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ICAO invites the world aviation community to join in its celebrations for World Civil Aviation Day
15 November 2019

Every year 7 December marks the annual World Civil Aviation Day. This year it has even more significance as it has been 75 years since the signing of the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation. In ICAO's words: 'This calls for a celebration!'
From now until 7 December, ICAO wants to hear from you. They say: 'Tell us on social media how civil aviation impacts your life. Show us how aviation has brought you to places you dreamed of visiting. Tell us how it has united you with your loved ones, share how aviation plays a role in your work, travels, etc. We're looking for a variety of stories and we will be featuring the most inspiring ones on 7 December.'


European Shipping Week
14 November 2019

Building on the success of the first two European Shipping Weeks, in 2015 and 2017, the third will take place between 17 and 21 February 2020. The week will feature an array of events with high-profile keynote speakers from the world of shipping and the European institutions.
European Shipping Week is a platform where EU policy-makers can meet and engage with European shipowners and other stakeholders from the maritime sector. Focus is on shipping, in all its different aspects, including the participation of sectors linked to the shipping industry.


Last opportunity for EU-funding in the current budget period
11 November 2019

On 11 November the Danish Maritime Authority announced that the EU-budget for structural funds is in its final phase of the current budget period and that there are still some funding opportunities available for maritime projects.
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme1 has open calls for seed money projects with a deadline of 9 December. Companies and organizations can apply for seed money, which may be used in projects that falls in line with the EU's macro-regional strategy for the Baltic region. It is understood that it is possible to apply for funds up to €50,000.


INC 2019
01 November 2019

What does your agenda look like for 18-21 November?
At INC2019 you would be spending the week in Edinburgh with a schedule that includes these highlights:
Monday - Pre-Conference Training Short Course
Monday evening - Meet the Lord Provost at a drinks reception at Akva
Tuesday morning - Hear from keynote speakers including Prof Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientific Advisor to Scotland, and Dana Goward, President of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation
Tuesday afternoon - Enjoy Prof Todd Humphrey's keynote on geolocation before going to the National Museum of Scotland to raise a glass with Dolly the Sheep
Wednesday morning - Find out why people get lost inside buildings in the Human Navigation session
Wednesday afternoon - Get the latest from the GNSS Technical Director for the UK Space Agency, Andy Proctor, and relax at the networking event in the exhibition hall
Thursday morning - Tommy Cooke, CEO of Calnex Solutions, provides a summary of the latest on resilient timing
Thursday afternoon - End the conference on a high with keynotes from DSTL and the NATS' Drone Lead, Andy Sage

Don't miss out - register now!


Record breaking direct New York to Sydney flight
20 October 2019

Illustrations kindly provided by Qantas Media - photos by James D Morgan/Qantas©

On 20 October the first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air.
A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard. It is understood that data from these experiments will be used to help shape the crew rostering and customer service of Qantas’ ultra long haul flights in future including what is known as Project Sunrise.
Tests ranged from monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness, through to exercise classes for passengers.
Cabin lighting and in-flight meals were also adjusted to help reduce jetlag, according to the medical researchers and scientists who have partnered with Qantas.


EUTELSAT, IMSO and ITSO London gathering
19 October 2019

From left to right: Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO; Captain Moin Ahmed, Director General of IMSO; and Mr Patrick Masambu, Director General of ITSO met at IMSO Headquarters in London for the 11th Tripartite Meeting between EUTELSAT, IMSO and ITSO.

The 11th Tripartite Meeting of the Heads of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (EUTELSAT IGO), the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO) and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) took place at the IMSO Headquarters in London, on 5 September 2019.
Focus was placed on the issue of capacity-building, with the attendees agreeing to continue their commitment to capacity building initiatives related to effective use of satellite based telecommunications, reinforcement of partnerships and long term sustainability of satellite activities.
They also discussed the co-operation required between their organisations in view of the current climate of rapid evolution in the satellite communication market. The meeting reached a consensus that the dissemination of information and sharing of best practices in use and development of satellite-based telecommunication services was imperative for the organisations.


ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) to play pivotal role in tomorrow's digital environment
19 October 2019

Finale of the ceremony organized in Cairo for the signature of the WRC-19 Host Country Agreement. From left to right: Eng. Mostafa Abdel-Wahed, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt; Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, ITU; Dr Amr S Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt, and Mr Mario Maniewicz, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU - photo: ITU/MCIT Ahmed Hesham©

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is to be held from 28 Oct-22 Nov, and will address requirements for some of the advanced technological innovations set to play a pivotal role in tomorrow's digital economy with immense implications for the trillion-dollar telecommunication and ICT industry. This event will be preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly 2019 (RA-19), 21-25 October. Delegates will gather at Sharm El-Sheikh International Congress Centre (SHICC).
Held every three to four years, the WRC is mandated to review and revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
WRC-19 will facilitate the management of scarce orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of end-users, with global implications for both policy-makers and the industry.


INC 2019 - a reminder
19 October 2019

INC 2019 is to be held from 18-21 November 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Registration is now ope, ticket pricing options are available.
RIN members may take advantage of discounted rates, and are advised to ensure they have signed in to their rin.org.uk account before purchasing tickets to ensure that this discount is applied.
Student rates are also available to anybody in full-time education.


FIG Working Week 2020
17 October 2019

From 10 to 14 May 2020 FIG and the Dutch local organisers will welcome surveyors to Amsterdam. FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions.
The Working Week 2020 is an opportunity for the entire FIG community to meet, discuss, learn and get inspired on overall emerging challenges currently faced by our world. As Surveyors and related professions, we have not only the ability but the responsibility to actively participate in the solutions of these challenges. The technical programme will consist of around 500 presentations in the broad field of surveying including best practices and new research on sensing technologies and spatial data processing.


Oceanology International
17 October 2019

Oceanology International is turning 50 as the world's largest ocean technology exhibition and conference. New features, free interactive seminars and 500+ exhibitors will join the celebration in the only event that brings together the 3 key players in the industry: businesses, academics and government.
Oceanology International 2020 is where you will have the opportunity to be where the industry meets. And better yet: for free!
The show is a hub for innovation and information, and opportunities emerge everywhere. It will connect you to the industry experts writing the future. Our free conference sessions and live demonstrations will boost your technical and market knowledge.


IEEE/ION PLANS 2020
16 October 2019

The Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of even numbered years. Our mission is to provide a forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology.
The PLANS conference is a four day conference with 1 day dedicated to tutorials and three days to technical sessions. The tutorials provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about navigation technology from well-known industry experts. A variety of tutorials are offered to serve the professional needs of both newcomers and those well versed in the field of navigation.
Twenty-four half-day technical sessions are offered over a three day period, with four sessions running simultaneously each morning and afternoon. At the technical sessions scientists, researchers and engineers from around the world present their latest work in the field of navigation.


The 14th IALA Symposium
13 October 2019

The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management together with IALA are the host organizations for the 14th IALA Symposium to be held from 25-29 May 2020 in the WTC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
This event will be the first Symposium of its kind combining the topics of modern Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and the implementation of maritime services under the e-Navigation concept.


CANSO secures support for key ATM recommendations to States and ICAO
04 October 2019

It was reported from Montreal on 4 October 2019 that the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) has secured support for four key recommendations from States and ICAO, recommendations it has made during the 40th ICAO Assembly.
These covered:
- The need for improving guidance and directions to states on securing cyber resilience in aviation;
- Building capacity in ATM through adequate funding and flexible ANSP models;
- Improving the efficiency of ATM through required navigation performance (RNP);
- Securing future services through adherence to key principles and mutual value.


Red vegetation
04 October 2019

The Netherlands. Released 04/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id 431213. ESA ©

By kind courtesy of the news service provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) readers can view The Netherlands featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. This image was processed in a way that included the near-infrared channel, which makes vegetation appear bright red.
To the north of The Hague is the coastal town of Noordwijk, home to ESA's European Space Technology Research Centre (ESTEC). ESTEC is ESA's technical centre where new missions are designed, their industrial development managed and, in some cases, spacecraft and instruments are tested.


