In April 805,239 flights were recorded in Europe, an increase of 5.6 percent over the same month the previous year. “This increase is beyond our initial forecast, which predicted a four-percent increase in the short, medium and long term,” said Víctor Aguado, director general of Eurocontrol.
European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
Every day in Europe, aircraft take to the skies more than 30,000 times, and this summer is predicted to be one of the busiest ever in European airspace. Traffic numbers from June 29–when there were 33,480 flights–bear out this prediction.
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched the early development phase of the Single European Sky Iris program, a research initiative designed to improve air traffic management through satellite-based air-to-ground communication links. If the ESA Council approves the early development proposals next year, system development will begin in mid-2009.
A consortium of academia and industry participants has launched a four-year program to evaluate the air traffic management (ATM) processes required to handle the forecast doubling, and perhaps tripling, of air traffic by 2025.
A recent Eurocontrol-sponsored VLJ workshop gave the agency and potential operators the opportunity to discuss the impact of the coming class of very light jets (VLJs) on the ATC system. While Eurocontrol suggests that the small jets will tax the system, representatives from the business aviation sector maintain that they will not have a dramatic impact on the system.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the early development phase of the Single European Sky Iris program, a research initiative designed to improve air traffic management through satellite-based air-to-ground communication links. If the early development proposals are approved by the ESA Council next year, system development will begin in mid 2009.
If you think the next-generation air transportation system (NextGen) is still far down the flyway, consider this. Starting in September, the FAA, in conjunction with Eurocontrol, will begin teaching courses in performance-based navigation (PBN) in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regions.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?
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.
Higher numbers of regional airline travelers in Europe have not meant greater environmental impact, according to European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director-general Mike Ambrose. Rather, the industry is flying bigger aircraft at record passenger load factors (PLFs)–the highest in 20 years of ERA data collection.