ATCA Launches Blue Skies Initiative Industry Engagement to Inform NAS Vision in a Post-NextGen / COVID-19 World
August 5, 2020

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce the next step of the Blue Skies Initiative (BSI). Formally launched in September 2019, BSI’s mission created a public-private collaborative effort to define a short-, mid-, and long-term vision for the integration of new capabilities into the national airspace system (NAS). BSI provides a venue in which the broad spectrum of aviation stakeholders can provide input and engage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to leverage innovation, drive sound infrastructure investments, and ensure safety and accountability in the aviation system, in line with FAA Administrator Dickson’s key strategic focus areas.

Today marks the formal launch of the industry engagement platform to both inform the public and seek the inputs from stakeholders from traditional aviation (airlines, air traffic controllers, Department of Defense, FAA) and new entrants (commercial space companies, the UAS and UTM communities, advanced air mobility innovators, and high altitude operators), as well as aviation ports (airports, spaceports, and vertiports).
This is the challenge that the BSI Working Committee is addressing.
The BSI Working Committee launched the effort around the “BSI Strategic House” as a way to identify the key challenges aviation faces in the next 15 years. Five strategic pillars guide the process of working through these challenges:
ATCA plays an important role in the collection and dissemination of the needs of not only its membership, but the needs of other professional aviation member organizations.
ATCA will be releasing a “BSI Question of the Week” in ATCA’s daily Headline News e-newsletter to seek member feedback that will inform the BSI Outlook—the mechanism that we will inform the FAA as to what the industry sees as emerging use cases, technologies, and trends.

ATCA is proud to be leading the industry response to informing the FAA’s future vision. This partnership and engagement with the FAA is critical to the evolution of the NAS beyond NextGen.
ATCA is embarking on this exciting journey into the Blue Skies.
Won’t you join us?
About ATCA

The Air Traffic Control Association ( is dedicated to the progress and safety of air traffic control and works to advance the technology and professionalism of the industry. Founded in 1956, ATCA serves nearly 3,000 members from throughout the world - individual air traffic controllers as well as aviation associations, educational institutions, the government and military, and companies managing and providing equipment and services in the aviation community.