A6 and FAA to sign Joint Statement of Purpose at ATC Global

Yesterday, an alliance of some of the largest European Air Navigation Service Providers - the A6 - and the United States' Federal Aviation Administration have signed a Joint Statement of Purpose signalling their intention to move together towards a future interoperable aviation system that is operationally driven and technology enhanced.
Europe and the US are currently both running programmes to develop the ATM infrastructure that will help meet future safety, capacity and environmental benefits: SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) in Europe and NextGen in the US.

The signing of this Joint Statement of Purpose (JSOP) signals an intention to seek areas of mutual interest such as systems implementation, programme management and engaging air traffic controllers in the transition to these new systems. The idea behind the JSOP is to create a forum for discussing and collaborating on future systems and sharing information and best practice on deployment. Future co-operation between A6 and the FAA will benefit the entire global aviation community.

Rick Ducharme, FAA Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organisation said: "The success of global air traffic management depends on how well nations can partner in the areas of technology, procedures, operational culture and modernisation. This agreement between between the FAA and the A6 is a big step toward achieving this level of collaboration. This partnership will help us achieve a future ATM system that is operationally driven and technologically enhanced."

Dieter Kaden, DES Chief Executive Officer said: "In light of the continuous increase in air traffic volume, air navigation service providers are facing great challenges. Together with our colleagues from the FAA, we want to ensure that air travel remains the safest and most punctual means of transport in the future. I am looking forward to working with the Americans and I am confident that together we will master these challenges."
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