Posted by John McHale
TOULOUSE, France, 7 Jan. 2011. Airbus has launched a new subsidiary company, called Airbus ProSky dedicated to the development and support of modern air traffic management (ATM) systems. Airbus ProSky will become the channel through which Airbus will interact and develop ATM programs such as Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) in Europe, as well as the Next Generation Air Transportation system (NextGen) in the U.S.
For these two ATM programs, the new company will help accelerate and support the process of their implementation, and link them together by capitalizing on the technological, operational, and commercial synergies.
Airbus ProSky will also contribute provide aviation expertise to other nations by working with their air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airworthiness authorities, and airlines. This will help them achieve the common goal of transforming their ATM systems with the latest technologies and procedures, to achieve the highest operational efficiencies with more direct routings resulting in around 10 percent less aircraft fuel consumption, and significant reductions in CO2 and noise emissions.
The first such undertaking announced by Airbus ProSky was the recent memorandum of udnerstanding with Chinese authorities for cooperation in ATM, whereby Airbus ProSky will assist the Chinese Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) with the introduction and implementation of new ATM concepts, airspace design, deployment support, training, and best practices. Furthermore, authorities in other countries are also exploring the opportunities of working with Airbus ProSky to adopt the principles and know-how developed for ATM systems in Europe and the U.S.
Heading the Airbus ProSky team will be Eric Stefanello, president of Airbus ProSky and senior vice president of ATM at Airbus. He will be supported directly by Marc Hamy as vice president of SESAR and NextGen Deployment. Hamy was formerly chief-of-staff for France's Transport Minister and previously, chief executive officer of the French Air Navigation Services.
"With Airbus ProSky we are harnessing the competencies both within Airbus and also from the wider EADS group, to help transform ATM services across the European Union, the U.S. and other countries globally," Stefanello says. "We are complementing the existing skills and business of ATM manufacturers and ANSPs by partnering with key industry players to deliver a global ATM approach, and bring operational, commercial, and environmental benefits to the airline industry."