• Airbus releases results of UAM survey

    Airbus on 11 February published the findings of a study on public perceptions of urban air mobility (UAM). A survey was issued in Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Zealand, and Switzerland, generating a total of 1,540 responses. Airbus conducted the study after it released its UTM roadmap in September

  • Interview: Ben Marcus, Chairman AirMap

    Safety and security aspects associated with operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) remain in the public eye after a spate of high-profile temporary airport shutdowns, most recently on 15 February at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Industry and regulators are co-operating

  • CALKITs set for Yukon

    ARC Aviation Renewables is to supply two CALKITs for Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, northern Canada. The portable LED airfield lighting systems from AGI Metalite will be commissioned in late March 2019. CALKIT is housed in a road-going trailer and is designed to be

  • FAA invites public comment on proposed UAS regulations

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is consulting the public on its proposed new rules for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the National Airspace System. The deadline for responses is 15 April. In an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), released on 13

  • Altitude Angel replaces AirMap as UTM provider for DJI

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer DJI has selected Altitude Angel to provide its GuardianUTM platform for enhanced, real-time mapping data on 32 European countries. The GuardianUTM solution, which replaces a system from AirMap, enables DJI to extend the functionality of its geofencing

  • Aireon ‘weeks away’ from going live

    Aireon has reported it is close to reaching full operational status for its eponymous space-based ADS-B system after it formally took control of the final hosted payloads on Iridium NEXT satellites on 7 February. “Now that we have full control over every ADS-B payload in orbit, we are just

  • NBEC test programme kicks off with Blackstart flights

    Cranfield Airport in the UK announced on 6 February that it has hosted the first test flights for the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC), involving a Blackstart unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd. Blue Bear conducted multiple 3 km

  • ADB SAFEGATE completes Ultra acquisition

    ADB SAFEGATE announced on 4 February that it has completed the GBP22 million (USD28.4 million) acquisition of Ultra Airport Systems, which was originally announced in November 2018. The old Ultra business now operates as ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems. As well as expanding the ADB SAFEGATE portfolio

  • NATS mitigates windfarm effects at Glasgow

    A Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system has entered operational service at Glasgow Airport to mitigate the affect of turbines from a nearby windfarm on air-traffic management. Glasgow worked with NATS and Banks Renewables to introduce the radar. Banks Renewables developed the Kype Muir windfarm on a

  • Pendulum swings back to airspace capacity

    Tools for seamless, safe, and efficient ATC are already available or under development within SESAR – but the challenge is to create a framework that encourages effective deployment European traffic grew by more than 3.5% in 2018, in line with medium-term forecasts but with far more variation

  • SESAR deployment phase brings tangible benefits

    European air traffic management modernisation (ATM) projects are delivering performance benefits, according to the latest update from the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM). The SDM and its stakeholders had completed 105 projects by the end of January, representing an investment of more than EUR400

  • Change is in the air in ASEAN region, says AAPA

    Asia-Pacific airlines reported strong demand for business and leisure travel in the first 11 months of 2018. Their international passenger traffic grew by more than 7% year on year to 325 million. The region includes some of the busiest city pairs in the world; as this market grows, and budget

  • Jane’s unveils ATC Awards 2019 shortlist and categories

    Jane’s is pleased to announce the shortlist for the Jane’s ATC Awards 2019. Winners and shortlisted nominees will be recognised at a ceremony at 3 pm on 12 March in the Delegate Theatre at World ATM Congress in Madrid. The ATC Awards event – sponsored this year by Raytheon –

  • Papua New Guinea completes TopSky rollout

    PNG Air Services Ltd (PNGASL), the air navigation service provider for Papua New Guinea, has completed its NiuSky ATM modernisation programme, which involved implementation of the TopSky-ATC system from Thales. NiuSky included the transition of all air traffic services in Port Moresby to the

  • Maurizio Castelletti: DG Mobility and Transport, ex-Head of Unit Single European Sky, European Commission

    Maurizio Castelletti contributed to the launch of the Single European Sky (SES) and authored the legislative process in the early 2000s. He was appointed SES Head of Unit within DG MOVE in 2011, at the start of the implementation phase of the second SES package. He spoke to Jane’s a few weeks

  • Saab signs MOU to support technology upgrades in India

    Indian government policy to connect Tier 2 and 3 cities has received a boost, after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Saab announced they will research a pan-Indian air traffic management automation system for airports in the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). In a memorandum of

  • NATS trials Searidge AI for tower-in-cloud solution

    NATS is using the AIMEE artificial intelligence (AI) software from Searidge Technologies, in a trial solution for ‘tower-in-cloud’ problems at Heathrow Airport. AIMEE is assessing live data from about 50,000 arrivals at Heathrow until March 2019. The results will be evaluated by the UK

  • MEP proceeds with three UK voice comms upgrades

    Netherlands-based MEP is set to complete a voice communication system (VCS) upgrade at RAF St Athan in the UK with communication specialist Copperchase in March 2019 when the facility completes the transition from a military airbase to a civil airport. “In collaboration with Copperchase, the

  • UK establishes airspace usage plan to 2040

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is implementing a new Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) based on 15 initiatives, initially focusing on the period until 2024. The AMS supersedes the Future Airspace Strategy and establishes a co-ordinated plan for the efficient use of UK airspace up to

  • UAV collision warning system passes flight tests

    Hensoldt announced on 16 January that flight tests of its collision avoidance radar system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been successful. The detect-and-avoid system is designed to provide early warning of any object in the flight path of a UAV, while also covering the standard functions

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