Weekly review #138 - 23rd February

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

In our first news story, FAA director Steve Dickson will step down from his position half-way into his 5-year service. It is expected that deputy administrator Brad Mims will take over duties in the interim period.


Thankfully, there is continued good news as air traffic continues to return to pre-pandemic levels. ENAIRE managed 103,579 flights in January, which is only 28.3 percent lower than the average for the same month in 2019.


There is also positive news from Hong Kong International Airport as traffic levels for January enjoyed a 5.5 percent year-on-year improvement. It seems air traffic across the world is still picking up nicely.


To round things up, it's interesting to see strong progress in Germany around drone aircraft. Droniq GmbH and its parent company DFS Deutsche Flugisherung GmbH recently published recommendations for unmanned (U-space) areas. These recommendations will move toward the introduction of U-space areas in 2023. There's not long to wait!

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  • FAA to Begin Testing UAS Traffic Management in Spring - Airport Consultants Council - FAA is preparing to begin field-testing new air traffic management technologies and services designed to support the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System. FAA said Friday it plans to commence the UAS Traffic Management field test in spring 2022 with the goal of helping the government refine UTM’s cybersecurity, standards and data exchange capabilities.
  • Germany aims to implement drone zones swiftly - DFS - Droniq GmbH and its parent company DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, today published their recommendations for the establishment of U-space areas. The findings underlying the recommendations stem from a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). These recommendations will help spur the introduction of U-space areas in Germany from 2023.