Virtual and augmented reality has a lot of (really good) stuff to answer for lately. Recently, we've seen the successful implementation of remote air traffic control towers, virtual training solutions and augmented reality solutions.
It's evolving at a rapid rate and proving to be a powerful game-changer from every aspect. As a result, many diverse industries are now readily experimenting with this immersive technology to streamline their operations, improve capabilities, and train staff in a better way.
Given the expensive nature of the aviation industry and the high cost of making mistakes, VR has now become a great asset for aviation companies to provide better service and train their staff in a more accurate way.
So, we're pleased to see that skeyes and SOWAER have joined forces to build the first digital tower centre in Belgium. Thanks to augmented reality, they've signed a historic agreement that confirms the setting up of the first digital tower centre in Namur. It will guide air traffic at Liege and Charleroi Airports while increasing safety.
VR in the aviation industry is clearly here to stay. Companies that readily adopt it will stay ahead of the curve. We're looking forward to seeing more of it.
In other, transformative news, ERA is about to cover the entire airspace of the Baltic state of Latvia. They've signed a new contract that will provide surveillance of air traffic over Latvia and beyond its borders (+30NM buffer zone) with the newly installed Wide Area Multilateration System (WAM).
This means Latvia will join the host of countries that benefit from whole-country coverage thanks to the Multi-sensor surveillance system by ERA based on multilateration technology.
We're pleased to see so much planned modernisation and upgrades taking place. There's always some good news somewhere!
- skeyes and SOWAER join forces to build the first digital tower centre in Belgium - skeyes and SOWAER have signed a historic agreement that confirms the setting up of the first digital tower centre in Namur. It will guide air traffic at Liege and Charleroi Airports, while increasing safety thanks to augmented reality.
- GAL Air Navigation Services rebrands to Global Air Navigation Services - On 24 March 2021 GAL Air Navigation Services will rebrand to Global Air Navigation Services (GANS), this change in company name completes the journey we started in 2018 to create a new and separate brand identity for the company.
- Iridium Makes Strategic Investment in DDK Positioning, Provider of Enhanced GNSS Accuracy Solutions - Iridium announced that it has made a strategic investment in DDK, an Aberdeen, Scotland based provider of enhanced GNSS accuracy solutions.
- Site acceptance completed with Ethiopian Airlines Group - Micro Nav - Ethiopian Airlines Group (EAG), supported by ICAO, awarded GECI Group in partnership with Micro Nav, a contract to supply a BEST 3D tower and radar simulator at the EAG premises in Addis Ababa.
- ERA is about to cover the entire airspace of the Baltic state of Latvia - ERA has signed a new contract to provide surveillance of air traffic over Latvia and beyond its borders (+30NM buffer zone) with the newly installed Wide Area Multilateration System (WAM).
- New Konavle Radar Station Operational - Crocontrol - The operational use of radar data from the new Konavle Radar Station (Ilin vrh) started on May 27, 2021.
Research and innovation
- Optimising new Ground Movement Control (GMC) concepts - Think Research - In their latest blog, Steve Leighton & Elizabet Pavlova demonstrate how to cost-effectively and efficiently optimise Ground Movement Control.
UAV and UTM
- Eurocae seeks participants in working group WG-105 (Unmanned Aerial Systems) for standards development - EUROCAE WG-105 is pursuing the objective of developing Minimum Operational Performance Specification for ACAS sXu”, with support from WG-75, specifically for validation activities.
- Trials with Canadian UAVs Detect and Avoid technology pave way for BVLOS operations in Canada - Unmanned airspace - Canadian UAVs, as part of the LOOKNorth Detect and Avoid trials, reports demonstrating the Sparrowhawk radar as a qualified solution for enabling BVLOS RPAS operations in Canada.
- Dutch research centre tests GA-ASI detect and avoid technology in simulated environment - Unmanned airspace - NLR has released initial results of research contributing towards the integration of Medium Altitude Long Endurance RPAS into European airspace.
- Thales expands drone management for safer airspace - Thales and Venture Capital funded start-up Airspace Link are partnering to integrate ground risk data from state and local governments, such as the location of schools, power lines and firework displays.
- Poland announces USD200 million-plus investment in U-space and related services - Unmanned airspace - The Polish government will allocate over PLN 740 million (USD 201 million) to the development of U-space and related drone services, according to the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, as part of a national economic recovery plan.
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