First up, SESAR partners have developed new controller tools to detect adverse weather areas and conflicts in air traffic. This should help improve safety and flight efficiency. The results of the tests suggest that controllers found the integration of AWAs into conflict detection tools to be operationally feasible and acceptable.
In airport news, there have been concerns raised over Mexico City airspace incidents since the new airport opened. Some airplanes have experienced low fuel states due to unplanned holding, diversions, and Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alerts.
Next up, reports suggest that Qatar enjoyed huge traffic numbers in Q1 this year. The Hamad International Airport saw a 162% increase in passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period a year ago. A total of 7.14 million passengers passed through the gateway in the first quarter of 2022, starting off with 2.1 million in January and February and 2.8 million in March.
Finally, over in Germany, a new regional test centre in Aachen has opened for automated vertical mobility research and development. According to the RWTH press release, the work focuses on research, development and operation of vertically launchable unmanned aerial vehicles, for example for transporting urgent goods, for data acquisition/digital production and for supporting rescue teams.
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