• Eurocontrol conference discusses how to blend AI into aviation

    How should air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airports, and airlines introduce artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into their operations to exploit the performance improvements that AI offers while not disrupting legacy operations? According to industry leaders meeting on 23 May in

  • LAANC expansion continues

    More than 100 contract towers at US airports have been added in recent months to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which supports unmanned aircraft system (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System. The latest expansion brings to more than 600 the total

  • Sacramento picks Accipiter to monitor avian activity

    Sacramento International Airport is installing an avian radar system from Accipiter, with an expected entry into service in the summer 2019 season. Accipter was awarded a 12-month ‘radar-as-a-service’ contract to supply and install its patented 3D Total Coverage wildlife mitigation

  • Inter-FAB workshop shines a light on airspace fragmentation

    Academics, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), regulators, trade unions, and airspace users met at the Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance workshop in Budapest on 14–15 May. Faced with a forecasted 50% increase in traffic by 2040 and rising delays in the upper

  • Cambridge Pixel adds audio to RDR

    Sensor processing and display software developer Cambridge Pixel has augmented its multifunction real time data recorder (RDR) with the addition of audio capture, to support air traffic controller training and incident analysis. The RDR is a record-and-replay solution for control centres that

  • Words from the wise advise Europe

    Pressure mounts for faster action on boosting capacity Several hard-hitting studies published in the first half of 2019 call for changes in the way air navigation services are delivered in Europe. They target slow progress towards the Single European Sky (SES) and issue recommendations for air

  • FAA tightens rules for UAV hobbyists

    New restrictions are being introduced for recreational use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United States. In line with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, flights in controlled airspace near airports now require prior approval from the FAA. This replaces

  • Six play in CAA Innovation Sandbox

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on 21 May announced the first six participants in its Innovation Sandbox, which is a virtual space for demonstrating and testing emerging concepts. The organisations are Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS with Searidge Technologies, the National BVLOS Experimentation

  • Zipline targets expansion

    San Francisco-based Zipline is moving ahead with plans to introduce its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery service in the US by the end of this year. The startup, which is valued at USD1.2 billion by financial analysts CNBC, uses UAVs to deliver medical supplies including blood, vaccines, and

  • Chengdu Tianfu to include Rohde & Schwarz communications equipment

    The Southwest Regional Air Traffic Management Bureau (SWATMB) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered more than 240 R&S Series 4200 VHF/UHF radios from Rohde & Schwarz for installation at the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. Constantin von Reden,

  • GOF U-space demonstrations set to start in June

    The multi-stakeholder SESAR Joint Undertaking Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space project in Estonia and Finland will begin to demonstrate advanced operational scenarios for unmanned aerial system traffic management (UTM). A programme of eight operational tests starts on 4 June in Helsinki, with police

  • Jersey and Sweden remote towers make more headway

    Remote tower initiatives in Sweden and the British Isles reached significant milestones on 20 May. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) stated that it has been officially certified by the Swedish Transport Agency as a provider of air traffic services; and Ports of Jersey announced that it has

  • Indra and Avinor complete SESAR validation of multiple remote towers

    Indra reported the successful validation of multi-airport remote air traffic control with Norwegian air navigation service provider Avinor on 15 May. The two-week validation process, conducted under the PJ05 SESAR Remote Tower project, involved real-time simulations for three Norwegian airports

  • Alliance expands Performance Optimiser capabilities

    The Performance Optimiser (PO) software solution, designed by McLaren and Deloitte in collaboration with NATS, is undergoing continuous development to better adapt to customer needs amid the evolving challenge of managing complex airspace. When unveiled in November 2018, PO was envisaged as a

  • Nokia develops UAV solution

    Nokia has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solution that could be applied at airports within a private long term evolution (LTE) network. Nokia Drone Networks (NDN), which is powered by the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) suite of solutions, “is completely connected”,

  • Flights sans frontières: ANSPs implement cross-border free routes

    Airlines operating flights into and out of the Danish-Swedish Functional Airspace Block (DK-SE FAB) can now save more fuel and cut emissions with optimised direct routes over upper airspace in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The air navigation service providers

  • HungaroControl validates InNOVA Ground technology

    HungaroControl has showcased technology from Indra to minimise surface emissions from airport ground operations, as well as optimise efficiency and safety, in a large-scale validation of the SESAR 2020 Integrated Airport Operations project. Indra provided the technological backbone of the project

  • SwiftBroadband-Safety obtains final FAA clearance

    Inmarsat announced a “major milestone” on 7 May, with final approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite Internet Protocol (IP) communications platform. SB-S was tested extensively between June 2015 and July 2018 by Hawaiian

  • Toronto takes on TBS

    The Intelligent Approach time-based separation (TBS) procedure for arriving flights, which was pioneered by NATS and Lockheed Martin (now Leidos) at London Heathrow Airport, is being rolled out by Nav Canada at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The tool uses time, instead of distance, to

  • NUAIR team adds five UTM service suppliers

    The site for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Griffiss International Airport, New York, which is managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance), announced the integration of five UAS service suppliers in late April. The companies – AirMap, ANRA

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