Amery Ice Shelf
02 October 2019

Id 431085. Amery Iceberg. Released 01/10/2019 5:00 pm. Copyright ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

Our illustration kindly provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 1 October indicates that a huge iceberg has broken off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Dubbed D28, the iceberg is around 1600 sq km - about the size of Greater London. It is approximately 30 km wide and 60 km long, and is estimated to weigh over 300 billion tonnes.


Red Arrows over the Golden Gate Bridge
02 October 2019

llustration reproduced by kind courtesy of the (UK) Ministry of Defence. MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Our illustration shows the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, flying past the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, trailing the red, white and blue smoke over the bridge on 1 October.
Currently, The Red Arrows are deployed on Exercise WESTERNHAWK 2019. According to the Ministry of Defence this is the first time the Red Arrows have been to North America since 2008 and the deployment will be the most ambitious tour of Canada and the United States ever undertaken by the team - going coast-to-coast.


Stena Impero under way at last
28 September 2019

illustration reproduced by courtesy of UK MoD: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Our image here is of the mv Stena Impero seen here sailing from Bandar Abbas (Iran), en route to Dubai after being released by Iranian officials on 27 September.
Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk commented: 'The Stena Impero has now left Iranian waters and is on route to Dubai. The Master has reported that all crew members are safe and in high spirits following release. Upon arrival, the crew will receive medical checks and de-briefing by the Company, following which arrangements have been made for them to return directly to their families in their respective countries.'


An IAAC Workshop Foundations of Formation Control: Theory and Applications
28 September 2019

We were informed by Moshe Idan, IAAC President, that this event will be held on 11 November in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia.
This workshop is organized by Professor Daniel Zelazo from the Technion and will be delivered by him and Professor Angelo Cenedese of the University of Padua, Italy.


ION GNSS+ Conference in Miami, Florida
26 September 2019

Dr Santiago Perea Diaz: The Bradford W Parkinson Award
Professor Peter Teunissen: The Johannes Kepler Award

Dr Diaz was recognized for graduate student excellence in Global Navigation Satellite Systems in his thesis, Design of an Integrity Support Message for Offline Advanced RAIM.
Professor Teunissen was recognized for his influential and ground-breaking contributions to the algorithmic foundations of satellite navigation, and for sustained dedication to the global education of the next generation of navigation engineers.


ION ITM PTTI 2020
25 September 2019

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the ION co-located International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting 2020 is 10 October.
Abstracts may currently be submitted for the co-located ION ITM/PTTI 2020 conference to be held from 21 to 24 January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, California.


Thwe Navigation Flashlight
25 September 2019

From our Austrian member institute, the Österreichischer Verein für Navigation, we have received word of the latest issue of their regular publication, The Navigation Flashlight. It is published three times a year, currently in its nineteenth year of publication and it is in German.

Reminder: Von 11.-12. Dezember 2019 findet in Bernau am Chiemsee die Ahorn 2019 statt. Die Deadline für die Einreichung von Tagungsbeiträgen ist der 27. September 2019! Genauere Informationen unter: https://www.dgon-ahorn.org/de/home.html
Ausserdem findet am 12. November 2019 das nächste Navigations Get-Together an der TU Wien statt. Sie sind herzlich dazu eingeladen! Genauere Informationen folgen noch.


A new lighthouse tender planned for the UK
24 September 2019

The Trinity House Vessel Patricia, built 1982, to be replaced by new tonnage - photo: Trinity House London ©

On 9 September at the start of this year's London International Shipping Week Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister on behalf of HMG, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia, built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.
The vessel, yet to be named, will establish and service aids to navigation in some of the most dangerous waters of NW Europe, marking channels and hazards and using the latest technology.


UK Met Office to receive £20 million
24 September 2019

On 24 September the UK Government announced £20 million of new funding to help the nation cope with the potential impacts of space weather events.
This funding, from the Government's Strategic Priorities Fund, will support research projects aimed at improving the ability of the Met Office to predict space weather events and therefore reduce their potential impact.


Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting
18 September 2019

Sea ice - photo: ESA/Copernicus ©
ASIP sea-ice map - photo: ESA/Copernicus ©

Reliable charts of sea-ice conditions and forecasts are of vital importance for maritime safety, safe navigation and planning. The continued retreating and thinning of Arctic sea ice calls for a more effective way of producing detailed and timely ice information - which is where artificial intelligence comes in. This was reported in a feature by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 10 September.
The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the Technical University of Denmark and Harnvig Arctic & Maritime have initiated the project known as Automated Sea Ice Products (ASIP) - funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. This project aims to develop an automatic sea-ice service that can provide more timely and detailed sea-ice information to improve efficiency and safety of marine operations in the Arctic.
ASIP merges Copernicus Sentinel-1 imagery with other satellite sensor data, such as passive microwave data from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) to resolve ambiguities that can occur in SAR imagery, such as during windy sea conditions. ASIP uses a convolutional neural network system that is trained with vast datasets of ice charts, to generate ice maps automatically.


Harnessing artificial intelligence for climate science
18 September 2019

Neural networks help map ocean colour - illustration: ESA ©

On 18 September the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that over 700 Earth observation satellites are orbiting our planet, transmitting hundreds of terabytes of data to downlink stations every day. Processing and extracting useful information is a huge data challenge, with volumes rising quasi- exponentially.
The news item from ESA informed that artificial intelligence algorithms - computer systems that learn and act in response to their environment - can improve detection rates in Earth observation. For example, it is common to use the 'random forests' algorithm, which uses a training dataset to learn to detect different land-cover types or areas burnt by wildfires. In machine learning, computer algorithms are trained, in the statistical sense, to split, sort and transform data to improve dataset classification, prediction, or pattern discovery.


EU aviation stakeholders sign joint declaration on the future of the Single European Sky (SES)
12 September 2019

In Brussels on 11 September signatories called up on the EU Institutions and Members States to take the necessary steps to implement the joint declaration adopted that day, outlining their shared commitment to improving Europe's airspace.
At the Digital European Sky conference, organised under the Finnish Presidency of the EU, representatives of 21 EU aviation and workers' associations were due to sign a joint declaration committing to a set of concrete actions to finally and fully implement the vision of a Single European Sky (SES).
The joint declaration will be sending a strong signal that the SES vision can only be achieved through the collaborative and coordinated efforts of all stakeholders, including Member States and the European Institutions.


Lack of documentation, ineffective procedures contribute to improper removal of landing gear locks
11 September 2019

In preparation for an August 2018 scheduled flight from Perth Airport to Christmas Island, an apron engineer fitted landing gear ground locks (LGGL) to an Airbus A320 before it was towed to its departure bay. The apron engineer then went to supervise the refuelling of another aircraft, with the intention of returning for the refuelling of the A320 and removing the LGGL.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a flight crew member's pre-flight walk-around identified the presence of the LGGL. The captain acknowledged the flight crew member's observation but anticipated that normal departure procedures would lead to the removal of the LGGL before flight.


Coasties and team hard at work
08 September 2019

USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, USCG District 7 PADET Jacksonville. USCG ©

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Willow and a Station Charleston Response Boat-Medium performed aids to navigation maintenance and harbour assessment patrols in the Port of Charleston on 7 September.
Coast Guard personnel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina and Georgia Ports Authorities, regional pilots' associations, and multiple port partners to rapidly reopen the ports of Charleston, Savannah, and Brunswick restoring the vital flow of commerce in the region following Hurricane Dorian.


Storm names for 2019-2020 announced for UK, ROI and The Netherlands
06 September 2019

On 5 September the (UK) Met Office and Met Éireann of the Republic of Ireland, along with new partner KNMI of the Netherlands, revealed the list of 21 storm names for 2019-2020.
First introduced in 2015, the Name our Storms campaign has helped raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe weather in Britain and Ireland before it hits. Now in its fifth year, Met Office and Met Éireann are joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Dutch national weather forecasting service.
Earlier this summer Met Office and Met Éireann received thousands of suggestions from the public after asking people to send in ideas for future storm names.


