On 14-15 November 2017, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are jointly hosting a conference entitled ‘Modelling and Simulation in Air Traffic Management’ at RAeS’ iconic London headquarters, No.4 Hamilton Place.

The conference will review modelling and simulation solutions and the challenges raised by future air traffic management systems in an aim to share progress, facilitate discussion and open the possibility of new or improved modelling and simulation-based solutions for system concept development, deployment, training and support.

Arranged across two days, each with a keynote speaker, the conference will include six sessions featuring thought leaders in ATM. Sessions include:

  • Modelling and simulation to enable capability development in ATM,
  • ATM simulation based decision support tools
  • Operational development through modelling and simulation
  • Modelling for air traffic management optimisation
  • Simulation of ATM threats and mitigations for manned and unmanned operations
  • Human factors, training and simulation for ATM
Key challenges faced in air traffic management include continual pressure on global airspace to accommodate traffic growth; increasing demands for efficiency and reduction in environmental impact; surging use of ‘drones’ or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS); and rapidly changing geo-politics.

Major modernisation programmes have been launched to develop and evolve future air traffic management systems to meet these challenges, and whilst much has been achieved there is still a long way to go before today’s vision becomes tomorrows reality.

Modelling and simulation plays an increasingly central role throughout the capability lifecycle as concepts are developed through to live systems, with associated performance optimising tools, and training systems.