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Starting tomorrow, air traffic management (ATM) professionals, policy makers, and thought leaders from around the world will gather in Madrid for the first annual World ATM Congress, a new joint meeting of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). CANSO and ATCA together combine the private companies and government entities that provide and oversee ATM in various countries, along with ATM professionals and the individuals and firms that support them.
This first-ever joint congress comes at a critical moment for the ATM industry. In the United States, the “NextGen” process—an ATM modernization effort that includes operational efficiency efforts to maximize US airspace for safety, efficiency, capacity, while focusing to minimize environmental impacts—has been hampered by fiscal challenges and an excessively partisan atmosphere in the U.S. Congress. In the European Union, member states have been slow to move on the ambitious second phase of the […]

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