Future Shock


The ‘sharing economy’ is challenging ATM industry norms by bringing new capabilities and blurring the lines between what constitutes air navigation services on the one … More ››

Disruptive Influences

David Vos, Google, delivers the Keynote Address during the opening day of 60th Annual ATCA and CMAC.

What will the future look like, what influences will prevail and how best to start preparing for new business models? Aimée Turner assesses industry opinion … More ››

Tracking Shot


An airline industry-led body is near to issuing practical guidance on how airlines can best manage any risk from the 15-minute flight tracking standard that will come into effect … More ››

OPINION Hung Start


One of the themes within this latest issue of the magazine focuses on industry resilience in the face of change: which technologies are emerging and how best to … More ››

Above & Beyond


Greg Murray of Aviation Advocacy mulls what Europe and the US could learn from Africa about drones Last month Amazon announced that it would be partnering up … More ››

Turbulent Times

Scientists from the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, have demonstrated that turbulence can be detected in a much faster and more precise way, using data already routinely broadcast by the aircraft operated by commercial airlines. (Source: FUW, jch)

Naukowcy z Wydzia³u Fizyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego zademonstrowali now¹ metodê szybkiej i precyzyjnej detekcji turbulencji na podstawie danych standardowo wysy³anych przez samoloty komercyjne. (ród³o: FUW, jch)

Detecting turbulence remains the Achilles’ heel of modern-day aviation. Reports submitted by pilots, subjective and often very inaccurate, are the least expensive and the most … More ››

Loud & Clear?

We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us

Norwegian researchers are looking into data security risks as the European aviation sector looks to adopt satellite communication between aircraft and the ground, to reduce the … More ››

In The Navy


US Navy air traffic controllers now have a state-of-the-art tower simulator which will allow them to conduct realistic training in control tower operations and procedures … More ››

New Approach


David Bowen, SESAR JU’s ATM chief, explains how Europe plans to fix the troublesome VDL Mode 2 datalink solution and outline an emerging performance-based vision … More ››

Swift Take

Cyber threat is one of the key areas of concern of European pilots who believe that any new technologies or procedures must guarantee safe operations, even under the most demanding scenarios and that involving pilots in ‘reality checks’ of proposed solutions will therefore continue to be crucial.

In a new publication released at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) in Madrid, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) said that both the Single European Sky in Europe and NextGen in the United States will profoundly change the way flight operations are performed and will provide a much more strategic role for pilots.

The possibility of a cyber-attack on airport, control tower and 
aircraft shall be envisaged and appropriate counter measures 
should be designed to minimise their impact. All aircraft systems 
and data transfers between aircraft and ground should be protected 
from hacking, data manipulation and viruses. 

Separating in-flight entertainment systems from all other aircraft 
systems is highly desirable. All pilots should be trained to increase 
their awareness about cyber vulnerabilities and to help them 
recognize a cyber-attack. Precautionary measures and contingency 
procedures should be established to prevent an attack, and to 
minimize its consequences. Operators should establish a mandatory 
reporting system for cyber-related occurrences, and cyber security 
should become an essential part or their security management 

Cockpit-based solutions that prevent the take-over of aircraft 
command by any person on board or by unlawfully interfered 
ground stations shall be developed. The significant multiplier-effect 
potentially arising from several aircraft being unlawfully controlled 
from the ground should be fully taken into account in the overall 
design of the system.   

ADS-B spoofing is introducing false projections of aircraft on 
radar screens. Air traffic controllers could receive inaccurate 
or no information from a hacked aircraft ADS-B system which 
would consequently lead to a misinterpretation of the information 
displayed on their information screen. To address this threat and be 
able to cross-check information, primary radar should be available 
to confirm ADS-B signals.

With modified versions of Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-based cockpit communications solution, SB-Safety (SB-S) already being successfully trialled by Hawaiian Airlines and FedEx, the solution could soon receive an important … More ››