Talk – Making Air Travel Safer and Faster
Date : Friday, 27 April 2007

Whether we fly regularly on business or only occasionally for visits or holidays, getting to our destination safely and in the shortest possible time is of paramount importance.  This talk by Lionnel Wonneberger of Thales Australia, addressed the challenges faced in the field of Air Traffic Control (ATC) automation in making air travel safer and faster.

A summary of the talk is still in course of preparation and will be added to this page once available.

Lionnel Wonneberger currently holds the position of Director Strategy & Business Development – Asia-Pacific, within the Air Systems Division of Thales Australia.  Lionnel started his career with the French Civil Aviation Authority (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile) where he was in charge of ATC display equipment programs for all French en-route and approach ATC centres.  In 1986 he joined Thomson-CSF (now Thales) first as an ATM Bid Manager, and then in 1990 as Manager of export automation programs.  In 1993 he transferred to Australia to work on the Thales proposal for The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS).  Upon Thales’ winning the contract for this program he was appointed Managing Director of Thales’ Australian ATC operations.

In 1999 he returned to France as Director of the THOMFANS multi-disciplinary team (encompassing Thales Avionics and Thales Communications experts), responsible for the development of systems integrating on-board equipment with ground-based ATC systems.  Appointed President in 2002 of the Air Traffic Alliance, a grouping of the companies EADS, Airbus and Thales, he was instrumental in developing the SESAR Initiative for implementation of the next-generation Single European Sky program, encompassing the formation of a pan-European air-transport industry consortium for program definition in collaboration with EUROCONTROL and the European Commission.  In order to address the needs of the huge Asia-Pacific market, Lionnel was appointed to his current executive position in 2006.