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FAA clears ways for drone registration

The United States Federal Aviation Administration has accepted the final recommendations of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee and has begun … More ››

Toy drones outweigh bird strike danger: study

Hobby drones pose a significant threat to manned rotorcraft in all phases of flight – including cruise – based upon their typical operating altitudes according … More ››

Myanmar AIM upgrade completes in record time

Myanmar’s DCA has concluded factory testing of COMSOFT’s AIM system, with DCA staff completing system training, at COMSOFT’s Karlsruhe, Germany headquarters, less than two months … More ››

Air traffic partners win innovation award

NATS and Lockheed Martin jointly scooped the prize for best transport innovation at the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology annual awards last night. The … More ››

PROSPERO promotes intel swap benefits

A European data-sharing research project is demonstrating how collaboration between aviation stakeholders could radically anticipate and reduce risk in air travel. PROSPERO (Proactive Safety Performance … More ››

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First Mover

Does Aireon’s pioneering space-based ADS-B technology create a problem for UN aviation agency ICAO? The green light signalled by the World Radiocommunication Conference to protect … More ››

Aircraft positions picked up by ESA's Proba-V minisatellite, using an experimental Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver. These signals are regularly broadcast from aircraft, giving flight information such as speed, position and altitude. All aircraft entering European airspace are envisaged to carry ADS-B in the coming years.

Proba-V has picked up upwards of 25 million positions from more than 15 000 separate aircraft. The DLR German Aerospace Center and SES team has identified more than 22 000 unique callsigns, identifying more than 15 000 aircraft by their unique International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) addresses (one aircraft can share a callsign with others, depending on the flight route).
Taking control

Gerhard Bethscheider, managing director of SES Techcom Services, outlines the development of a dedicated space-based European ADS-B solution. As worldwide commercial air travel continues to … More ››

Making Space

News that the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva has allocated a radiofrequency spectrum specifically for global flight tracking now places ICAO under even greater pressure … More ››

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