Besides the usual short news, we have three exclusive articles this week:
- MetSafe - the success story of a start-up providing weather data to French DSNA's ATCOs using SWIM. MetSafe's CEO Kamel Rebaï discusses the project but also what it is like for a start-up to work with an ANSP. Given the long history of working almost exclusively with large industrial partners, start-ups can have hard times tackling this market. But this is possible and ANSPs can also benefit from innovation brought by start-ups.
- The Romanian ANSP ROMATSA recently inaugurated their contingency center. The new facility ensures operation continuity for Bucharest ACC and APP and offers a transition time of 15 minutes. Bogdan Bondor, project leader for the contingency center says more about this the goals, architecture and products used for the project.
- Op-ed: can the "Heathrow Pause" group of activists really cause a day long flight stop at London Heathrow using drones? - This article analyses the plan published by the group and discusses what could happen when the group will start their action
- NATS and indra update the A-SMGCS at London Heathrow - This will give ATCOs better surveillance, less false alerts. The new system also has potential to include the lastest safety nets stemming from SESAR. Heathrow still has a manual "follow-the-greens" system and this is likely a step towards an automated one.
- LVNL issues a call for tender for a prototype UTM system - LVNL joins the list of ANSPs working on UTM. This call for tender is for a prototype. LVNL intends to gain experience with this project before going for a full-scale UTM system.
- The EUROCONTROL industry monitor for August shown that traffic keeps growing (+0.8%). But for the sixth month in a row, the growth is at the low-end of the forecast.
- Altitude Angel introduces an incident reporting system to foster just culture in the drones industry - This system is similar to what exists for aviation. It allows pilots or other actors of the industry to report incidents anonymously and disseminate lessons learned.
- Airbus plays the long term game for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle - This article explores Airbus strategy and compares it to those of start-ups with a much shorter timeframe
Food for thoughts
The Artificial Intelligence trend is here to stay and it will impact many aspects of aviation. There is still a lot of exploration work to do and SITA created a Center of Excellence in Data Science and AI this year. Their Chief Data Science and AI officer discusses some basics of what AI is and what AI can do for aviation in this article. Follow-up articles will explore specific domains like airport or airline operations.
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