In order to get back to the skies quickly and safely, the air traffic management industry must look to scaling and building upon existing technologies, while keeping the Single European Sky (SESAR) initiative front of mind. With the imperative to modernise legacy technology and adopt virtualisation never greater, this article looks at how ATM can grasp this unprecedented historical moment to drive innovation and differentiation.
The next two years will be critical to charting a path to scaling and funding operations as airspace corridors reopen. Automation will inevitably play a part, as this article explores; developing a digital foundation allows for the adoption of AI and Machine Learning, speedy innovation, cloud computing, blockchain, smart working and compliance. While this sounds expensive, the cost of not deploying these solutions can be more expensive in the long run.
As many European operators look to “reboot the system” from within, safety and security must be front of mind to account for threats from without. Technology teams can support workforce on the ground in both the predictive maintenance and future-design of systems and applications. This article asks how to create a system that is secure by design and maintains the rigorous standards of safety the air management sector now expects.
Sustainability for the air traffic management sector falls under three categories when looking to the future 1) environmental sustainability 2) financial sustainability 3) social sustainability. All three areas need to be addressed in order to forge a sustainable path forwards for the sector. This article looks at how and why ATM organisations face a new environment following the Single European Sky (SESAR) initiative led by the EU.