Weekly review #85 -10th February

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

Drone medical deliveries are expected to reduce urgent transport by road, improve medical logistics, enhance patient health outcome and have a positive ecological impact.


So it was great to see the launch of the two-year Safe And Flexible IntegRation of advanced U-space services for MEDical air mobility project (SAFIR-Med) last week. Five drone platforms will be combined with manned aviation in operational exercises validating technology in real urban environments across Europe. They will cover a variety of technologies that together will support a wide range of medical use cases. 


We also saw that GKN Aerospace will play a leading role in the UK Future Flight Challenge from its new GBP32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol. The programme will address the integration of unmanned and autonomous systems evolving at pace, and examines how to integrate autonomous systems in shared airspace in a safe manner. 


And, finally, we saw and wanted to highlight the news of a new, Intelligent Approach to maximising runway efficiency. With airports so badly hit by the impact of the Covid crisis, being able to maximise the value and efficiency of existing assets – especially runways – is going to be of critical importance over the coming years as we begin to see traffic return.


Intelligent Approach is a suite of tools that allow air traffic controllers to significantly improve the consistency of spacing between arriving aircraft in order to maximise runway efficiency. The software generates markers between arrivals based on the individual aircraft type so controllers can more readily hit the optimum spacing.


Sounds great to us! Let us know what you think. 

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  • An Intelligent Approach to maximising runway efficiency - NATS Blog - Intelligent Approach is a suite of tools that allow air traffic controllers to significantly improve the consistency of spacing between arriving aircraft in order to maximise runway efficiency. The software generates markers between arrivals based on the individual aircraft type so controllers can more readily hit the optimum spacing. 

  • Is it time to disband the Organised Track Structure? - NATS Blog - The study, published in Environmental Research Letters, analysed around 35,000 flights in both directions between New York and London from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 and concluded that taking better advantage of the winds would have saved around 200 kilometres worth of fuel per flight on average, adding up to a total reduction of 6.7 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.



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