Weekly review #64- 2nd September

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There are only a few, select companies that provide a full ATM system that covers all bases, but that doesn't mean it's the only way to get the service you're looking for...


Our Industry directory contains hundreds of products and service providers that can match your needs and goals. Some of these are active in very narrow niches and fully qualified in their area of expertise. Some of them are in line with the big players with competitive prices. And some of them work as the larger companies sub-contractors. 


In any case, finding the right solution can come from taking a look at the smaller companies on offer that may be better suited to your business. Knowing the market is about recognising everyone, including the smaller players and what they have to offer. 


Check out our directory to discover them all. And, please don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for something 'impossible'. We're always ready to help build businesses and make it happen. 


If you're part of a small company and want to talk all things business development, or be featured in our directory, get in touch! 


ANSP news

  • NAV CANADA announces change to its executive team - NAV CANADA President & CEO Neil Wilson announces changes to his executive team, reducing his executive management committee from 13 to nine members effective September 1, 2020.

  • Skeyes Performance Report 1 January – 30 June 2020 - It is clear that the coronacrisis has had an enormous impact on air traffic and on skeyes' operations. During the first six months of 2020, we observed the following results (which we compare with the same period in 2019): skeyes controlled a total of 275,051 movements (-47.3%)

  • The pandemic weakens Avinor's earnings - To help the airlines financially, the government has suspended large parts of Avinor's airport charges in the period from 13 March to 31 October 2020. The total loss of airport charges and commercial revenues for Avinor is estimated at NOK 7 to 8 billion for the financial year 2020. After the injection of capital from the owner, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Avinor Grouphad a profit after tax of minus NOK 107 million in the first half of 2020.

  • Lithuanian airports and ORO Navigacija are strengthening cooperation in safety and security - On August 26, Marius Beliūnas, acting CEO of SE Oro Navigacija, and Vidas Kšanas, Chief Airports Safety and Security Officer of Lithuanian Airports, signed a cooperation agreement establishing operational cooperation in the field of safety management. Two state companies that are strategically important to the entire aviation have updated their cooperation principles based on best international practice. This will allow aviation safety incident investigations to be conducted significantly more smoothly and expeditiously.

Market news 

  • COVID-19 recovery solutions - NATS - The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on air travel the world over, with traffic and passenger figures reducing to pre-2000 numbers in many regions. The effective rebuilding of air travel, supported by efficient air traffic control and management is something NATS is well experienced at. We are working with our partners and customers in the UK and internationally to help them meet this enormous challenge.

  • Azimut JSC to equip 8 Russian civil aviation facilities with ILS 2700 instrument landing systems – AZIMUT - At the airports of Kaliningrad, Anadyr, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Syktyvkar, Perm and Izhevsk, work is being carried out to replace the legacy SP-90 landing systems that reached the end of their service life with ILS 2700 instrument landing systems manufactured by Azimut JSC.

  • Indra will reinforce air safety at eleven bases in South Korea - It will implement air traffic management and surveillance systems to support approach maneuvers at military airbases, in a project that was awarded to Indra in an international tender in competition with the main defence and air traffic companies from USA and rest of the world

Context information

  • ACI World data shows COVID-19’s dramatic effect on international air traffic - Global passenger traffic continued to decline, falling by another six percentage points compared to the prior month to -58.5% for the first six months of 2020. The 12-month rolling average for the global industry continued to move further into negative territories and was recorded at -27.3% by the end of June.

Research and innovation 

  • Air traffic optimisation in the cloud - Air Traffic Management - In July of this year, PASSUR and Aireon announced a partnership to enhance the options for air traffic optimisation from the cloud. This increased situational awareness is driven by advanced data analytics capabilities, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

  • SESAR JU publishes latest exploratory research results - The SESAR Joint Undertaking has published the results of some 36 completed exploratory projects. Taking place between 2016–2020, the selected projects have brought together over 100 academic and industry partners, such as universities, SMEs, research centres, airlines, manufacturers, air navigation service providers from across the European Union and EU Associated Countries.

  • Airbus and Boeing to issue joint paper on modernising air traffic management | Flight Global - Airbus has collaborated with Boeing to write a report warning that air traffic management (ATM) technology must be significantly modernised to manage countless new small aircraft that will occupy future airspace. The paper, to be released in the coming weeks, will describe how rapidly increasing numbers of drones, and possible future small air taxis, will require new ATC systems, says Mark Cousin, chief executive of Airbus’s Silicon Valley-based innovation division Acubed.

UAV and UTM 

  • Avinor ANS begins roll out of first Nordic UTM system at two airport towers in Norway paving the way for its future tech-economy - Avinor Air Navigation Services (ANS) is working with Frequentis and Altitude Angel to implement an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system at 18 airport towers across Norway. The system, which is being tested in a real-world environment at the first two airport towers, before being rolled out nationwide, will support the countries future drone strategy. The UTM system provides an operational overview of the airspace and allows two-way communication between air traffic control (ATC) and drone operators, enabling safe drone use.

  • Australian regulator invites feedback on proposed charges for drones - Unmanned airspace - CASA proposes to change the current regulatory service fees, including changes from an hourly rate charge to fixed fees for some services, creating a simpler and clearer fee structure. The regulation, or operator accreditation for drone flights flown for commercial or business use (any operation other than sport or recreation) opens on 30 September 2020 and will be required by 28 January 2021.

  • Airservices seeks industry feedback on Drone based Flight Inspection Services - Airservices Australia, the national civil Air Navigation Service Provider, today released its Request for Information (RFI) for UAV/Drone based Flight Inspection Services. Airservices regularly conducts flight inspections of our network of navigational aids using specially equipped aircraft to ensure the efficacy of core navigation systems and infrastructure.

  • UK Government grant supports drone medical airbridge between Cornwall and Scilly Isles - Unmanned airspace - With GBP200,000 support provided by the UK Government’s Emergency CV19 Future Flight Fund, a consortia led by DronePrep is building a Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/drone emergency medical bridge between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. According to a press release issued by DronePrep, the airbridge will supplement existing NHS medical supply chains which could be vulnerable to disruption in the event of a second wave of COVID-19.

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