A snapshot of stories from around Europe.
Encouraging new ideas and fresh thinking is critical for innovation in aviation in order to respond to the growing demand for air travel and to the increasing number of air vehicles taking to the skies, including drones. That is why the SESAR Joint Undertaking supports exploratory research and has created an innovation pipeline in its research programme that transforms innovative ideas into solutions to increase the performance of air traffic management (ATM). This article provides a sample of just some of these innovative projects. By Florian Guillermet
There was strong participation by airport operators in the last Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Call, launched on 6 October, which made €290 million available for co-funding, with a specific focus on accelerating the renewal and updating of European airports’ Air Traffic Control (ATC) infrastructure. What is so remarkable about this? Luc Laveyne reports.
The number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) commonly known as drones have seen a vast increase over the last 5 years and are expected to increase 10-fold globally from 2015 to almost 68m in 2021. As the pervasiveness of drones continues to gather pace they are being put to a variety of industrial uses in agriculture, transport, media & entertainment and other industries. But what are the implications for airports? Panos Spiliotis reports.
Manchester Airport has invested £5 million (€6m) in an advertising and social media campaign to boost the international profile of all Northern regions in the UK. The campaign was launched during a visit to the airport by Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, who was joined by Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, as they unveiled the collection of Northern Powerhouse images that celebrate the North’s strengths in a range of fields, from sport to natural beauty to its world-class universities and exporting businesses.