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EUROCONTROL's official magazine, Skyway, has developed into an authoritative voice, tackling the key issues affecting European aviation.

Skyway issue 79

In this issue

In this edition, we focus on how innovation - automated operations, digital services, advanced urban air mobility and artificial intelligence - will impact the future of Europe’s aviation sector in general and air traffic management services in particular.

Top aviation leaders share with us their views on the need to embrace innovation and enhance collaboration to maintain Europe’s competitive edge in aeronautics and ATM - highlighting that innovation and effective collaboration are central to progress.

We also look at how Europe’s airline passengers are driving many of the changes in the industry’s key priorities and at how we can improve their air travel experience and we give the floor to one inspiring voice for the next aviation generation.

Raúl Medina

Innovation is central to progress

Aviation has always innovated, making huge leaps to become the global industry it is now, with over 10 million flights a year just in Europe.

However, the rate of change is set to accelerate as a response to the major challenges we are now facing, several of which are described in this edition. Sustainability dominates much of the discussion, with the ambitious target of achieving NetZero by 2050 dictating action across the sector: from making ATM much better at enabling fuel-efficient trajectories, to a revolution in the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Director General of EUROCONTROL

Magda Kopczyńska

From rhetoric to action: accelerating the twin transition in aviation

Magda Kopczyńska, Director General, Directorate-General Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Jan Pie

What it takes to maintain Europe's competitive edge in aeronautics and ATM

Jan Pie, Secretary General, ASD

Eduardo Santander

Travel in transition: aviation’s role in shaping the future of tourism

Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission

Christophe Vivier

New military technologies will require ATM modernisation to manage airspace more dynamically, safely and efficiently

Christophe Vivier, Head of the Single European Sky Unit, European Defence Agency

Julie Garland

The future of Europe's aviation sector: embracing innovation

Julie Garland, CEO, Avtrain

Daniela Richter & Karlotta Victor

Revolutionising mobility in cities through UAVs - the airspace design challenge

Daniela Richter, Project Lead BLU-Space at Hamburg Aviation and Karlotta Victor, Legal Researcher on UTM, Air Traffic Department, Ministry for Economics and Innovation

Mariya Tarabanovska

Aviation's wind of change: the year that changed us

Mariya Tarabanovska, Founder, Flight Crowd

Eduardo Santander

Towards a unified sky vision: integrating ATM & AAM for future air transport

Eduardo García González, Senior Manager Future Skies, CANSO

Marouan Chida

The European ATM Master Plan and EUROCONTROL’s role in wider ATM transformation

Marouan Chida, Head of the ATM Transformation Unit, EUROCONTROL

Patrick Amar & Miguel Vilaplana

Advancing U-space implementation through a collaborative approach to simulation

Patrick Amar, Head of Drones Programme, EUROCONTROL, and Miguel Vilaplana, Head of UTM, Airbu

Laurent Renou

U-space design and implementation: EUROCONTROL’s key role in supporting Member States

Laurent Renou, Head of Air Transport Innovation, EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub

Remus Lacatus

New entrants drive innovations in civil and military airspace management operations

Remus Lacatus, Innovation, Architecture and ATM Operations expert, Civil-Military Cooperation Division, EUROCONTROL.

Adam Tisza, Marco Vismara, Sevastian Zakora & Humberto Carvalho

LORD adds speed and flexibility to decisions by Maastricht controllers

Interview with Adam Tisza, Marco Vismara, Sevastian Zakora & Humberto Carvalho, Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre, EUROCONTROL

Steven Moore & Yolanda Portillo

Preparing for Summer 2024: more traffic, disruptive weather but deeper and more effective collaboration

Steven Moore, Head of ATM Network Operations, Network Management Directorate and Yolanda Portillo, Head of the Network Manager Operations Centre, EUROCONTROL

Paul Bosman & Predrag Vranjkovic

The new CNS Programme Manager’s role and challenges

Interview with Paul Bosman, Head of ATM infrastructure, EUROCONTROL & Predrag Vranjkovic, Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) Programme Manager, EUROCONTROL

Rannia Leontaridi Obe

Diversity and inclusion: we are a dynamic, global sector but we need to start telling the story better

Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE, Director General for Aviation, Maritime and Security Group at the Department for Transport, United Kingdom

Andrii Yarmak

Mutual cooperation to ensure air navigation services provision in Ukraine after the war

Andrii Yarmak, Chief Executive Officer, Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise, UkSATSE

Brian Bruckbauer

We must agree on the data architecture

Brian Bruckbauer, President & CEO Air Traffic Control Association, ATCA

Northern Norway

Northern Norway: A European roadmap to climate-neutral regional air traffic

Einar Sorensen, Aviation Adviser, Oslo, Norway

Sofia Graflund

We are building the eco system driving the transition to a zero-emission aviation industry

Sofia Graflund, Chief Operating Officer, Heart Aerospace

Milena Bowman

Diversity, equality and inclusion in aviation: why we must do better

Milena Bowman, Executive Manager Airspace, Systems and Procedures, Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre, EUROCONTROL

New Network Manager Ops Centre

Moving to new Network Manager Ops Centre is a step change in European airspace digitisation

Steven Moore, Head of ATM Network Operations, Network Management Directorate, EUROCONTROL


Major developments towards implementation of the global aircraft-in-distress service

Anastasiia Sobchenko, Common Services Expert, Network Management Directorate, EUROCONTROL and Ian Knowles, Technical Officer, Operational Safety Section, ICAO


ISOBAR – Research is building controller confidence in AI systems

Gilles Gawinowski, Camille Anoraud and Ramon Dalmau Codina, EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub and Stéphane Pierre, Network Manager Directorate, EUROCONTROL

Diversity of Thought

Diversity of thought: surviving and thriving in a changing world

Steven Shorrock, Senior Team Leader Human Factors, EUROCONTROL

John Santurbano

Airlines back MUAC’s new greener route plan

John Santurbano, Director Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre, EUROCONTROL

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