Resilience has been our key message, because
the constant growth we had come to know was transformed into traffic
fluctuations and a less predictable airspace. The ATM ecosystem now must
account for disruptive factors such as pandemics, weather, or political issues,
and require ATC services to be flexible and able to scale up and down cost
efficiently, with a greater level of resilience. As witnessed in other
industries outside ATM, this has accelerated the development of digitalisation
and virtualisation and, in the long run, increased automation.
continuous development of the digital ATM system brings many benefits,
including the essential integration of ATM and unmanned traffic management (UTM).
Digital data and autonomous systems are the future for managing both
traditional aircraft and new airspace users. From the start, UTM relies on greater autonomy, less manual control
as well as a shared information space through system-wide information management
(SWIM). The convergence of ATM and UTM will change ATM to become more
autonomous, safer, and also eco-friendly.
a greener aviation with sustainable solutions is also a major topic for the
industry; solutions that provide more precise route planning and traffic
management—and that consider real-time weather data with optimised flight
profiles—will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Adding effective
departure management tools in the tower will also reduce engine time on the
It is our joint responsibility to
make sure air transport is carried out in a sustainable way that protects the
environment. For that reason, the Frequentis group invested into ATRiCS in 2020
and Frequentis Orthogon in 2021. Both companies are at the forefront of
providing automation and traffic synchronisation capabilities to optimise
traffic in the air and on the ground. An autonomous ATM
ecosystem will advance a safer, more secure, and sustainable world.
industry and our customers must rethink the current operating model and
business focus, as the existing playbook to cope with challenges will no longer
work. The role of ANSPs and suppliers is changing and to some extent will converge:
IT moves into ATM and with that the continued adoption of
"as-a-service" models. Communication is still the core of airspace
safety. As networks and communication technologies move from legacy to digital
means, radios will be seen as a communication service in an IT-based
environment. The IT revolution in ATM has just started, and we are mastering
this shift by providing safe and secure communication solutions that take advantage
of modern IT concepts.
The future for the aviation industry is not black and white; there is no single
solution for every challenge. Our challenges instead require combined approaches,
creating true technology partnerships ready and prepared to work on the future
of aviation now. We are determined as a company, and as people, to do this.
Frequentis VP Air Traffic Management and Chair ATM Executive board