Weekly review #167 - 21st September

Weekly review

First up this week, it's big news for European aviation as Iceland and EUROCONTROL have signed a Transitional Agreement marking Iceland’s intention to become a Member State of the Organisation on 1 January 2025. The Transitional Agreement was signed in Reykjavik by Mr Jon Gunnar Jonsson, Director General of the Icelandic Transport Authority and Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL. Under the terms of the Agreement, Iceland will be able to participate in the tasks and activities of EUROCONTROL and also be present as an Observer in the decision-making and working groups.

 

Next up, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the first to add ADB SAFEGATE’s latest advanced visual docking guidance system (A-VDGS) – the Safedock FleX. The airport has ordered 42 Safedock FleX systems to replace older A-VDGS on Terminal B gates, as part of an airport-wide technology refresh aimed at improving operational performance and the passenger experience.

 

In other news, ENAIRE are looking to upgrade ATM support systems. The Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda (MITMA) to contract the operational support for the systems that aid with air traffic management in Spain for a total of 47,991,076 euros (taxes not included). ENAIRE, the national air navigation service provider, is taking this step as part of its Strategic Plan, the 2025 Flight Plan.

 

Finally, Thales demonstrated its integrated UAV Traffic Management (UTM) and drone Remote Identification solutions for the first time in Taiwan, witnessed by Mr. Wang, Kwo-Tsai, Minister of Transportation and Communications, and key delegations from Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). The successful drone flight took place in Hsinchu, Jianshi Township, as part of a project commissioned by Chunghwa Post and the Coretronic Intelligent Robotics Corporation (CIRC) on the study of logistics with remote UAVs.

 

ANSP news

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to deploy latest automated docking technology from ADB SAFEGATE - The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is the first to add ADB SAFEGATE’s latest advanced visual docking guidance system. The airport has ordered 42 Safedock FleX systems to replace older A-VDGS on Terminal B gates, as part of an airport-wide technology refresh aimed at improving operational performance and the passenger experience.
  • South Africa’s ATNS to go live with Aireon data in 2023 - CANSO - South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services has launched operational trials of Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, clearing the way for full operational implementation in April 2023.
  • ENAIRE to upgrade ATM support systems - The Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda to contract the operational support for the systems that aid with air traffic management in Spain for a total of 47,991,076 euros . ENAIRE is taking this step as part of its Strategic Plan, the 2025 Flight Plan.
  • Turbulent times – academics and experts seek solutions for more resilient air traffic management - Around 100 participants from all over Europe and America attended the research workshop Single European Sky and Resilience in ATM in Sofia, Bulgaria. Organised by Danube FAB, FABEC and the German Aviation Research Society, the workshop brought together senior academics, high-level industry experts and regulators to exchange views on how to manage increasing uncertainty in air traffic management.
  • Innovative Algorithms Reducing ATCO Workload – Skysoft - Skyguide and SKYSOFT-ATM in collaboration with Leonardo, NATS and HungaroControl completed real time simulations at skyguide premises in Geneva, Switzerland, mid of June. This RTS has been conducted in the frame of Solution 96 “Attention Guidance” within SESAR 2020 Project PJ.10-W2 PROSA addressing the reduction of ATCO workload using an innovative algorithm at the controller working position.

Airports news

  • V4+ airports present a plan for further cooperation - Representatives from dozens of airports from 15 countries met in Warsaw during AIR 2022 – Airport Innovation Roundtable for Central Europe, to discuss the future of the aviation market. It was the biggest conference on the aviation industry in Central Europe.

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