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All Change

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The Asia/Pacific region and China in particular are increasingly important regions of passenger traffic markets for European airlines and airports, according to recent Eurocontrol flight … More ››

Bringing It Home

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In 2013, the US aerospace industry contributed $128.74 billion in export sales to its national economy, reports Aimée Turner. In fact, the sector’s positive trade balance … More ››

Analysis: Regime Change

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Air Traffic Management quizzes David McMillan on how the global aviation system will improve how it shares information so airlines know to avoid dangerous airspace … More ››

Riding The Perfect Storm

Unprecedented disruption with 1% of annual traffic lost
    54% of flights are lost overall
    70% of flights are lost at worst hit EU airports,
    Less affected EU airports still lose 23% of flights
    Several airlines lose more than 80% of scheduled traffic

A volcanic ash cloud, heavy snow and industrial action by air traffic controllers formed a perfect storm in 2010 that stopped the anticipated recovery of … More ››

All Systems G-alile-O?

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The launch of the first two full-capability satellites was meant to mark the latest milestone for Galileo, Europe’s satellite navigation programme as a step towards … More ››

Seeking Global Leadership

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The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) insists that global leadership from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is urgently needed to respond to July’s tragic … More ››

Moving Targets

Table two: China Main Destinations (number of flights) - overview table (2003-2013)
ADS (Approved Destination Status) initialled during the 30 October 2003 EU-China Summit in Beijing. Memorandum of Understanding signed on 12 February 2004.
ADS implemented in 2004 (UK, Denmark = 2005)
Destination 	2003 	2004 	2005 	2006 	2007 	2008 	2009 	2010 	2011 	2012 	2013
Germany 	1,602 	2,252 	2,786 	3,519 	4,054 	4,473 	4,253 	4,594 	4,890 	4,854 	4,894
Netherlands 	461 	1,138 	1,334 	1,663 	2,450 	2,627 	2,201 	2,416 	2,989 	3,091 	3,271
France 	1,560 	2,404 	2,684 	2,874 	2,836 	2,778 	2,465 	2,595 	2,775 	3,159 	3,204
UK (non- Schengen) 	543 	972 	1,338 	1,532 	1,550 	1,521 	1,324 	1,508 	1,623 	1,878 	2,150
Italy 	191 	365 	731 	779 	827 	853 	861 	814 	1,249 	1,481 	1,232
Turkey (non -Schengen) 	293 	481 	369 	454 	496 	440 	488 	1,063 	1,664 	1,714 	1,211
Finland 	308 	548 	607 	778 	864 	885 	692 	707 	721 	841 	972
Switzerland* 	69 	4 	9 	6 	1 	234 	303 	347 	454 	802 	938
Denmark 	290 	538 	669 	680 	676 	648 	609 	684 	658 	769 	804
Belgium/Luxembourg 	171 	255 	209 	257 	731 	854 	773 	978 	1,206 	681 	483
Sweden 	114 	183 	188 	212 	336 	378 	203 	252 	340 	311 	309
Austria 	129 	350 	510 	622 	342 	325 	375 	717 	491 	254 	256
Spain 	4 	9 	211 	119 	125 	134 	118 	271 	321 	239 	239
* Switzerland: Schengen since 2008

The framework by which each European nation’s air traffic control agency should cut costs to meet Single European Sky targets looks in tatters with some … More ››

Weather Check

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As satellite-based navigation plays an ever greater role in US NextGen and its European Single European Sky equivalent to modernise the way in which air traffic is managed, the need to monitor and predict space weather will only increase.

A significant space weather storm occurred when a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) system in the US exceeded its vertical protection limit and was deemed unusable for 15 and 11 hours on two days in October 2003.

Another impact of solar activity occurred in December 2006 when a solar radio burst in a solar flare was so strong that it overwhelmed the GPS signal at L-band, causing a several-minute-long interruption to geodetic-grade GPS receivers operating on the dayside of Earth.

“En route, any decrease in the accuracy the global navigation satellite signal is not such an important issue, say, if you are 10 metres out but it starts to get tricky if you are using it for precision approaches,” says the UK CAA’s Wells.

Tackling space weather’s impact on aviation is rightfully claiming its place on the safety agenda of UN aviation agency ICAO, writes Aimée Turner. Solar weather … More ››

Strike Report

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On Thursday at 12.00 local time, the French air traffic controllers called off their planned six-day strike after two days but not before Europe’s Network … More ››

Remote Prospects

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LFV has received clearance from the Swedish Transport Agency that the critical flight safety aspects of remote tower are clarified. With this decision, the concept … More ››