Air Traffic Management STRATEGY, TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE WORLD'S MOST GLOBAL INDUSTRY Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:54:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From the Black Forest to the Black Sea – FAB CE’s free route study receives €1m EU grant Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:49:36 +0000 More ››]]> Airlines could fly direct routes across huge swathes of central Europe within three years following the securing of a €1 million grant to study how free route airspace may best be delivered.

The initiative by the FAB CE Functional Airspace Block –  whose members are Austro Control, ANS CR, BHANSA, Croatia Control, Hungarocontrol, LPS SR and Slovenia Control – could vastly improve flight efficiency.

FAB CE’s ‘Free Route Airspace from the Black Forest to the Black Sea’ study was signed in November and was co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) with over €1 million of co-financing and will be managed by SESAR Deployment Manager.

The project was selected for funding under the 2014 CEF transport calls which made €13 billion available to finance projects to improve European transport infrastructure, promote transport safety, develop intelligent transport systems and mitigate the environmental impact of the sector. The study contributes to the deployment of Flexible Airspace Management and Free Route, one of the six ATM functionalities identified in the SESAR Pilot Common Project.

The FAB CE partners said the title of the study reflects FAB CE’s determination of creating a concept whose potential does not end at geographical borders; reflects a forward-thinking attitude that benefits not only the Functional Airspace Block, or even one single region, but one where the added-value will be quantifiable on a European scale. The study takes the commitment of the seven FAB CE ANSPs, seven countries with one common goal: the defragmentation of airspace that supports the Single European Sky.

The aim of the technical feasibility study, which was launched in September and will be completed by April 2017, is to develop and validate the Free Route Airspace Concept of Operations (CONOPS) within the Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE) with the potential of extending it beyond its borders.

The study will include the development of the CONOPS in which simulations will be performed at HungaroControl’s Centre for Research Development and Simulation as a means to validate the findings which will highlight the necessary adaptations that would be required to connect the individual ATM systems.

By 2019, FAB CE aims to fully implement the FRA concept. For the users this will mean that within dedicated Free Route Airspace they may freely plan routes across the whole FAB area, respectively between defined entry points and defined exit points, with the possibility to route via intermediate waypoints.

There will be no reference to the ATC route network, subject to airspace availability. Within this airspace, flights remain at all times under ATC supervision and to any overriding airspace restrictions. The main objective of FRA implementation is to offer opportunities for the users to improve the efficiency of plannable direct routes, trajectories both within the FAB CE airspace and between neighbouring FABs.


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LVNL CEO Paul Riemens departs for RAI Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:57:31 +0000 More ››]]>

Paul Riemens will be standing down as chief executive and chairman of Air Traffic Control The Netherlands (LVNL) with effect from 7 April in order to take up a position as the chief of the RAI Amsterdam exhibition and convention centre.

Paul Riemens has headed LVNL since 2008 after starting with the air navigation service provider as a air traffic controller in 1988. Between 1998 and 2008 he occupied various management positions, including general manager of research and development, director of Mainport Schiphol LVNL and chief operating officer. Riemens has been chairman of the Executive Committee of CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation), the international organisation for air traffic control organisations, since 2011.

Gerlach Cerfontaine, chairman of the LVNL Supervisory Board said: “Air Traffic Control The Netherlands has developed enormously in the recent years under Paul Riemens’ leadership. Paul Riemens is an inspirational and pioneering leader who is focused on constantly improving performance. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Paul for his contribution, both in the Netherlands and internationally.“

The process for recruiting a new chief executive and chairman has been initiated by the LVNL Supervisory Board. The CEO is appointed by the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment.

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Europe’s transport chief looks to Single European Sky contribution to deliver wealth for the region Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:19:34 +0000 More ››]]> The Single European Sky is assuming a pivotal role in the region’s efforts to boost the competitiveness of its aviation industry.

EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc told the Aviation Summit held in Amsterdam this week that completing the Single European Sky initiative remained central to guaranteeing the sustainable future of the industry both domestically within the European Union in addition to its performance in international markets.

Referring to the political spat between Spain and the UK over the vexed issue of Gibraltar which has hobbled legislative measures to accelerate the Single European Sky, Bulc urged all partners, in particular the EU member states to complete work on SES 2+ regulation, so it enters into force as soon as possible.

“Delivering on the SES 2 regulation in 2016 is vital,” she said. “This is the single biggest issue to be resolved in making our EU aviation market more efficient and competitive.”

She said action at European level was now needed to overcome capacity and efficiency constraints, stemming from today’s inefficient use of airspace and airports resources in additon to resolving prevailing market restrictions.

She said European innovation was being actively supported through the European infrastructure funding programme called the Connecting Europe Facility which is investing €2.5 billion in the deployment of ATM modernisation through the SESAR programme between now and 2020. She also noted the signing last week of a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the SESAR Deployment Manager to reinforce and expand cooperation between the two organisations.

