Weekly review #130 - 22nd December

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Great news from Bulgaria with the completion of NAV Portugal’s 'Model of ATM Reality In Action' (MARIA) at BULATSA. After just a year in development, MARIA will be used at both Sofia’s Area Control Centre and Control Tower to anticipate hazards and make safety assessments more accurate and efficient.

There's more in the field of aviation safety, this time in Haiti. Thales and Aeronav will provide new CNS/ATM systems to the country's civil aviation authority. This project has the added bonus of strengthening Thales’s presence in the Caribbean region while enabling Haiti to improve its air transport safety.


We're hearing exciting things about the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking. This partnership between the EU and more than 50 organisations throughout the aviation chain will use cutting-edge tech solutions to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis, and vehicles flying at higher altitudes. Moreover, it's set to invest more than 1.6 billion euros before 2030!


We're also seeing encouraging figures in air traffic volume with ENAIRE managing over 120,000 flights in November. This is just 18.8 percent lower than the same month in 2019 and shows the positive trend towards pre-pandemic levels continuing.


And, last but not least, we have a new episode of our podcast Radar Contact. This week, we welcome guest Christian Shleifer, the General Director at EUROCAE, to talk about aviation standards, including the latest activities around UTM, the future of ATM, and more.



ANSP news
  • Finavia has completed the renovation of the air traffic area at Helsinki Airport - Finavia has completed the renovation of the Helsinki Airport air traffic area, which started in the summer of 2021 and cost EUR 7 million. The goal was to ensure smooth taxiing and apron operations of aircraft as well as further improve the management of stormwater.
  • BULATSA - Local deployment of MARIA Model within BULATSA successfully completed - After just over a year and despite the pandemic that shook lives and organizations, the project to implement NAV Portugal’s 'Model of ATM Reality In Action' (MARIA) at BULATSA was successfully completed. Thanks to the successful partnership between the Portuguese and the Bulgarian ANSP, the MARIA is now a reality in BULATSA. This collaboration involved training, data collection and the modelling of the functional system used by BULATSA’s to provide ANS and MET services at both Sofia’s Area Control Center and Control Tower.
Market news
Context information
  • SESAR JU - New SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking promises to be bigger, bolder, better - Today sees the official launch of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, marking a new chapter in modernising European air traffic management. Bringing together the EU, Eurocontrol, and more than 50 organisations covering the entire aviation value chain, including drones, this new European partnership will invest more than EUR 1.6 billion between now and 2030 to accelerate, through research and innovation, the delivery of an inclusive, resilient and sustainable Digital European Sky.
  • EUROCONTROL - 2021 – A year of strategic developments at MUAC - The annual wrap-up video takes a look at some of the year’s biggest highlights at MUAC, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre, from a successful traffic recovery plan to the launch of the ambitious 2030 concept of operations, including several other breakthrough developments along the way.
Reports and data
  • EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot #23 - The 23rd EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot is here, focusing on flights recovering to 75 percent of 2019 levels, but for passengers, the choice of flights to their destination remains low.
  • CANSO - ENAIRE recovered 81.2 percent of flights in November compared to 2019 levels - Month by month, the trend continues as air traffic recovers to pre-pandemic levels. ENAIRE managed over 120,000 flights in November (120,204), which is just 18.8 percent below the average for the entire network for the same month in 2019, the baseline year for data comparisons, since traffic in 2020 fell to very low levels as a result of COVID-19.
  • NAV CANADA reports November traffic figures - NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of November 2021, as measured in weighted charging units for en route, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year and to its 2019 fiscal year.