A European mandate calling for mode-S transponder upgrades in transport-category airplanes is causing confusion for some U.S. business jet operators as they struggle to interpret the rule’s fine print and decide whether it applies to them.
Eurocontrol and other stakeholders from across the aviation industry have agreed on the outline of a plan to address ATC communications safety issues in Europe. These include callsign confusion, undetected simultaneous transmissions, radio interference, use of standard phraseology and prolonged loss of communication. The Brussels, Belgium-based organization said it will focus on causal factors for these issues and establish remedial measures.
Europe is facing a shortage of 3.5 million airport slots by 2025, according to the latest projections by Eurocontrol. At the October Airport Operators Conference in Brussels the ATC management agency confirmed that 20 years from now demand for flights will significantly exceed airport capacity.
Flight delays resulting from ATC problems fell to their lowest level in a decade last year, said Eurocontrol. The average delay caused by ATC issues decreased by 20 percent to 1.7 minutes per flight. During 2003, about 9.5 percent of all flights were subject to delays, down from 11 percent in 2002.
Europe’s skies have become safer since two landmark accidents, according to a new independent survey commissioned by air traffic management agency Eurocontrol. A December 4 report stated that the 42 European states surveyed have all “considerably strengthened” their air traffic management frameworks over the past four years.
Europe’s skies have become safer since two landmark accidents, according to a new independent survey commissioned by ATC management agency Eurocontrol. The report, released Monday, says that the 42 European states surveyed have all “considerably strengthened” their ATC frameworks over the past four years. The accidents that prompted Eurocontrol to implement a strategic safety action plan (SSAP) were an Oct.
With 6.9 percent of all IFR flights made during 2005, business aviation represents a significant portion of all movements in the European airspace just behind charter traffic,* reported Dr. David Marsh, manager of statistics and forecasts at Eurocontrol. In an EBACE conference session yesterday, Dr. Marsh presented the results of the much-awaited study on business aviation traffic trends in Europe, announced here last year.
“Despite several crises, air traffic growth continues inexorably in Europe but with delays reaching an all-time low, the average delay per flight now standing at less than two minutes,” said Bo Redeborn, Eurocontrol director of ATM strategies, at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition earlier this year.
Eurocontrol and other aviation stakeholders across Europe have agreed on the outline of a plan to address ATC communications safety issues. These include callsign confusion, undetected simultaneous transmissions, radio interference, lack of standard phraseology and prolonged loss of communication. Authorities expect to implement the action plan early next year.
Eurocontrol, the European international body that coordinates upper-airspace IFR traffic, recently published a study about business aviation in its 31-nation territory– the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Eastern Europe. The organization has produced studies on scheduled and non-scheduled air traffic in the past, with the purpose of anticipating growth and preparing infrastructure.
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