Weekly review #67- 23rd September

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

We're always pleased to see that things are staying busy in the UTM and ANSP world and that the innovation continues. 


PANSA CEO, Janusz Janiszewski, praises the potential of digitisation as a remedy for the COVID-19 crisis. In an online discussion, he recognised that while flight numbers have gone down, the industry has stepped forward into a modern and digital future, from where we can find modern solutions to old problems. 


It's also great to see UK-based company Altitude Angel are to launch a commercial drone corridor without any on-board hardware needed. It will be the worlds first commercial drone corridor and available to support drone flights beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) from any drone company which completes a series of basic technical integrations that don't require specialist hardware on-board the drone. 


We thought we would take the time this week to check in and see how you're getting on. Is there anything you like to see more of? Any pressing questions you have to ask us or comments you'd like to make?


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ANSP news

Airports news

Market news

  • Norway goes live with Airways simulator - Avinor Air Navigation Services has gone live with Airways International Ltd’s TotalControl simulator at Oslo Airport in Norway this week, after successfully completing remote site acceptance testing (SAT).

  • Simulation in Myanmar - SITTI - In order to further improve the situational awareness of air operators and their prompt response to all possible events that may occur over the country, a new simulation system is going to be supplied by SITTI. This includes a number of controller working positions from which trainees can simulate the various route conditions, in order to provide a better service for safe flights.

  • ERIS system has gone operational in evaluation regime at Ostrava airport - The ERIS-A ATC system was introduced by ERA company into test operations at Leoš Janáček International Airport in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The system increases operational safety – it monitors potential collision risks and automatically generates an alert.

Context information

  • COVID and the impact on controller training - NATS Blog - Given the unprecedented impact of the pandemic, the review concluded there is no realistic scenario in which we will need further trainees from the college until 2022 at the earliest. In fact, we will not have any capacity to support further new trainees at Swanwick, our biggest operational centre, for the next two years.

  • EUROCONTROL issues new Draft traffic scenarios - EUROCONTROL has revised downwards its Draft Traffic Scenarios up to February 2021. Under its new “Current Status Scenario”, the total number of flights expected in Europe is anticipated to be 55% lower than in 2019, a drop of 6 million fewer flights, or a further 1 million reduction in European flights than previously anticipated.

  • Winter Waiver Announcement – Airport Coordination Limited - ACL is encouraged to see the statement issued today by Commissioner Adina Valean on the EU Commission’s intention to extend the use-it or lose-it slot waiver for the whole of the Winter 2020 season.

Reports and data

  • NAV CANADA reports August traffic figures - Traffic in August 2020 decreased by an average of 65.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2019. NAV CANADA's fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.


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