Weekly review #132 - 12th January

Weekly review

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.

ANSP news

Airports news

Market news

  • UK MoD announces new ATM system led by Aquila - Designed to ensure safe and resilient military flying operations, the contract will integrate and support modern, innovative equipment with existing infrastructure. Variations will be rolled out across more than 60 Ministry of Defence sites in the UK and overseas by 2024, including Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

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Reports and data

  • Passenger traffic rises 17% at Hamburg Airport in 2021 - The total number of aircraft movements in 2021 also rose by 5%, rising from 66,300 take-offs and landings in 2020 to around 69,500 last year.
  • Air Traffic volumes slowly gaining altitude - DFS - Air traffic volumes in Germany are showing a slight upward trend in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, DFS, the German air navigation service provider, logged a total of 1.67 million flights under instrument flight rules – this is more than in the previous year, but only half as many as in 2019.

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