EUROCAE Symposium 2021, 28-30 April, Fully Virtual 

EUROCAE´s annual Symposium, with participation from top industry leaders and regulators from Europe and around the world, is an unique opportunity to engage and to discuss the most emergent topics within the aviation industry.

The aim of the event is to gather the vision, strategies and priorities from all relevant aviation stakeholders, bringing together key experts and representatives from European and international institutions, as well as from the different industry sectors. The discussions and conclusions will shape, tailor and guide EUROCAE´s strategy on how to support aviation developments and how we contribute to achieve the overall targets.

The 2021 EUROCAE Symposium will feature some of the most topical developments in aviation, such as service focused future of ATM infrastructure, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), innovation, environment and sustainability. Other industry sectors will share their experience in adopting new technologies and we will address the role of standardisation for a sustainable recovery. A Visionary Talk with high level ICAO, EC, EASA and IATA executives will focus on aviation perspectives.

It is free to attend starting around noon in Europe, so that we can conveniently accommodate our members and other interested participants from different parts of the world.

Day 1
Wednesday, 28 April
Day 2
Thursday, 29 April
Day 3
Friday, 30 April

13:00 - 13:30

Opening Remarks

  • Bruno Ayral, EUROCAE President and Council Chair 
  • Henrik Hololei, European Commission
  • Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE

12:00 - 12:45

Visionary Talks

  • Filip Cornelis, European Commission 
  • Stephen P. Creamer, ICAO
  • Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE 
  • Rafael Schvartzman, IATA
  • Luc Tytgat, EASA

12:00 - 13:15

Panel 4: Cross industry panel

  • Mirko Jakovljevic, TTtech 
  • Andreas Lassak, TSystems International
  • Hugh Laverty, IMI
  • Wolfgang Schleifer, Pharma Novartis
  • Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE

13:30 - 14:45

Panel 1: Services - future of ATM infrastructure

  • Philippe Bochet, Thales-Airspace Mobility Solutions
  • Philippe Chauffoureaux, Skyguide
  • Sil De Gang, EUROCONTROL
  • Raul Berrocal De La Calle, Indra
  • Eugenio Diotalevi, IFATCA
  • Peter Hotham, SJU
  • Manuel Rivas Vila, EASA 

12:50 - 14:15

Panel 3: Innovations, Environment and sustainability

  • Yannael Billard, ADP
  • Domenico Filosa, ATR
  • Jean-Marc Flon, ADP
  • Nicolas Jeuland, Safran
  • Prasanna Kumar, ZeroAvia
  • Jean Baptiste Manchette, Airbus
  • Stephane Marche, Honeywell
  • Nick McDonald, Airbus
  • Elisabeth van der Sman, NLR

13:20 - 14:40

Panel 5: Role of standardisation for a sustainable recovery

  • Marina Byllinsky, ACI Europe
  • Carlos Cirilo, IATA
  • Frederic Deleau, IFATCA
  • Vincent De Vroey, ASD
  • Terry McVenes, RTCA
  • Johnny Pring, CANSO

15:00 - 16:10

Panel 2: Automation Artificial Intelligence

  • Ginette P. Bebeung, Searidge
  • Dr. Darren Cofer, Collins Aerospace
  • Wolfgang Hatzack, ATRICS (Frequentis)
  • Ammar Mechouche, Airbus Helicopters
  • Hassan Semde, EASA
  • Sylvie Sureda-Perez, Inmarsat

14:40 - 16:00

Closing remarks and EUROCAE Awards

Virtual conference

DAY 1 | Wednesday, 28 April

13:00 - 16:00

Opening remarks: Plenary (13.00- 13.30)

Bruno Ayral, EUROCAE President and Council Chair

Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Christian Schleifer, Secretary General, EUROCAE

Panel 1 Services - future of ATM infrastructure (13:30-14:45)

Air Traffic Management is currently moving towards a service-oriented approach where there is not necessarily a direct link anymore with the organisation providing these services. Remote  services, virtualisation of the environment and centralised provision of services are considered to be the future of ATM.
Provision of centralised flow management has already for many years been provided by EUROCONTROL and this will be the main responsibility for the Network Manager in the coming years. 2019 was a challenging year with the airspace capacity at its limit. In order to make sure that a similar situation won't happen in future, the Network Manager has launched a programme called integrated Network Management - iNM.
Establishing a virtual centre environment comes with multiple challenges related to technology, operations regulations and human resources - just to name a few. The second part of Panel 1 will look into these various aspects of the Virtual Centre with representatives from manufacturers, the Air Navigation Service Providers, EASA and the Air Traffic Controllers Association.


