Rapid innovation in aviation holds great promise for citizens and businesses in Europe. Thanks to new technologies, flying is becoming cleaner, quieter and safer, while many new applications are being developed as a result of unmanned systems. To reap the social and economic benefits of these innovations, however, Europe needs to develop a new generation of Air Traffic Management (ATM). This is precisely the task of SESAR.
To lay the regulatory groundwork, the European Commission has developed the concept of “U-Space”, as an efficient framework to operate drones in urban air space at lower levels across the EU with a high degree of automation. The Commission’s aims for U-Space to be operational from 2019.
Bringing ATM into the 21st Century has become a pressing task for the EU, and one that holds great promise. As a leading member of SESAR, Airbus is fully engaged in the efforts to modernise Europe’s Air Traffic Management system. We also welcome the U-Space initiative as it could encourage innovation and support new business models.