First up this week, the Searidge Technologies Digital Apron and Tower Management System (DATMS) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has successfully passed all acceptance and reliability testing of its phase one implementation. Searidge and its local partner Chinney Alliance Engineering Limited were selected by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), through a global open tender exercise, to deploy a single digital tower and apron platform to support their airport transformation and large-scale expansion plans at HKIA.
Next up, Aireon, the world’s leading provider of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services, will deliver its flight data stream to Boeing. Boeing will use the stream to expand its advanced data analytics capabilities in its effort to further strengthen commercial air travel safety.
In market news, Indra has signed with New Zealand's air navigation service provider, Airways New Zealand, to modernize the country radar network with state-of-the-art technology to strengthen air traffic security, increasing capacity and reducing CO2 emissions. Planning is underway on completion of the Christchurch site for a further two installations of radars for Auckland and Wellington. The project will also include building a brand new radar support tower at Christchurch.
Finally, Droniq GmbH and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH won the UTM Innovation Award with the U-Space Reallabor Hamburg at this year's World ATM Congress in Madrid. The ATM/UTM Awards are presented by the industry magazine Air Traffic Management Magazine and the Unmanned Airspace platform. The awards recognize outstanding concepts and achievements in the areas of safety, innovation, cost efficiency and the environment in all aspects of airspace management.
- CATS Global Council launches its roadmap to deliver the skies of 2045 - In a unique collaboration, global leaders from more than 60 aviation and aerospace organisations have developed a roadmap that will enable them to achieve their cross-industry vision for the skies of 2045 and beyond.
- Industry's Largest Digital Tower To Go Operational in Hong Kong - The Searidge Technologies Digital Apron and Tower Management System at Hong Kong International Airport has passed all acceptance and reliability testing of its phase one implementation. The system is now ready to support operations in 2022. Searidge and its local partner Chinney Alliance Engineering Limited were selected by Airport Authority Hong Kong, through a global open tender exercise, to deploy a single digital tower and apron platform to support their airport transformation and large- scale expansion plans at HKIA.
- Mexico to enhance airspace network availability with FREQUENTIS satellite system upgrade - SENEAM, the Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) of Mexico, has selected a turnkey VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network solution from Frequentis, in cooperation with ND Satcom. The main goal of the project is to optimise the bandwidth utilisation of the satellite segment and increase the availability of all Air Traffic Management (ATM) services. The solution complies with strict requirements of the ATM domain as well as specifically supporting SENEAM’s safety-critical operations.
- Boeing Signs on for Aireon Space-Based ADS-B Data Services - Aireon - Aireon, the world’s leading provider of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services, will deliver its flight data stream to Boeing [NYSE: BA]. Boeing will use the stream to expand its advanced data analytics capabilities in its effort to further strengthen commercial air travel safety.
- NAV CANADA to evaluate iTEC - NAV CANADA today announced it is commencing a 12-month evaluation of iTEC in collaboration with NATS, Avinor and Indra. This initial agreement will provide NAV CANADA the opportunity to evaluate the benefits and innovations inherent in a collaboratively developed platform. The evaluation will include: The deployment of an evaluation version of the iTEC Flight Data Processor (FDP) into the NAV CANADA Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) test facility in Ottawa The evaluation of the Indra iACM air traffic flow management product as part of an enhanced focus on network management capabilities in Canada The long-term potential for the iTEC FDP and iTEC controller working position to replace the current NAV CANADA developed Air Traffic Management (ATM) system called Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS)
- Thales to commission air surveillance stations for Enaire - Thales has secured a contract from Spain’s national air navigation manager, Enaire, to supply and commission six air surveillance stations. The ADS-B Extended Squitter air surveillance stations will be installed at locations in the Cantabrian Sector of the Regional Directorate N A Centro-Norte.
- Avinor Flysikring AS - Centralized Monitoring System. - Title: Avinor Flysikring AS - K-190585 - Centralized Monitoring System. Contracting body: AVINOR AS Description: Avinor ANS is looking into future-proof technologies to enable nationwide monitoring of our entire system portfolio with the vision of total operational insight and proactive reduction in unplanned incidents. At present, Avinor ANS systems are monitored utilising a variety of legacy, proprietary, and decentralised solutions. Our objective is to provide a central 'top system' to facilitate the monitoring of the entire technical infrastructure within Avinor ANS from one central location. CPVs: 48000000 Software package and information systems
- Saab AB and Robin Radar Systems Announce Purchase Framework Agreement - The purchase agreement provides Saab access to the complete portfolio of drone and bird detection radar systems of Robin Radar for a range of international clients within the aviation and security sectors.
- Indra and EUROCONTROL MUAC implement new ATM system - Indra and EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre have deployed an ATN Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract system (ADS-C).
- Indra will reinforce air traffic safety throughout New Zealand’s skies with state-of-the-art radars - The new systems combine 3D primary, secondary MSSR Mode S and integrated ADS-B for the surveillance of all air movements in New Zealand’s airspace. Indra is deploying a new Primary Surveillance Radar and a Secondary Surveillance Radar, located in Christchurch. Planning is underway on the completion of the Christchurch site for a further two installations of radars for Auckland and Wellington. The project will also include building a brand new radar support tower at Christchurch. The project will take three years to complete and Indra will be supported by local industry, working together with a dynamic Airways team to replace the current radars and reinforce safety in New Zealand's skies, for decades to come.
UAV and UTM
- FREQUENTIS UTM system to optimize drone operations for Norwegian offshore platforms - Avinor ANS has contracted Frequentis to extend its existing unmanned traffic management system to enable safe and efficient UTM service provision around offshore platforms in the Norwegian North Sea. The contract, within a framework agreement between Frequentis and Avinor, will allow UTM service provision by an authorised third party UTM operator to supervise and manage drone traffic around their key infrastructure assets sustainably. The extension of Avinor`s UTM system to support other industries highlights the importance of a secure, safe and efficient UTM data exchange based on Frequentis’ MosaiX SWIM platform as a Flight Information Management System. Avinor’s UTM infrastructure is unlocking the potential of fully autonomous operations for Norwegian offshore industries. Autonomous Remote Piloted Aircraft System operations, coupled with seamless UTM/ATM integration, will more sustainably serve the offshore industry, contributing to lower C02 emissions as well as enhancing safety and efficiency.
- CAELUM and FREQUENTIS partner to develop solutions for South Korean unmanned traffic management market - CAELUM Co., Ltd, a South Korean aerospace & defense industry developer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Frequentis Singapore Pte Ltd, a global industry leader in air traffic management (ATM) systems, to work in collaboration on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions in South Korea.
- Droniq and DFS receive UTM Innovation Award - At this year's World ATM Congress in Madrid, Droniq GmbH and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH won the UTM Innovation Award with the U-Space Reallabor Hamburg. As part of the real laboratory, it was shown for the first time how a U-Space can function in practice using a drone traffic management system (UTM).
- Munich Airport International and Airbus sign MoU - Airbus and Munich Airport International (MAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at ILA Berlin Air Show to start marketing turnkey solutions to cities and regions interested in developing advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystems globally. Airbus is developing CityAirbus NextGen, its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, along with key support and services offerings around it, while Munich Airport is offering ground infrastructure services and solutions.