“The ATM [air traffic management] industry has made good progress but there is still a long way to go. Both the industry and states can take important measures to further improve safety and transform ATM performance.” That was the position Jeff Poole, director general of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso), expressed last week as he outlined the organization’s vision to improve aviation safety in Africa, while also achieving seamless regional airspace by explaining the steps necessary to transform ATM performance.
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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.
Operators flying Bombardier Global 5000 and 6000 jets can now take advantage of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) capabilities such as required navigation performance authorization required (RNP AR) 0.3. Rockwell Collins also added to Pro Line Fusion its vertical situation display so pilots can see a profile view of their aircraft relative to obstacles and terrain; FMS automated speed selection and takeoff and landing calculations; and an interactive feature that allows users to create their own electronic checklists.
The Avionics 2020 flight deck is ready for NextGen and Sesar’s advanced ATM requirements, according to Thales. For example, head of cockpit innovation Denis Bonnet pointed out that taxi route guidance is available.
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.
The FAA is going to have to up its game and remove bureaucratic obstacles to progress if the airline industry is to enjoy the long-promised benefits of the NextGen air traffic management (ATM) program.
The Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) effort, Europe’s equivalent of NextGen in the U.S., is making progress as a research and development program “but it is not yet a successful modernization program,” according to the man directing its development phase.
The president of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has called for greater cooperation among nations to achieve global air traffic management goals. “Technology alone will not bring us where we want to go.
Like many companies with high hopes for air transport growth in China, Honeywell Aerospace is counting on the country’s new leadership to step up a long-anticipated set of reforms, including moves to get the Chinese military to open vast chunks of airspace.
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