Can an Artificial Intelligence support an air traffic controller and take complementary actions to prevent loss of separation? This demonstration video of Skyler by AIRTC shows such a prototype. If I understand it correctly, all clearances are said aloud. The one from the human results from using the menus and the other ones are from the AI. Could this work in a real environment? How to make sure that the ATCO remains aware of the situation? How to make sure that the human and the AI are working on the same plan and do not build different strategies? This kind of questions will certainly keep our industry busy for the coming years. On the same topic, check our AI in ATC report.
- UK CAA adds an efficiency clause to Heathrow's license - The Civil Aviation Authority wants to ensure that the airport operator makes an efficient use of its assets.
- Second runway in operation at Bengaluru airport - The new runway at Bengaluru airport is used for departures only at this time.
- Nice Airport starts A-CDM operation - Collaborative decision making will help to optimise traffic at France's second airport.
- Free route available around the clock at Maastricht UAC - EUROCONTROL started offering free route airspace through the airspace managed by MUAC.
- LVNL awards a remote digital tower contract to SDATS - The Dutch ANSP selected SAAB's subsidiary for the remote tower project starting in 2020 in the Netherlands.
- AltitudeAngel to implement a prototype UTM for LVNL - The Dutch ANSP tasked AltitudeAngel with the implementation of a country-wide prototype for unmanned traffic management
Research and Innovation
- Heathrow and Cranfield University study the impact of aircraft elecrtification - The study uses digital twins and other advanced technologies to assess the effect of electrification on the airspace and the infrastructure. Heathrow committed to waive landing fees for the first viable electric aircraft landing.
- Slot overloading to optimise airspace capacity - This article presenting a new ATFM slots management technique has been shared as part of the SESAR innovation days
UAV and UTM
- Volocopter get design organsation approval - The EASA recognises Volocopter as a design organisation, making the UAV company the first one allowed to design certified aircraft.
- ICAO includes the use of drones to validate PAPIs in the aerodrome design manual - The initiative, supported by Canard Drones is a step towards a standardisation of this use case.
- The African Drone Forum Symposium and UTM showcase - The conference and exhibitions will take place in Kigali from the 5th to the 7th of February 2020. Documents from previous events are available
- Riga Airspace Assessment report available - The six months study driven by EUROCONTROL and the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority aimed at integrating drone operations to be into the airspace safely. The full report is now publicly available
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