Peter Hotham, Deputy Executive Director, SJU


Philippe Bochet, ATC Product Line Director, Thales – Airspace Mobility Solutions

Philippe Chauffoureaux, Deputy CIO, Skyguide

Sil De Gang, iNM Programme Manager, EUROCONTROL

Raul Berrocal De La Calle, ITEC Chief Architect, Indra

Eugenio Diotalevi, Air Traffic Controller, IFATCA

Manuel Rivas Vila, Manager ATM Oversight, EASA 

Panel 2: Automation Artificial Intelligence (15:00-16:10)

Automation based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing a major role in the transformation of the aerospace industry. In this session on Automation AI, we are investigating what can AI do to facilitate the implementation of future innovative applications. This session will look into these technological developments and make the link between innovation, regulatory framework and standardisation needs.


Hassa Semde, Software & Airborne Electronic Hardware Expert, EASA


Ginette P. Bebeung, Executive Vice-President, Searidge

Dr. Darren Cofer, Fellow, Collins Aerospace

Wolfgang Hatzack, Chairperson & CEO, ATRICS (Frequentis)

Ammar Mechouche, Data Processing & Data Science Expert, Airbus Helicopters

Sylvie Sureda-Perez, Senior Director, Inmarsat 

DAY 2 | Thursday, 29 April
12:00 - 14:15
Visionary Talks (12:00-12:45)

Various forecasts predict that the aviation sector will triple its volume by 2050, whilst having to considerably reduce its environmental impact and emissions such as CO2, NOx and noise.
These are ambitious targets, and whilst the impact of the global pandemic still remains to be seen, the overall trend should remain the same: the aviation industry should grow, but in a sustainable and smart way.
Reconciling these – on first sight contradictory – trends will be a key issue in the next decades.
What will be challenges of aviation in the future?
What energy sources will be available to aviation, which aircraft and concepts will be efficient to serve the demand on passenger and cargo transport?
What impact will new technologies and new entrants have on aviation, and how can they be leveraged by the aviation community?
These questions will be discussed by our panel aviation visionaries.


Christian Schleifer, Secretary General, EUROCAE


Filip Cornelis, Director Aviation and International Transport Affairs, DG-MOVE, European Commission

Stephen P. Creamer, Director Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO

Rafael Schvartzman, Regional Vice President, Europe, IATA

Luc Tytgat, Strategy & Safety Management Director, EASA

Panel 3: Innovations, Environment and Sustainability (12:50-14:15)

This panel discusses how the aeronautical industry can reduce its environmental impact by using new technology, infrastructure and operational improvements and market-based measures. In the past, ambitious goals were set to fight the climate crisis – Is it still possible to reach the targets and how do the needs of ordinary customers change in a challenging post-COVID environment?
Main topics to be addressed, but not limited to, are innovations, environmentally friendly aircraft, green flight, hydrogen, zero-emission aviation powertrain, noise and pollution around the airports and efficient routing and approaches.


Elisabeth van der Sman, Consultant Sustainable Aviation, NLR


Yannael Billard, Head of Environment-Energy Department, ADP

Domenico Filosa, Head of Airworthiness, ATR

Jean-Marc Flon, Director Air Operations Safety and Development, ADP

Nicolas Jeuland, "Future Fuels" Expert, Safran

Prasanna Kumar, Head of Software, ZeroAvia

Jean Baptiste Manchette, Zero Emissions-Chief Technology, Airbus 

Stephane Marche, Engineer Fellow-Avionics, Honeywell

Nick McDonald, Head of fellow’fly demonstrator, Airbus

DAY 3 | Friday, 30 April
12:00 - 16:00
Panel 4: Cross industry panel (12:00-13:15)

How are other industry sectors addressing innovative and emerging technologies?  How are certification and standardisation processes keeping up with the accelerating pace?
We would like to speak with experts from the medical and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the automotive and telecom industries how they are keeping up with the evolution and in some areas revolutionary technologies.


Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE


Mirko Jakovlievic, TTtech

Andreas Lassak, TSystems International

Hugh Laverty, IMI

Wolfgang Schleifer, Pharma Novartis 

Panel 5: Role of standardisation for a sustainable recovery (13:20-14:40)

The COVID crisis impacted every player in the aviation network in an unprecedented way. It modified the operational environment and determined aviation actors to try new tools and procedures to address these challenges and build resilience. The crisis showed that short term goals are not a solution and industry needs long term recovery planning. Sustainable recovery is on the agenda of each stakeholder and it is seen as an opportunity to engage and coordinate actions in this respect to promote overall sustainable mobility via an optimal regulatory, operational, and technical framework.

