Europe is slowly progressing toward the use of simultaneous non-interfering (SNI) approaches for helicopters at airports. This would improve rotorcraft access to busy airports while reducing the environmental impact, promoters of a dedicated research project believe. Further in-flight demonstrations are planned for next year, eight years after the first series of trials.
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China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau and Airbus’s air traffic management (ATM) company, ProSky, have signed an agreement to work together to modernize that country’s ATM system. The projects include updating the ILS systems at Beijing Capital Airport (ZBAA), conducting a capacity assessment at Chengdu International Airport (ZUUU) and other technology-based ATM improvements.
This year is a crucial one for the modernization of Europe’s complex air traffic management (ATM) system, as it transitions from years of definition and development to initial deployment of Single European Sky (SES) systems designed to improve efficiency, save fuel and cut costs.
Major players in ATC are meeting in Amsterdam this week for ATC Global, which has long been considered the leading international event for the ATC community. This year’s conference and exhibition will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies and is expected to draw some 5,400 attendees.
With the air transport growth curve soaring, India’s air traffic management system (ATM)–and the associated communication, surveillance and navigation (CNS) infrastructure–needs fundamental modernization. Airlines, hit by rocketing fuel costs, have pleaded with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to reduce congestion in the air and ensure more fuel-efficient landings.
Not everybody is convinced that SESAR is on track. At the March 2011 ATC Global conference in Amsterdam speakers called for states to do far more to consolidate and cut costs by combining ATC centers and working closely together.
The total closure of European skies in April because of the volcanic ash cloud was considered by many observers to be an unnecessarily severe reaction. More than 100,000 flights were cancelled and, according to the Association of European Airlines, the airlines clocked up losses of at least $1 billion.
At the end of March the troubled Single European Sky (SES) program received a vital boost when the European Parliament gave the project the legislative teeth it needed for the unified air traffic management (ATM) system enshrined in the SES package to be realized. The same week also saw the European Council endorse the all-important SESAR technology program which underpins the SES.
Boeing’s air traffic management (ATM) division has issued its third and final report on future high-level needs for the world’s ATM environment.
On May 6, a long-term solution to Europe’s air traffic control congestion problems came a giant step closer with the launch of the Single European Sky (SES) development phase.
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