As always, we're looking to the future and the post-COVID-19 recovery for the industry: looking at greener, more flexible and resilient solutions.
Aviation has been hard-hit by the pandemic. But as air travel returns, how can the industry shape a net-zero future for aviation?
The concept of 'Greening the future' with CORUS-XUAM (Concept of Operations for euRopean U-space Services - eXtension for Urban Air Mobility), is to work out how more people and packages can move in and around cities – through point-to-point flights, bypassing ground congestion and with shorter journey times, while meeting the goal of decarbonising cities and offering smart and sustainable mobility solutions.
In addition, a newly-launched SESAR industrial research project is getting ready for more flexible and resilient air traffic management - investigating solutions for making air traffic management more flexible, efficient and responsive to changing traffic demand and conditions.
Another interesting article looks at the revival of the aviation industry in China and what they've been doing to reopen and recover their domestic flights levels. While international side has not recovered, they've made enough progress to allow the domestic travel restrictions to be lifted and the passenger flow to bounce back.
Check it out and let us know your thoughts. What are your predictions for the air traffic levels over the next year?
Connecting meteorological data more effectively with operational data from airports - The sponsored partners, Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Meteorological Service, DWD), DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbHand ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH, as well the accompanying partners, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and Fraport AG, are keen to work together with a view to optimising decision-making processes in traffic management of airports and air traffic control by incorporating meteorological parameters.
GAL ANS training courses schedule for 2021 - This brochure provides details of GAL ANS 2020 course schedule for their ATM course.
Airports Authority of India goes Live with Aireon System, Providing the Highest Safety Standards for Air Travel in the Region - Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced that Aireon’s space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance system is successfully being utilized across Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata’s oceanic airspaces, just 18 months after signing a contract to implement the service.
A record low for air traffic volumes reached in Germany - Even on its busiest day in 2020, DFS, the German air navigation service provider, logged only 8,797 flights. As a comparison, the busiest day in the prior year saw 11,012 flight being handled by DFS. A new record low was reached for the least busy day, with just 756 flights.
For safety we need security - CANSO - Dr. Andreas Gerstinger, Safety Manager, Frequentis AG, provides the ATM supplier perspective on safeguarding ATM operations.
Summer Waiver Announcement - Airport Coordination Limited - The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport has announced that the UK will extend the waiver from the 80:20 slot usage rule to the Summer 2021 season, subject to certain conditions.
Post-Covid-19 Recovery – Lessons from China - To70 - Since last December, the vaccination has started around the world, and the hope of reopening and recovery seems to be achievable shortly. People’s desire for travelling has been repressed in the endless lockdown and winter.
Research and innovation
Accelerating digital innovation via a European Network of Innovation Labs - As part of our efforts to support the digital transformation of European aviation, EUROCONTROL through its Experimental Centre in Brétigny is launching a Europe-wide network of innovation laboratories, with Brétigny acting as an Air Transport Innovation Hub.
Get set for more flexible and resilient air traffic management - SESAR Joint Undertaking - A newly-launched SESAR industrial research project is investigating solutions for making air traffic management more flexible, efficient and responsive to changing traffic demand and conditions.
Satellite Tracking Lets Plane Catch a Ride on the Jet Stream - Aireon - Analysis of 35,000 transatlantic flights taken between December 2019 and February 2020 found that they could have used up to 16 percent less fuel if they had made a better use of the air currents and cut journey times by eight to nine minutes on average.
UAV and UTM
Greening the future: new CORUS-XUAM project will see EUROCONTROL coordinate a series of Europe-wide urban air mobility demonstrations | EUROCONTROL - 12 January 2021 saw CORUS-XUAM, a very large demonstration project set up to gather research expertise and know-how on air traffic management (ATM), unmanned aircraft systems and urban air mobility (UAM), kick off at a meeting attended by more than 70 experts and representatives of the SESAR Joint Undertaking.
Kongsberg, uAvionics and Aireon to demonstrate ‘horizonless air picture’ for BVLOS drone operations - Unmanned airspace - A partnership between Kongsberg Geospatial, Aireon and uAvionix plans to demonstrate how a space-based ADS-B feed can be fused with an ADS-B local receiver to create a “horizonless air picture” for BVLOS operations.
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