Are you interested in the pushback incident that occured in Amsterdam last month? We prepared a detailed analysis of changes at equipment and procedures level which could help prevent it in the future.
News from ANSPs
- NATS suffered a technical issue with their radar display which affected Heathrow and Gatwick, amongst others
- PANSA wants to adapt Polish legislation to be able to offer products and services on the international market - their UTM product could be their first offering (article in Polish language)
- The FAA published a temporary rule allowing Federal, State and local government entities in matters of national defense, homeland security, intelligence and law enforcement to stop their ADS-B Out transmissions. This makes sense, as you don't want the bad guys you're observing or trying to catch see your positions on FlightAware, right?
- ENAV installed a new SITTI voice communication system in Milan Malpensa
- The consortium lead by Munich Airport wins the concession to operate Sofia Airport, Bulgaria
- Aéroports de Paris (Groupe ADP) published results for the first half of 2019 - The major news are the closure of the old Istanbul airport and the new terminal junction in Orly
- Airports Council International published their 2019 statistics dataset: "The industry’s most comprehensive airport statistics dataset featuring airport traffic for over 2,500 airports in more than 180 countries"
Innovation in ATM
- Maastricht UAC now tests reception of detailed route and climb / descent planning information from EasyJet flights via ADS-C. The ATM system gets the list of waypoints and the top of descent calculated by the aircraft's computer.
- HENSOLDT demonstrated the usability of their passive radar for ATC. It detects aircraft in a non-coorperative way and without sending any signal. It uses reflections from known senders (like commercial FM or TV) to locate aircraft.
- EUROCONTROL and SESAR partners validated two concepts of staggered threshold (two glide slopes for one runway) to increase the runway capacity and lower noise impact.
The drones corner
Bad news from drone delivery tests in Switzerland. One of the world's first real-life test has been suspended this week after a second accident. The drone failed and so did the emergency parachute. There was a single rope binding the parachute to the drone and it got cut. This is where the drone industry can learn from other parts of aviation: redundancy everywhere, even in the emergency systems.
Proper training is crucial for ANSPs and airports. Some organizations like EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services in Luxemburg or the DFS Academy in Langen have their roots in ANSPs. Manufacturers offer equipment-specific training.
But there are also independent organizations which focus on training:
- ATSEP Training CH offers ATC familiarisation and ATSEP Basic Training
- to70 used to offer training as a side activity of their consultancy. Training is now formally part of their offerings
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