Weekly Review #246 - My evergreen fight against speculation continues

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

It is time for a periodical reminder about communication around aviation incidents. I posted about this in the first weekly review this year and apparently after six months, a "second shot" is due. The aviation sphere is buzzing with commentaries and analysis of an incident in which a landing aircraft was damaged by a hail storm. 


I did not include links on purpose to avoid contributing to this agitation. As always, many self-appointed experts are commenting and sharing opinions online, which at this stage can only be partially informed at best. Getting a full understanding of the situations here requires at least recordings of the radio communications and, in the second case, data available only on board the aircraft. 


There is a history and context behind the decision making and those who know about it are certainly not the ones communicating at this stage. 


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that nothing happened or that everything was perfect or by the rules. My point is only that anybody publicly commenting on this is highly speculating and that only a full investigation will lead to a better understanding of what happened. 


It is certainly tempting for a lot of people to share their partly informed opinion and discuss those cases and there certainly will be lessons learned. But there are also a number of individuals out there who use such cases to build traffic, profile, visibility and try to establish some kind of undue credibility. 


Defending this position is not popular and is not getting any of this traffic, visibility and will not get me my 15 minutes of fame, but it is the only responsible position. So please wait until a report is published, and for now, enjoy browsing our news below. 


ANSP news

  • FAA to Receive Launch and Reentry Flight Data from Two More Companies- The FAA added two new companies to its Space Data Integrator tool, which provides improved situational awareness and helps the FAA safely and efficiently manage air traffic during space operations.
  • Safe airspace for the Euro 2024 football championship - DFS - German Ministry of Transport establishes restricted areas Restricted areas will be established above the football stadiums at the venues for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship. Drone flights are prohibited within these areas, with exceptions only for the police and emergency services.
  • An Intelligent Approach to improving the passenger experience - NATS Blog- To help understand the effectiveness of the visible and the invisible infrastructure, NATS uses a process we call ACE – Airport Capacity Enhancement. It’s a process we’ve used at a number of busy, ambitious airports around the world and often requires the creation of a ‘digital twin’ of the airport and its surrounding airspace to enable fast-time simulation. Blog post by NATS.
  • The ANSPs of the Baltic FAB (PANSA and Oro Navigacija) met in Vilnius- Baltic FAB strategy update is upcoming; thus, it is the right time to overview achievements and set up the way forward. Both partners recognize benefits of cooperation and the need to focus on its practical aspects, among others – pilot project to address regional contingency arrangements, iTEC alliance activities, DEVICE DSD that will industrialize an early version of iTEC SkyNex platform, consolidating virtual center and delegation technologies, regional involvement including support to our partners from Ukraine, calibration services, common voice at international platforms.
  • ENAIRE signs a general protocol with the SIAM association to boost and develop air mobility in Spain- ENAIRE plays a key role in the implementation of air mobility in Spain. As the responsible agency identified by the Ministry of Sustainable Transport and Mobility to implement the U-Space system in Spain, ENAIRE will, through its digital platform, provide the Common Information Services (CIS), which are essential to facilitate U-space services to drones and air mobility in cooperation with local air traffic services, so that all types of aircraft can fly safely in the same airspace.

Airport news

Market news

  • FREQUENTIS enhances aeronautical information management in New Zealand- Airways New Zealand has again selected Frequentis with its aeronautical information management (AIM) solution. Project will upgrade Airways New Zealand to the latest Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) 5. The transition from AIXM 4.5 to AIXM 5.1 enables aviation stakeholders to streamline their operations, improve decision-making, and elevate overall safety and efficiency.

Context information

  • Paris 2024: Preparations for the Olympic Games - EUROCONTROL- Our latest EUROCONTROL European Aviation Trends briefing looks ahead to the Paris Olympics and Paralympics, taking place from late July to early September. To make sure that aviation flows smoothly, EUROCONTROL has been working closely with DSNA on the planning and coordination for the Games.

Research and innovation

  • Trajectory-based operations take centre stage at global symposium in Brussels - SESAR JU- Greater predictability, increased capacity and an improved environmental footprint are all on the cards for aviation as Europe and other world regions move forward with the implementation of trajectory-based operations (TBO). But the devil is in the detail, agreed stakeholders, who came together for the first-ever Global TBO Symposium in Brussels from 4 to 6 June.
  • SESAR innovation in the spotlight at FLY AI Forum- On 29-30 April, FLY AI partners organised a two-day conference to explore the latest developments and deployments of artificial intelligence and machine learning in aviation. Hosted by FLY AI partner, EUROCONTROL, the conference included updates from the European Commission on AI regulatory matters, the discussion of practical-use cases of AI benefits to aviation, an exhibition of projects and success stories, and an overview of ongoing research and training activities.