First up, there's news from Greece that the Hellenic Aviation Service Provider (HASP) has officially rejoined the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). HASP’s Governor, Mr. Georgios I. Dritsakos, said, 'Rejoining CANSO is a strategic decision for HASP as we aim to foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence in our air navigation services.'
Next, we're hearing about the launch of a new air navigation service in Ireland. AirNav Ireland provides ATC services at Dublin, Cork, and Shannon airports, as well as the 455,0000 square kilometres of air space. And, its controllers at the North Atlantic en route centre in Shannon handle over 90% of aircraft that operate between North America and Europe.
From SESAR JU, there's news of a new project. TRUSTY aims to implement AI in remote digital towers, which will enable the provision of airport air traffic services from virtually anywhere. This promises significant enhancements in operational efficiency and safety.
And last but not least, we're hearing about a competition for students to advance air mobility. ICAO launched the Global Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Academic Paper Competition ahead of the AAM 2024 Symposium next year. The competition seeks to encourage students to explore the technology, safety, regulations, urban planning, legal considerations, and sustainability involved in advanced air mobility. It is open to Master’s and PhD students, as well as final-year Bachelor’s students.
- The FAA’s Focus for the Future of Air Traffic Operations - British Aviation Group - The FAA and the aviation industry are facing many challenges. While our safety record remains exemplary, recent issues have brought to light an aging infrastructure, high-visibility safety events and equipment outages, unprecedented workloads, and budget constraints. All these topics have put our public trust to the test.
- Availability of data from LIDAR project of surveying the territory of BiH for the needs of civil aviation - A meeting, organized by Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency was held in Mostar. The meeting was attended by representatives of entity geodetic administrations, Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Communications and Transport of BiH, and representatives of hosts.
- The Road to Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) in the Asia Pacific - CANSO - Several ANSPs in the Asia Pacific, IATA, and CANSO are signing a Letter of Intent in Singapore for a TBO pathfinder project. This reminded me of how the region first embarked on the collaborative multi-nodal ATFM concept. TBO will be a lot more challenging.
- The Hellenic aviation service provider (HASP) rejoins CANSO - The Hellenic Aviation Service Provider (HASP) has officially rejoined the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, marking a significant milestone in their commitment to advancing the global aviation industry.
- New air navigation service AirNav officially launched to monitor Ireland’s skies - AirNav Ireland has been separated out as a stand-alone entity from the Irish Aviation Authority. AirNav Ireland provides air traffic control services at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports, as well as air space covering 455,0000 square kilometres. AirNav Ireland’s air traffic controllers at the North Atlantic enroute centre in Shannon handle over 90 per cent of all aircraft that operate between North America and Europe.
- EUROCONTROL’s Central Route Charges Office moves forward to deliver an even better service and stakeholder experience - As part of our digital transformation journey, EUROCONTROL's Central Route Charges Office (CRCO) has taken another important step forward with the launching of an enhanced version of ETNA, its portal for national administrations, which aims at providing enhanced collaboration, greater productivity and improved data quality.
Reports and data
- ENAIRE managed over 207,000 flights in September, 8.4% more than in 2022 - ENAIRE, Spain's air navigation service provider, managed over 207,000 flights (207,043) in September, 8.4% more than in the same month in 2022. Of those, 120,732 were international, 9.1% more, 39,964 were domestic (+5.4%), and 46,347 were overflights (which do not land at or depart from a Spanish airport) (+9.2%).
- NAV CANADA reports April traffic figures - In April 2023 weighted charging units were higher on average by 16.1 percent compared to the same month in 2022. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, April 2023 weighted charging units were lower on average by 6.8 percent.
Research and innovation
- Higher Airspace Operations "need 4D operating zones and smart spaces to operate efficiently" – Eurocontrol stakeholder forum - Unmanned airspace - “Higher Airspace Operations cannot rely on traditional ways of making regulation,” said Giovanni Di Antonio, ENAC Director Technology Innovation, at the Eurocontrol HAO stakeholder forum on 13 October 2023. “Going forward we need a functional approach, based not on altitude but the scope of the operation. It must be risk-based and performance-based to reach a variety of architecture and users.” Developed in cooperation with the stakeholder, it also needs to be adaptive to follow the evolution of the technology using regulatory sandbox tools.
- SESAR 3 JU partners commit to optimisation of flight operations through digital innovation - Unmanned airspace - A total of 400 stakeholders gathered in Brussels on 10 October for the second SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking Annual Conference, which saw the launch of a campaign to update the European ATM Master Plan 2024, the roadmap for the modernisation of Europe’s air traffic management aiming to deliver “the most efficient and environmentally-friendly sky to fly in the world”, says the press release.
- TRUSTworthy AI for remote digital towers - SESAR JU - TRUSTY, a new SESAR 3 JU project, recently kicked-off aimed at implementing artificial intelligence in remote digital towers thanks to a trusted intelligent system.
- SEC-AIRSPACE: boosting cyber resilience in air traffic management - SESAR JU - Digitalisation offers many benefits to air traffic management. Yet, with these technological innovations come challenges in managing new cyber vulnerabilities. The SEC-AIRSPACE will apply an innovative concept of people analytics to boost cyber security awareness within ATM. In this interview, Karin Bernsmed offers a brief overview about the SEC-AIRSPACE project.
UAV and UTM
- ICAO invites students to submit innovative concepts to advance air mobility - Unmanned airspace - ICAO has launched the Global Advanced Air Mobility Academic Paper Competition in the lead up towards the AAM 2024 Symposium, 9-12 September 2024. The competition seeks to engage students in exploring various aspects of AAM, including, but not limited to, technology, safety, regulation, urban planning, legal considerations, and sustainability.