Weekly Review #213 - A new international airport for the Philippines

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First up, the Philippines looks set to get a new international airport. The new airport is being planned in Mindanao's province of Maguindanao del Norte, far from Manila,  and will give travellers easier access to the country's southern islands.

Next, in news from Bulgaria, we're hearing about a new record for serviced flights. On August 6, Bulgarian air traffic controllers provided ANS to 3,715 aircraft, of which 3,451 were overflights. This puts BULATSA in 8th place in Europe in terms of air traffic workload.


From Bosnia and Herzegovina, we're hearing about advancements in tower and approach control units. Bhansa have put the CIMACT (Civil-military air traffic management coordination tool) system into operational use in Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla with the aim of giving air traffic controllers better situational awareness of the airspace.


And last but not least, we have another episode of our podcast Radar Contact for you. This week, we sit down with Julian Sube of Syksquitter to discuss ADS-B network and data extraction.


ANSP news

Airports news

  • Philippines to get new international airport - A new international airport could rise in the Philippines in the near future, local government officials said. The location will be far from the country's capital Manila but it will give travellers from around the world direct access to the southern Philippine islands.

Market news

  • CAAi delivers Safety Management training in the Kyrgyz Republic - CAA International recently concluded a comprehensive Safety Management training programme for the State Civil Aviation Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic. The training, conducted by CAAi’s safety management specialist Simon Roberts and senior technical advisor Vladimir Valionkin, took place in Bishkek during June.
  • FREQUENTIS provides Airways New Zealand with airspace safety - Airways Corporation New Zealand Limited has again selected Frequentis message handling system, AIDA-NG, for the modernisation of its existing AMHS (Air traffic services Message Handling System) network.

Context information

  • Is change in the air? The prospects for airspace modernisation - British Aviation Group - The biggest immediate collective project facing UK aviation is the modernisation of our airspace. The benefits are significant, the need pressing and yet the path to quick progress is not certain.
  • From New York to New Airspace Designs - NATS Blog - As a result of our airspace design innovations and our global reputation, NATS was recently invited to chair the 2023 AirTOp conference. Chairing this international event in New York was a huge privilege, and an opportunity to showcase how NATS has led the use of this technology to enhance airspace design.
  • International expert evaluates with Idac human factors that affect operational safety - The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation, organized through the Higher Academy of Aeronautical Sciences a workshop called “SMS plus human factors: perfect formula for Operational Safety”, given by the international expert Víctor Manuel del Castillo, and was dedicated to guiding the technical and operational actors of the Dominican aeronautical sector on the new resources and tools applicable to prevent, mitigate and efficiently reduce the risks involved in air operations in the field of civil and commercial aviation.

Reports and data

Research and innovation

  • Prepare for more turbulence ahead - A June 2023 research project published by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and the American Geophysical Union revealed significant increases in clear air turbulence over the past 40 years, an ominous indication of what’s likely to come in the future.