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NATS and Heathrow reduce holding times

Efforts to reduce the amount of time aircraft spend in holding stacks before landing at Heathrow Airport are paying off, according to new statistics from air traffic control company, NATS. Since 2014 NATS and Heathrow have been working together to find ways of cutting the amount of time aircraft spend in the stacks, with the […]

FABEC agreement to run Belgian airport airspace in case of equipment failures

In autumn 2016 the FABEC air navigation services providers DFS and DSNA signed agreements with their partner organisation Belgocontrol to support business continuity in Belgian airspace and especially the accessibility to Charleroi and Liège airports in case of a black-out or similar events, such as the power outage on 27 May 2015 in the Belgian […]

NAV CANADA reports October traffic figures

NAV CANADA has announced its traffic figures for the month of October 2016; air traffic in October 2016 increased by an average of 4.8% compared to the same month in 2015. Fiscal 2017 year-to-date traffic was 5.3% higher than in the prior fiscal year. NAV CANADA’s fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31. Weighted […]

Budapest 2.0 airport operational flight trials completed

Budapest 2.0, a project with international collaboration co-financed by SESAR, has demonstrated the capabilities of solutions supporting continuous descent, the benefits of satellite-based arrival procedures, and the applicability of remote tower control in the vicinity of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. These demonstrations were evaluated during a professional workshop held in the middle of November […]

SESAR 2020: The ATM Master Plan for Europe kicks off

Following its official start on 1 November 2016, SESAR 2020 Project PJ20 “AMPLE – ATM Master Plan for Europe” kicked off at a successful event attended by all of the SESAR 2020 partners who are actively contributing to PJ20 (21 in total). Together, PJ20 partners bring key European ATM expertise from air navigation service providers, […]

Director General of Eurocontrol will leave at end of current mandate

At the end of November the Director General of Eurocontrol, Mr Frank Brenner, announced that he has decided not to extend his current mandate with Eurocontrol that runs until 31st December 2017.

EASA and the SESAR JU sign a new cooperative agreement

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) have signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation at the EU High Level Conference on Drones in Warsaw. This new MoC replaces the existing agreement between EASA and SJU to promote collaboration on SESAR 2020, the next phase of research and development (R&D) on […]

Borealis Alliance demonstrates free route airspace operations

The European Commission (EC) and Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) have visited a Borealis Free Route Airspace implementing partner Finavia at Helsinki Airport in Finland, to see how the EU funding has supported the deployment of Free Route Airspace in Northern Europe. The deployment financed under the ‘Borealis Free Route Airspace, Part 1’ was […]

New study forecasts 7 million consumer drones in Europe by 2050

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be some 7 million consumer leisure drones in operation across Europe, including a fleet of 400 000 drones offering important services across the agricultural, energy, e-commerce, transport as well as public sectors. With an estimated value of €15 billion annually, this market represents a huge potential for […]

Hajime Yoshimura appointed new president of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has unanimously appointed Commissioner Hajime Yoshimura to a one-year term as President of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission (ANC), the UN civil aviation Organization’s main technical body. Mr. Yoshimura was nominated for the appointment by Japan and his mandate begins on 1 January 2017. He has […]

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