CANSO welcomes two new members including its first Academia Member – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

CANSO is delighted to welcome Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as its newest Member and the very first organisation to join CANSO’s Academia and Research membership category.

The official welcoming of Embry-Riddle took place today (19 March), the first day of Airspace World – the world’s largest and most influential airspace and near-space management event.

CANSO’s Membership category for Academia and Research organisations targets organisations focused on fostering education, research, and knowledge dissemination in the aviation field and is aimed at those who specialise in matters related to aviation and air traffic management.

This strategic move of CANSO aims to foster collaboration between Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and academia and research institutions. By joining CANSO, not-for-profit institutions dedicated to advancing air traffic management will have a platform to engage with industry stakeholders and contribute to impactful research initiatives.

“We are delighted to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has submitted the first application to join the Academia and Research Membership,” commented Eduardo Garcia, CANSO Senior Manager Future Skies.  “This milestone achievement, celebrated today during Airspace World, signifies the beginning of an exciting journey towards fostering collaboration, innovation, and mutual growth,” he added.

“We are proud and thrilled to become the first academia member of CANSO,” said Clyde Rinkinen, Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (pictured above, right, with Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO). “We hope that our membership with CANSO will provide us the platform to facilitate independent research and training on aviation-related topics for CANSO members and workgroups. Moreover, we are looking forward to participating in discussions and exchanging knowledge to bridge the gap between academia and the air-traffic management industry,” he added.

Other CANSO membership benefits in this category include participation in CANSO groups, collaboration on research projects, potential involvement in postgraduate scholarship programmes, enhanced visibility within the ATM community, and opportunities to promote educational courses and study programmes.

In addition to extending a warm welcome to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, CANSO is delighted to announce the addition of NASA as an Associate member. This new partnership underscores CANSO’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation within the aviation industry. With NASA’s renowned expertise and groundbreaking research in aerospace exploration and technology, their participation as an Associate member will enrich the collective knowledge and drive forward-thinking initiatives aimed at advancing air traffic management and airspace operations globally. CANSO looks forward to the valuable contributions and insights that NASA will bring to the organisation’s collaborative efforts towards shaping the future of aviation.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world leader in aviation and aerospace higher education.  Our mission is to teach the science, practice and business of aviation and aerospace, preparing students for productive careers and leadership roles in business, government agencies and the military.  Embry-Riddle’s reputation is grounded in its aviation roots dating back to 1926.


CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of airspace and is shaping our future skies. Our members support over 90% of the world’s air traffic and include air navigation service providers, airspace users and operators, manufacturers and aviation industry suppliers. We raise the bar on global ATM performance by connecting the industry to share knowledge, expertise and innovation.


Angy Odysseos

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