First up, there's news that ENAIRE has expanded its service certificate to include ADS-B surveillance. It represents further progress in safety, efficiency and sustainability. Here is the full story if you'd like to learn more.
In news from the UK, Gatwick airport experienced IT issues that led to flight diversions. Problems in the air traffic control tower meant three flights from Tampa, Antigua, and Belfast were sent to other airports to land.
There's more from the UK as the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announces a new ATM system led by Aquila. The contract will integrate and support new, innovative equipment with existing infrastructure. By 2024, the MoD plans to roll out variations across 60 sites in the UK and overseas. You can read the full story with this link.
It's always interesting to look at flight numbers in the context of the pandemic. And, there are total figures now in from Germany for 2021. In 2021, the German air navigation service provider DFS logged 1.67 million flights. This is an increase from 2020 but still only half as much as 2019.
To conclude our roundup for the week, we can share the news that the Japanese government is expected to lift its ban on level 4 drone flights for populated areas. This means, soon, drones will be able to operate beyond visual line of sight operations. It's further incremental (but exciting) progress from the world of drone technology.
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