Weekly review #58 - July 21st

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

This week we’re taking a step into the world of virtual events with SESAR

SESAR sums up the latest shift by saying ‘As air travel tentatively resumes, the move to digitalised ATM infrastructure is seen as critical for making aviation more scalable, economically sustainable, environmentally efficient, predictable and resilient.’ - We couldn’t agree more. In light of the current crisis, we’re seeing more and more events shift from in-person to a virtual setting: 

SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is organising a series of webinars on artificial intelligence in ATM this week. The first of these takes place on  22 July 2020 and will cover some of the existing theory around AI/machine learning in ATM and will explain how we are moving towards higher levels of automation in a safety-critical environment. 

As well as these virtual webinars, this year’s SESAR Innovation Days will also take place online from 7th to 10th December. The 2020 event will showcase results from European exploratory research and discuss how to advance promising concepts towards industrial research within the SESAR innovation pipeline.

It’s true, lots of us miss face-to-face, in-person networking, but attending online events certainly has its advantages too. For one, more people can attend and at a cheaper cost. Plus, you can join in from anywhere: bed, couch, pool or beach - you decide.


ANSP news

Market news

  • 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.
  • Aberdeen International Airport to Deploy Assaia’s Apron AI Turnaround Control Solution - AGS Group Ltd. and Assaia International AG signed an agreement to install Assaia’s Apron AI Turnaround Control Solution at Aberdeen International Airport. The system will be a part of the airport’s digital twin initiative and will play an integral part in delivering high-quality and unambiguous data of every process during an aircraft turnaround. Aberdeen International Airport will use existing camera equipment to capture each turnaround.
  • SITTI systems for western India - The supply of VCS system to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is proceeding according to the schedule. This important contract was awarded to SITTI in September 2019 (read here for more details), after a very competitive bidding process. It represents a big step towards the modernization of their Air Traffic Control infrastructure all over the country and one of the biggest successes for SITTI.

Context information

Reports and data

  • NAV CANADA reports June traffic figures - Traffic in June 2020 decreased by an average of 71.1 per cent compared to the same month in 2019. NAV CANADA's fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.

Research and innovation

  • SESAR Joint Undertaking | Enabling seamless air traffic management - SESAR JU members recently completed testing of a system that will allow more seamless flight data exchange between air traffic control centres across Europe. The results of the ground-to-ground interoperability (IOP) project are supporting efforts to improve the overall predictability of air traffic as well as the long-term sustainability of aviation.
  • Intelligent Approach at Schiphol - A socially distanced collaborative approach - NATS Blog - Collaboration has always been a key part of the way we work at NATS and even during these socially distanced times, we have continued to work closely, even if remotely, with our partners. This has been demonstrated most recently by our work with LVNL, running Intelligent Approach simulations while maintaining social distancing and engaging virtually across national borders.


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