Nov. 10, 2017

With the advent of digital technologies, plenty of our current daily realities of air traffic control are undergoing radical changes, says Marc Baumgartner, SESAR Coordinator for the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA). In this article (recently published in the IFATCA’s Controller magazine), Baumgartner explores the opportunities and challenges generated by increased computing power and digitalisation. He also looks at new concepts, such as pairing processing power with human ingenuity, that are slowly emerging.

“While we can all agree that digitalisation fundamentally changes our society, nobody knows what will happen to air traffic control and air traffic management. The question WHETHER our domain will benefit from the increased computing power and netork has been replaced by WHEN and HOW,” he says.

About the author:

Marc is working as an operational air traffic controller and Centre Supervisor, working in Geneva ACC since over 25 years. Marc has been a member of the Performance Review Body/Performance Review Commission from 2011 until December 2016 and chaired the operational sub-committee of the PRC/PRB since September 2012. Until April 2010 he has been the President and CEO of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) representing the technical and professional interests of more then 50'000 air traffic controllers from 137 States around the globe (8 years). Marc Baumgartner is coordinating the activities of IFATCA in SESAR and EASA