Paradigm change

ANS Industry | Dawning of a New Era

The aviation context is changing, and we are on the cusp of a paradigm change for the ANS industry. Europe is moving towards a new kind of Air Traffic Management (ATM) network enabled by new technologies, cooperative traffic management principles, innovative processes, a new approach to human resources management and by the emergence of new ANS business models.


ANS is a market that is traditionally slow and resistant to change, however new ideas and operating models are emerging to market much quicker than in the past which would suggest that the barriers of resistance are gradually being eroded.


Safety and cost effectiveness remain the core foundations of the Aviation Industry, and, in Europe, the implementation of the Single European Sky still faces important challenges. The past challenge of ensuring sufficient capacity has resurfaced, which needs to be flexible to demand, cost efficient and minimise environmental impact.


In addition, new challenges are arising especially with the integration of new airspace users, highly driven by the growth in drone traffic. Now, more than ever before with the transformation to information businesses, cyber threats have to be accounted for. Furthermore, there is the emergence of new ANS business models in particular enabled by space-based Communication, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS), all against a backdrop of rising traffic and delay in the face of continued downward pressure on costs.


Skyguide acknowledges that the future brings new challenges, and that the future starts now. We are advocating a shift from infrastructure ownership to an information business, focused on air traffic management services and on evolving customer needs. Business sustainability depends on being ready for change.


New ANS Paradigm | 2035

Skyguide envisages a world where ANS has successfully managed the move away from the notion of controlling air traffic to managing it. Instead of regularly intervening with the flights, the Air Traffic Managers monitor and manage the airspace and communicate with the cockpit only by exception.


Many aircraft in the en-route phase of their flight self-separate along a whole leg of their European free-route, automatically separating one another without the need for intervention of air traffic controllers.


Key aspects of the vision