AMHS Web Terminal application development news

As our customers already know that ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF) will become mandatory on 4 November 2021. The GRF is applicable to all airports regardless of their location, local weather, and operating conditions.

In sake of safety, pilots must receive information on runway surface condition during key phases of flight. Therefore, airports must identify and report any significant changes of the runway surface condition whenever they occur.

The purpose of the GRF is to ensure the global harmonisation of such reporting.

Whenever there is the presence, or suspected presence, of a contaminant, the aerodrome operator performs visual observations of the runway to gather the following information:

  • Percentage of each runway third that is covered by contaminant(s)
  • Depth of the contaminant(s)
  • Runway surface condition and type of contaminant(s)

The presence of such contaminants should be mentioned in the situational awareness section of the Runway Condition Report (RCR).

For example, it would be necessary to report in the RCR (SNOWTAM) after a significant hailstorm has left a visible layer of hail on the runway surface.

The process of reporting starts when the runway is wet or when there is presence of a contaminant (either water, slush, ice wet snow, dry snow, compacted snow, or frost) on an operational runway.

The contaminant should be assessed and a RCR generated, if necessary, when there is 10% or more coverage of a contaminant in any third of the runway.

A new RCR is generated whenever there is a significant change, i.e., a change that requires new information in any item of the RCR.

The aerodrome operator transmits the RCR to the air traffic controller (ATC), and the ATC, in turn, provides this information to the flight crews by SNOWTAM, by adding the information to the ATIS, or by voice over the Radio Frequency.

The Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) will also publish the information received in the RCR to the end users via a SNOWTAM.

It is important to ensure any GRF information promulgated is accurate at all times. A SNOWTAM is valid for a period of 8 hours. If the conditions have not changed, yet it is still necessary to inform air crews of these conditions, a new SNOWTAM will need to be published within the 8 hours.

In order to fulfil this requirement, ANSART had upgraded its AMHS WEB terminal application and happy to announce that new version of our AMHS WEB terminal was successfully developed and tested in collaboration with or customers allowing creation and reception of ICAO GRF SNOWTAM messages providing a convenient and clean way to compose and read them.

We will continue with development of our AMHS WEB terminal solution to be in line with upcoming requirements and customer wishes.

The crucial role of an Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Control (ATC) is a service provided by Air Navigation Service Providers and its purpose is to direct aircrafts on the ground and through controlled airspace. ATC can also provide advisory services to aircrafts in non-controlled airspaces.

 

Air Traffic Controllers play a critical role in commercial flight operations and safety. Usually, they are performing their duties in a tower near the airport where they can have a clear view of the aerodrome. The last years there is a growing need for digital towers which, can be located anywhere without the need of aerodrome visibility.

 

Air traffic controllers are divided into three main functions:

  • Tower Controllers
  • Approach and Departure Controllers
  • En-Route Controllers

After Take-Off

The moment the aircraft has safely taxied and taken off, the Approach and Departure Controllers take over responsibilities. They make sure that the flight paths are clear, minimum distances between aircrafts are held and eventually they pass on responsibility to the En-Route Controllers.

During Cruising

Cruising, which might be considered one of the calmest phases during a flight dictates great responsibility from the pilots but most importantly from the En-Route controllers. Those controllers are responsible to monitor lots of flights simultaneously and to confirm with the pilots, changes in the flight paths, changes in the altitude and safeguard the general safety of the airspace.

Being an Air Traffic Controller is not an easy task, it requires professional individuals who are able to make precise and quick decisions even under stressful situations. However, the role of the ATC controller is crucial to the modern world, where the majority of travellers depend on safe everyday flights.

 

Spring 2021 Aviation News

Cooperation Announcement with Airport Suppliers

Ansart, a leading CNS/ATM implementation and integration specialist, announces that it has partnered with RBS Global Media Limited to expand its reach across the globe.

RBS Global Media Limited through their world’s premier procurement portal for airport operations bring added value to the already successful online presence of Ansart.

Our customers and interested parties are now able to find unique solutions like our ADS-B based Airport Ground Movement Display System (ADS-B AGMDS) only through AirportSuppliers or directly via our website.

Future Technologies in ATC: Remote Digital Towers

Just recently A military airbase in Florida is testing a remote digital tower that allows air traffic control to take place hundreds, or even thousands of miles, away from runways. Testing was done using real-world scenarios and the airbase’s daily operations.

Meanwhile the Scandinavian Mountains Airport, with IATA code SCR is the first airport in the world to be built without an Air Traffic Control tower. The air traffic management is conducted from Sundsvall, 350km away of the airport. The remote tower monitors the airport with 17 wide-angle cameras, giving the ATCOS in Sundsvall real time control.

Image from Scandinavian Mountains Airport.

 

But what are the benefits of a remote digital tower?

