AAV News in Brief 26 June 2022

ALSIM, CSMIA, ACC Aviation, Perigean Aviation, SITA Airport IT, Frequentis, Metron Aviation, Goshawk, Viva Aerobus, Dubai Air Navigation Services, Micro Nav, China Airlines, Hermes Logistics Technologies, JetBlue, FLYR, Flight Safety Foundation, ICAO

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https://bit.ly/3PE9HlMALSIM sells ALX simulator to UnitedSky: ALSIM announced the sale of an ALX to UnitedSky Pilot Academy based in Warsaw, Poland. The ALSIM ALX provides up to four classes of aircraft, from single engine piston, twin engine piston, twin turbine up to medium category twin jet. The device is designed and approved for ATPL, CPL, MCC in compliance with all current regulatory standards. The ALX offers advanced technology simulation equipment tailored to all specific training requirements. In addition, it has a proven track record for cost-effectiveness and helps save numerous aircraft hours. Tim Bertels, iSystems owner, said “The ALSIM ALX simulator was sold to Unitedsky by Belgium-based iSystems NV who, in addition to their activities in oil and gas and alternative and renewable energy, has been recently involved in aviation sector. Since iSystems’ origins trace back to a close cooperation with an aerospace manufacturing company, they have kept a keen interest in the sector and like iSystems, ALSIM designs customer-centric and innovative systems for a market that demands the highest standards.”

Mumbai’s CSMIA launches renewable project: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is India’s first airport to launch a one-of-its-kind Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) & Solar PV hybrid (Solar Mill) to explore the possibility of utilisation of wind energy at the airport. CSMIA has introduced this pilot programme in collaboration with WindStream Energy Technologies India Pvt Ltd, which ensures 24/7 energy generation, harnessing maximum energy through wind power systems, while enabling highly efficient and low carbon future for aviation. This sustainable initiative undertaken by CSMIA reduces dependence on conventional electricity which propels its journey towards ‘Net Zero’ emissions. Since its inception, CSMIA has been inching towards the reduction of carbon emissions under its Environment & Sustainability policy and GHG policy. Over the years, incredible efforts and strong beliefs in sustainable development have ensured minimal environmental footprint at the airport. Thus, to assist in enhancing capacity usage of green energy, CSMIA has deployed a 10Kwp Hybrid SolarMill consisting of 2 Kwp TurboMill (3 Savonious type VAWT) and 8 Kwp Solar PV modules with an estimated minimum energy generation of 36 Kwh/day.

ACC Aviation, Perigean Aviation to market 62-seat all-VIP B757-200: ACC Aviation, the global aviation services group, announced a new partnership with Perigean Aviation, becoming the sales and marketing agents for an all-VIP Boeing B757-200, operated by Freedom II LLC. With the aircraft set to take flight in mid-July, ACC Aviation’s partners will have direct access to a 62-seat VIP aircraft capable of transporting passengers and their luggage up to 5,200 miles. The B757 is one of Boeing’s most popular airframes, boasting impressive range and uplift capabilities, cruising speeds, and category-leading cabin comfort. This unique 62-seat configuration bridges the gap between private charter and scheduled services, providing a flexible transport solution for larger groups. With demand expected to be high, ACC Aviation has built a dedicated charter team to manage and market the aircraft. The team, which integrates substantial charter and aviation experience, will work hand-in-hand with the Perigean Aviation team, providing worldwide charter capacity. Thanks to an impressive 10-tonne hold capacity, the aircraft is ideal for touring groups with substantial cargo and backline equipment, eliminating the need for multiple aircraft or dedicated cargo charters.

