The EBACE conference program will today focus on the Single European Sky program and what it will mean for business aircraft operators. The session, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hall 7 Salon 1 will be moderated by Bo Redeborn, Eurocontrol’s director of ATM (air traffic management) strategies. He will be joined by guest speakers Steve Zerkowitz of ATM consultancy BluSky Services and Serge Lebourg from Dassault Aviation.
Air traffic control
The Single European Sky (SES), officially launched in 2004, is the single biggest air traffic management (ATM) initiative ever undertaken in Europe. Its main aim is to provide wholesale structural reform of a deeply fragmented regulatory framework to provide a seamless ATM system.
Pilatus PC-12, Big Timber, Mont., June 24, 2006–The PC-12 was destroyed and both occupants killed when N768H crashed after loss of control on takeoff from Big Timber Airport. The ATP-rated pilot was giving instruction to the owner of the airplane, a private pilot. The owner had flown from Big Timber to Billings to pick up the instructor.
While the investigation into the causes of the September midair between an Embraer Legacy operated by Long Island-based ExcelAire and a Boeing 737 operated by Brazilian low-cost airline Gol is still under way, Brazil’s ATC system is already feeling the repercussions of the investigation, which has exposed weaknesses in the system.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the FAA to provide veterans with disabilities on-the-job training as air traffic controllers or technicians installing and repairing ATC equipment.
Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO John Douglass warned Congress that government agencies must redouble efforts to develop the nation’s next generation air transportation system (NextGen) or the nation will suffer serious operational–and economic–impacts.
Aircraft flying over the Arctic Ocean can take more direct routes, save fuel and maintain schedules with activation of the FAA’s final Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) system at the Alaska Air Route Traffic Control Center.
ATOP has already been deployed at the agency’s New York center and Oakland, Calif., center, providing air traffic service over the Atlantic and Pacific regions.
The obstacle clearance panel (OCP), a group of experts in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is designing more suitable IFR procedures for helicopters, taking advantage of new navigation equipment. Under the proposed rules, scheduled to take effect in the fall of next year, precision guidance on low-level routes to so-called points in space will become common.
While legislation that would direct the Transportation Security Administration to study the vulnerability of general aviation airports to terrorist acts is dragging through Congress, there is talk in the GA community about possible changes to the widely reviled Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The ADIZ now covers 3,700 sq mi that closely follow the Washington-Baltimore Class B airspace.
RAA technical affairs vice president Dave Lotterer doesn’t object to the use of so-called electronic flight bags for navigating runways and taxiways. He just doesn’t want to see them advocated at the expense of the important work that needs doing on what he considers the cumbersome but necessary system of notams already in place.