PANSA and Oro Navigacija signed deal with Indra for new air traffic management systems

The Polish air navigation service provider (ANSP) PANSA and ANSP Oro Navigacija in Lithuania signed new contracts with Indra for the installation of iTEC air traffic management systems.

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The two contracts enabled both the ANSPs to join the iTEC Alliance for the first time.

The other ANSPs already a part of the iTEC Alliance comprise ENAIRE in Spain, Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) in Germany, UK NATS, Norway's Avinor and Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL) in the Netherlands.

India planned to open up to 15 airports by 2017

India planned to open between ten and 15 airports by 2017 to boost regional connectivity.

Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju  was quoted by Press Trust of India as saying: "The work on regional connectivity is in progress.

"We have developed a scheme for regional connectivity. There are 31 or 32 unconnected airports and we are planning to activate some of them and ten or 15 airports may be activated by next year."

New air traffic control system commenced operations at UK NATS’ Prestwick Control Centre

UK air navigation services provider NATS commenced full operational service of a new and advanced air traffic control system at Prestwick Control Centre in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Known as iTEC, the new system offers next-generation air traffic control technology that has been developed to enhance airspace capacity.

iTEC also automatically detects possible aircraft conflicts ahead of time, improving aircraft safety.

A4A launched new interactive data dashboard to provide flight information

Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade organisation for US airlines, launched a new interactive data dashboard to provide flight operation information across the country.

Developed in partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), the new dashboard was designed to display the current operation status of 30 US airports to passengers.

Using GEE’s aviation data analytics capabilities, the dashboard features scroll-over maps, real-time flight departures, completions, cancellations, on-time performance, and weather conditions at the national and local airport level.

Borealis Alliance received funding to boost Borealis FRA programme across Northern Europe

European air navigation service providers (ANSPs) union Borealis Alliance received €63.2m in funding in a bid to deliver free route airspace (FRA) across Northern Europe by 2021.

The funding will help the alliance ensure the availability of FRA in an increased number of countries, as well as connect FRA regions.

Supported as part of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR)-related activities, the Borealis FRA programme aims to maintain sustainable and efficient air traffic management (ATM) network in Europe, in compliance with the European Commission’s (EC) Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

Delta Air Lines planned to operate from London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3

Delta Air Lines planned to operate from London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3 from 14 September.

The move to the terminal also hosts Virgin Atlantic and aims to help customers manage their travel plans, along with any last-minute changes.

Delta will move its Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3, where its services to New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle currently operate.

Airport Authority began three-runway system construction at HKIA

The Hong Kong Airport Authority (AA) commenced construction of the three-runway system (3RS) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The new 3RS is scheduled for completion in 2024, while the new runway will be commissioned in 2022.

Four other contracts have been signed between AA representatives and the contractors carrying out the 3RS reclamation-related works.

China Eastern Airlines secured authoritisation to operate in fully digital capacity

China Eastern Airlines secured authorisation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate in a completely digital capacity, using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro as part of its electronic flight bag (EFB) solution.

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen partnered with China Eastern to gain the authorisation, following which the airline will be the first in China to achieve paperless operating status.

China Eastern Airlines AOC managing director Hou Jianjun said: "Using Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro for charting and navigation with our international operations and our domestic NAIP charting data for flights within China provides the foundation for gaining this landmark clearance from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Changi Airport awarded $825m contract for three-runway system development

A joint venture (JV) formed by Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure and Sembcorp Design and Construction secured a S$1.107bn ($825m) contract for the second package of works related to the development of a three-runway system at Changi Airport (CAG) in Singapore.

The JV will undertake several works to operationalise a three-runway system at the airport by the early 2020s as part of the airport’s capacity expansion plans.

Under the contract, the JV will be responsible for pavement works, drainage works, mechanical and electrical works.

Ascend XYZ developed satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports

Ascend XYZ developed a service that allows airports to use satellite data to identify and manage nearby wildlife habitats, which can pose a risk to safety at takeoff and landing.

The new service makes use of free images and information from Earth observation satellites and software.

Ascend's software has been successfully tested in several Danish airports, which found it easier to use than existing standalone systems.