Flying high, onwards and upwards: The CANSO Global ATM Summit and 21st AGM

23 June 2017

The CANSO Global ATM Summit and 21st Annual General Meeting in Copenhagen highlighted two very important points: the industry needs to remain open to change and developments in ATM, and we need to keep creating new processes and structures that allow for us to continue to fly high, onwards and upwards.

The CANSO Global ATM Summit is an annual international event for global leaders in ATM to discuss key challenges and opportunities for the industry. This year we explored the rapidly changing nature of the ATM industry and how CANSO and its Members should prepare for and adapt to that future.

The theme was 'Flying high: onwards and upwards', highlighting how the ATM industry is taking significant steps to ensure that it is efficient and effective, and embracing new developments in airspace use, in particular commercial space users. The scene was set by opening keynote speeches from Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS, and Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Summit then explored new operating models, partnerships and new players that are transforming the industry and shaping a new future for ATM.

Showcasing key developments in ATM

Roberta Neri, CEO of ENAV, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) of Italy, described the lessons and process of privatisation and how ENAV became the first ANSP to complete an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the stock market.

Representatives from FAA, Virgin Galactic and Sierra Nevada Corporation also showcased the latest developments in commercial space transportation, while panellists from FAA-ATO, DSNA, Airports Authority of India, EUROCONTROL and Italian Civil Aviation Authority | Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile (ENAC) explored how ATM regulations and operations are already taking steps to accommodate and encourage this rapidly growing sector of airspace users.

What is clear to us all is that the ATM industry is going through important changes at the moment, and now is a critical time for the whole community to come together and plan for the future. We need to consider everything, from how we operate and how that works on a global scale, to adapting and developing airspace for the benefit of all users.

For its part, CANSO and its Members will continue to work closely with industry partners, regulators and innovators to develop and maximise the potential of the ATM industry and ensure that we continue to develop onwards and upwards.

Welcoming new faces

In addition to a thoroughly interesting Summit day, I am delighted to announce that at the Annual General Meeting, Rudy Kellar (Executive Vice President Service Delivery, NAV CANADA) and Professor Klaus-Dieter Scheurle (Chairman and CEO, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH) were elected as Members at large on the CANSO Executive Committee. Mark Cooper (Partner – Aviation Technology, Deloitte) and Don Thoma (CEO, Aireon) were elected as Associate Member representatives on the CANSO Executive Committee. Teri Bristol (COO, FAA Air Traffic Organization) was elected as Chair of the CANSO Executive Committee and Thabani Mthiyane (CEO, ATNS) was elected as Vice Chair.

I am sure all our Members will join me in saying what a valuable and truly worthwhile week we had in Copenhagen. A special thanks is extended to host Naviair, lead sponsor Aireon, as well as all the sponsors – Entry Point North, Flightyield, Frequentis, IDS - Ingegneria Dei Sistemi, Metron Aviation, NATS, NAV CANADA, Northrop Grumman, Saab, and Thales – and exhibitors  – AireonCOOPANS, Entry Point North, IDS - Ingegneria Dei Sistemi, Jotron, NAVCANatm, Saab and Unifly – for their support.

The next CANSO Global ATM Summit and 22nd AGM will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 10-13 June 2018, hosted by Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Limited (AEROTHAI), and we look forward to seeing you there.


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Jeff Poole, CANSO Director General

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