Weekly review #65- 9th September

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One of the best ways to build your knowledge on the industry is through listening to different experts on their areas of expertise. So, with that being said, have you seen the interview page on our website?


We have a great selection of informative text and video interviews with various industry professionals - from a discussion about airport and air traffic capacity enhancement with Johannes Schuster, Co-founder of Aeroficial Intelligence, to a conversation about cloud-based, remote ATC training and COVID-19 with Greg Pile, Managing Director of Micro Nav. There's even a chat about space-based ADS-B on there. Plus much more. 


Go check them out and let us know what you think. Who would you like to hear from next? What topic would you like an insiders look on? Reply to this email with your comments, or let us know on LinkedIn. Look forward to hearing your thoughts! 


ANSP news

  • Just Culture improves air traffic safety - Air traffic controllers are encouraged to report all incidents with a view to learning lessons for the whole sector and thereby further increasing aviation safety. In order to encourage incident reporting, it is important, in the framework of a Just Culture, that incident reporters are protected from prosecution. Gross negligence or wilful omissions are of course not covered by that rule.

  • BULATSA Academy has renewed admission for new air traffic controllers - Due to the situation with COVID 19, the management of BULATSA cancelled the spring session, but the reception and processing of documents has not stopped. The economic crisis caused by the pandemic had a serious impact on the transport sector, forcing BULATSA to reconsider its plans for the future, but still BULATSA decided to continue the selection of air traffic controllers, albeit with a slight reduction in the numbers required. The aim is to continue the practice of conducting two selections per year, in the spring and autumn.

  • NAV CANADA restores nighttime service across the country - NAV CANADA today announced that it will restore regular nighttime air navigation services in Red Deer, AB and Prince Albert, SK beginning September 3, 2020. With this announcement, regular nighttime service will now be restored across the country.

Airports news

Market news

  • Ports of Jersey modernises voice communication with FREQUENTIS - Ports of Jersey (PoJ) Limited has selected Frequentis next generation IT voice communication system (VCS) to upgrade three end of life systems at its main and contingency facilities, enhancing performance and availability. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, located in the English Channel between England and France. The modernisation will include the main VCS located at the Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC), the main VCS at its contingency facility and the emergency VCS (E-VCS).

  • ERA has signed a contract to provide maintenance of its surveillance system at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia - ERA announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide advanced “system assurance services” of its previously installed MLAT system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia. The contract was assigned by the Malaysian ANSP Department of Civil Aviation. This package of the best services is entitled MasterCare Premium and is an integral part of the ERA product portfolio offered to all ERA customers. The actual contract is the second Mastercare order for KLIA after three years of duration of the previous one signed in 2017. ERA will cooperate on the system maintenance with the local company Puncak Teknologi.

Context information

  • 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.

  • European air travel – recovery starts to take shape - EUROCONTROL - Numbers of daily flights in Europe edged above 6,000 on Tuesday 2 June 2020 for the first time since 24 March, and remained there for 4 days, showing that the recovery in air travel is getting underway. Across the whole of the week 1-7 June, flights were up by 675 on average per day on the previous week, a growth of 13%.

  • IATA - Airlines and airports agree conditions for European winter slots waiver - Severe impact of COVID-19 and continued uncertainty requires the immediate extension of the current waiver for the winter season. Airlines, airports and slot coordinators have agreed on conditions that ensure responsible use of the waiver.

  • EUROCONTROL´s Aviation Hardtalk 2020 #2 - How can we build back better European aviation after COVID-19 – and what will our industry look like in five years? The environment, changing markets, new consumer behaviours and expectations – all will be explored in a series of live 1-2-1 interviews with industry leaders. In our second EUROCONTROL Aviation Hardtalk, we will be exploring these questions and more with Willie Walsh, who as founding CEO of the International Airlines Group (IAG), successfully drove over the last decade the group’s evolution to today comprise Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling.

  • ATSEP Webinar Series - Entry Point North - This year we have decided to postpone our annual ATSEP Training Workshop to 2021, and instead we are pleased to host five webinars for the ATSEP community. The webinars offer an online meeting platform where experts from the field share their knowledge with you providing an opportunity for a Q&A session and discussion. We look forward to welcoming you at our ATSEP Webinars – please visit the webinar pages to read more about each webinar topic and to register.

  • ATS Basic (ICAO 051) virtual course | Airways - The ATS Basic (ICAO 051) course is now available as a online scheduled course, via Airways Knowledge Online (AKO), our virtual training academy.

Research and innovation


  • Australia publishes blueprint for flight information system-based national UTM system - Unmanned airspace - Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has published a new report Emerging Aviation Technologies report in which it outlines its concept for developing a UTM system based around a centralised Government flight information system (FIMS).

  • Thailand turns to UK CAAi to draft new drone regulations - Unmanned airspace - The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has selected the UK CAA’s technology arm, CAA International (CAAi) to draft new drone regulations. The nine-month project will allow CAAT to safely integrate the operations of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into Thailand’s aviation system.

  • UAV tests in Rome (NY, USA) - Live flights and testing of components are scheduled to begin this month at the unmanned aircraft test site in Rome in the second phase of a federal program to develop a high-density air traffic control system for drones. The organization that runs the drone test site announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration chose the site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY as one of two locations for the next phase in developing the control system. The other is the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership in Blacksburg, Virginia. The site at Griffiss is operated by Northeast UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) Airspace Integration Research, or NUAIR.

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