Weekly review #83- 27th January

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We'll start with some very positive news coming from India in the shape of a slow but sure return of traffic levels. Domestic traffic is expected to return to the levels of summer 2019 and the upward trajectory of this recovery is an excellent sign for Indian aviation in the coming months. 


More great news is that EUROCONTROL has joined forces with a wide range of partners to facilitate air traffic flow management for critical COVID-19 vaccines. They will be playing a key role in global COVID-19 vaccine distribution and will prioritise critical vaccine flights. 


And finally, 23 airports of the Groupe ADP's network launch the "Airports for trust" charter, and commit to building a sustainable and responsible future. All the signatories' airports of this charter share a common ambition: being leaders in terms of environmental protection.


In addition to our weekly roundup, we'd like to highlight a number of jobs that are available at the moment. We collect job offers from the industry and it's an encouraging sign to see many out there, at all levels and despite COVID. If you're looking for a new opportunity, here are the links below:





DFS Aviation Services




Check them out and, as always, let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see more of and we'll do our best to include it. 

ANSP news

  • Drones still a problem even with little traffic - DFS - In total, 92 drone-related occurrences were reported in German airspace in 2020, which was lower than in previous years (2019: 125; 2018: 158). Proportionally, however, the volume of air traffic, which came in 56 percent below the previous year’s level, declined more than the number of such occurrences. 

  • Isavia share capital increased by 15BN ISK - A 15 bn share capital increase was approved during a shareholders’ meeting at Isavia on January 12th 2021. The share capital increase is intended to make up for the operating losses resulting from COVID-19 and will enable the company to begin work on further developments at Keflavík Airport. 

  • ENAIRE is coordinating unmanned flights of the PREDATOR military reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence system with the Air Force - As part of a pioneering programme, ENAIRE is coordinating unmanned flights of the PREDATOR military reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence system with the Air Force. The system is headquartered at the Talavera la Real Air Base in Badajoz.

  • EUROCONTROL and partners agree to prioritise critical vaccine flights - EUROCONTROL has joined forces with a wide range of partners to facilitate air traffic flow management (ATFM) for critical COVID-19 vaccines, working closely with European air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airlines, airports, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NAV CANADA, the Canadian ANSP.

  • Strikes at ENAV on the 29th of January 2021 - ENAV informs that on January 29, 2021 – from 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM – two different national strike actions are planned. The actions are called by trade unions Uiltrasporti and UGL-TA with Assivolo Quadri. Trade union UNICA announced its adhesion to the national strike called by Uiltrasporti.

  • 2020 caused strong turbulence for the aviation sector - Oro Navigacija - Year 2020 was stormy for the entire world since COVID-19 pandemic struck everyone with a heavy blow, the damage caused for the aviation sector was especially strong, the loss incurred by aviation sector in Europe alone exceeded 56 milliard Euros. 

Airports news

Market news

  • New SITTI systems to Indonesia - SITTI - SITTI is not new in the supply of technologically advanced systems to the Indonesian Air Forces (TNI – Tentara Nasional Indonesia) through a local company. The products supplied by SITTI in the past (read here http://www.sitti.it/sitti-in-indonesia/) have been so satisfactory for the end customer that another 6 new Voice Communication Systems (VCS) are going to be installed in the Indonesian country.

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Reports and data

  • NAV CANADA reports December traffic figures - NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of December 2020, as measured in weighted charging units for enroute, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year. 

Research and innovation

  • We have to bridge the gap between academia and operations, says SESAR young scientist - The ATM academic community needs to listen to controllers, pilots and airspace managers that run the system to ensure that their research is relevant to what’s actually happening on the ground, says Christian Eduardo Verdonk Gallego, CRIDA, and winner of the SESAR Young Scientist Award.

  • Are remote towers safer than conventional towers? - HungaroControl Blog - As the industry has gathered more experience with this new technology, the main issues and benefits of remote towers have been identified, and several useful guidance documents have become available, such as those published by EASA (ED 2019/004/R Annex I – GM on remote aerodrome air traffic services) and CANSO (CANSO Guidance Material for Remote and Digital Towers). 

  • ADB SAFEGATE teams up with Assaia to make data-driven airside operations a reality - ADB SAFEGATE and Assaia have successfully delivered pilot projects featuring a first-of-its-kind concept at a number of pioneer airports around the world. The concept combines ADB SAFEGATE’s Safedock A-VDGS built-in cameras with Assaia’s ApronAI image recognition capabilities to record turnaround events in real-time. 


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