With the air traffic control (ATC) community coming together this week for the ATCA Technical Symposium, Connected Aviation Today has gathered the latest news for our readers. From ATC market growth, remote air traffic control solutions, air traffic management for drones, and updates about new technology, there will be lots of discussions around these areas and more at the upcoming conference.

Here are some of the latest headlines from the air traffic control arena:

The Air Traffic Management (ATM) market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.20% by 2025

A recent report from ReportLinker notes that the ATM market is expected to grow from $14.1B in 2018 to $18.8B in 2025, largely due to airports investing in the modernization of their ATM infrastructure. According to a recent press release from ReportLinker, the Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest share of the ATM market in 2018.

“The Europe market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, owing to increased brownfield airport investments as well as the Single European Sky program, which is expected to spur an increase in demand for ATM systems,” stated the press release.

The report also includes a detailed snapshot of how the market currently looks and where it’s heading in the coming years. 

Read the whole story here.

Air Force Tests Remote Air Traffic Control Towers

A recent article in National Defense Magazine by Stew Magnuson covered the adoption of remote air traffic control tower solutions from Frequentis in both the defense and civilian aviation communities including the U.S. Air Force. “There are a couple business cases for the technology, which allows air traffic controllers to monitor airports from remote locations, he said. One is the sheer expense of building, updating or refurbishing air traffic control towers. They can cost $10 million to upwards of $40 million to replace,” reported Magnuson.

The ability to monitor and manage air traffic remotely enables more comprehensive air traffic management for smaller, more remote airports especially. This provides cost savings to those airports that might be working with more rigid budgets. The international application of this approach including in New Zealand, Germany, and Argentina is likely to pave the road for future use in the U.S.

Read more about this technology here.

The Case for Air Traffic Control for Drones

New entrants into the airspace, primarily drones, are presenting logistical challenges for the ATC community, especially as drones become more involved as an infrastructure tool. A recent article on Unmanned Aerial by Mariah Scott, president of Skyward, delves into this challenge but not without highlighting the huge potential of bringing drones into mainstream infrastructure projects. Scott’s main thesis is that this integration of drones can be made much smoother by incorporating them more comprehensively into our air traffic management strategy.

“Consistent standards for remote identification, deconfliction and communication will also allow aircraft and software to understand where other aircraft are and how to avoid each other,” wrote Scott.  “Achieving a universal system for air traffic management will allow for remote deployments on the network and for drone operations beyond visual line of sight – that’s when we’ll start seeing things like package delivery.”

The ability to more seamlessly integrate UAS into the managed airspace is sure to mitigate inevitable congestion issues in our skies in coming years.

Read more here.

EUROCONTROL will continue to run Europe’s skies

According to the International Airport Review, EUROCONTROL will continue to operate as the network manager for the European airspace over the next decade. The European Commission has officially appointed the body to manage the network for the Single European Sky through 2029.

Eamonn Brennan, EUROCONTROL DG, said, “This is an important vote of confidence from our partners in the European Commission, and clear recognition of the value we bring to the role. The EUROCONTROL Network Manager plays a fundamental role in managing capacity and mitigating many of the causes of delay across a huge network. To do so, we work hand-in-hand with all actors – air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airports, and civil and military airspace users – across our airspace of 43 states.”

Read more here.

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.