Weekly Review #195 - Increased capacity and reduced noise at Schiphol

Picture of Vincent Lambercy
Posted by Vincent Lambercy

First up, there are innovative advancements in the Netherlands. LVNL have increased the capacity for aircraft landing at Schiphol Airport during high wind conditions, as well as reducing noise levels, too. When there are higher wind speeds, 3 to 6 more aircraft can land on each runway per hour. LVNL made this possible by applying the new European guidelines for aircraft classification based on ‘wake turbulence categories’ (RECAT) and separation between successive aircraft based on time rather than distance (TBS).  

Next up, we look to Peru and the opening of a new runway and air traffic control tower at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport. Fraport CEO Stefan Schulte said, 'We’ve once again proven that we can deliver complex infrastructure projects on a narrow time frame. One thing is clear for us: even during these challenging times, we remain committed to our investment in Peru.' Both the runway and tower will be operational by 2025.


There's also exciting news from Spain, where ENAIRE have acquired three state-of-the-art radars for the radar stations of Erillas (Córdoba), Valencia and Málaga. This completes the network upgrade of 29 radars deployed throughout the country for air traffic surveillance. The tender is worth 3.2 million euros, and is financed by the European funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), as part of ENAIRE's 'Actions for the Development of the Single European Sky' Project.


And last but not least, we have another episode of Radar Contact for you. This week we dig into the subject of corporate social responsibility with Francine Carron from skeyes.


ANSP news

  • Lower noise levels and better landing capacity - LVNL - With recently introduced innovations Air Traffic Control the Netherlands improves capacity for aircraft landing at Schiphol Airport during high wind conditions. When local conditions at the airport involve higher wind speeds, 3 to 6 more aircraft per hour can land per runway. This is possible by applying new European guidelines for aircraft classification based on ‘wake turbulence categories’ (RECAT) and separation between successive aircraft based on time rather than distance (TBS).

Airports news

  • New runway opens at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport – Airport World - Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Peru has officially opened its new runway and air traffic control tower. The departure of the first commercial flight marked the event. Fraport’s Peruvian Group airport is the country’s first aviation gateway to have two runways.
  • ACI World traffic data reveals the busiest airports on the planet in 2022 – Airport World - The world’s airports handled close to 89 million aircraft movements in 2022 – 20.4% more than in 2021. This represents a recovery of 82.5% from pre-pandemic levels (2019). The top 10 airports for aircraft movements, representing close to 7% of global traffic (5.7 million movements), witnessed a gain of 11.4% from their 2021 results, recovering to 91.5% vis-à-vis their 2019 results (6.2 million in 2019).

Market news

  • ENAIRE acquires three state-of-the-art radars and completes the upgrades to its surveillance network - At the most recent meeting of its Governing Board, ENAIRE, the air navigation service provider in Spain, approved the tender for a contract to procure three secondary radars with Mode S technology.
  • Denmark’s Naviair selects Micro Nav’s industry leading technology - As part of the Naviair programme to replace the backup ATM system at its area control centre and regional approach units, Micro Nav has successfully integrated its BEST ATC simulation suite with the newly installed Frequentis PRISMA ATM Automation System. Naviair will use the simulator to support the programme of testing and validation of the PRISMA system, as well as for air traffic controller acceptance and training activities.
  • FREQUENTIS acquires FRAFOS - “Software solutions in virtualised environments require enhanced security and network monitoring, to protect against potential cyber-attacks. With FRAFOS we have found an expert in VoIP Firewalls to support us in our solutions for safety-critical domains, allowing advanced prevention of denial-of-service attacks and fraud attempts on the border of communication networks,” says Norbert Haslacher, CEO Frequentis.

Context information

Reports and data

Research and innovation

  • When is a digital tower not a digital tower? When it’s a hybrid. - NATS Blog - To most people, the idea of a digital tower means using a mast full of cameras to recreate the view from a control tower in a totally screen based environment. The images from the cameras are displayed on a panoramic video wall in a room that could be on or off the airfield, even somewhere hundreds of miles away. It’s a model that works well for lots of airports, especially those that are smaller and where it would be helpful to free up some airside real-estate, but it doesn’t work for everyone.