Key Steps to Redefine the Future of Air Traffic Management

Restructuring the organization and operational footprint can boost ANSP efficiency in air traffic management.

FREMONT, CA: While competing with major aerospace conglomerates and small, aggressive technological startups, air navigation system providers (ANSPs) have few strategic options to remain relevant. ANSPs must evolve by implementing technological advancements and reconsidering their operating model and methods of operation. Restructuring the organization and restructuring the operational footprint are potential levers for enhancing the internal efficiency of an ANSP.

Enhance internal operations

Redesign the internal footprint of control centers and infrastructure to maximize cost savings. Consolidating area control centers, reorganizing employees, and nurturing and executing remote tower programs are activities designed to create a more technologically advanced operating model. This defensive measure will better prepare ANSPs to implement the program and make them more scalable and resilient. These activities could help make the rigid cost structure, which is currently mainly dependent on labor expenses, more flexible by integrating with new work schedules.

Take the technological lead

Invest in developing new technologies through joint ventures and strategic partnerships to capitalize on the next wave of market opportunities. These objectives include defining proprietary FDP and delivering them as a cloud service, investing in new satellite services, and becoming a provider of aeronautical data. This strategy will facilitate risk sharing and reduce development expenses. Regarding strategic sourcing, ANSPs will become increasingly receptive to the option to "purchase" rather than "create," as the complexity and skill requirements render legacy ways economically unviable. Only a few ANSPs will establish new revenue streams through selling and licensing proprietary software.

Develop an integrated ATM/UTM ecosystem

ANSPs will play a crucial role in the UAV area if they establish an ecosystem that considers the complete value chain of ATM/UTM to control aircraft traffic in the low skies for "last-mile aviation." In the following years, the number of ANSP services will increase, creating new revenue sources. TANS is already a reality in several nations where towers of medium-to-small heights have been allocated through competitive bidding. Those operators who can implement innovative technologies and cutting-edge control centers will have more opportunities as the remote tower concept becomes popular.

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