ATC and ATM Emerging Needs and Technologies



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A recording of the webinar has been made available on ICAO TV and can be re-watched on demand.


During this webinar we would like to discuss, as a community, the evolving technology needs in the air traffic control space: from the "class room" where students learn the science of air traffic control through simulation to the control tower where air traffic controllers have the daunting task to efficiently and safely manage the air traffic, 24/7. We will talk about the state of air traffic control simulation and training technology as well as the trends we are seeing in the industry. Plus, we will explore the ever-evolving requirements in air traffic management. We look forward to a robust exchange of ideas.  



Air Navigation, ATM, ATC & ATM/ATC training.


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Hlín Hólm

Hlín Hólm is the head of the Air Navigation Section at the Icelandic Transport Authority.  The ANS section is responsible for the certification, designation and oversight of ATM/ANS Service Providers and ATCO Training Organizations, and the strategic airspace management.  Hlín has an ATCO background, TWR and ACC; she also worked as an OJTI, an instructor, shift manager and incident investigator.  Hlín is currently the chair of the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG), the ICAO planning group for the NAT region.  Hlín holds an BA in psychology from the University of Iceland and an MSc from the University of Cranfield in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics.

Jean Pion

Jean Pion brings nearly 40 years of experience in air traffic control simulation and training. He joined Adacel in 2000, after a successful career at Nav Canada's ATC Training school in Conrnwall, Ontario. As the Head of the Product Management group at Adacel, Jean oversees strategic and tactical product developments, primarily focusing on the company's flagship product – MaxSim ATC Training and Simulation System. Jean has been instrumental in MaxSim's development initiatives. Over the years, MaxSim has evolved as a leading ATC training and simulation system. In fact, MaxSim air traffic control tower simulator is currently deployed in more locations around the world than any other ATC simulators.

Jeff Tyrcha


Jeff Tyrcha is the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP) sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the University of Oklahoma.  In this capacity, he leads the COE TTHP Fund Development Task Force and provides overall leadership and guidance to accomplish the Center's mission to evaluate and create solutions for the enhancement of the training and operational performance of all air transportation personnel.  He has over 27 years of experience working in the Aerospace and Defense industry in Executive, Program Management, and Technical positions and holds a private pilot certificate.  His career experience spans all areas of the simulation and training industry and work with the FAA, Department of Defense, NASA, and several international aviation organizations.


Jeff received his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and also earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and the BAE Systems Executive Institute at the University of New Hampshire. In 2013, he was honored as Purdue University's Outstanding Aerospace Engineer for his contributions to the Aerospace and Defense community and advocacy for expanding aviation education around the globe.



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