When it comes to planes cruising through the air, many of us are used to the idea of them flying on autopilot with little or no input from a human pilot as they travel from one destination to another. Landing a plane under autopilot, known as autoland, is a different matter. While some systems already exist, efforts are underway to improve them to enable safer landings.
A summary of the hearing is now available.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with Orolia, CNES, Enaire, Spanish Mission Coordination Centre (MCC), Spanish Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) and French MCC, have successfully performed end-to-end test tests with the airlines Iberia and Air France on remote beacon activation using the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS). The tests helped to assess and validate the operational concept for a potential new use of Galileo to support fast response in distress situations.
The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) showcased the results of its research and innovation programme at the European R&I Days, 24-26 of September in Brussels.
Update: the Commission Implementing Decision has been published in the Official Journal.
A summary of the Committee’s votes on decisions to enter into interinstitutional negotiations are now available.
A summary of the Council’s policy debate on A Clean Planet for all: A European strategic vision for a climate neutral economy – Aviation aspects is now available.
The SESAR Joint Undertaking in close cooperation with the Network Manager and Eurocontrol has delivered to the European Commission a transition plan towards the implementation of a Single European Airspace System – as outlined in the recently published Airspace Architecture Study. The plan proposes a way forward with a focus on the next five years to optimise Europe’s airspace capacity by combining airspace design with available technology solutions from SESAR.
Staggered threshold approach procedures combined with new tools show potential for achieving an increase in airport capacity of up to 10% – as well as reducing noise. A recent validation carried out by members of the Joint Undertaking (JU) are showing convincing results.