With the COVID crisis causing a wave of challenges, it can be difficult to know where to offer your support to people in need. In further proof that the aviation industry has continued to look forward throughout these unprecedented times, we're very pleased to share with you our interview with Chris Wild of Aviation Action, a charity that provides immediate, peer and professional support to the aviation family. It's a fantastic venture, one that FoxATM is proud to support, and we encourage you to check out their site.
We'd also like to draw your attention to a webinar on the European ATM masterplan, hosted by SESAR. As air travel starts to resume, many are calling to accelerate the digital transformation in the way ATM is run. This masterplan will define the way for ATM in Europe over the coming years, so it's an important watch. It will highlight major changes and should give you a neat summary of what to expect.
Keep yourself in the loop and check out our webinars page, a schedule full of important topics for the months to come.
MUAC Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) Cell becomes operational in Dutch airspace - To further optimise the use of airspace and support all civil and military airspace users, in preparation for the Dutch airspace redesign planned for 2023, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) created the MUAC Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) Cell, which came into operation on 8 June 2020.
NAV CANADA reports May traffic figures - NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of May 2020 as measured in weighted charging units for en-route, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year. Traffic in May 2020 decreased by an average of 73.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2019. NAV CANADA's fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.
Ireland’s air traffic decline among worst in Europe - The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) reported that overall 18,290 flights were handled by its air traffic controllers during May 2020. This represents a decrease of 83% compared to the same month in 2019. For comparison, April 2020 saw an 85% decrease in traffic on 2019 levels.
Fraport Traffic Figures – May 2020 Passenger Volumes Remain at Record Low - Frankfurt Airport welcomed 272,826 passengers in May 2020, corresponding to a decline of 95.6 percent compared to the same month last year. The overall shortfall for the first five months of the year amounted to 57.2 percent. This trend continued to be driven by travel restrictions and plummeting demand in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Aircraft movements, with 7,764 takeoffs and landings, were also down sharply by 83.2 percent in May.
GMR subsidiary signs agreement to build new Indian airport - Airport World - GMR Airports Ltd confirmed that that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed an agreement with the government of Andhra Pradesh to build and develop a new greenfield airport at Bhogapuram. The airport will be designed, financed, built and operated by GMR Visakhapatnam International Airport Limited (GVIAL) in exchange for a 40 year concession, which is potentially extendable by an additional 20 years.
More online courses available in the autumn - Entry Point North - Courses in November and December are scheduled to take place at our academy in Malmö, but might be changed to online courses.
CANSO proposes aviation crisis recovery plan for Europe - CANSO calls on the EU to provide whatever financial support is needed to get ANSPs, airlines and airports through the crisis period. This should be done in a holistic way which does not favour one branch of aviation over another and is potentially accessible to all.
Why now is chance to shape air traffic systems for the future? - Graham Lake, former director general of air traffic management trade body CANSO, examines why the immediate financial choices facing air navigation service providers are destined to have a direct impact on airline operations and passenger services for years to come.
Reports and data
Avinor traffic numbers for May 2020 - In total, the number of passengers at Avinors airports, declined by -87.2 per cent compared with last year.
End of week global passenger traffic highlights - Airport World - Based on the latest flight data from Flightradar24, here are some end of week aviation recovery highlights courtesy of ICF.
UAV and UTM
US Air Force base collaborates with local drone detection company AeroDefense - Unmanned airspace - US Air Force Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, has partnered with AeroDefense, a local business specialising in tracking technology and drone detection, to produce a system to track drones across the installation as well as pinpoint perpetrators who fly them.
US DoD selects Ascent Vision Technologies’ imaging systems to support drone detection - Unmanned airspace - Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) reports contracts worth over USD16 million from a non-disclosed US DoD customer to deliver its ground-based imaging systems. The contracts were received over the last 60 days and include numerous units of the CM262 four sensor configuration imaging system and several units of the field proven CM202U optic.
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