US-Europe ATM research cements transatlantic collaboration

The 9th USA/Europe ATM R&D Seminar took place June 14-17 in Berlin, Germany.
This seminar, jointly sponsored by Eurocontrol and the United States Federal Aviation Administration and alternating between the US and Europe, has become the most prestigious event of its kind for ATM research.
Peer-reviewed paper acceptance rate for these seminars is less than 50 per cent, a guarantee of quality.
On this occasion 69 papers were presented in 13 themes including performance, safety, environment, trajectory management, human factors, finance and weather.
In addition to delegates presenting their research the seminar was attended by more than 50 invited senior researchers and decision-makers.
Preparations between Eurocontrol and the FAA are already underway for the 10th seminar in the series, which will be held June 2013 in Chicago, USA.
Since 1997, the FAA and Eurocontrol have jointly organized this international conference series focused on Air Traffic Management Research and Development in an effort to further the science that is necessary to lead to a harmonized global Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.
Air Traffic Management, which in the ICAO ATM Global Concept document, is defined as “the dynamic, integrated management of air traffic and airspace – safely, economically, and efficiently – through the provision of facilities and seamless services in collaboration with all parties”.
ATM encompasses airspace organization and management, flow and capacity management and en-route, terminal and airport air traffic control.
These conferences are aimed to create and reinforce working and personal relationships between leading experts and researchers in the ATM R&D community, share available results and build and maintain consensus on major issues.