As we look forward to the year in front of us and think about how the aviation ecosystem is evolving and maturing, it’s important to consider changing elements of the national airspace system (NAS) that are contributing to growth as well as creating challenges. While on the show floor at ATCA 2019, the Connected Aviation Today team had the opportunity to connect with several experts across the industry about how the NAS will look in 2020 and beyond.

ATCA’s President and CEO Pete Dumont spoke to the progress and obstacles that come with new entrants in the airspace (like high altitude balloons) and how experts are working to mitigate those challenges. “We have to find ways to introduce these disruptors into the national airspace system as seamlessly as possible,” he stated.

Nathan Tash, Chief Acquisitions Officer for the FAA, seconded this sentiment by urging decision makers to think critically about how to effectively integrate these entrants into the national airspace system.

Jennifer Swindell, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, highlighted the need for more rapid and effective regulatory approaches to the quickly changing NAS. She stated, “We can see a time where we’ll have the ability to provide new, innovative services, but we’ll be lagging in the ability to actually allow it from a regulatory perspective.”

“2020 is going to be the year to deliver,” said Aireon CEO Don Thoma. He explained that so much groundwork has been laid for new technologies and services in the NAS and this year will be when we see a lot of it come to fruition.

Watch the whole video here to learn about what experts think 2020 has in store for the national airspace system:

Chelsea Barone

About Chelsea Barone

Chelsea is an editor for Connected Aviation Today, managing the day-to-day editorial activities. Chelsea writes for other federal government and technology industry publications. Her background lies in B2B and enterprise technology, specifically cloud computing, SaaS, travel IT, and mobile devices.