A wide range of vehicles are already – or soon will be – taking to the sky, including small drones, air taxis, new commercial aircraft designs, space flights, supersonic and ultra-long-haul flights, and we need to be ready for this.
The rise of new airspace users is exponential, and will continue to climb as new applications and requirements drive demand. Safely accommodating new airspace users into our sky, without congestion or increased delay, will require new ways of thinking and increased collaboration among the broader aviation community.
As a sector we need to act collectively in order to mobilise all the players in the community and help build our future complete air transport system together. Of course, this is easier said than done – but I am confident we are already making great progress.
In March, CANSO launched the Complete Air Traffic System (CATS) Global Council – a unique innovation forum which brings together leaders from more than 25 organisations across the manned and unmanned aviation industries. This includes air navigation service providers (ANSPs), UAS Traffic Management (UTM) service providers, aircraft manufacturers, drone operators and manufacturers, hightech companies, airlines, airports, regulatory authorities, space agencies and research bodies.