First up this week, the IAA’s new air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin airport was officially opened last week by Ms Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport. The iconic new facility represents a commitment by IAA’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) to improved safety, energy efficiency, and enhanced service for customers.
Next up, there's exciting news in the Middle East as Abu Dhabi Airports revealed its Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The system is the first and most progressive of its kind in the Middle East and the latest example of the aviation company’s drive to use the latest technology to offer its passengers enhanced safety, efficiency and sustainability to deliver a seamless travel journey.
In data news, ENAIRE recovered 95.1% of flights in May compared to the record levels of 2019. Air traffic is gradually continuing to recover to pre-pandemic levels. ENAIRE managed over 180,000 flights in May (184,259), which is just 4.9% below the average for the entire network for the same month in 2019, a record year for traffic before the effects of COVID took hold in 2020.
Finally, NATS are developing a new control room concept to manage drones, air taxis and commercial space flights. According to the NATS blog, "The prototype demonstrated how the control room operator could automatically authorise flight plans, provide deconfliction advice and instructions, monitor notifications related to airspace restrictions and specific missions, and maintain oversight to ensure safe and efficient operations for all those wishing to use the airspace."
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- Towards more collaborative and automated trajectory planning - In May, SESAR 3 JU members AIRBUS, DASSAULT AVIATION, DSNA, ENAV, EUROCONTROL and THALES validated a solution to enhance trajectory planning processes and tools used by airspace users, the Network Manager and air navigation service providers within the context of the Optimised Airspace Users Operations (OAUO) project. The aim is the increase the predictability of air traffic in Europe’s airspace.
- dans Enhances Simulator Capability | Micro Nav - Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), a leading engineering organization responsible for the master planning, design, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector, has selected UK-based Micro Nav Limited’s market-leading ATC tower simulator suite, BEST, to support its plans for air traffic growth at both Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airports.
- France selects FREQUENTIS Remote Digital Tower - French Air Navigation Service Provider, DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne), has selected Frequentis to supply its state-of-the-art Remote Digital Tower (RDT) solution in France. The solution, to be located in a Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Toulouse will, in its first instance, manage air traffic for Tours Val De Loire Airport, over 500 kilometers away.
- Saab Receives Order for Integrated Air Traffic Control in Dubai - Saab’s Integrated Air Traffic Control Suite has been selected through competition for implementation at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The contract, awarded to Saab by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects includes approximately 95 controller working positions which will be distributed between the two airports, the Emirates Flight Training Academy, and the Contingency Operations Center.
- EasyJet to unlock environmental, operational benefits as first airline partner for Iris programme from Inmarsat, ESA - easyJet has today been announced as the first airline partner of the ground-breaking Iris programme by Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA), which utilises the latest generation of satellite technology to modernise air traffic management (ATM).
- IAA’s iconic new Air Traffic Control Tower - Strategic, national infrastructure to enhance economic growth for Ireland. Increases safety and efficiency of aircraft movements at Dublin airport. Tower will meet air traffic growth on second runway. €50 million construction cost met from IAA resources and delivered on time and to specification during Covid restrictions.
- Düsseldorf Airport: extended use of Pre-Departure Sequencer - Düsseldorf airport has further extended the use of their departure manager. After seven successful years using the departure manager in Düsseldorf’s A-CDM implementation, the airport company assigned their affiliate company, SITA Airport IT GmbH, to procure the extension from ATRiCS, a member of the Frequentis Group.
- FREQUENTIS and Metron Aviation sign Memorandum of Understanding to reduce flight costs and environmental impact - Frequentis and Metron Aviation, two aviation leaders specialising in air traffic management solutions, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on projects of mutual interest in the fields of air traffic flow management, arrival management and departure management solutions.
- SITA and SkySoft-ATM cooperating on a new project - SITA and SkySoft are supporting the industry’s carbon net-zero journey with technology to improve efficiency. Operational efficiencies can help save up to 10% of the industry’s carbon emissions, according to the Waypoint 2050 report.
