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The Technical Defragmentation of Air Navigation Services – The Legal Challenges of Virtualisation

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The Single European Sky (SES) initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 is meant to establish a comprehensive and structured regulatory framework to overcome the failing performance of the European Air Navigation Services (ANS) system. Defragmentation can be understood as any initiative towards seamless operation of the European ANS system. Defragmentation can take many forms, some of which raise sensitive political and social issues. Targeted developments in the field of ANS data management are slowly leading to the creeping virtualisation of the ANS technical infrastructure. The defragmentation and virtualisation of the technical infrastructure of ANS opens promising avenues. However, because of the manner in which these developments will fundamentally modify the underlying ANS industry model, they also raise a number of legal challenges. This paper discusses these legal aspects. Interoperability and open architecture systems will lead to important new opportunities such as the virtualisation of the technological infrastructure.

Keywords: Air Navigation Services (ANS) system; ANS technical infrastructure; defragmentation; European Air Navigation Services (ANS) system; open architecture systems; Single European Sky (SES); virtualisation



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