Aireon and their global space-based ADS-B coverage is a game changer, especially for ANSPs dealing with oceanic airspace. Introducing surveillance increases the airspace's capacity and the revenues. So the announcement by NAV CANADA to raise en-route fees because of the better service was a bit surprising. Will other oceanic ANSPs follow this trend?
- DFS to purchase a drones detection system - This is a complement to UTM and must deal with non-cooperative drones
- NATS' Operations Director Juliet Kennedy on increasing capacity, including FUA, new FDPS and CWP, time based separations on approach and more
- ORO Navigacija to start CPDLC operations in Lithuanian airspace
- Irish Aviation Authority report on Aviation Safety for 2018. Section D covers airports and ANSP, including all typical incidents like losses of separation, runway incursions and more.
- Spanish ANSP ENAIRE managed their 1000th drone flight. This might not sound like a lot but in 2019 alone, 63 flights took place in controlled airspace. The article also explains how ENAIRE interacts with drone pilots and authorities.
- UK CAA's headquarters moves to Gatwick
- ICAO monthly Air Transport Monitor for July 2019 - including top airports and airlines by traffic numbers
The UTM industry has been very active this week, especially in the context of the Gulf of Finland U-Space where many UTM components provider showcase their products. AirMap demonstrated dynamic flight plan modification.
Another demonstration involved a drone flight from Estonia to Finland. Not just a short hop but a 1h10 flight at altitudes of 4'500ft carrying a package. UTM is not only about small quad-copters buzzing around, this was a military grade UAS.
And there are more short drone-related news:
- SESAR CLASS project presented an integrated picture coming from multiple tracking sources
- EUROCONTROL will hold a high-level workshop on drone detection - this is listed with many other events on our events page.
- This detailed paper from the European Cockpit Association detailed paper on drones gives the perspective of the pilots on the integration of manned and unmanned aircraft
Satellite navigation has been around for decades now and dramatically changed aircraft navigation. It is a strategical asset and several countries besides the US have their own constellation. The Chinese navigations satellites now outnumber the US GPS ones.
With the Brexit looming, the UK has been frozen out of the European Galileo consortium. As a replacement, the UK seeks an alliance with its "five-eyes" security partners (US, Canada, Australia and New-Zealand) to launch their own constellation.
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