“It is a model for future cooperation between the EU institutions and aviation stakeholders,” said Bulc. “SESAR solutions can potentially result in the creation of over 300,000 new jobs, and achieve a more efficient use of our airspace at the same time,” she said.

The message comes soon after the Commission’s launch of its first ever aviation strategy which outlines a vision for a sector that employs 2 million Europeans directly and contributes €110 billion to European wealth.

She told delegates that aviation was at a crossroads. “The status quo is no longer an option. Meeting the challenges facing us will no doubt be disruptive. The successful implementation of this aviation strategy will depend on the willingness of all players to collaborate. Aviation is a global industry and all parts of the EU aviation network create value.”

She said that as part of the Commission’s efforts to ensure that the EU aviation sector remains a leading player in the international marketplace, it would support the building of relationships in fast growing new aviation markets such as China, the Gulf and the ASEAN region.

“For this to happen, we need a clear and fair regulatory environment, through comprehensive agreements between the EU and other regions,” she said. “It is my hope that in 2016, member states will agree on as many mandates as possible, to allow for work on these comprehensive agreements.”

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New KVM high performance extender from G&D Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:37:37 +0000 More ››]]> The new KVM extension DP1.2-VisionXG extends computer signals up to 10,000 m via fiber optics and transmits 4K videos at full 60 Hz without using any kind of compression.

The new KVM extension DP1.2-VisionXG extends computer signals up to 10,000 m via fiber optics and transmits 4K videos at full 60 Hz without using any kind of compression.

Guntermann & Drunck have developed a new KVM extender system to comply with the new standard for DisplayPort 1.2 signals. Unfortunately, high performance computers also mean lots of heat and noise – and therefore an even greater need to ban them from the control room.

By removing computers into central equipment rooms, other nuisances vanish from the working environment, too. Air traffic controllers benefit from more space as well as a cleaner working environment that is free from heat and noises emitting from computers. For the new DP1.2-VisionXG, fiber optics connect the KVM transmitter at the computer to the KVM receiver placed at the workstation. Despite distances of up to 10,000m between computer and workstation, ATCOs operate their systems in a 1:1 connection without any latency.

To ensure high video quality, the new DP1.2-VisionXG system transmits video signals transparent meaning pixel by pixel and without any compression. This way, all details remain visible even when it comes to high-resolution 4K images at the full refresh rate of 60 Hz and across the entire transmission distance.

In addition to the basic functions – the transmission of computer signals – the KVM extenders are as reliable as all G&D devices: high quality made in Germany combined with additional safety features that have been developed and implemented in cooperation with Eurocontrol years ago, and, since then, have been continuously further developed and improved.

Among them are the Screen-Freeze function (even when losing the image source the controller can continue to temporarily operate the system since the last available image is frozen) and the comprehensive monitoring tool. The system can be monitored via network interfaces – either actively via web interface or passively via SNMP. Now, technicians are able to detect and react to critical conditions before they would affect the work of air traffic controllers.

The new DP1.2-VisionXG systems expand the powerful G&D portfolio with another high-quality extender that will be presented first at World ATM Congress 2016 at stand 337.

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O’Donnell to head Metron Aviation Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:42:02 +0000 More ››]]> Metron Aviation has named Dan O’Donnell as its next president.

Dan was previously vice president of business development for ACSS (an L-3 Communications & Thales company). He also spent nearly 15 years at United Airlines and during his tenure held a number of leadership positions which included director of flight operations technology.

At United, he provided leadership with the implementation of foreword fit and retrofit CNS/ATM technologies to improve fleet standardisation, operations and safety. In addition, Dan has expertise in working with aircraft manufacturers, regional airlines, corporate, military and general aviation.

“Dan is uniquely positioned to guide the organization towards the needs of tomorrow’s skies. As a jet type rated pilot, Dan has hands on experience in managing ATC constraints and is a recognized CNS/ATM expert. He brings a very strong avionics and flight operations background to our Dulles office. Dan’s airline experience is a natural synergy both to Metron’s air traffic flow management (ATFM) solutions as well as to the larger Airbus ProSky Group,” said Paul-Franck Bijou, CEO of the Airbus ProSky Group, of which Metron Aviation belongs.

“In addition, we are pleased to add to Metron’s extensive FAA knowledge, expertise and background with the addition of Frank Black as our senior director of industry relations. Frank’s background as deputy director of airspace services, acting air traffic manager at NY ARTCC, and the executive officer at Houston ARTCC will complement our robust FAA business.”

Metron Aviation is a global market leader in ATFM, airspace analysis, and environment and energy solutions. Its products and services increase airspace and airport efficiency, improve predictability and enhance safety on six continents. With a focus on reducing delays, decreasing fuel burn and reducing CO2 emissions, Metron Aviation is making our skies more sustainable today in order to improve tomorrow’s operations.