RIN INC reminder
06 September 2019

"We believe strongly in the value of bringing people together to share knowledge, perspectives and insights. We strive to make INC an enriching experience for all delegates, irrespective of experience or discipline.
The format of INC is designed to offer more keynote speakers - to set the scene for the session papers; and we've designed the programme to offer plenty of time for networking, including social events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We aim for each delegate to leave INC with new insights, ideas and contacts."


Towards e-navigation in Asia-Pacific
06 September 2019

The SMART Project

Without doubt the implementation of e-navigation - the user-friendly collection, harmonization and display of essential maritime information - will contribute to enhanced maritime safety and security and support efficient shipping while protecting the marine environment. Various e-navigation solutions are being developed, taking into account IMO guidance and regulations.
The SMART-Navigation Project, organized and funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea, was presented during an IMO regional workshop on e-navigation for the Asia-Pacific region, held in Busan, Republic of Korea from 4-6 September. This was reported by the IMO media service on 6 September.


UK assistance following Hurricane Dorian
05 September 2019

The shocking record of devastation found on Great Abaco, Bahamas
Image of Mounts Bay’s Wildcat on the deck
Mounts Bay carries a team of specialist personnel with transport, including all-terrain vehicles, dump trucks, diggers and stores.
Illustrations reproduced by kind permission of the UK MoD - MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

Our aerial image shows the island of Great Abaco which was one of the first to be hit by Hurricane Dorian after she turned in to a category 5 hurricane earlier in week commencing 1 September.
RFA Mounts Bay is embarked with a Wildcat helicopter that has been conducting reconnaissance flights over the islands to assess the damage and provide important intelligence to the Bahamian Government and the team of Department for International Development (DFID) experts who have deployed to the region.
Mounts Bay is equipped with a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) team made up of personnel from the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps and is carrying vital aid and specialist equipment, such as all-terrain quads, dump trucks, diggers and stores. The ship is also able to provide essential medical care. It is understood that the ship has the capability to transport up to 3600 evacuees (in ideal conditions) to nearby islands.


HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for US
04 September 2019

HMS Queen Elizabeth departs Portsmouth for the US - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from her homeport of Portsmouth on 30 August ahead of testing the UK's F-35B Lightning fast fighter jets for the first time.
The Royal Navy's biggest warship will be working with up to seven British F-35B jets during her Exercise Westlant 19 deployment, which sees her once again return to the east coast of North America.
This deployment marks another significant milestone for the aircraft carrier, which will have Royal Navy and RAF jets embarked during five weeks of testing, as well as hosting F-35s from the United States Marine Corps.


RAF Typhoons complete NATO air policing mission in Estonia
04 September 2019

RAF Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia - MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

It was reported on 2 September by the Ministry of Defence that Royal Air Force Typhoon jets had returned to their Lincolnshire base after completing the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission and handing over to Gripen aircraft from the Czech Air Force.
Over the four-month deployment, known as Operation Azotize, RAF Typhoons conducted a total of 21 interceptions of 56 Russian aircraft in the skies above Estonia.


IEC Telecom's new partnership with Lars Thrane
04 September 2019

The LT-3100 is now available from IEC Telecom

It was reported from Ålesund, Norway, on 2 September that satellite communications specialist IEC Telecom has extended its portfolio through a partnership with specialist satcoms manufacturer Lars Thrane.
IEC Telecom is now an official distributor of the LT-3100 Iridium satellite phone in Norway and went to unveil its new product range during the major shipping industry BlueFish held in A?lesund from 3 to 5 September.


