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We explore how ANSPs reacted to the immediate issues created by the crisis and worked hard to not only safeguard the safety of the skies but also businesses throughout the aviation value chain.

Our regional round-up further highlights some of the many important milestones on this road to recovery.

Integral to these efforts is ensuring air traffic control officers maintain their high skill levels even though traffic has dipped alarmingly. Retaining the right levels of competency involves training and regulatory flexibility.

But ATC has more on its plate than the industry restart. The major challenges with which it was confronted pre-COVID-19 will not disappear as traffic ramps up. The need to develop digital towers, drone integration systems, and harmonised policies on space flight is as important as ever.

Digital towers offer an exciting, safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional infrastructure. Drones will doubtless become a familiar sight for a variety of tasks and space flight’s popularity remains undiminished.

It will be important to incorporate all these developments within a sustainable framework. Aviation is under pressure to “grow back greener”. The industry committed to reducing carbon emissions long ago but increasing scrutiny could see sustainability measures move up the priority list.

Though these topics were all part of intense industry discussions well before the crisis, the role of space-based surveillance was still in its infancy. That is no longer the case and Aireon explains why their system will transform an ANSP’s capabilities and help transition the industry to a data-rich future.   

In a packed edition, we also seek out expert insight from within and outside ATC. Knowing how CANSO Associate Members and airport leaders think teaches us the value of listening, of partnerships and collaboration, and of a holistic approach to solving the myriad challenges.

This is a fast-moving, innovative industry. Yes, ATC and the entire value chain have witnessed the worst crisis in aviation’s history, but it has only served to accelerate great ideas and a determination to improve.

Even airspace is not immune, and we have embraced the digital world to keep you informed of the latest news and provide a forum for debate, and look forward to bringing you varied and exciting content in the weeks and months ahead.

Happy reading!


Editorial team

The articles in this new version of airspace magazine outline the efforts ANSPs have made to keep air traffic moving under the most extreme hardships while maintaining an eye on the challenges ahead. The aim is to create a future where seamless ATC operations underpin an aviation industry that once again brings jobs, prosperity and social integration to the world.

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Redefining
our future

The COVID-19 outbreak is a defining moment in the history of air traffic control (ATC). Air navigation service providers (ANSP) have been sorely tested but the long road to recovery demonstrates an unwavering commitment to safety and efficiency.

We explore how ANSPs reacted to the immediate issues created by the crisis and worked hard to not only safeguard the safety of the skies but also businesses throughout the aviation value chain.

Our regional round-up further highlights some of the many important milestones on this road to recovery.

Integral to these efforts is ensuring air traffic control officers maintain their high skill levels even though traffic has dipped alarmingly. Retaining the right levels of competency involves training and regulatory flexibility.

But ATC has more on its plate than the industry restart. The major challenges with which it was confronted pre-COVID-19 will not disappear as traffic ramps up. The need to develop digital towers, drone integration systems, and harmonised policies on space flight is as important as ever.

Digital towers offer an exciting, safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional infrastructure. Drones will doubtless become a familiar sight for a variety of tasks and space flight’s popularity remains undiminished.

It will be important to incorporate all these developments within a sustainable framework. Aviation is under pressure to “grow back greener”. The industry committed to reducing carbon emissions long ago but increasing scrutiny could see sustainability measures move up the priority list.

Though these topics were all part of intense industry discussions well before the crisis, the role of space-based surveillance was still in its infancy. That is no longer the case and Aireon explains why their system will transform an ANSP’s capabilities and help transition the industry to a data-rich future.   

In a packed edition, we also seek out expert insight from within and outside ATC. Knowing how CANSO Associate Members and airport leaders think teaches us the value of listening, of partnerships and collaboration, and of a holistic approach to solving the myriad challenges.

This is a fast-moving, innovative industry. Yes, ATC and the entire value chain have witnessed the worst crisis in aviation’s history, but it has only served to accelerate great ideas and a determination to improve.

Even airspace is not immune, and we have embraced the digital world to keep you informed of the latest news and provide a forum for debate, and look forward to bringing you varied and exciting content in the weeks and months ahead.

Happy reading!


Editorial team

The articles in this new version of airspace magazine outline the efforts ANSPs have made to keep air traffic moving under the most extreme hardships while maintaining an eye on the challenges ahead. The aim is to create a future where seamless ATC operations underpin an aviation industry that once again brings jobs, prosperity and social integration to the world.

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