Last week, World ATM Congress 2019 took place in Madrid and brought together air traffic management (ATM) industry leaders from across the globe. Currently the world’s largest international ATM exhibition and conference, World ATM Congress offers a platform for product developers, industry experts, stakeholders, and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to delve into pressing trends and issues facing ATM around the world.

In case you couldn’t make this year’s show, Connected Aviation Today captured some key highlights from the three-day event, which was focused on making connections to build future business. Here’s what attendees had to share from the show floor this year:

As with many aviation exhibitions and shows, partnership and collaboration were focal points for World ATM Congress this year. Important partnerships between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Inmarsat, EUROCONTROL and iTEC, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and SESAR Deployment Manager were all announced at World ATM Congress 2019. These partnerships all addressed ground communication challenges and initiatives seen around the world and support more reliable, modernized air traffic management approaches like the Single European Sky.

Cooperation and collaboration among industry leaders as well as governing aviation organizations are key to meeting expectations of parties all across the aviation ecosystem, according to EU Transport. This is especially crucial when considering new entrants like drones into the airspace.

With better connectivity and communication abilities, it’s much easier to accomplish the aviation industry’s number one priority: safety. Bill Carey, Aviation Week Senior Editor, pointed out an important example of rising technologies that better enable aircraft communication and visibility in the upcoming operational trial of space-based ADS-B for aircraft tracking.

A large part of creating a more collaborative and forward-thinking aviation industry is promoting its diversity. The rise of women in aviation was a poignant and thought-provoking topic at World ATM Congress 2019 and was particularly timely for Women’s History Month.

Until next year, World ATM Congress!

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.