Weekly review #172 - 26th October

Weekly review

First up this week, NAV Portugal has migrated to a new air traffic management system: the innovative TOPSKY will further strengthen their impact for a more efficient and sustainable world. It allows them to reinforce the safety of their activity with more technology that supports their team for better and faster decisions.

The migration was 'arduous and laborious migration, but not even a pandemic context stopped it because our teams were tireless, with everyone on the same course.'

 

Next up, ENAIRE held a major international event in Madrid on critical incident stress management (CISM) with representatives from EUROCONTROL, the European organisation for air navigation safety, ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and experts from Australia, Austria, the United States, Qatar, Ireland, Greece, Poland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain. Ángel Luis Arias, ENAIRE's CEO, opened the first day by noting that "air traffic management is a highly complex technical system that operates in a changing environment. Keeping the system safe, efficient and effective requires adaptation and flexibility." Our colleague Julija attended the conference and found it very insightful. If you have questions about any of the topics, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

In other news, Cologne Bonn Airport will receive a new, ultra-modern control centre on floor 4 of Terminal 1. In the future, the Airport Operation Control Center (AOCC) will centrally plan, control and monitor all processes relating to flight management, passengers and cargo, from arrival to departure from the airport. To this end, decision-makers from various departments across the airport are on site around the clock (including staff from traffic management, the traffic control centre, baggage handling, ground handling). 

 

Finally, Azerbaijan has selected Aireon Data for its air traffic services. Azeraeronavigation (AZANS), the air navigation service provider of the Azerbaijan Republic, has selected Aireon to provide its trusted and proven space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data for air traffic surveillance in Azerbaijan airspace. The Aireon ADS-B data will complement ground surveillance to cover the complete BAKU FIR in Azerbaijan, at all altitudes.

 

Ready for another episode of Radar Contact? This week we spoke to Alberto Quintana, who works in digital transformation for ATC. We spoke about the future implementations of AI, how AI is used in safety-critical situations and more. Click here to listen.

 

ANSP news

  • ENAIRE analyses stress management in aviation with international experts - ENAIRE is holding a major international event in Madrid today and tomorrow on critical incident stress management with representatives from EUROCONTROL, ICAO and experts from Australia, Austria, the United States, Qatar, Ireland, Greece, Poland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain.
  • NAV Portugal migrates to TOPSKY - NAV Portugal marks the culmination of more than 2 years of preparation and dedication to our future. This was an arduous and laborious migration, but not even a pandemic context stopped it because our teams were tireless, with everyone on the same course.

Airports news

Market news

Research and innovation

  • Keeping ahead of the weather in air traffic management - Weather is difficult to predict even with the help of the latest in forecasting technology, but an accurate weather outlook is crucial for ATM. In this context, the SESAR FMP-Met project aimed at the integration of MET forecast uncertainty information into the decision-making process for flow management positions.
  • Is aviation ready for a new era of supersonic travel? – Airport World - As American Airlines becomes the third major carrier to place an order for Boom Supersonic’s new Overture jets, Jim Scott, considers the motivations for resurrecting supersonic air travel.
  • How to create optimal eco-efficient flights - ALBATROSS is an ambitious very-large scale project which is demonstrating energy-efficient aviation using a combination of SESAR solutions. But what does the most eco-friendly flight look like? Andreas Linnér, Novair, is gatekeeper within the project for the overall ALBATROSS concept of operations and explains what it means to fly the optimum flight in terms of sustainability.
  • COOPANS and Thales progress on the SESAR virtual centre activities - COOPANS and Thales have reached another milestone in their collaboration around the development of virtual centres, supported by SESAR.
  • Controllers test dynamic configuration solution to maximise airspace capacity - Air traffic controllers from Norway and Italy recently tested new software in a real-time validation exercise at research institute SINTEF's premises in Oslo. The software aims to help them make better use of the airspace and reduce flight delays. The solution is expected to also reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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