Düsseldorf Airport extends use of pre-departure sequencer: Düsseldorf airport has extended the use of their departure manager. After seven successful years using the departure manager in Düsseldorf’s A-CDM implementation, the airport company assigned their affiliate company, SITA Airport IT GmbH, to procure the extension from ATRiCS, a member of the Frequentis Group. Düsseldorf Airport, the main airport of the most densely populated region in Germany, has been one of the A-CDM pioneers gaining their full compliance already in spring 2013. The airport company has been improving air traffic flow and punctuality at the airport ever since.  With the perspective of a more flexible use of the Northern runway, long-term experience with the departure management system and continued compliance with the relevant Pilot Common Project, Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH have decided to extend their departure manager functions. “Our departure manager has been an absolutely robust and reliable system to manage our outbound operations for many years now. We are highly impressed with the performance of the system even under adverse conditions, for example, when we use its de-icing functions to improve our winter operations. Our aim now is to make most of the additional capacity we get from our envisaged more flexible use of the Northern runway. We have reached this strategic goal with the extended functions of the departure manager,” says Thomas Hansen, Head of the Airport Control Centre at Düsseldorf.

Frequentis and Metron Aviation sign MOU: Frequentis and Metron Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on projects of mutual interest in the fields of air traffic flow management (ATFM), arrival management (AMAN) and departure management (DMAN) solutions. The partnership between the two companies aims to improve the efficiency of air traffic flow by bringing together their expertise and innovative product portfolio. Not only will this collaboration increase the predictability of flight operations, but it also has the potential to hugely reduce financial costs and environmental impacts caused by capacity imbalances. Frequentis Orthogon, a member of the Frequentis Group, manufacturers software for air traffic queue optimisation, demand capacity management, traffic flow management, and visualisation solutions for the air traffic and airport industry. Frequentis AMAN and DMAN solutions allow air traffic controllers to efficiently manage incoming and outgoing flights to optimally use available runway and airspace capacity. The increased efficiency brought by the AMAN system has saved more than one million tons of CO2 emissions globally within its 20 years of operations. Consequently, the AMAN system was awarded the 2021 Maverick Sustainability Award at the annual World Air Traffic Management Congress in Madrid.

Goshawk completes second delivery to Viva Aerobus: Goshawk announced the delivery of one Airbus A320 aircraft to Viva Aerobus. Viva Aerobus operates point-to-point services from Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City to destinations across Mexico, the USA and Cuba. The aircraft was successfully delivered on 15 June and represents the second aircraft delivery by Goshawk to Viva Aerobus, following the first last November. This additional delivery highlights the ongoing successful relationship established between the two parties. Stephen Murphy, Head of Airline Marketing at Goshawk said: “The delivery of a second aircraft to Viva Aerobus demonstrates the strengthening of our relationship with this important partner. We are encouraged by the strong demand that we have seen for global travel over recent months and are optimistic that the airline industry will continue on an upward trajectory. We are proud of our relationship with Viva Aerobus and remain excited by the opportunity to further foster positive relations with the airline into the future.”

Dubai Air Navigation Services signs deal with Micro Nav: Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has selected UK-based Micro Nav Limited’s market-leading ATC tower simulator suite, BEST, to support its plans for air traffic growth at both Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airports. Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the provider of air navigation services and air traffic control for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, will be deploying the BEST ATC simulator to enable the planned technological advancements, while defining the concept of operations, and increasing its training capacity to support the continuous growth. The new simulator suite extends the existing Micro Nav tower simulation platform with two additional 360° tower simulators, ten single-person tower simulators, plus integration with existing simulation assets and new ATM systems procured to support dans’ growth strategy. “The selection of Micro Nav’s BEST simulator is in line with our strategy to embrace the latest technology to enable Dubai to efficiently deal with the increasing air traffic as the city is witnessing the fastest recovery in the aviation industry. The new simulator suite will ensure efficient and safe handling of this increased traffic,” said Ibrahim Ahli, Deputy CEO of dans.

