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ATC Global 2016 Closes Out with Essential Takeaways for Future ATM Growth

ATC Global ended its three-day event with global and Chinese air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities, airports and airport authorities, airlines, air traffic controllers, regulators, consultancies, system manufacturers and military, who were all actively engaged in focused discussions and business networking activities in Beijing.

According to a release, organized by UBM, co-organised by the Civil Aviation Museum, and sponsored by ATMB and supported by Eurocontrol and UVS International, the conference, with the theme "Working Together", was officially opened by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Secretary General, Dr. Liu Fang, who shared that Asia is leading the global growth and the importance of collaboration and harmonisation, which is the role of ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan. She also added that the adoption and implementation of new capabilities was happening at different paces across the globe and that ICAO's No Country Left Behind (NCLB) campaign would help double the effort to support and assist states that fell below the global median for implementation.

The three-day conference and two-day workshop and seminar provided attendees with insight and revealed other essential takeaways to spur ATM growth.

According to Nikita Danilov, the Deputy Director General at the State ATM Corp. of Russia, the corporation has continuously been consolidating its air traffic control centres, which have been reduced from 118 in 2005 to 37 in 2016, and will be reduced further to 13 by 2020. He also commented on high traffic growth, especially transpolar, where the 4-route system of the year 2000 has been expanded to 18 routes today.

Visitors to the show floor were also treated to an equally appealing show as exhibitors demonstrated extra effort to create unique and outstanding booths to engage and entice them. The show floor was filled with showcases from international exhibitors such as Thales' ECOsystem, Honeywell's SmartRunway and SmartLanding system, Inmarsat's Swiftbroadband-Safety, Azimut's ATC system -- GALAXY, LEOSPHERE's Windcube, Almaz-Antey's Sintez-AR2 and other ranges of products and solutions including ATM software development and installation, turnkey solutions, surveillance solutions, AFTN/SITA and ATN/AMHS message switching solutions, air data communications and meteorological reporting solutions.

The next edition will return to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will be held at Abu Dhabi National Centre (ADNEC), from 25 to 27 September 2017.

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