This week was under the sign of innovation and of drones. The 9th SESAR Innovation Days took place in Athens. Besides the demos and conferences, this edition had a hackaton organised by EUROCONTROL, EASA, IATA, SITA, ACI EUROPE and the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Coders worked for 48 hours on three topics: passenger experience, environment and safety.
The drone community had a major event: the Amsterdam Drone Week. You will find links to selected information in the UAV and UTM section below.
Today is also a big day for EUROCONTROL, where the iNM project will be presented to the industry and we will report about it soon.
- BAHNSA prepares to take full control of upper airspace - The ANSP controls the airspace over the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina only up to 10'000 meters and now prepares to take over the control of upper airspace as well.
- Belgian civil and military air traffic controllers now collocated - This is one step towards a closer integration of civil and military ATC in the Benelux area. See the next point for another aspect.
- New military ATC system for Belgian airspace - The Belgian military ATCOs use a new system which is also shared with civil ATCOs at Maastricht UAC.
- FABEC evaluates the benefits of close cooperation - The functional airspace block uniting DFS, DNSA, skyguide, skeyes, LVNL and ANA Luxemburg reports on the network performance improvements resulting from their close cooperation.
- New Berlin airport to open in October 2020 - The new opening date for Berlin BER airport is now set to the 31st of October 2020.
- Key lessons on Air Navigation Services procurement - This post by John Swift give insights on procuring air navigation services, based on lessons learned from real life cases.
- Zurich Airport wins bid to build Jewar airport - Upon completion, this will be the biggest airport in India.
- Irish Aviation Authority awards Think Research a contract to review ground operations at Dublin Airport.
Reports and data
- Dashboard for EUROCONTROL billing data - This new website by EUROCONTROL presents data from the billing office in interactive way. This is a great tool to visualise and understand traffic evolution in Europe.
Research and Innovation
- Dutch airspace laboratory study on integrating RPAS in airspace - The study focuses on integratingMedium Altitude, Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into European Airspace and to develop a concept of operation for the European regulatory community.
UAV and UTM
- Short video of CanardDrones real-time measurements display - This short video demonstrates CanardDrones application with co-located ILS measurements (DDM, SDM, ...) and the drone's position.
- DJI creates a 249 grams drone - Why exactly 249 grams? Because under FAA regulation (followed by many other countries), drones weighing less than 250 grams are much less controlled. Smart move or provocation?
- EU opens a call for tenders for UAM research - The three main focuses of will be safety, sustainability and public acceptance.
- EUROCAE requests comments on draft geo-fencing standard - The organisation often defining standards for aviation released the ED-260 Minimal Operational Performance Standard for UAM geofencing for comments.
- EANS and AirMap to develop UTM for Estonia - The Estonian ANSP and AirMap will work on integration of drones in the country's airspace.
- AirMap white paper on developing drone integration roadmaps - This guide covers all aspects, including strategy, regulatory, concept of operation and business model.
- EASA present priority rules for manned and unmanned aircraft - Closer integration of manned and unmanned aircraft will need new rules defining who has right of way.
- Use case of the week: drones for infrastructure inspection - The Dutch company BAM Infra uses drones to inspect roads and other infrastructures with minimal disturbances and better safety for the inspectors.
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