The panel will exchange on the role of standards in support of the recovery in terms of optimisation of capacity, noise, emissions, procedures and other aspects which will support to achieve aviation sustainability goals.


Terry McVenes, President & CEO, RTCA, Inc.


Marina Byllinsky, Head of Sustainability, ACI Europe

Carlos Cirilo, Director ATM Infrastructure, SFO-Infrastructure, IATA

Frederic Deleau, Acting Executive Vice-president Europe,  IFATCA

Vincent De Vroey, Director of Aviation, ASD

Johnny Pring, Manager Europe Policy and Advocacy, CANSO



Closing remarks and EUROCAE Awards - virtual conference (14:40 - 16:00)







Silver sponsors

Thales is the world leader in air mobility solutions. An impressive 2 out of every 3 planes around the world land and take-off with the help of Thales.

We combine half a century’s experience in development and deployment with an unrivalled worldwide installed base, advanced technology and ground-breaking innovations to deliver solutions that are continually adapted to the ever-changing aviation system’s needs. 

Thales offers integrated gate-to-gate solutions, from pre-flight to landing, ensuring airport safety, efficient traffic handling operations, data sharing on aircraft and seamless handover operations between territories.

Thales is trusted by key ATM decision makers across 170 nations, and helps key decision makers master complexity and make timely decisions for better outcomes.

Thales delivers efficient and innovative products and services, for better decisions and better results.

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Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centers with safety-critical tasks. Such 'control center solutions' are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defense) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries and local representatives in more than 50 countries.

Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 30,000 operator working positions and in approximately 140 countries. Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group's AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public Transport are industry leading global solutions.

The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2019, the Frequentis Group had about 1,850 employees worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 303.6 million and EBIT of EUR 17.2 million. For more information, please visit

Frequentis Corporate Video

Bronze sponsors

Skyguide provides air navigation services for Switzerland and certain adjacent parts of neighbouring countries. With its 1,500 employees at 14 locations in Switzerland, the company guides some 1.3 million civil and military flights a year safely and efficiently through Europe’s busiest airspace.
Skyguide is well integrated into the international air navigation services community and, with its innovative and customer-minded solutions, helps enhance Switzerland’s appeal as a place to live, work and do business."


“Indra is a leading global technology and consulting company aimed to become the technological partner for core business operations of its customers worldwide. It is a world leader in providing proprietary solutions in the Air traffic, Transportation and Defense markets, and a leading firm in Digital Transformation services through its affiliate Minsait.

With more than 100 years of combined experience in the air traffic management industry, Indra has successfully installed more than 300 air traffic control centers in the five continents, representing more than 25% of total world airspace, and implemented over 5,700 ATM/CNS solutions proving to be a leading player in every segment of the industry. In the field of R&D, Indra is one of the leading companies in SESAR program, leading some of the most innovative projects aimed to develop state-of-the-art solutions for the air traffic management industry such as the remote digital tower, the UTM solution and even a Space based CNS platform. Furthermore, Indra is a founder and only technological provider of the ITEC Alliance aimed to develop the Single European Sky initiative.”


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Honeywell Aerospace is a Tier 1 supplier, with products and services found on virtually every commercial, defence and space aircraft worldwide. Its technology portfolio spans aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components, and more. Many of Honeywell Aerospace’s research activities are led by its Advanced Technology department, which draws on the expertise of some of the best scientists and engineers across Europe, India, America, and Asia, to innovate in line with local market and customer requirements and trends. The department’s facilities in these locations are equipped with state-of-the-art research and test laboratories enabling research, development, integration, verification, and validation of a wide range of aircraft systems. Honeywell’s Advanced Technology division is part of Europe’s aerospace research ecosystem and collaborates with many OEMs, universities, research centres, SMEs and industry initiatives including SESAR, Clean Sky, Horizon 2020, and other national research projects.

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Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit

Collins Aerospace Systems corporate video. 



With over 30 years’ experience in commercial and business aviation, no other connectivity partner has a deeper understanding of customers’ needs and the opportunities reliable, high quality broadband promises them. Today over 200 airlines rely on Inmarsat services, and now, our next generation solutions make the full potential of the complete connected aircraft a reality.

Our services, including GX Aviation, European Aviation Network and SwiftBroadband-Safety, support digital transformation from cabin to cockpit. Reliable, high-speed connectivity that gives our customers the confidence to launch inflight innovations that deliver commercial advantage.

We’re ready to help you take advantage of the vast potential of the complete connected aircraft. Whatever your challenges. Whatever the future. Wherever you fly.