Weekly Review #234 - Airspace World, here we go again!

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy
Airspace World, here we go again!

At the time of writing this, I'm still at the airport in Frankfurt, waiting for my Monday evening flight to Geneva. But you will read this on Wednesday, or later. The timing is a bit off this week because of Airspace World. The annual CANSO convention remains the place to be for ATM and UTM. FoxATM will visit for sure. If you read this before the show ends and want to meet, just reply to this email.
As with every year, my agenda is quite full (below). But as explained in this video, there are always some options to make room for one more meeting or a drink, right? 

Calendar depicting a busy schedule
On a more serious note, Airspace World is a new show, in its second edition only. But it is definitely the place to be. All actors of the air navigation service market, from ANSPs and industry partners to academia and international organisations, are present. It is a great place to meet old friends, make new ones, and a must-attend for ATM people. 
We will report about the show in detail at www.foxatm.com and in our next weekly bulletin, but by the time you have read this, the whole team will be walking the floor.

If you see us around and want to talk, don't hesitate to say hello!


ANSP news

  • Advancing Air Traffic Control: Unveiling the Versatility of HungaroControl’s NEXT-GEN Digital Tower - In the dynamic realm of aviation, staying ahead of the curve is paramount. Enter the NEXT-GEN Digital Tower, a transformative technology revolutionizing air traffic control operation at Budapest Airport. It is modular, and increasing HungaroControl’s capabilities as airport ATC service provider. With its array of benefits and its innovative features, our digital tower is poised to redefine the way airport traffic is managed. Let’s explore the key benefits and capabilities of HungaroControl’s cutting-edge solution.
  • European funding instrument supports modernisation of air navigation services infrastructure in Germany - Two large-scale projects of DFS to modernise the navigation infrastructure in German airspace have received major funding from the European Union. The first project will see DFS greatly expand its ADS-B technology for determining aircraft position data. The second project involves the company introducing performance-based navigation, which is increasingly based on satellite navigation, at around sixty German airports and aerodromes. The two projects will be supported until the end of 2027 with funding totalling €9.6 million.
  • FAA Rolls Out New Technology for Controllers to Improve Surface Safety at the Nation’s Airports - The FAA announced today it is launching a new surface safety tool, called Approach Runway Verification (ARV), at air traffic control towers across the nation to improve safety at airports. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the latest tower to start using the safety technology this week.
  • Extension of Free Route Airspace in France - CANSO - On 21 February, two additional Free Route cells were introduced within the airspaces managed by the Reims and Marseille Area Control Centres of DSNA, thereby expanding the Free Route Airspace coverage above FL 195 in France to 70%.

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Research and innovation

  • Blues skies ahead: Sustainable innovation powered by SESAR - A new Projects Info Pack from CORDIS explores the role air traffic management has to play in Europe’s transition to carbon neutrality, through new technologies, procedures and practices.
  • EUR 26 Million Investment: SESAR JU unveils new projects for smarter air traffic management - The SESAR Joint Undertaking has selected 18 new exploratory research projects within the framework of its ambitious Digital European Sky research and innovation programme. The projects address a wide range of topics aimed at generating innovative concepts, methodologies and technologies, all with a view to making air traffic management in Europe smarter and more sustainable. The projects represent a total investment of EUR 26 million by the aviation industry and the European Union through Horizon Europe.