“When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And it’ll become like a wildfire.” - Whoopi Goldberg.
What better way to be kind and help people during the current crisis than to provide help and value for free. Over the past few months, there have been multiple examples of this across our industry. Here are some that stand out:
Micro Nav and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation caught our attention by announcing a partnership to support CANSO’s ANSPs Members for a best-prepared restart of air traffic services. They’ve made full capabilities of their ATC radar and tower simulator available as a cloud-based tool to CANSO Members. This will, no doubt, help air traffic controllers around the world maintain their competence and confidence.
As well as that good news, Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) who launched Attis, an operational compliance solution that will help airports to restart or increase operations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19. They are offering a free Attis Basic package in the hopes of helping smaller airports get back on their feet and recover from COVID-19.
It’s been nice to be able to report and focus on the good in the industry. We’ll keep you updated on the good, the bad and the in-between. Stay tuned!
- NAV CANADA announces third quarter financial results - In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company’s air traffic growth decreased 59.4% on a year over year basis, as measured in weighted charging units, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Company’s revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $159 million, compared to $351 million over the same period in fiscal 2019.
- skeyes gets state aid following COVID-19 pandemic - Following the crisis, skeyes faces a very significant reduction in its volume of activities which will generate a significant cash deficit. Current estimates indicate that cash flow will be exhausted in the fourth quarter of 2020. State financial assistance is required from July 2020 to maintain a sufficient cash flow to keep the public enterprise running smoothly.
- Traffic is slowly picking up - DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH - After the sharp decline in spring, air traffic in Germany is recovering – albeit only slowly and from a low level. This is shown by the traffic figures published by DFS, the German air navigation service provider, for the first six months of this year.
- 79.8 per cent decrease in passenger traffic at Avinor’s airports in June - The traffic statistics for Avinor in June shows a 79.8 per cent decrease in passenger traffic compared to 2019. The international traffic is reduced by 96 per cent compared to last year.
- Fraport Traffic Figures – June 2020: Passenger Numbers Remain at Very Low Levels - In June 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served a total of 599,314 passengers, representing a 90.9 percent decline year-on-year. For the first six months of 2020, accumulated passenger traffic at FRA decreased by 63.8 percent. Government travel warnings for 31 European countries were lifted in mid-June, leading to an expansion of flight offerings. As a result, FRA saw a moderate rise in passenger traffic in late June, after having experienced a 95.6 percent year-on-year drop in May 2020.
- Brisbane Airport opens new runway - Brisbane Airport (BNE) in Australia inaugurated its new runway on 12 July with the landing of three vintage aircraft.
- CANSO partnership gives ANSPs free access to ATC simulation - This partnership sees Micro Nav making the full capabilities of their ATC radar and tower simulator available as a cloud-based tool to CANSO Members in order to help air traffic controllers around the world maintain their competence and confidence.
- Lack of air traffic no concern for simulation developer Adacel, upgrades profit - Through a combination of critical infrastructure installations, updates of its MaxSim simulator for existing clients and new air traffic management projects, Adacel anticipates FY20 profit before tax to be 20% higher than previously indicated, approximately $4.8m.
- Free access to ATC simulator for UK airports and ANSPs - Micro Nav is making the full capabilities of its ATC radar and tower simulator available as a cloud-based tool in order to help air traffic controllers across the UK to maintain their competence and confidence.
- Mode S Replacement and WAM Expansion to Compliment ADS-B for US Airspace Surveillance - Aviation Today - Two initiatives to address critical obsolescence in the U.S. airspace, the Mode S Beacon Replacement System (MSBRS) and Wide Area Multilateration expansion will be key in serving as a back up to Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out serving as the primary surveillance technology for the National Airspace System.
- EASA completes framework for Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Services requirements - With the publication of EASA’s agency decision (ED 2020/008/R), EASA completed the EU regulatory framework for the provision of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) resulting from the global standards.
Reports and data
- FAB CE starts publishing regular short-term traffic forecasts to support industry recovery - As part of its 2020 strategic traffic recovery plan FAB CE has started publishing weekly short-term forecasts of expected air transport movements, based on data supplied by the Network Manager, to help FAB CE air navigation service providers (ANSPs) plan their ramp-up of activities in a safe coordinated manner.
- New Data Available on FlightAware Home Page - FlightAware announce the placement of key data points on the home page of the website. Site visitors will notice three new categories: current traffic, global arrivals per day over the last 7 days and trends from the last week.
Research and innovation
- IATA Urges Mumbai ATC to Implement New Surveillance Broadcast System for Better Communication with Aircraft - Aireon - The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines globally, has written to the Mumbai air traffic control (ATC) to implement the Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (SADS-B) system sooner for effective communication with flights over the country’s oceanic regions.
UAV and UTM
- European Union launches LABYRINTH high-density U-space management programme - The aim of LABYRINTH is to build on the high optimisation potential for the management and supervision processes of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) to optimise drone traffic, and thus enhance and encourage its use in high-density areas.
- USA and Switzerland agree to harmonise drone safety standards - Unmanned airspace - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Switzerland Federal Office of Civil Aviation have today announced that they have reached an agreement in harmonising domestic and international safety standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
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