The Future of Air Traffic Management with Simon Hocquard, Director General of CANSO

Posted: 29 May 2024 | , | No comments yet

Join us for an exhilarating journey into the heart of air traffic management as we sit down with Simon Hocquard, the Director General of CANSO, to discuss the dynamic themes that shaped the Airspace World 2024 conference which took place in Geneva.

In this episode, we delve into the transformative power of artificial intelligence, the critical importance of cybersecurity, urban air mobility and the ever-evolving landscape of safety and capacity in our skies.

To be truly collaborative you have to think bigger than yourself, if you are a company you need to think of other companies and if you a country you need to think regionally.”

Simon provides an in-depth look at the pressing challenges that Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are currently facing. He also shares exciting updates from the Complete Air Traffic Systems Global Council (CATS), an initiative spearheaded by CANSO to innovate and streamline air traffic systems worldwide. Learn about the newly launched Green ATM accreditation scheme, designed to foster sustainable practices in air traffic management.

We explore the futuristic realm of urban air mobility and the integration of new aircraft into our airspace. Simon highlights how CANSO’s members are at the forefront of optimising skies, including ground breaking initiatives like Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for drones within airports and the creation of a drone superhighway over central England by Altitude Angel.

This episode also uncovers the pivotal role of partnerships and collaboration in driving technological advancements and the impending disruptions set to redefine air traffic management in the coming years. Simon paints a vivid picture of what the future holds for the industry.

As a special treat, listen to the exclusive anecdote about how Simon’s journey into the world of air traffic control began—it’s a story you won’t want to miss!

About the author – Simon Hocquard

Credit: CANSO

Simon Hocquard, is the Director General of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) – the global voice of air traffic management.

In this role, Simon is responsible for delivering CANSO strategies, expanding worldwide membership, and enhancing CANSO’s relationship with its industry peers and stakeholders.

Prior to this, Simon served at NATS, the UK air navigation service provider where his roles included Operations Director at Swanwick, the largest air traffic control centre in Europe. Simon is also appointed by the European Commission as Chairman of the Network Management Board, which governs the overall European Air Traffic Network, and drives performance improvement across Europe.


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