Weekly Review #230- airspace efficiency, growing global air traffic and eVTOL ATC sims

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Cross-border free route airspace operations have been introduced in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Germany, offering thousands of new direct flight routes. This optimizes flight paths, saves fuel, and reduces emissions.

Four years left to implement 8.33 kHz channel spacing: Finland has mandated 8.33 kHz channel spacing in aviation voice radios by December 2027, aligning with EU regulation for improved communication technology.


Growth in Global Aviation Traffic: ICAO forecasts a 4.5% increase in global civil aviation traffic in 2024, highlighting the industry's recovery to pre-pandemic levels and ongoing carbon emission reduction goals. 


NATS - eVTOL Air Traffic Control Simulations: UK's first major air traffic control simulations for eVTOL aircraft integration, aiming for safe and efficient operations in busy airspace by 2024.

ANSP news


Airports news

  • Queenstown Airport Master Plan approved by Directors - The plan was approved by the Queenstown Airport board of directors, on the back of endorsement by the shareholders, the Queenstown Lakes District Council and Auckland International Airport Ltd, last month. Consultation on a draft version of the Master Plan began in May and involved an extensive community engagement programme, as well as a series of meetings and workshops with airport stakeholders.


Market news

  • Airways to deliver TotalControl simulator solution for Croatia Control - Airways International, a global leader in air traffic control simulation has been selected by Croatia Control to deliver a TotalControl tower simulation solution, for use by Croatian air traffic controllers.
  • CAA to modernise Aeronautical Information Management with Aeropath - The CAA’s contract for Aeronautical Information Services, provided by Aeropath, expires on 30 June 2025. A project is underway to establish a new contract for Aeronautical Information Management and the Director of Civil Aviation has approved a direct-source approach working with Aeropath for the provision of the full services.


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Research and innovation

  • In Seville, the SESAR technology consortium presents solutions to aviation challenges and to promote the Single European Sky - ENAIRE and the University of Seville’s School of Engineering hosted SESAR Innovation Days from 27 to 30 November. This event, promoted every year by SESAR 3 JU, brings together representatives from the aviation industry and university experts who, within the framework of this European Commission programme, discuss the progress and research underway in order to advance towards the Single European Sky through innovation and digitisation.
  • Mangaluru International Airport Handles Record Passengers in November - This upward trend in passenger movement can also be gauged from the fact that the air traffic movements (ATMs) at the airport in November rose to 1298, also the highest in the current fiscal, as against 1222 ATMs in October 2023. The passenger growth from April to November 2023 has been achieved despite a dip in ATMs vis-à-vis the same period in last FY, where the airport handled 9797 movements as against 9273 ATMs in the corresponding period this year.
  • Pioneering air traffic control simulations pave the way for eVTOL operations - NATS - A new generation of greener aviation has taken a leap forward following the UK’s first major air traffic control simulations for Advanced Air Mobility, demonstrating how eVTOL – electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft or ‘flying taxis’ – could one day be safely integrated with conventional air traffic.