Today’s airspace no longer resembles what it did in the “golden age of flying” or even the airspace of five years ago. Today’s airspace is shared by the more than 100,000 global flights that depart every day, and a number of new, more innovative additions. These new additions include drones and other unmanned aircraft. They also include commercial space launches, which have drastically increased in frequency to populate the advanced satellite communications networks of tomorrow, and enable a nascent space tourism industry.
But more congested airspace can also be more challenging airspace.
With these trends in mind, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) recently launched a new event entitled, Airspace World. The event will be occurring this week in Geneva, Switzerland. According to CANSO, the purpose of this new event is to, “…bring together all the key players from aviation under one roof to collaborate on our vision for future skies.”
To learn more about why now is the time to start discussions about today and tomorrow’s airspace, and what attendees can expect to hear at this exciting new event, we sat down with Angy Odysseos, CANSO’s Media Relations Manager.
Connected Aviation Today (CAT): Can you tell our readers a little bit about CANSO? What does the organization do and what industry does it serve?
Angy Odysseos: CANSO is a global organization representing the interests of the ATM industry worldwide and shaping our future skies. Our mission is to improve air navigation services through advocacy, industry leadership, and cooperation.
Our members support more than 90 percent of the world’s air traffic including air navigation service providers, airspace users and operators, manufacturers, and aviation industry suppliers. We raise the bar on global ATM performance by connecting the industry to share knowledge, expertise, and innovation.
CAT: Why are airspace and air traffic such important topics today? What trends and developments are making air traffic and the sharing of airspace an important discussion to have today?
Angy Odysseos: Airspace and air traffic are critical topics today because of the rapidly increasing demand for air travel, the growth of commercial space activities, and the need for safe and efficient operations in shared airspace.
Emerging technologies, such as drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, are also adding complexity to airspace management. These trends and developments require careful planning and coordination among industry stakeholders to ensure safe and efficient operations.
“Airspace World provides a unique opportunity for industry professionals, policymakers, and experts to come together and discuss critical issues facing the industry, share insights and best practices, and identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration.“Angy Odysseos
CAT: Are increased air traffic and congestion things that we’re seeing already today? Or are these problems for five or ten years down the road?
Angy Odysseos: Increased air traffic and congestion are already becoming significant challenges today. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the number of air passengers will double by 2037, putting significant strain on airspace infrastructure and management systems.
Addressing these challenges will require a coordinated effort among industry stakeholders, including ANSPs, airports, and airlines.
CAT: What will the role of international governmental organizations and federal governments be in solving this challenge? How can industry partners and technology solution providers help to alleviate the challenges of more congested airspace?
Angy Odysseos: International governmental organizations and federal governments will play a crucial role in solving the challenges of increased air traffic and airspace congestion. Collaboration and coordination among stakeholders will be essential to ensure the safe and efficient use of shared airspace.
New technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced communication systems, are needed to solve air traffic and airspace issues. Industry partners and technology solution providers can help alleviate congestion by developing and implementing new systems and technologies that enable safe and efficient operations in shared airspace.
Industry partners and technology solution providers will need support from governments to develop and implement innovative solutions to address these challenges.
CAT: Are there any changes that airlines and other commercial aviation companies will need to make? Investments that they need to make? New technologies that they need to implement?
Angy Odysseos: Airlines and other commercial aviation companies will need to invest in new technologies and systems to address the challenges of increased air traffic and congestion.
“Airspace and air traffic are critical topics today because of the rapidly increasing demand for air travel, the growth of commercial space activities, and the need for safe and efficient operations in shared airspace.“Angy Oddysseos
Investments in new aircraft, communication systems, and operations management tools will be essential to ensure safe and efficient operations in shared airspace. Moreover, a commitment and investment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 is highly required.
CAT: CANSO will be hosting Airspace World in early March of this year. Why is this event needed today? What trends make this an important conference to have at this particular point in time?
Angy Odysseos: Airspace World provides a unique opportunity for industry professionals, policymakers, and experts to come together and discuss critical issues facing the industry, share insights and best practices, and identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
The event’s focus on shaping the future of our skies is particularly important today as we seek to develop more sustainable and efficient airspace systems that can meet the evolving needs of all airspace users.
CAT: Who should attend Airspace World? What topics of discussion and what content can they anticipate at this year’s show? What do you think they’ll get out of participating?
Angy Odysseos: Airspace World is relevant to anyone with an interest in the skies of tomorrow – ANSPs, airports, airlines, and other aviation stakeholders. The event will cover a range of topics, including airspace management, emerging technologies, integrating new airspace users, sustainability, and safety.
Participants can expect to gain valuable insights into the latest trends and developments in the aviation industry, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with other industry professionals.
For additional information about Airspace World, and to register to attend, click HERE.