The UK’s NATS and Airbus ProSky collaborate to modernise air traffic management

Air traffic service provider NATS of the UK has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus ProSky to jointly devise solutions for improving the air traffic system’s efficiency.

1 May 2014 Feature story

This agreement was signed by NATS Chief Executive Officer Richard Deakin and Paul-Franck Bijou, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus ProSky – which is an Airbus subsidiary dedicated to the development and support of modern air traffic management (ATM) systems.

An early priority for this collaboration will be the improvement of airport resilience in adverse weather, including in low visibility, thunderstorms and high headwinds. NATS and Airbus ProSky also will work together – contributing their respective expertise in air traffic management and innovative solutions for airborne capabilities – to target ways of improving capacity by enhancing airport technology and procedures. Other cooperation areas include air traffic flow management and airspace design.

Launched in 2011, Airbus ProSky – which includes the Metron Aviation, Quovadis and ATRiCs companies – is committed to working side-by-side with air navigation service providers, aircraft operators and airport authorities to build a truly collaborative system with greater capacity, better performance and environmental sustainability for all stakeholders.