First up, a world first from AEROTHAI, with the execution of a demonstration flight based on multi-regional trajectory-based operations (TBO). Its aim is to shift from voice exchanges to data sharing across interoperable systems, and to improve the safety and efficiency of air traffic management in accordance with the ICAO’s operational concept.
Next, we have news of exciting advancements in Denmark, with Copenhagen Airport becoming one of the most digitised airports in the world. With the launch of AIRHART, the airport has merged over 100 different systems into a single, real-time data platform. The platform not only revolutionises the airport’s operations but also creates a modular foundation for future AI breakthroughs.
In other airport news, Gatwick Airport is expected to submit its second runway DCO application within two weeks. As part of the plans, the airport wants to rebuild its Northern Runway, which it currently uses as a standby and for maintenance. This would mean moving the centre line of the runway further north by 12m, so that it meets global safety standards for dual runway departures.
And last but not least, we have news from India where Boeing is set to invest $100 million. According to a White House statement, the money will be used for infrastructure and programs to train pilots in the country. This follows Air India signing orders for over 200 Boeing jets earlier this week.
- 16.06.2023 First week of Air Defender 2023 goes smoothly - DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung - The first week of the large-scale military exercise Air Defender 2023 went off without any significant disruptions. The impact on civil air traffic was minimal as a result of the detailed preparation and professionalism of air traffic control staff.
- DFS Aviation Services consults Airservices Australia on a comprehensive Remote Tower project - DFS Aviation Services - DFS Aviation Services GmbH has been awarded a consultancy contract for the Australian Air Navigation Service Provider within the scope of a Remote Tower project of its partner Frequentis Australasia Pty Ltd. together with the joint venture Frequentis DFS Aerosense GmbH.
- AEROTHAI collaborated in TBO and the first multi-regional demonstration flight - AEROTHAI participated in the Trajectory-Based Operation (TBO) project and the world’s first-ever demonstration flight based on multi-regional TBO to improve safety and efficiency of air traffic management in accordance with ICAO’s operational concept.
- BULATSA held a conference "The Aviation Specialists of the Future - Challenges to Their Discovery and Development" - BULATSA held a conference “The Aviation Specialists of the Future – Challenges to Their Discovery and Development”. The event was organized together with the Inter Expo Center, within the second edition of the INTER DRONE EXPO exhibition.
- NAV Portugal goes operational with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data - NAV Portugal has begun operational usage of Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data in its Santa Maria Flight Information Region (FIR), creating comprehensive visibility for the air navigation service provider of traffic flows between Europe and North and South America.
- Copenhagen Airport leaps to become one of the world’s most digitised airports – creating operational excellence and a foundation for artificial intelligence - Copenhagen Airport has achieved a milestone in airport digitisation with the successful launch of AIRHART, a unique solution & platform from Smarter Airports that connects and merges over 100 different systems with a single, real-time data platform. AIRHART replaces the airport’s old Airport Operational Data Base (AODB) and introduces a total airport management eco-system (AOP) for the entire stakeholder landscape.
- Gatwick Airport expected to submit second runway DCO application within two weeks - British Aviation Group - Gatwick Airport stated that it does plan to submit its DCO application within the coming weeks but wouldn't give a specific date for the submission. As part of the plans, Gatwick Airport wants to rebuild its Northern Runway, which is currently used as a standby and for maintenance, to be used by smaller departing aircraft. This would include moving the centre line of the runway further north by 12m, bringing it within global safety standards to operate dual runway departures.
- Community Consultation on Queenstown Airport's Draft Master Plan Closes - Queenstown Airport’s draft Master Plan has attracted widespread interest and a broad range of feedback from the community. The draft plan, which was released on 24 May, proposes a series of improvements focusing on safety, resilience, efficiency, and customer experience. It also allocates space to enable and support the decarbonisation of aviation and to protect options to meet the community’s future needs.
- ESSP and Svensk Luftambulans sign an EGNOS Working Agreement - The agreement will enable the publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish aerodromes. ESSP, as EGNOS Service Provider, and Svensk Luftambulans, have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures.
- OneSky and Ansys Expand Autonomous, AI-Based Advanced Air Mobility Solutions - OneSky and Ansys are collaborating to deliver multi-domain mission simulations to develop and train AI-based perception and decision-making software to support the progression of autonomy in Advanced Air Mobility.
- EUROCONTROL's Performance Review Commission issues its latest ATM Cost-Effectiveness Benchmarking Report - Brussels, Belgium – The EUROCONTROL's Performance Review Commission (PRC) has published its 21st ATM Cost-Effectiveness (ACE) Benchmarking Report.
- FAA Launches Controller 'Stand Up for Safety' Campaign - The FAA is launching a monthly “Stand Up for Safety” series to provide mandatory special emphasis training for its controller workforce.
- New air traffic control courses presentation at Senasa - SENASA presents a new training offer for Air Traffic Control professionals. During the Open Doors Day, held at SENASA's headquarters, new courses characteristics were presented for Initial Air Traffic Control delivered by SENASA’s Air Traffic Control School throughout the next months.
- Boeing to invest $100 mln in infrastructure, pilot training in India - Boeing has announced a $100 million investment in infrastructure and programs to train pilots in India, according to a White House statement. This comes on the heels of Air India signing firm orders of over 200 jets earlier this week from Boeing, which include 20 787 Dreamliners, 10 777Xs, and 190 737 MAX narrowbody aircraft.
Reports and data
- NAV CANADA reports May 2023 traffic figures - In May 2023 weighted charging units were higher on average by 11.9 percent compared to the same month in fiscal 2022. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, May 2023 weighted charging units were lower on average by 4.5 percent.
Research and innovation
- An intelligent approach to addressing runway capacity - In June LVNL successfully implemented Intelligent Approach, an arrivals spacing tool at Schiphol Airport that optimises runway capacity, while deliing better on-time performance and reducing CO2 emissions. Developed by NATS and Leidos, the solution builds on research and development on reducing separations on arrivals within the framework of SESAR 2020.
- Smoother and sustainable arrival and runway operations - ITARO presents demonstration results - On 8 June, an online event was organised by SESAR 3 Joint undertaking member, Royal NLR, to elaborate on the activities and main results achieved by Royal NLR within the SESAR2020 PJ.37 ITARO (Integrated TMA, Airport and Runway Operations) project.
- McKinsey Webinar: Exploring Impact of Machine Vision on Aviation - Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are enabling autonomous technology to become increasingly useful in both traditional aviation and emerging aviation fields.
- CAAi and Rwanda CAA sign MoU for aviation training, innovation, research - CAA International has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority. The purpose of the MoU is to facilitate cooperation in areas of mutual interest and to explore avenues to partner in the field of aviation training, innovation and research.
UAV and UTM
- Paris 2023: Honeywell to lead SESAR3 Digital Sky OperA research project addressing AAM and U-space - Unmanned airspace - Honeywell has announced plans to participate in new research and development projects under the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking partnership and its Digital European Sky program. The projects will see the development of innovative solutions focused on advanced levels of automation in all types of airspaces to improve operational efficiency and sustainability through new or improved ways of working, says the company.
- EASA experts discuss regulatory framework and harmonised certification at U-space workshop - Unmanned airspace - The first day of the European Aviation Safety Agency workshop “U-space – from concept to implementation” took place today in Cologne, Germany. The two-day technical workshop is going into all the necessary details of putting the U-space concept into reality and will be followed up by a series of webinars.