Weekly Review #239 - 60 years of EUROCAE

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy
A remarkable organisation celebrate its 60th anniversary today and tomorrow. EUROCAE was created 6 decades ago and is on a continuous mission to create and maintain standards for the European aviation industry. If you ever had to comply with an ED document, this is where it comes from.

EUROCAE is a true example of working together at a technical level. It heavily relies on its members to produce the standards and other guidance material. Members come from all over the industry: ANSPs, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, industry providers, academia, and so on. Beyond the standards themselves, EUROCAE is a great place for networking, where even competitors work together. It is not where you’ll do commercial deals but it is where you can show your expertise and build presence and credibility.

Many standards turn into European regulations, or are referred to by them as acceptable means of compliance, like the famous ED-109 and ED-153 which define software lifecycles and safety. Many standards are also used outside of Europe, which is the greatest testament to EUROCAE’s work.

We've had two podcast episodes with General Directors of EUROCAE which are well worth a listen:

Anna von Groote 
Christian Schleifer 

Long live EUROCAE and its spirit of working together.


ANSP news

  • ENAIRE allocates nearly 5 million euros to improve the efficiency of technical operational processes in its voice communications systems- ENAIRE approved at its last meeting an investment of nearly 5 million euros to improve the tools and applications for the technical operation of its VCS, thus improving the efficiency of maintenance tasks and resulting in higher quality services. The investment involves supplying 76 new Multiprotocol Test Devices (MTD) and updating 54 existing ones, all with the necessary software licences and packages. The winning contractor is Amper Sistemas S.A
  • FAA to Install New Runway Safety Technology- Austin-Bergstrom, Indianapolis, Nashville and Dallas Love Field will be the first airports in the nation to receive new airfield surveillance systems that will reduce the risk of runway incursions by improving air traffic controllers’ situational awareness. The FAA plans to implement the Surface Awareness Initiative (SAI) system at the first four airports by July 2024. Scores of other airports will receive it by the end of 2025.
  • Eurocontrol supports the ANA in its future concepts of operations- Eurocontrol demonstrated its commitment to fostering collaborative efforts by engaging in discussions with the ANA regarding the evaluation of future operational concepts. Present at this meeting were Tzvetomir BLAJEV and Ols HANI, who engaged in a constructive dialogue with the director of the ANA, Claudio CLORI. The session concluded with a comprehensive tour of the ANA control tower, which allowed Eurocontrol experts to obtain valuable information on the operational environment.

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Research and innovation


  • ADW 2024: New moves underway to unblock EU U-space implementation logjam - Unmanned airspace- Probably the single largest obstacle to unblocking the logjam of U-space implementation within the European Union is the lack of agreement between Member States on the number and type of services which should be provided within the U-space Common Information Service (CIS). But now multiple initiatives are underway throughout the European to unblock the logjam, delegates at this week’s Amsterdam Drone Week have learnt.
  • Poland's PANSA launches UAS intention-to-fly reporting app - Unmanned airspace- PANSA has launched the DroneTower mobile application, which is now the official IT system for reporting the intention to fly a drone (Check-In) in Poland. Created and owned by PANSA, the free app is available for download in the Google Play and App Store.