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8th Florence Air Summary – Disruptive technologies in air traffic management

Editor(s): BERT Nadia, FINGER Matthias, KUPFER David

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ABSTRACT

Technological change in Air Traffic Management (ATM) usually develops at a slow pace, understandably so given the high safety requirements, the enormous coordination effort needed to harmonize standards around the world and the relatively small size of the global ATM technology market (e.g. compared to consumer electronics). Real technological “disruptions” are therefore so far associated with other sectors in which market forces play a stronger role. Yet new potentially disruptive technologies are emerging in ATM together with the need  to boost productivity and innovation speed.

Discussions at the 8th Florence Air Forum was structured around four discussion questions:

  • What are disruptive technologies and how does the concept apply to ATM?
  • What can ATM learn from other sectors to address the challenges connected to the rising need for innovation speed?
  • How can innovation be supported effectively and which are the most promising solutions that SESAR should be focussing on?
  • The role of regulation: Do we need to rethink the regulatory approach to ATM in light of new technologies?