Gibraltar airport was forced to close due to ATC staff calling in sick. This affected three flights in the evening of the 16th of September. It might seem like a small event but it reminds how tense the ATC staffing situation is at many ANSPs in Europe. And this is not an isolated case. Belgian ANSP skeyes had to close their airspace at night due to staff shortage earlier this year.
The SESAR Joint Undertaking published an Airspace Architecture Study in March 2019. Recognising the urgency to act, they now released an action plan for "short term" operational and technical measures (2020 - 2025).
At the end of the Aviation Security Summit, ACI Europe called to the European Commission to prioritise aviation security. This includes a special focus on a possible no-deal Brexit which is not only an economical threat but also a potential security issue.
- Micro Nav develops a new ATC simulator for East Midlands Airport - The new portable system is designed to inspire students to consider an ATC career.
- Indra Navia to provide NORMARC ILS for the new runway at Seoul Incheon - This is not a big surprise as they already equip the two existing runways.
- Riga International Airport contracts Airport Coordination Ltd to manage its schedule data collection
- Birmingham Airport improves airside safety management with the implementation of Centrik - The new cloud base system manages safety related documentation but also safety incidents reporting and handling.
- Gatwick airport released a new information platform for noise management -
UTM demos, planning and a strategic question
It is clear that drone traffic will increase and that an UTM system is required. But the nature and features of such a system are still not well defined. Could it be that the UTM system completely overtakes the role of the drone pilots? In the mean time, UTM developments, planning and demonstrations continue at a high pace and many European ANSPs claim the leading position. Will UTM be as fragmented as ATM?
- ENAIRE (Spain) publicly demonstrated integration of drone traffic in the ATM system as part of the DOMUS project
- skyguide (Switzerland) and their partners demonstrated use cases of remote id for drones based on the new ASTM standard
- skeyes (Belgium) and Unifly released a new app supporting flight plan filing for drones
- Aveillant demonstrated their Gamekeeper radar for non-cooperative drones as part of the SAFIR project
- AirMap and ANS Czech Republic published plans for the SmartSky UTM system including case studies for drones
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