Patrick Ky, who has led the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program through its development phase, has been named executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), effective September 1. Ky will succeed Patrick Goudou, who has headed the European safety authority based in Cologne, Germany, since it was created in September 2003.
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 new director general of Europe’s intergovernmental ATC organization proposes that air navigation service providers (ANSPs) implement Single European Sky improvements at the regional level rather than as individual entities, both to constrain costs and improve operational efficiency.
Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Center (Muac) is supplying air traffic data to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) in a project designed to better coordinate civil and military flights in some of Europe’s busiest airspace. Eurocontrol said the data-sharing system has started initial operations with 11 military controller and two supervisory positions.
New flight plan requirements developed for ICAO compatibility with digital ATM systems around the world take effect November 15. “The amendments to flight plan content go to the very core of flight plan processing,” said a Eurocontrol statement. The basic flight plan form and the field composition within the FPL message remain unchanged, but the content of some fields will change.
Universal Weather & Aviation has expanded its European emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) portal to provide better access for operators looking to purchase carbon credits. “For business aviation operators, Phase III of EU-ETS will be the first time they’ve been required to participate in the carbon market,” said Adam Hartley, Universal’s supervisor of global regulatory services. To minimize confusion on the part of customers, the company has selected CFP Energy to serve as a carbon brokerage, and extended its 24/7 support and assistance with ETS monitoring and reporting requirements.
London-area airports are not realizing the expected large-scale traffic increase attributable to this year’s Olympic games, according to data from both Eurocontrol and Avinode. Benchmark data from the opening weekend of the games (July 27 to 29) showed that there hasn’t been a large increase in overall demand in the area, Avinode said. Inbound flights for London-area airports did experience an increase in movements the Thursday before the opening ceremony, but then decreased to average levels on Friday and Saturday, followed by a further drop on Sunday.
Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Flight Information Solutions division is continuing to refine what it believes is the most integrated flight support suite in the business aviation market. The U.S. company, which incorporates the former Air Routing flight support and CTA Fos scheduling and dispatch service, is adding new applications and has also introduced the Dashboard feature to give operators a “top-down” view of the status of their fleet at any given time.
The ETS small emitters tool for calculating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is simple at first glance, consisting of no more than an Excel spreadsheet into which operators can insert data from flight plans filed with the Eurocontrol central flow management unit. The resulting calculations are based on stored data for fuel burn of listed aircraft types.
Eurocontrol has dropped plans to reform its formula for en route charges for air traffic control services. On June 26, the agency’s top management overturned recommendations from its possible pricing mechanism task force (PPMTF) to proceed with a formula based on a fixed-cost factor that would not take into consideration aircraft size or journey length.