Weekly review #180 - 21st December

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

By the end of the month, FoxATM will turn 5 and oh boy, what a journey! Going from an army of one to an international gang of seven... and I could not be more proud of them. All of this would not be possible without you too. Friends, partners in crime, customers and fellow ATM community members. You have been riding along and I want to thank you for your trust. We did build strong relationships and made new friends along the way and our growing community is simply amazing. It was definitely not a bed of roses, especially with two years of COVID in the middle of it, but we made it and now I personally look forward with optimism. Honestly, don't we look great?


With consulting capabilities covering both technical and operational aspects of ATM, both manned and unmanned, we are in a great position and I look forward for our team to support your projects. So raise your glasses, cheers to us... and let us keep working together! Our door is always open so never hesitate to contact us, let us have a chat and a coffee, and whatever kind of ATM expertise you need, count on us!

You will find the usual bunch of links below, for the last time this year. We won't send our usual weekly review next week but we'll keep watching for everything in ATM and will report on the 4th of January 2023 with two weeks worth of links and for now...

Merry Christmas and a happy new year :-)

ANSP news

Airports news

Market news

  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport Upgrades Bird Radar To Next Generation MAX - A new radar system to prevent bird strikes on aircraft has been installed at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport. “MAX” was supplied by the Dutch company Robin Radar Systems. This marks the first time that the technology has been deployed at a German airport.
  • Naviair and Copenhagen Airports go live with Insero AviCast (ATIS/D-ATIS/VOLMET) system - Insero Air Traffic Solutions - Naviair, the Danish Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), has replaced their ATIS/VOLMET system with the new AviCast solution from Insero Air Traffic Solutions, with only eight months from the contract award to being fully operational. Naviair sought a modern and flexible ATIS/VOLMET system, including a trusted partner that could rapidly and seamlessly integrate this new solution into the existing system environment at Copenhagen and Roskilde Airports. This partly due to requirements from ICAO, who mandated the implementation of the Global Reporting Format (GRF) for runway surface conditions into all ATIS/VOLMET solutions.
  • FREQUENTIS provides Austro Control with IT-based voice communication system for Schwechat Tower, Vienna - Frequentis is equipping 12 air traffic controller workstations in the tower at Vienna Airport with the latest Frequentis technology, enabling location-independent data centre operation. The delivery of the new voice communication system for the Vienna Airport tower is the continuation of a joint implementation path. Austro Control had previously commissioned Frequentis to renew its Area Control Centre voice communication systems in a Virtual Centre environment, including two data centres. The latest implementation for the Schwechat Tower, one of Europe’s busiest airports, is now following suit.
  • Eight African nations upgrade aviation message handling with Frequentis - In this project, ASECNA, the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, takes over the central procurement of the AMHS infrastructure for its member countries, including the delivery of eight complete and independent systems

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Research and innovation

  • MovingDot supports Schiphol-sector with sustainable taxiing - Schiphol and partners have started conducting follow-up sustainable taxiing trials. On 6 December 2022, an aircraft taxied from Schiphol-Centre to a platform near the Zwanenburgbaan, without the aircraft engines running. This was made possible by using a TaxiBot, which is a semi-robotic taxiing system. The objective of this way of taxiing is to reduce fuel consumption and therefore CO2, nitrogen and ultrafine particle emissions.
  • First flight supported by pre-flight 4D-trajectory data exchange performed by Lufthansa in the European Network | EUROCONTROL - Today, 15 December 2022, the first flight ever supported by pre-flight 4D-trajectory data exchange took place in Europe flying from Munich to Hamburg.
  • Increasing Human Performance - CANSO - The Human Performance Management Workgroup (HPM WG), part of CANSO’s Safety Programme, has been hard at work in 2022 getting back to the business of enhancing, promoting, and supporting human performance and human factors work around the world.
  • SESAR Innovation Days 2022 - Datascience.aero - he 12th SESAR Innovation Days took place this past December 5-8 in Budapest. After two years of being remote, the central conference for ATM research in Europe finally shifted to being in-person, hosted by Air Navigation Service Provider HungaroControl. Connecting research, from different maturity levels, with end users and operational experience has always been an objective of the SESAR Innovation Days and this collaboration succeeded in achieving these goals, similar to the Digital Sky Challenge hackathon in 2019.