Envisioning the Future of Aviation: “Drones – Innovation to Shape Our Future Skies”


Brussels, 20 February 2024 – Today European Parliament Vice-President Jan-Christoph Oetjen MEP and CANSO hosted a reception to support their joint exhibition in the European Parliament “Drones – Innovation to Shape Our Future Skies”.

In an era marked by technological breakthroughs and unprecedented innovation, the aviation industry stands on the threshold of an exciting transformation.Running from 19 to 22 February, this exhibition presents the bold future of aviation, and allows stakeholders, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore the transformative potential of drone technology and airspace management.

The exhibition aims to:

  • Envision the airspace of 2045 through interactive displays and visionary presentations of a future in which airspace is maximised to its utmost potential
  • Illustrate the role of innovation in effecting the extensive and collective changes required to transform visions into reality
  • Highlight ongoing projects from drones to air taxis and U-space
  • Raise awareness of the indispensable role of air navigation services providers (ANSPs) in facilitating growth and ensuring the safety of all passengers.

We extend our sincere gratitude to our exhibitors, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the European Defence Agency, ENAIRE, ENAV, the EUREKA project, NATS, PANSA, and the U-ELCOME project, whose contributions will be instrumental in shaping the discourse around the future of aviation.

European Parliament Vice-President Jan-Christoph Oetjen said: “The EU drone eco-system must closely work together to unfold the sector’s full potential. The Drone Strategy 2.0 is a good basis, but we need more efforts from the EU Member States in its implementation and harmonised solutions that do not undermine drone operations at borders. Sufficient funding in the future is a priority to ensure scaling-up of the market and development of the technology. A European drone label could create more trust and acceptance amongst users when operating.”

Tanja Grobotek, Manager Europe Affairs at CANSO, said: “This exhibition represents a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue, foster collaboration, and drive innovation. The air traffic management industry will support the integration of these exciting new technologies into our airspace and chart a course towards a safer, more efficient, and sustainable future of aviation.”

Mr. Oetjen and CANSO invite all interested parties to visit the exhibition, which is open until Thursday afternoon.

Venue: Distribution Area, 3rd floor, ASP building, zone D-E, European Parliament, Brussels

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