Breaking down barriers

Breaking down barriers to meet the growing demands of digital aviation and increased air passenger traffic

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Born from Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited’s (ATNS) desire to make a meaningful contribution to the aviation industry by taking the lead in collaboration, networking and thought-leadership, the AVI AFRIQUE Summit has become the largest gathering of aviation minds committed to this vision.

Focusing largely on aviation innovation, the Summit has grown substantially and has been significantly enhanced to become the global brand it is today. As one of ATNS’s flagship projects, the Summit is held annually during October to coincide with the South African transport industry’s October Transport Month (OTM). 

The role of digital in aviation is becoming an increasingly important topic as we move into an era of unprecedented technological innovation as well as a rise in global air passenger traffic. In 2018, this number rose by 6.5%, bringing the total number of passengers to a staggering 4.36 billion total. According to the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC), digital aviation – which includes everything fromunmanned traffic management to developing the next generation of air traffic control in an environment of steadily increasing air traffic density and ‘on-demand’ requests – should be a top priority and addressed collaboratively by airports as well as aerospace and air traffic management companies.

The AVI AFRIQUE Summit theme for 2018 is 'Breaking barriers in the aviation industry throughinnovation'. As such the Summit seeks to explore how the industry deals with the emergence of incidentaland/or real-life barriers that may lead to a need for realignment and restructuring – from an Air Navigation Services Provider or Civil Authority perspective as well as how to handle the rapid pace of digital and technological advancements made in the industry.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the pace of air travel growth is already causing strainacross the sector and passenger numbers are expected to increase by close to 50% by 2050. It is therefore critical that solutions other than the expansion of airport capacity and ground infrastructure need to be found.

While great strides have been made by putting in place recommended standards and practices to encourage and promote innovation within the aviation fraternity, the industry needs to employ continuous innovative means to evolve with the changing times, while remaining inherently safety-conscious.

Now in its 7th year, the AVI AFRIQUE Summit is taking place on 23 - 24 October 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. Registration for this prestigious event is free and you can register at www.atns.com today.

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