SP Guide Publications puts forth a well compiled articulation of issues, pursuits and accomplishments of the Indian Army, over the years

— General Manoj Pande, Indian Army Chief

I am confident that SP Guide Publications would continue to inform, inspire and influence.

— Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Indian Navy Chief

My compliments to SP Guide Publications for informative and credible reportage on contemporary aerospace issues over the past six decades.

— Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, Indian Air Force Chief

Modernising ATC vital for business

Issue: 06-2009By Steven R. Loranger, Chairman, President and CEO, ITT CorporationIllustration(s): By 299.jpg

Modernisation of the air traffic management systems around the globe is of vital importance to business and commerce, the flying public and even the environment.

Skies across the world are becoming increasingly overcrowded. In Europe, flights are expected to increase between 70 and 120 per cent above 2007 levels by the year 2030. In the US, 50 per cent passenger growth is expected over the next decade.

We all know that existing air traffic management systems will be unable to keep up with the dramatic, global increase in flights and passengers. Inefficiencies are already causing billions of dollars in losses related to delays, complicating flight routes and increasing fuel consumption, all of which result in higher operating cost for airlines, higher ticket prices for passengers, as well as unnecessary increases in greenhouse gas emissions.

As the CEO of a company that has been ingrained in the aviation and defence industries for more than 50 years—from our broad portfolio of innovative defence technologies to our work designing and installing the ground infrastructure for ADS-B—it is a real pleasure to be here.

At ITT, our success is achieved by helping our customers address vital human needs. And addressing the challenges posed by increasingly overcrowded skies is exactly what all of us are gathered here to do today.

—As told to Sangeeta Saxena in Paris