- A-SMGCS Level 4 system designed by ADB SAFEGATE was revealed at Abu Dhabi International Airport - New A-SMGCS Level 4 system designed by ADB SAFEGATE to deliver a seamless travel journey. The system is not only for the benefit of passengers. Airfield guidance and control systems are used to illuminate runways at night or in low visibility conditions, like fog, to ensure pilots can easily identify the runway, take off and touchdown areas, as well as any potential obstructions on the airfield.
- Another step on the journey to next-generation aviation - NATS Blog - New technologies are advancing rapidly and the way we travel, receive goods, pilot aircraft, and manage airspace are changing as a result. To help these technologies become a genuine reality the UK Government established the ‘Future Flight Challenge’, a government-run programme that funds projects to explore inventive new ways to achieve greener flight, improve connectivity, alleviate congestion, and ultimately create new ways to travel by air. The four-year programme, which will see up to £125million invested by the challenge, aims to demonstrate a fully integrated aviation system in 2024. NATS has been involved in four different projects, each of which focused on subtly different areas but all aiming to take us a step closer to an uncrewed, modernised, digitised future for aviation.
- Finland transforms air traffic surveillance with FREQUENTIS’ highly resilient WAM system - Fintraffic Air Navigation Services Ltd has enhanced its air traffic surveillance capability with a WAM system from Frequentis Comsoft. The company installed its state-of-the-art Quadrant system to provide WAM and ADS-B coverage for 80 per cent of the Finnish airspace.
- Indra to turn Budapest into first remotely managed major airport in Europe - Indra is delivering a complete and integrated tower solution that will support HungaroControl in its ambition to remotely manage Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport 24/7/365. The project, which will be presented and demonstrated at the World ATM Congress, will make Budapest the first European capital airport to be fully managed by air traffic controllers located outside of the airport area.
- SITA technology enhances communications, efficiency, and safety in Polish airspace - The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) has selected global air transport IT provider, SITA, in a four-year contract to digitally transform air/ground communications and boost air traffic safety and efficiency. Eight of Poland’s international airports will be participating: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice, Modlin, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Rzeszow.
- Unpredictable traffic poses planning challenges - NATS Blog - The main challenge during the pandemic was keeping controllers’ skills sharp and their licences current, which took careful management, as has making sure they’re ready and confident as traffic has started to come back.
Reports and data
- ENAIRE recovered 95.1% of flights in May compared to the record levels of 2019 - Air traffic is gradually continuing to recover to pre-pandemic levels. ENAIRE managed over 180,000 flights in May (184,259), which is just 4.9% below the average for the entire network for the same month in 2019, a record year for traffic before the effects of COVID took hold in 2020.
- Traffic development: May 2022 - ANS CZ - Traffic development in the airspace of the Czech Republic (FIR Prague) Number of movements 2019*: 79 514; Number of movements 2022: 59 201; Traffic comparison 2022/2019: -25,55 % Traffic development at Prague Airport Number of movements 2019*: 13 426; Number of movements 2022: 8 784; Traffic comparison 2022/2019: -34,57 %
- NAV CANADA reports May traffic figures - In May 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 117.4 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, May 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 14.7 percent.
Research and innovation
- Is DLT the answer to crewed/uncrewed aircraft sharing the same airspace? - Dimitrios Panagiotakopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Uncrewed Aircraft systems Traffic Management, Cranfield University discusses the need for DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in ATM/UTM systems.
UAV and UTM
- Next wave of GOF.2 drone flights under way to test urban U-space operations - Unmanned airspace - The next wave of drone flights within the GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace very large demonstration started in Helsinki, Finland, on 14 June and will continue in Austria and Estonia, ending in October 2022 in Poland.
- UK determines certification standards for new electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft - The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today confirmed it will put in place the certification standards also used by the European Aviation Safety Agency, known as Special Conditions (SC)-VTOL, as the basis for UK certification for new electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
- NATS develops new control room concept to manage drones, air taxis and commercial space flights - Unmanned airspace - As part of the UK Government’s ‘Future Flight Challenge’ – which will see up to UK125million investment to demonstrate a fully integrated aviation system in 2024 – NATS has designed a Distributed Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation System’ (DBAS), a control room concept that can be used to co-ordinate airspace users, including new and novel aircraft like electric air-taxis, drones, and commercial space operators.