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The event commenced with thought-provoking keynote addresses delivered by NASA, FAA and CANSO, highlighting the urgency and opportunity of the moment. They emphasised that we stand on the brink of a new era in aviation history, where the convergence of technological innovation and collaborative efforts presents unprecedented possibilities. They stressed the importance of collective action, urging participants to embrace new ways of thinking and increased collaboration to navigate the complexities of airspace management and advanced mobility.
Following the keynote, the event unfolded over two days, packed with insightful discussions and collaborative sessions. Leading figures in the aviation community shared their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the future of ATM and AAM. Panels explored topics such as airspace access, transformative changes required in ATM, the vision for the AAM ecosystem and defining a unified vision for ATM and AAM integration.
The event discussed the pivotal transformations necessary for the evolution of the ATM industry in the forthcoming years and decades. These changes are indispensable for safeguarding the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of air transportation amidst escalating demand and technological progressions, encompassing the integration of emerging vehicles like drones, eVTOLs and supersonic flights.
Key Transformations Include:
1. Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO):
• TBO signifies a fundamental shift in airspace management, leveraging shared trajectory data for optimal decision-making and operational efficiency.
2. In-time Information Sharing:
•Real-time data exchange enables informed decision-making, crucial for effective airspace management. Technologies like System Wide Information Management (SWIM) facilitate dynamic responses to changing conditions.
3. Dynamic/Flexible Airspace Management:
• Traditional airspace structures are evolving to dynamic, adaptable configurations, enhancing efficiency and accommodating new entrants.
4. In-time Aviation Safety Management:
• Advanced safety measures continuously monitor, assess, and mitigate risks, crucial for the growing complexity of aviation operations.
5. Total System Performance Management:
•Optimisation of system performance across safety, efficiency, flow management, and environmental impact requires automation and advanced technologies.
6. Modernising Regulatory Framework:
• The pace of innovation demands streamlined regulatory processes and flexible standards to support evolving technologies and procedures.

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