In January, you became the VP Spanish Recovery Funds Program
Director. What are you most looking forward to doing in this role?
European Commission has issued different packages for different countries for
the recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Spain will profit from one of the
biggest packages. We’re trying to articulate part of that package that will go
to the aerospace industry, boosting the implementation of use-based UTM in the
national airspace. I’m making sure that we define the strategy with the
government, not only on the industrial side but on the asset side.
a longtime supporter of World ATM Congress, and this year Expodrónica joined
World ATM Congress. How do you see Airbus being involved with World ATM
Congress and Expodrónica in the future?
combined show is very appealing to us because we have an ATM team and a UTM
team. For us, Expodrónica represents the autonomous world, with a strong focus
on drones, but it’s also important to push ATM towards integrating these new
operations and new vehicles and secure the future digitalisation of ATM. It
starts on the ground at World ATM Congress. Together we begin to understand different
stakeholders’ business perspectives, operational needs, and then slowly, we can
reflect that in the air.
anything you’ve experienced from World ATM Congress helped you in your career
or changed your way of thinking about the industry?
attended almost every year of World ATM Congress. For my career and the work
that I do with Airbus, it’s a huge opportunity for networking and getting to
know different people from different parts of the world. The beauty of World
ATM Congress is the ability to have discussions with people with different
views and approaches and see how they converge. Sometimes it’s the air traffic
controllers that are driving because they see real problems, and sometimes it’s
the industry that is driving because they see all the technologies coming, and
they want to implement them in the market. And then you see the ANSPs driving
the evolution of the airspace, like here in Europe with the Single European Sky.
People are coming together instead of working in silos. It opens the door to
all these discussions. You realise that the ATM community, and now with the UTM
community, is like a big family.
you personally looking forward to with the advancements of UTM?
that UTM is slowly but steady really becoming a big business opportunity. We’ve
been working on UTM or drones for the last 10 years, and in a more agile and
accelerated way over the last five years. Now you see drones integrated into a
conference like World ATM Congress ATM, and it’s becoming a reality. I think that’s
very powerful. Now we need to make sure that they find a proper space in the
air traffic management community. And now we need to see operations taking off.
We see today that the government, police, and emergency medical services are
using drones. The volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands is showing us how
drones can support by capturing images and data and anticipating dangers to
communities. Drones are shifting from an option tool to a necessary tool.