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General aviation wary of foreign models for FAA Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:54:50 +0000 More ››]]>

Fifteen general aviation groups are raising concerns about proposed changes to US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding and the air traffic control system.

In a January 19 letter to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Aviation Subcommittee, the groups warned that the GA community has “very real and long-standing concerns about foreign air traffic control models,” which are being proposed for the United States by some large airlines as part of the current FAA reauthorisation process.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has long been a vigorous opponent of user fees while advocating for fair access to the nation’s airspace and airports for all aviation users.

“General aviation is an important part of our national transportation system and economy, and the needs of our community must be taken into account when considering any potential financing and structural plans for our air traffic control system,” said AOPA president Mark Baker.

“That’s why it’s so important that we have ample time to review the actual text of any legislation so we can make informed decisions to address our concerns with the present system and any proposed changes. Ultimately, we will protect the interests of general aviation, ensure user fees are not included in any final bill, and that whatever structure is in place will support the entire aviation community, including GA, for the long term.”

Some big airlines are pushing for a new governance and funding model for the US aviation system, particularly for ATC. The proposals they’ve advocated draw elements from models used in other countries.

But the GA leaders noted that the US system is safe, effective, and delivers meaningful economic benefits and should not be changed lightly. Noting that “general aviation in America is the envy of the world,” their letter pointed out that in the United States, GA is responsible for generating more than 1 million jobs and more than $200 billion in annual economic activity. At the same time, it said, the “US air traffic control system is the best in the world, moving more aircraft, more safely and efficiently, than any other country.”

The letter warned that the GA community’s concerns about adopting foreign ATC models stem from operating experiences in foreign systems and “thoughtful analysis about what those systems might look like in the United States.”

“Because we have so much at stake in the FAA reauthorisation process, and given the magnitude of the change that we anticipate being proposed, we call on you as Committee leaders to provide ample opportunity for all stakeholders and citizens to carefully review, analyze and debate any proposed legislation changing the governance and funding for air traffic control,” the letter said.

In addition to AOPA, the letter was signed by the Air Care Alliance, Aircraft Electronics Association, Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, International Council of Air Shows, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Seaplane Pilots Association, and Veterans Airlift Command. It was sent to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Chair Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.).

Current FAA funding is set to expire March 31 following a six-month extension. And while the partners note that many doubt a comprehensive agreement on FAA reauthorisation can be reached before then, congressional leaders have indicated that they are working on funding legislation and want to see a long-term FAA reauthorisation package in place as soon as possible.


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Leidos to merge with Lockheed’s IT businesses? Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:33:27 +0000 More ››]]>

Leidos has emerged as a merger candidate for Lockheed Martin’s government information technology and services businesses, according to news agency Reuters.

The reported $5 billion deal would establish the merger partners as one of the largest government services provider in the United States able to thrive in the face of reduced government budgets in an increasingly cut-throat competitive marketplace where scale would help offset the impact of contract delays.

Reuters reports that Reston, Virginia-based Leidos submitted an offer earlier this month that trumped rival defence contractor CACI International and is now in the process of finalising terms with Lockheed.

Leidos, with its market capitalisation of close to $4 billion, is understood to be planing to merge with the Lockheed division through a Reverse Morris Trust, a transaction that allows a parent company to divest a unit in a tax-efficient manner.

The deal which could be concluded as early as next week sent Leidos shares up by 8.1 per cent while Lockheed shares rose 2.2 per cent.

Reuters previously reported Leidos as ‘discouraged’ since learning that annual revenues for the division are now pegged at between $4.5 billion and $5 billion. In 2014, Leidos reported US$5.06 billion in revenue and as of March 2015, the company employed 19,000 people.

Leidos lists its capabilities in the field of air traffic management as ATC systems integration, airspace procedures, human factors engineering and flight test operations.

Read: CACI to buy Lockheed’s IT business? Reuters

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No noise benefit in Gold Coast departure trial Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:48:40 +0000 More ››]]> A 12-month trial of a flight path for Gold Coast Airport southern departures has demonstrated that the change did not deliver the intended noise improvement for residents.

Airservices Australia will now begin work to reinstate the former flight path, which is expected to be in place by June 2016, following regulatory approvals, procedure design work and notifications to airlines.

The flight path change for southern departures (for jet aircraft travelling to southern ports) on Runway 14 was instigated at the request of the community and directed jets further to the south-west, maximising flights above the golf course rather than surrounding residential areas.

A review of community feedback and noise data collected during the trial was undertaken and found that the changed flight path did not deliver an improved outcome for residents.

The noise monitoring data demonstrated that the actual noise improvement of 1-1.8 decibels delivered by the changed flight path was not a noticeable level for the human ear.