China Airlines to fly A321neo on flights to Tokyo Haneda: China Airlines is actively preparing for travel demand in the post-COVID era and will begin flying the latest A321neo passenger aircraft on the Taipei (Songshan)-Tokyo (Haneda) route daily from 1 July onward. China Airlines is also preparing to schedule more flights in August and September now that international border restrictions and quarantine policies are being loosened. Q3 will see the number of passenger flights increase by 40 percent with more than 150 passenger services each week, keeping pace with the recovery in travel demand. Taiwan-based China Airlines is adding new passenger-carrying capacity. For Northeast Asia routes, daily flights to Tokyo (Haneda) in Japan will commence in July. The service will be conveniently scheduled to depart in the morning and return in the afternoon. Passenger-carrying services will also be scheduled for the Tokyo (Narita), Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka routes as well. Service frequency for Seoul in Korea will be increased to daily flights from August onward. For Southeast Asia routes, a weekly service for Kaohsiung-Manila was introduced in June to cater to travelers in southern Taiwan. In August, the following changes will be made for southeast Asia routes departing from Taoyuan: services to Bangkok (Thailand) will be increased to 14 flights per week, services to Manila (Philippines), Ho Chi Min City and Hanoi (Vietnam) will be increased to 10 flights per week, services to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) will be increased to four flights per week, services to Penang (Malaysia) will be increased to two flights per week, services to Singapore and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) will be increased to three flights per week, and services to Yangon (Myanmar) will be increased to two flights per week.

France selects Frequentis remote digital tower: French Air Navigation Service Provider, DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne), has selected Frequentis to supply its state-of-the-art Remote Digital Tower (RDT) solution in France. The solution, to be located in a Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Toulouse will, in its first instance, manage air traffic for Tours Val De Loire Airport, over 500 kilometres away. Based on the smartVISION product from Frequentis, already operational in six countries, the RDT will allow Tours Val De Loire airport to preserve passenger traffic and ultimately to increase it three-fold. The solution will include on-site video technology at the airport, central equipment in the RTC in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, with several working positions, and a test system for training. “We are pleased to be working with DSNA on its airport strategy, supporting passenger growth in the region. The potential for more regional airports to be housed in the same centre in future increases the operational efficiency of the solution and the region’s air traffic capacity,” says Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Vice President ATM Civil and Chairman of the ATM Executive Board.

Hermes NG goes live in Singapore: Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) has completed phase one of its digitalisation collaboration with ground handler dnata Singapore, with the successful implementation of its Hermes NG Ecosystem at Changi Airport. Now live, Hermes NG is steering all cargo-related operations at the handler’s Singapore base as the first phase of a digitisation programme, with the second phase soon to follow. Phase one of the project included implementation of the latest versions of the Hermes 5 Cargo Management System, the Hermes NG Business Intelligence & Datalakes solution, as well as NG Track & Trace, and seamless integration with technology partner SpeedCargo’s CargoEye solution. These combined modules manage all processes related to physical cargo handling, documentation, special product governance, security, mail, messaging, revenue accounting, and business intelligence. This allows the handler to build up and break down cargo in real time, perform more efficient mail handling with less data input, and to automate myriad repetitive and time-consuming tasks.

JetBlue sharpens competitive edge with FLYR AI: Low-cost airline JetBlue has partnered with FLYR Labs, the travel industry’s leading innovator in AI-driven forecasting and pricing, to elevate the airline’s revenue optimisation capabilities with accurate, real-time decision intelligence and analytics. FLYR’s cloud-native decision intelligence platform, The Revenue Operating System, leverages deep learning technology to provide automated, AI-based revenue management capabilities that maximize business-wide revenue opportunities. Already deployed at JetBlue, The Revenue Operating System’s market performance is yielding promising results and demonstrating its ability to supercharge analyst contribution. JetBlue is the sixth-largest airline in the United States, serving more than 110 cities throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  JetBlue continues to invest in FLYR’s success through its venture capital subsidiary, JetBlue Technology Ventures.

Flight Safety Foundation award highlights ICAO’s COVID-19 pandemic response: In recognition of the leadership and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic realised by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) conferred its inaugural Richard Teller Crane Founder’s Award upon the organisation. “From the outset of the pandemic, ICAO recognised that a successful recovery and restart would be best supported by a well-coordinated international approach and by the Council establishing a task force,” said FSF President and CEO Hassan Shahidi. “As the pandemic continued and virus variants emerged, the ICAO task force updated its recommendations and guidance and worked to mitigate the devastation of the pandemic.” The award was received by the President of the ICAO Council, Salvatore Sciacchitano, on behalf of the organisation and the many other international experts from states and across the air transport industry who contributed so tirelessly to the global aviation response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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