  1. They can provide aerodrome control services to more than one aerodrome, where dedicated and/or local air traffic services are considered neither sustainable nor cost-effective.
  2. Small and less controlled aerodromes can have enhanced safety nets, with the provision of aerodrome control services from a remote location.
  3. Remote Digital Towers can act as a contingency tower to maintain aerodrome control operations in case of an emergency of the main tower.
  4. By providing a digital feed of the aerodrome controller’s view to airport operations control centres, Remote Digital Towers can also enhance the situational awareness of airport stakeholders in collaborative decision making and in responding to emergency situations.
  5. They will reduce the the need for large-scale ground-based infrastructure and expensive equipment.

Improvements in digital surveillance technology, more accurate sensors, safer and faster data transmission links, data-processing systems, higher definition displays and improved cyber safety will enable the industry to start moving faster towards Remote Digital Towers.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/3/2/military-experiments-with-remote-digital-air-traffic-control

February 2021-Aviation News

Air Traffic in Europe will deteriorate during the first quarter. It is reasonably assumed that a significant improvement will only be visible from April and onwards, according to the latest short-term forecast data from Eurocontrol.

The European air traffic management body says today that any recovery going into 2021’s summer season depends on whether the second quarter of the year, governments will start to relax travel restrictions.

Before that point, the present situation is “a complete disaster for European aviation”, according to Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan, as countries impose stricter border controls amid concerns about new Covid-19 strains.

February and March will be “exceptionally low across the network, except for cargo, some business traffic and skeleton scheduled services”, he says.

In February, flight numbers are expected to decrease by 72-74% comparing to 2019 levels, while for March they are expected to be 72-77% lower.

Brennan, states that  “Even April is expected to perform very poorly with only a limited pick-up for the Easter period. Flights in Europe will probably only be around 25%-30% of normal.”

Indeed, April is the decision point in Eurocontrol’s forecast; the month where its two scenarios significantly diverge.

A first, more optimistic scenario outlook foresees a partial improvement in traffic during the second quarter, with some relaxation of travel restrictions.

A second, more pessimistic scenario forecasts no improvement during the second quarter, as travel restrictions remain in place, pushing any “reasonable” recovery  in air travel until the third quarter at least.

Under the first scenario, traffic would be down 68% on 2019 numbers in April, while under the second it would be down 78%.

If the optimistic scenario plays out, air traffic would be 55% down on 2019 flight numbers come June, with the third quarter expected to deliver further improvements.

Sources:

  1. https://www.eurocontrol.int/traffic-scenario/new-eurocontrol-traffic-scenarios-factor-latest-covid-impacts-european-aviation

Ansart Quality Management System ISO 9001

ADS-B 1090 MHz Receiver Update-Certification

ANSART has completed the procedure for confirming the compliance of its 1090 MHz Receiver Module (ADS-B receiver module) with the mandatory requirements of the technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union. This enables an access for the company’s high-tech product to the market of such countries as Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia.

Striving to develop and entering new markets is an integral part of the company’s strategy and long-term goals.

Autumn 2020-Aviation News

Although since mid-April there habeen a steady increase in flights, with a more noticeable increase in summer holiday season, following the resurgence of COVID-19 traffic began to decline again, especially since early September. 

The dramatic reduction in traffic has forced many aircraft operators to temporarily or permanently suspend from services a significant portion of their fleetMore than 6,000 aircraft were grounded only in Europe. 

Airlines have been fighting against this impact since it appeared. Although industry showed some signs of recovery, it is difficult to say that situation is stable. 

The 20 largest airlines in the world are estimated to have a combined loss of about $ 17.45 billion every month as COVID-19 impact. 

Each grounded narrow-body aircraft generates about $ 300,000 in losses per month and grounded long-haul aircraft is currently generating loss about $1.04 million per month.  

The total losses for airlines are around $600 thousand per grounded narrow-body aircraft and $7.24 million per grounded long-haul aircraft per month. 

In a normal market environment flying aircrafts are intended to bring profit and indeed, aircraft suspended from services are becoming a real burden. 

Sources:

  1. https://ansperformance.eu/covid/acft_ground/
  2. https://www.aerotime.aero/gediminas.ziemelis/26005-true-scale-of-covid-19-pandemic-17-45-billion-losses-per-month 

 

ADS-B 1090 MHz Receiver Update

To innovate and ensure  the quality and cost-effectiveness of our products, ANSART is constantly working on products improvement. As a result, we are proud to announce the start of production of the new generation ADS-B 1090 MHz receiver as an industrial 3U Eurocard “CompactPCI Serial” module, an industrial standard for modular computer systems. It is based on the established PICMG 2.0 CompactPCI standard which uses the parallel PCI bus for communication among a system’s card components.

ANSART works in close collaboration with our local Dutch partner company Telerex Nederland on the finalization of  ADS-B 1090 MHz ground station specifications and on seting up local production. 

If you are looking for partnership to be our local distributor or setting up local production, ANSART is open for discussion at any time.