On Thursday 10th June 2021, CANSO and Egis hosted their second joint webinar to advance the debate about outsourcing ATM data services – this time looking specifically at the implications for States and Regulators.
The event was organised to build on the knowledge shared in the December 2020 webinar, which focussed on the business case for change for ANSPs. “Outsourcing data services – the State level discussion” featured an expert panel chaired by Egis’ Ben Stanley and Skyguide CEO Alex Bristol. On the panel were Crystal Kim, Technical Officer at ICAO; Kari Siekkinen, Chief Advisor ATM and ADR at the Finnish Transport and Communication agency Traficom; Vicente de Frutos Cristóbal, Project Officer SESAR implementation at the European Defence Agency; and Pablo Mendes De Leon, Professor of Air and Space Law at Leiden University.
The panellists began by briefly sharing their perspectives on the digitalisation and virtualisation trends in air traffic management, and the issues for states and regulators. A strong message from Alex Bristol and others was that outsourcing of services is happening already, and that it is triggering change at national, political and regulatory levels. ICAO standards and procedures focus on what constitutes the service and do not stipulate who should provide the service. But currently, there is no ICAO definition for ATM Data Services, a point raised by attendees who were keen to see clarity in this area. ICAO’s Crystal Kim commented that FF-ICE (Flight & Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment) was a building block for interoperable data services, and that we would have to see how the taxonomy develops.