Weekly review #127 - 1st December

Weekly review

Starting with news from the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced an important change to airspace around Luton Airport. They recently announced on the CAA portal the creation of 'London Luton Airport Arrivals'.

At Rome Fiumicino airport, there is exciting news as ADR opens a new Airport Operations Centre (APOC). The goal is to control the flow of aircraft, the flow of passengers, and manage baggage all in real-time. You can find out more about the story by clicking this link.

In a report from Avinor for air traffic in Q3 2021, there are positive signs as the increase in air traffic continues. Indeed, traffic increased during Q3 by 20.7 percent compared with the same quarter in 2020. We love to see these strong results!

It's always interesting to consider how AI and other technologies will impact air traffic management going forward. Recently, researchers in the SESAR JU project completed a series of tests showing that applications built with AI can improve trust for people operating automation-enhanced air traffic management systems. It sounds both complex and fascinating. Here's the full story to learn more.

Finally, we'd like to share progress on drone technology. Recently, the first test flights for the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme took place in Poland. Indeed, Poland is one of the four countries in the EU working on this special project. You can learn more with this resource.

ANSP news

Airports news

  • ADR opens Airport Operations Centre at Rome Fiumicino – Airport World - Aeroporti di Roma today opened its new Airport Operations Centre (APOC) at Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. In the APOC, the flow of aircraft, the flow of passengers inside and outside the terminals as well as the management of baggage in the two sorting systems will be controlled in real time.

Context information

  • The impact of standardisation on the ADSP promise - Egis - Isabel Franke-Chaudet explains why standardisation is so important to realising the promised benefits of ATM Data Service provision and what that means for air navigation service providers today.
  • Cross-border collaboration for clean flying - Flying is not considered the most environmentally friendly way to travel. This is not only due to the high gasoline consumption of airplanes but also to the fact that they are frequently re-routed. The longer routes often result from a lack of available flight controllers for any given airspace. Long waiting times on the ground are also a side effect, causing inconveniences and loss of valuable time for passengers. Researchers at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management have come up with a way to make air travel significantly cleaner and more efficient.

Reports and data

Research and innovation

  • Explainable AI key to unlocking potential of automation for air traffic management - Researchers in the SESAR JU project, TAPAS, have completed a series of tests showing how applications built using explainable artificial intelligence can improve trust in humans operating automation-enhanced air traffic management systems. The algorithms will be now be adapted further to research AI-based automation support for in other ATM domains.
  • SESAR JU partners finalise plans to trial sat-based air traffic control - SESAR members and partners have set out more details of their plans to demonstrate the use of low-orbit satellites for the provision of satellite-based VHF voice and data communications to manage aircraft in oceanic regions of the world. The VOICE project aims to show how satellite-based VHF communications, together with satellite-based surveillance can help optimise air traffic in oceanic regions while reducing the carbon footprint and maintaining safety levels.


  • Real-time simulation at DLR demonstrates RPAS integration in Düsseldorf approach - Unmanned airspace - SESAR U-space research project INVIRCAT reports successful completion of a real-time simulation held at Germany’s DLR Flight Guidance Institute in the period 9-12 November 2021 with the purpose of validating the CONOPS for integration of remotely piloted aerial systems in the TMA environment developed by the project in the framework of the SESAR Exploratory Research.
  • GUTMA to set up the Standards Working Group - GUTMA announced the constitution of the Standards Working Group. The purpose of this new members-only Working Group is to liaise with Standards Development Organizations - the Group will also be entrusted with promoting standards harmonization for a successful UAS integration into the current civil airspace.
  • Trials to pave way to urban air mobility deployment in Poland - SESAR JU - A first series of test flights with drones got underway in November in Rzeszów, Poland, as part of the SESAR JU Uspace4UAM large-scale demonstration. The project is receiving funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is part of the SESAR JU's growing portfolio of projects and demonstrations on U-space and urban air mobility. Poland is one of the four EU countries where the project is trialing solutions on urban air mobility.
  • Poland begins first flights over cities as part of SESAR Uspace4UAM research - Unmanned airspace - A first series of test flights with drones got underway in November in Rzeszów, Poland as part of the Urban Air Mobility large-scale demonstration. The project is co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme within the framework of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Poland is one of the four EU countries where the trial flights are conducted.