The successful remote air traffic news continues. And, this week, it's coming from Sweden!
Swedavia has started enabling remote air traffic services at Kiruna airport. It's become the first of Swedavia’s airports to be managed from RTC Stockholm, marking its introduction of this innovative service.
Now, Sweden has four remotely controlled airports: Örnsköldsvik Airport, Sundsvall Timrå Airport, Linköping-Saab Airport and Scandinavian Mountains Airport.
The airport will be deployed with the Saab r-TWR system, which comprises 14 high-resolution cameras and sensors positioned on a mast, offering a 360-degree view of the airport.
We're enjoying witnessing the development of this technology, and it's undoubtedly gratifying that after many years of intense work and collaboration with the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, Swedavia is now taking the first step towards successful remote tower services!
On a similar note, the EU Council have recently reached an agreement on air traffic management reform, with a common position on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the reform of the Single European Sky.
The representatives of the Member States agreed on the reform, which aims to optimise European airspace management and the air navigation service system by increasing capacity, improving cost-efficiency and boosting the system’s ability to adapt to changes in traffic.
The changes are also expected to reduce the aviation CO2 footprint and are a significant step in the right direction.
Good news all around!
- Swedavia starts enabling remote air traffic services - The Swedish Civil Aviation Administration has commissioned the new remote tower centre at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for distant air traffic control at some Swedavia airports.
- SESAR JU Executive Director announces departure - The SESAR Joint Undertaking today announced that Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, will step down from his role on 4 July to take up a new position as CEO of DSNA, France’s ANSP.
- The airport drone threat: a storm in a teacup? - After the 2018 Gatwick airport drone incident, drones started to be perceived as a potential threat by the general public, creating issues also for regular aviation.
- New communications technology for Colombia’s ATC towers - The Civil Aviation Authority of Colombia is to install Rohde & Schwarz’s IP based voice communications system, CERTIUM, systems at 36 airports across the country.
- The EU Council reached an agreement on air traffic management reform - The EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, held in Luxembourg, adopted a common position on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the reform of the Single European Sky.
Reports and data
- Updated EUROCONTROL Traffic Scenarios for 2021: Clear hope for some recovery this summer and beyond - EUROCONTROL has issued a new set of Traffic Scenarios detailing the monthly evolution for the period up to December 2021. Air traffic throughout Europe was 61% down in May 2021 compared to May 2019.
Research and innovation
- SESAR to demonstrate space-enabled air traffic control - Plans are underway by SESAR members and partners to demonstrate the feasibility of using low-orbit satellites to provide voice communications to manage aircraft in oceanic regions of the world.
- Successful completion of the PDA Innovation project - Ineco - Ineco has finalized its internal innovation project PDA (Postprocessing Delay Analyzer), a Big-Data platform enabled to store and process historical air traffic data obtained from Eurocontrol B2B services.
- Saab and Varjo Bring Virtual Reality to Flight Simulators - Saab and Varjo Technologies work together to revolutionise flight simulators. The Finnish company Varjo has developed a human eye resolution mixed reality (XR) technology that will be integrated into all Saab Gripen E/F simulators.
UAV and UTM
- Thales and Airspace Link partner to support BVLOS operations in low-level airspace - Unmanned airspace - A partnership between Thales and geospatial information management company Airspace Link aims to provide safe integration of UAS into low altitude airspace where the systems are BVLOS of operators.
- Poland announces EUR164 million investment in U-space and related services - Thanks to the implementation of the investments included in the National Recovery Plan, Poland has a chance to become one of the European leaders in the field of UAVs.
- Thales and Clearance work together to manage drone flights near Lille airport - Unmanned airspace - Two specialist companies providing UTM services, Clearance and Thales, are working together to interconnect their respective platforms to allow drone pilots to create a flight plan on the Clearance platform.
- NASA publishes the concept of operations for high-density vertiport operations - Unmanned airspace - NASA has released a concept of operations for high-density vertiport operations. The publication provides a guide for future technology development, perspectives on how vertiports should be integrated and defines the roles and responsibilities of vertiport users.
- UK CAA publishes guidance to support beyond visual line of sight operations - Unmanned airspace - The CAA has published guidance describing how the regulator is working with the industry to get progress towards safe routing beyond visual line of sight flights in the UK.
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