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WSI predictive analytics to minimise disruption

WSI Corporation has enhanced its Fusion flight operations platform with some new airport and flight monitoring features in its Predictive Analytics Package. These provide a … More ››

Detroit improves airfield ops with Exelis

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has selected Exelis to deploy a comprehensive package of airport situational awareness, decision-support and operations management solutions. Exelis will … More ››

PASSUR, INFORM to work on turn solutions

PASSUR Aerospace and INFORM plan to integrate their existing solutions for airline and airport turn management and hub control into a new offering. The companies … More ››

Inmarsat, ESA sign Iris Precursor partnership

Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety service is to play an integral part in the future European air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure. Inmarsat has signed a contract with … More ››

Inmarsat awards Iris security work to CGI

IT giant CGI has been awarded the contract by British satellite business Inmarsat to develop the safety and security of future ‘Iris Precursor’ data communications … More ››

Chinese eye Honeywell, Safran electric taxi

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New NZ rules proposed for unmanned aircraft

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Flight Tracking A Bonus?

In a similar way to today’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), the communication equipment being developed under Iris Precursor is being designed to accommodate a location message in the protocol as well as its principal aim of providing a greater communication traffic load.

This cost-effective location message approach came from work launched in response to the Air France AF447 tragedy under the SESAR SAT-OPTIMI study.

Following the tragic loss of Flight 447 over the Atlantic in June 2009, the European Commission asked the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) to find solutions for the better tracking of aircraft in oceanic and remote low density airspace.

The consortium responsible for the Oceanic Position Tracking Improvement & Monitoring (OPTIMI) project delivered their report to the SESAR Joint Undertaking with recommendations regarding technical, operational, economic and regulatory changes.  

The recommendations were the basis for a second study in 2010 called, SAT-OPTIMI, which assessed short to-medium timeframe innovations in satellite systems development enabling global coverage.

While black box or flight data recorder (FDR) data streaming is not associated with 4D operations, in principle any data that fits within the available communications bandwidth can be transmitted in an emergency if it is connected in the aircraft and the FDR has the data compression and output necessary - although that does not exist today.
Space Odyssey

Managing the forecast boom in air traffic safely while driving down costs is driving Europe to adopt satellite-based data exchange. Aimée Turner examines how Europe … More ››

Market Approach

Addressing European transport ministers in Rome last week, Richard Deakin, the chief executive of UK air traffic services provider NATS, urged the European Commission to … More ››

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