Fostering sustainability through innovation

Austria’s ambitious goal to make aviation climate-neutral by 2040 requires huge technological developments. The Renewable Energy Expansion Act provides the legal framework and is part of a legislative package by the European Union. It supports activities to combat climate change. To achieve these goals, Austria relies on research, innovation and technology.

Safety nets: an in-house continuous development

This time of year, a lot of people will be flying to and from their holiday destination. skeyes is one of the many actors who watch over their safety when they are enjoying precious moments away with their family or friends. One of the tools that skeyes uses to offer a smooth flight are the safety nets.

Just culture in civil aviation

The concept of just culture has been known for a while in civil aviation. International standards on investigation of accidents, as defined by ICAO, stipulate that the main purpose of accident investigation is to prevent future accidents or incidents and never to create a presumption of blame or liability.

IAA North Atlantic Communication Centre

Ireland was at the centre of the development of transatlantic aviation in the early to mid-part of the 20th century and continues to play a key role in the safe and efficient management of air traffic on the North Atlantic.

Implementing European drone rules

The introduction of EU Regulation 2019/947 - how a variety of tools have helped the smooth implementation of the new drone rules in Luxembourg

Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre

EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) is the only multinational civil-military air navigation service provider in Europe. Its story began 50 years ago and since then MUAC has helped introduce some of the industry’s most innovative breakthroughs to cope with growing operational density, complexity and environmental challenges.

Technological Free Zones (ZLTS)

Technological innovation is a main contributing factor to advancing efficiency in the civil aviation sector including key elements like safety of operations and air navigation.

Turning sunlight into jet fuel

Swiss researchers have developed a unique technology that uses concentrated solar heat to produce sustainable aviation fuel. The solar fuel technology is now being commercialized and will hopefully soon make a significant contribution to decarbonizing aviation.

Air Navigation Commission visits the Azores

After a year and a half of life under COVID-19, the ANC decided to bring back the traditional Annual Study Visit, an event taking place since 2009 but interrupted last year due to the pandemic. The many restrictions still affecting international travel were considered and the decision was to venture into the middle of the Atlantic to visit the heart of Santa Maria FIR, in the Azorean island that gives it the name.

Air Navigation Commission

In this surreal situation we find ourselves today, maybe it is a good idea to write a few words about something completely different and less surreal: What is it like to be a member on the Air Navigation Commission?

It has now been almost two years that I was officially nominated to this “august body” of ICAO (that is how sometimes we refer to it, when we want to be extremely formal), so, to start, let us go back in time and into the history of the ANC.
Albano Coutinho