Weekly Review #228 - Single-pilot operations, ATC in paradise and more

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The SESAR DARWIN project is set to transform European air traffic control by harnessing artificial intelligence for single-pilot operations. The initiative focuses on establishing a robust human-AI collaboration system, defining clear roles where human pilots remain ultimate decision-makers.

Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) and NATS have joined forces, signing an agreement at the Dubai Air Show to conduct a capacity enhancement study at King Khalid International Airport. Aligned with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, the collaboration aims to triple annual passenger traffic, establish global hubs, and boost air cargo volume.

Micro Nav has successfully delivered a BEST Radar simulator upgrade to Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL). This advancement enables MACL to conduct comprehensive training for approach and area control, optimizing civil air traffic control quality in the region. The integration of SimCWP enhances data flow between approach and tower functions, elevating procedure validations and integrated unit training capabilities. 

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  • Successful site acceptance of BEST Radar platform at Maldives Airport Company Limited - Micro Nav has completed the delivery of a BEST Radar simulator upgrade to the existing BEST Tower simulation platform at the Maldives Airport Company Limited Aviation Institute. This upgrade provides MACL with the ability to evaluate procedures and carry out training for both approach and area control. MACL will leverage the advanced SimCWP functionality developed jointly by Micro Nav and Frequentis Orthogon to further enhance the fidelity of the training solution. Through this high fidelity ATC simulation solution, MACL will be able to optimise the quality of civil air traffic control in the region.

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Research and innovation

  • Determining the surroundings of a flight trajectory - What does knowing a “trajectory” mean? Does this entail knowing the position of a plane at every minute? Or, more precisely, should we know its position every 30 seconds? 10? The answer to this problem really depends on the use case, since we have to assume that infinite precision is impossible and that, as a result, we have to identify the minimum sampling ratio for each application. However, for some particular cases, we can use “tricks”, like not working with the trajectory itself but with its surroundings.
  • The New Age of Air Traffic Control - Osprey Consulting - Explore how innovative ATC technologies like Digital Towers are reshaping Air Traffic Management, enhancing safety and efficiency in aviation.
  • Advancing U-space separation management for safer skies - SESAR JU - SPATIO is a three-year SESAR 3 JU project that addresses separation between unmanned air vehicles, in particular, strategic and tactical conflict resolution services and the relationship between separation and capacity in U-space airspace. The SPATIO consortium brings together the unmanned aircraft and aviation industry, air navigation service providers, as well as research institutions for a total of 23 partners from 10 different countries.
  • AI to advance single pilot operations - SESAR JU - The SESAR DARWIN project aims to leverage artificial intelligence and advance single-pilot operations in Europe. Research will focus on a human-AI collaboration system, defining clear roles and responsibilities with human pilots remaining the ultimate decision-makers.


  • Spanish research institute releases AUTO-SORA tool for drone operators - Unmanned airspace - The Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies has released AUTO-SORA, available free to drone operators. AUTO-SORA minimizes the time needed to calculate and create documentation for Specific category in UAS operations. The tool is intended to resolve a SORA 2.0 study through the provision of initial data about operation. Each step has been automated to allow the user to easily check the final results such as the SAIL level, risks and the OSOs requirements.