Cross industry leaders collaborate on a vision for future skies.
Altitude Angel CEO Richard Parker was one of the leaders from across the aviation and aerospace industries who recently met for the first time as the Complete Air Traffic (CATS) System Global Council. The council’s aim is to start creating a blueprint for safely integrating all airspace users into future skies.
The Global Council is an independent forum which brings together air navigation service providers (ANSP), UTM service providers, aircraft manufacturers, drone operators and manufacturers, high-tech companies, airlines, airports, regulatory authorities, space agencies and research bodies with the goal of building a vision for the skies together.
The forum was initiated by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) at Amsterdam Drone Week last December. Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO said: “Until now, each of us has been working on our own agenda. ANSPs have been focused on an air traffic management vision of the future, drone operators have been concerned with unmanned traffic management, and space explorers have their vision for space flight. What was missing was an aligned vision for total traffic management. Together as CATS Global Council we aim to transform how we accommodate all airborne vehicles safely, efficiently and sustainably.”
“How do we march into the future? How do we capitalise on the big and exciting opportunities in front of us? Now is the time to act and the formation of this Global Council is an important first step,” added Richard Parker, CEO, Altitude Angel.
“What we’re doing hasn’t been done before, so we don’t have all the answers and that’s OK. This Council is a great opportunity for us to learn from one another and focus on the problems we need to solve today while creating a future framework that will enable innovation,” said Margaret Nagle, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Wing.
“This Council can play a crucial role by bringing different people and domains together. Achieving our long-term vision can’t happen overnight and preserving the safety and efficiency of existing operations is essential. It needs to be a carefully coordinated journey with the input of traditional players, building on the lessons learnt of more than 100 years of aviation experience, as well as exciting ideas from new entrants” said Todd Sigler, Senior Director for Global Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Boeing.
“Today we have a fragmented system. Each party is strong in its own role yet there is no real cohesion and coordination in our activities. Our aim in the Global Council is to agree a common vision of the future, to understand what we want to, and need to, achieve together. But it’s not just about a vision. This is a call for action to all of us and a starting point for the work that must follow,” added Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
“With this Council we have a unique opportunity to come together as a key driving force of the aviation ecosystem, take ownership and propose an agenda of radical change,” Jean Ferre, General Manager & Vice-President Airspace Mobility Solutions at Thales commented.
Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.
From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.
Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.
Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.
By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.
In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform. Read more about the awardshere.
Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.