First up this week, New Goa International Airport successfully completed its Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedure for both approaches of its newly built runway. This required an immense amount of groundwork in terms of planning, preparation, and testing. As such, it marks a very important milestone for the new airport.
We have more airport news, this time from the UAE. Sharjah Airport selected AERTEC to execute the initial phase of the Airport Collaborative Decision Making Centre (CDMC). The Spanish multinational will analyse how the Emirati airport manages operations and improvements, so as to propose updates or modifications that reduce response times and/or enable real-time resolution of incidents.
Next up, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) signed its new European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) contract with European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP). The new ten-year contract sees ESSP continuing its role as the EGNOS service provider for the Open Service and Safety of Life Service (SoL), while EUSPA will take over the responsibility of EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS).
And in ANSP news, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) released its 2021 North American Airport Traffic Summary for 268 North American airports. Key findings show that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the busiest airport in North America, while Toronto Pearson International Airport is once again Canada’s most travelled airport.
Last but not least, check out our podcast on the next generation of engineers in the US ATM industry with Hari Iyer.
EUSPA taps ESSP for EGNOS service provider role - While the exploitation of EGNOS is the responsibility of the EU Agency for the Space Programme, its services are delivered by the EGNOS service provider under a contract with EUSPA. EUSPA formally announced that it has signed its new EGNOS service provider contract with European Satellite Services Provider, a company specialising in the operations and provision of satellite-based services for critical missions such as for aviation and whose shareholders include seven leading European ANSPs.
One size fits all – A common unit rate for Europe? - This Think Paper takes a fresh look at: the environmental savings this could deliver; the practicality of introducing a common unit rate; the consequences that this would have on States/air navigation service providers and on airspace users.
New Goa International Airport successfully completes RNP - Goa International Airport Limited, a subsidiary of GMR Airports Limited, has successfully completed RNP (Required Navigation Performance) procedure for both approaches - 10 & 28 - of the newly built Runway at the upcoming New Goa International Airport.
Sharjah Airport selects AERTEC to optimize its operations management - AERTEC is executing the initial phase for the implementation of CDMC at Sharjah Airport and as part of Sharjah Airport Expansion Program. The objective is to improve real-time management of airport operations, optimizing coordination and efficiency of resources and is part of the overall Airport services upgrades.
HIAL reappraises its priorities in response to strategic spending review – Highlands and Islands Airports Limited - Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has confirmed its intention to scale back its air traffic modernisation plans
South Africa's ATNS Launches Operational Trials for Integration of Aireon Surveillance Data - South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services has launched operational trials of Aireon’s space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast data, clearing the way for full operational implementation in April 2023.
Company ALES will modernize the key operational-tactical command and control system of the Czech Air Force - ALES signed with the Ministry of Defense of Czech Republic, a contract for a modernization of the SEKTOR information system, a military system used by the Czech Army Air Forces and the 53rd Reconnaissance and Electronic Combat Regiment of the Czech Army Land Forces. SECTOR VS is a command and control system that is used by the Czech Air Force providing air traffic management services.
Canso Members meet at the CANSO Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal - Air Traffic Leaders from across the continent gathered in Dakar, Senegal this week for the first in person CANSO Africa Conference in three years.
CANSO members meet in Africa - With air traffic predicted to double over the next 10 years, Africa remains one of the fastest-growing air transport regions in the world. CANSO's conference unites around 200 senior air traffic management delegates from the region and beyond for four days of networking, debate, analysis and insight.
Reports and data
Airports Council Releases 2021 North America Airport Traffic Rankings - Airports Council International – North America released its 2021 North American Airport Traffic Summary containing passenger, cargo, and aircraft operations data from 268 North American airports.
UAV and UTM
Research reveals variations in controller strategies when using geofences to segregate drones - Unmanned airspace - The AIAA Journal of Transportation has published insights from analysis about control strategies for unmanned and manned traffic management. The researchers discovered that control strategies exhibited by controllers using dynamic geofences to segregate drones from manned aircraft vary from passive segregation of the airspace to actively vectoring individual drones using geofencing.
Finland launches new research centre for drone and UAM operations - Unmanned airspace - The LIFT Future Aerospace Centre started its operations in Finland at the beginning of September 2022, bringing together actors from the private, public and R&D sectors to create new aviation innovations in response to the growing demand.
FAA ASSURE funds detect and avoid research by Universities of North Dakota, Kansas and Embry-Riddle - Unmanned airspace - The University of North Dakota’s John D Odergard School of Aerospace Sciences is among research establishments to receive a share of the Federal Aviation Administration Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence funding. UND will continue its research into Right of Way rules using technologies associated with autonomous flight.
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