO "Manual" on the subject. Rapporteur of WG/2 (organisations) in JARUS. Earlier Professor on international aviation safety regulation at University "Parthenope"; now he teaches aviation safety at and he was Foreign Expert at University Beihang in Beijing, China.

Craig Bloch-Hasen, Transport Canada


Mr. Craig Bloch-Hasen has been working in the aviation industry since 2009 working for various defense and civil firms developing aircraft systems. He joined Transport Canada in 2015 and has been working with RPAS Task Force developing regulations for the drone sector since 2017. In that time Craig has coordinated Transport Canada's standards engagements in the drone sector including supporting RTCA, ASTM, SAE, IEEE, and ISO committees amongst others, as well as coordinated the policy approach to RPAS Traffic Management with Canada’s ANSP (NAV CANADA) focusing on the technical requirements required for scaled operations. He has been leading the JARUS Automation Working Group to help develop principles for regulating automated and autonomous aircraft and was elected as the JARUS Vice-Chair (Americas) in January 2022

Giovanni Di Antonio, Italian CAA (ENAC)  

Mr. Giovanni Di Antonio is the Head of Aerospace Technologies and Operations at the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) within the R&D New Technologies and Aerospace Department, where he is leading the development of the National regulation for suborbital flight, access to space and re-entry.

He graduated in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at University of Rome "La Sapienza". After some years spent in Aviation and Defence industry, he has joined ENAC in 2006, working as EASA Airworthiness Certification Expert and Design Organization Approval (DOA) Inspector. Mr. Di Antonio presently chairs the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) and the EASA Higher Airspace Operations (HAO) Task Force in charge of carrying out the preparatory work for the future European HAO regulatory framework, under the mandate of the European Commission. He is also involved in the ECHO project for the definition of the HAO concept of operation.He has been involved in the Italian AAM/UAM initiative since the beginning as a member of the Italian AAM Task Force Steering Committee, where he has directly contributed to the development of the National AAM Strategic Plan and Roadmap. Mr. Di Antonio is member of various groups such as the ICAO Space Learning Group, the European Commercial Spaceport Forum, and the European Group of Suborbital Flight Regulation.

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