Airbus formed subsidiary, Airbus ProSky, in 2011 to facilitate the development and support of Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization and optimization. Airbus ProSky is committed to enhancing the performance and support of modern ATM systems such as EUROCONTROL’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). A major goal of Airbus ProSky is to accelerate the implementation of these two programs, and link them together by capitalizing on their technological, operational and commercial synergies. By taking a multi-dimensional approach including operational, technical and financial, Airbus ProSky will deliver next generation services and systems needed for improved performance, today.
While the general public typically views ATM transformation as a sweeping set of technological changes in Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) infrastructure, the transformation must run deeper and further if we are truly going to support safe and environmentally sustainable air transportation growth for the next decade and beyond. This transformation must extend not only political and geographic boundaries, but also beyond the lines of traditional separation among ATM suppliers, users and stakeholders. The themes of collaboration must run both technologically and culturally. Clearly, the future ATM system brings a new model of collaboration between ground-based and airborne capabilities that was not possible in the past. Airbus ProSky is dedicated to supporting Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and the communication between ANSPs, aircraft operators and airport authorities for the benefit of the total system.
Recent studies indicate that next generation ATM systems can save the global aviation community over three billion gallons of fuel, eliminate 29 million metric tons of carbon emissions, and reduce four million hours of delays. These savings amount to $29 billion of net benefits in the U.S. alone each year and $135 billion globally in the first year of full system deployment in 2026. In total, the projected transformation will save $897 billion.i
Built on the philosophy of intelligent technology, Airbus ProSky delivers best-in-class expertise and solutions to maximize efficiency, better performance, increase capacity and support eco sustainability, while allowing for effortless integration. Partnership and collaboration are key to delivering next generation ATM solutions today. Partnering with ANSPs, aircraft operators and airport authorities, Airbus ProSky assesses needs and requirements to bring best-in-class tools for rapid ATM advancement.