Airservices executive general manager, safety, environment and assurance, Dr Rob Weaver, thanked the community for their continued understanding and feedback as noise improvements were considered and reviewed.

“We understand that there were differing views on the merits of this trial and appreciate the feedback we have had from the community,” Dr Weaver said.

“We also acknowledge that some people will be disappointed by this outcome, particularly those who provided positive feedback on the trial.”

Noise modelling carried out before the trial began anticipated a fall of up to five decibels in aircraft noise levels for residents in Chinderah. The trial also resulted in an unintentional noise impact for residents of Farrants Hill, with the changed flight path concentrating flights over this area.

A Post Implementation Review has been published on Airservices website.

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SESAR partners on Greek island PBN Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:27:04 +0000 More ››]]> Airbus, HCAA and Novair have conducted a successful flight trial on Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures in Corfu, Iraklion and Santorini, a key milestone in the two-year RISE project which will help Greece improve airport access and enhance operations.

To enhance safety, improve flight efficiency and airport accessibility, Airbus ProSky and its partners launched the RISE project (Required Navigation Performance Implementation Synchronised in Europe) throughout southern Europe, including Greece, last fall. Without relying on the ground navigation infrastructure, these procedures will result in shorter tracks and track miles savings as well as continuous descent operations.

Co-financed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the RISE project, with its partners, successfully ran the first flight trials with Novair’s Airbus A321 in Greece. In May, two RNP Approaches procedures to Corfu and Iraklion airports were successfully flown, followed by two RNP AR Approach Procedures to Santorini. In September, Novair also operated the RNP AR Approach at Santorini followed by RNP AR Approach at Gothenberg on the way back, a city pair flown in Europe with RNP AR at both airports, which increases accessibility among the city pairs.

Henrik Ekstrand, Novair captain remarked: “The RISE project and trials in Corfu, Iraklion and Santorini, Greece are very important to us. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our fellow RISE stakeholders and the SESAR JU on this project. There are many benefits by using satellite-based navigation at these sites, leading to improved flight operation in terms of airport accessibility and efficiency.”

In advance of the demonstration flight, Airbus ProSky, in partnership with HCAA, intensively trained the controllers on the PBN procedures of all three airports. This prepared them for the trials as well as for future publication of the procedures to ensure the highest clearance rate.

Thomas Lagaillarde, Airbus ProSky general manager added, “The stakeholders of the projects and SESAR JU are very proud to support aviation projects in Greece. This project will allow more efficiency of flight operations and will set the standards for future implementation in this country.”

HCAA is anticipating a publication in the AIP of these procedures in the near future, to be accessible to the national and foreign aircraft operators.

In addition, more than 160 flight trials will be conducted in collaboration with the partner airlines and ANSPs through September 2016 at the following locations: Mykonos, Santorini (Greece), Nice, Ajaccio (France), Paphos, Larnaca (Cyprus) and Madeira (Portugal). These trials will capture feedback from flight crew and air traffic controllers on the procedures in terms of fly-ability, safety, crew and ATC workload, as well as assess savings in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption reduction.

Led and co-financed by the SJU, RISE project partners will conduct over 160 flight trials, demonstrating a range of PBN procedures, such as RNP, RNP AR, Visual RNAV, and RNP to Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures, in France (Nice and Ajaccio); Portugal (Madeira and Horta), Greece (Corfu, Iraklion, Santorini, Mykonos) and Cyprus (Paphos, Larnaca).

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Airbus to launch on demand charter airline? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:49:19 +0000 More ››]]> International taxi service Uber is teaming with European airframer Airbus for an on-demand helicopter service to launch at the Sundance Film Festival later this week.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said “It’s a pilot project, we’ll see where it goes — but it’s pretty exciting.”

Uber’s has conducted previous helicopter trials. In 2013 in New York it offered UberChopper for flights between Manhattan and the Hamptons and operated a similar service at the last Cannes Film Festival with the price as high as several thousands of dollars.

The latest version will see customers get picked up and taken to their waiting H125 and H130 helicopter, Airbus told the publication.

Aviation International News earlier this month reported how Uber planned to launch a limited expansion into per-seat helicopter ride sharing.

Uber first launched the service in the metropolitan New York area in 2013 through an alliance with the Blade service and Liberty Helicopters before recently expanding to Los Angeles; Melbourne, Australia; and Cape Town, South Africa.

“Typically, Uber aligns with an established charter operator and offers package ground-air deals involving its car service. Sometimes the deals are heavily promoted during special events, holiday weekends or the summer tourism season, depending on the market,” it reported.

The venture is understood to form part of Airbus’s corporate venture capital efforts which were launched last year with an initial $150 million (£104.8 million) headquartered at a technology and business innovation centre in the Silicon Valley tech hub in California.

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