From what we've experienced so far in 2020, it would have been fair to say that nothing could surprise us anymore...but alas!
We turned our attention this week to the story of a professional drone operator who is being investigated for using false documents to request authorisation to fly over the city of Girona. The man in question falsely claimed police authorisation to fly over congested areas of the city. Article 44 of Royal Decree 1036/2017 permits professional flights in exceptional circumstances...but it was revealed that no police force had requested this extraordinary action. It shows that no matter what system is in place, there will always be some people that try to abuse it and take advantage of emergencies.
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PANSA supports the development of Single European Sky - PANSA currently has projects in all different stages of development or implementation. These projects are realised by PANSA alone or with partners under the SESAR programme. The Agency is participating in several dozen projects in the research and development phase and the implementation phase.
Gate One CEOs agreed on the fundamental principles for the stable working environment of ANSPs - The CEOs of the Gate One ANSPs consider that the management of ATM infrastructure is best left to ANSPs. They say they can handle this if there are clear and agreed EU policy objectives, targets and rules. They are ready to take the responsibility to steer their companies to meet such targets.
ENAV is awarded an AIM contract in Taiwan - ENAV, through its subsidiary IDS AirNav, has been awarded a contract from the Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan for an amount of 800,000 euro to supply, install, test and commission an aeronautical information management system (AIM).
Reports and data
After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick - IATA announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on 21 April and 27 May.
ACI World data reveals the turning point of the COVID-19 pandemic - ACI World reports that global passenger traffic declined by -55.9% year-over-year by the end of March as a result of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. This followed a drop of -10.7% in February.
UAV and UTM
A professional drone operator is being investigated for using false documents to request authorisation to fly over the city of Girona - Agents from the Air Safety Technical Unit (UTSA) of the Catalan regional police, Mossos d’Esquadra, conducted an investigation in concert with ENAIRE, the air navigation manager, involving alleged false documents following a request by a professional drone operator to carry out a drone flight.
Welcome on Board, Eszter Kovacs, the new Acting Secretary General of GUTMA! - Eszter is deeply familiar with GUTMA and its membership as she has been supporting the organisation as a Marketing and PR manager for the last 5 months. She has 10+ years experience in technology and 4 of those years with associations as part of GSMA.
Downtown VTOL flight delivering COVID-19 samples to a laboratory - Using their Trinity F90+ VTOL drone, they delivered COVID-19 test samples from the downtown Munich test centre (currently located in Theresienwiese) to a hospital on the outskirts of the city in an astounding 7 minutes. You can’t beat that on the autobahn – this 6.4 km flight would typically take at least one hour by car in normal conditions.
European Commission delays EU-wide drone operating rules for six months - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission has decided to postpone Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures of the operating UAS, allowing the current national drone operating rules to apply for a further six months.
Rare opportunity for airports to expand BVLOS drone operations – Altitude Angel - Airports have a rare opportunity to expand BVLOS drone operations during the pandemic according to Altitude Angel’s Head of ATM Philip Binks. The activity needs to be managed carefully and “Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) is there for that to happen.”
SESAR extends submission deadline for U-space ATM interface proposals - SESAR has extended the deadline for submissions to provide a collaborate U-space ATM interface first announced on 31 March 2020. The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 25 June 2020.
EUROCAE announces draft standards for UAS e-identification - EUROCAE has announced the availability of “UTM E-Identification” draft standards prepared by EUROCAE WG-105 SG-32 for Open Consultation.
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