Weekly review #183 - 18th January

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First up this week, France has now reached a 100% SSR A1000 compliance level for all its airspace and aerodromes, allowing for a parsimonious usage of this scarce resource and for a reduction of workload (no code change when crossing boundaries with compliant adjacent ANSPs). DSNA is very proud of this achievement in participating to this collective effort towards a seamless airspace.


Next up, Lithuanian airport operator Lietuvos Oro Uostai has received a grant from the European Commission (EC) to build a new passenger departures terminal.

The operator has been allocated €14.28m under the EU State aid rules.

Construction of the new terminal will help the airport address future passenger volume, reduce congestion and support operational safety. The terminal building will be a two-storied structure built between the existing departures and the VIP Terminal and Conference centre.


In other news, ACAMS has secured a delivery contract of 4 D-ATIS systems to Kenya. Following a tender from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, KCAA, a contract to supply 4 D-ATIS systems has been secured. ACAMS won the contract in cooperation with the local partner Broadband Communications Networks.

The contract includes supply, delivery installation, configuration, and commissioning of D-ATIS  systems.


Finally, the 106th edition of the EUROCONTROL Network Manager’s European Network Operations Plan (NOP) – Rolling Seasonal Plan – is now live.

An updated version of the Plan is published every Friday, covering a rolling six-week period and consolidating data from 350 airlines, 68 area control centres (ACCs), 55 airports and 43 States. It is then reviewed every Monday by operational stakeholders in the Ad hoc Enlarged NDOP Recovery Cell.


On the lookout for a new episode of Radar Contact? This week we spoke to Anna von Groote, the director general at EUROCAE. We spoke about Air Traffic Management standardization and virtual centers, the technical difference between a virtual center versus existing air traffic management (ATM) systems, and much more. You can listen to the episode here, or check out the transcript over on our blog.


ANSP news

  • France is 100% A1000 - France has now reached a 100% compliance level for all its airspace and aerodromes for A1000
  • FABEC Council welcomes Belgian presidency in annual change of leadership - Functional Airspace Block Europe Central has welcomed Belgium to the role of FABEC Council Presidency, taking over from the Federal Republic of Germany in the annual change of leadership.
  • Preparing for a UK space launch - NATS Blog - As we’ve all been avidly following in the news, Virgin Orbit has just attempted the first orbital space launch from the UK, an important milestone for the country’s space industry, despite the anomaly that occurred after the rocket had left the Earth’s atmosphere. While public attention has largely been on the development of the rocket and its payload, we have been working hard in the background for over a year, along with partners across multiple countries, to ensure that the necessary airspace was clear for the launch.

Airports news

Market news

Context information

Reports and data

Research and innovation

  • Pioneering Partnership Celebrates 15 Years of Advancing Aviation Safety - MITRE - A collaborative safety analysis and data sharing initiative has transformed aviation safety over the last 15 years. MITRE was there from the start.
  • First meeting of the Working Group 125 on #NGAP (Next Generation of Aviation Professionals) - Today marks a historic day for the aviation industry as we kick off the first meeting of the #EUROCAE Working Group 125 on #NGAP (Next Generation of Aviation Professionals).
  • Airbus Validates Computer Vision-Based Technologies to Increase Safety Through Automation - Throughout Airbus’ robust history, the aviation giant has pioneered automation technologies, such as fly-by-wire, to increase safety and provide pilots with the necessary tools to react strategically on a day-to-day basis and during unlikely incidents. With increased air travel, these functionalities are continually more vital. As part of its unwavering commitment to safety, Airbus has developed technology in alignment with human skills to assist operations for increased safety, reliability and efficiency.
  • LDACS - The future of ATC communications - LDACS is set to be the worldwide standard in ATC communications, opening up entirely new use cases for airlines and communications service providers. Rohde & Schwarz has been working with research partners to develop the new L band digital aeronautical communications system, a new ATC communications system that significantly increases bandwidth and allows modern IP-based communications.