Amazon wildfires
27 August 2019

Wildfires in the Amazon, 2018 and 2019. - released 27/08/2019 9:15 am. Copyright Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA on ONDA Copernicus DIAS. Id 428898.ESA©
Wildfires in Brazil from Copernicus Sentinel-3 - released 27/08/2019 9:15 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id428901. ESA©

In recent weeks thousands of fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest. Satellite data show that there are almost four times as many fires this year compared to the same period last year (2018). Apart from Brazil, parts of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina have also been affected. This was reported in a communiqué from the European Space Agency (ESA) on 27 August.
While forest fires normally occur in Brazil's dry season, which runs from July to October, the unprecedented increase is reported to come from both legal and illegal deforestation which allows land to be used for agricultural purposes, rising global temperatures are also thought to be making the region more susceptible to fire.


Sites to watch #11
25 August 2019

Chartlet reproduced by kind permission of Remember Singapore ©

Lighthouses, typically located on islands and shoals near the approaches to ports and harbours, provide visual aids to navigational for seafarers. In addition, they also serve as the warning of hazards such as rocks and reefs. We are informed by Remember Singapore that currently five of Singapore's lighthouses are managed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).


Hamburg Pilots' Choir annual concert 2019
22 August 2019

According to Captain Dieter Wulf, the Hamburg Pilots' Choir will perform their Annual concert in St Ansgar's Church / Kleiner Michel in Michaelisstrasse 5 Hamburg (S-Bahnhof Stadhausbrucke) on Friday 25 October 2019 at 1900.


Sites to watch #10
19 August 2019

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies - ICTs.
There is an important article on ITU's news site introducing a revolution in railway communication by Dirk Schattschneider, Senior Spectrum Manager, Deutsche Bahn AG.
Today's constantly increasing traffic and threat of climate change, are forcing more and more governments to look for alternative transport. Shifting traffic from the road to the railways is one option for consideration as rail systems are by far the most environmentally-friendly means of transport.


Dana Schulze new Director of NTSB Office of Aviation Safety
16 August 2019

Photo: NSTB ©

At the end of July the (US) National Transportation Safety Board announced a change in leadership in the agency's Office of Aviation Safety.
Dana Schulze (pictured) assumed the duties of Director, Office of Aviation Safety, effective from 22 July.
Schulze has served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Safety since 2012 and has concurrently served as the office's acting director since November 2018. Schulze has been with the NTSB since 2002, has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012 and earned a 2017 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award.


NTSB findings on the collision between USS John S McCain and Alnic MC
16 August 2019

Photo: USN ©

On 12 August the (US) National Transportation Safety Board announced that the 21 August 2017 collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC was caused by insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight.
Ten sailors aboard John S McCain died in the accident and 48 were injured when the ships collided in the Middle Channel passage of the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. There were no injuries to the crew of Alnic MC. Property damage resulting from the collision exceeded $1.2 million. There was no report of pollution associated with the accident.


Threat assessment for commercial shipping Mediterranean Sea
12 August 2019

NATO at work observing merchant shipping - photo: NATO©

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the world's busiest bodies of water; from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Levant coast, it covers approximately 2,500 miles and occupies an area of nearly 970,000 square miles.
While the region offers safe transit to commercial traffic and entry to the Middle East and beyond via the Suez Canal, regional instability in certain areas such as Libya and Syria have the potential to spill over into adjacent waters posing a possible threat to commercial traffic.
A recent report by NATO provides a general assessment on the threat posed to commercial shipping while transiting the Mediterranean in open waters.

The NATO report and MARAD advisory


Maerospace acquires rights to long range radar system
12 August 2019

Maerospace Corporation's Terry Manion, left, and Eric Meger, right, at the signing of a global license agreement with Raytheon Canada Limited.

It was announced from Waterloo, Ontario, on 1 August that Maerospace Corporation, a global supplier of real-time, predictive analytics to the maritime market, had signed a global license agreement with Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL) to support the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces' science and technology organization.
Maerospace will assume responsibility for the maintenance, design, engineering, manufacturing and international promotion, sales and deployment of the third generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) systems. This Canadian system is one of the few operationally deployed HFSWR land-based radars capable of 200-mile, persistent coverage of a country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).


RAF Typhoons scramble from UK and Estonia
08 August 2019

Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©
Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

The RAF Typhoons deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing in Estonia intercepted a Russian TU-95 'Bear' Bomber, heading west close to Estonian airspace. The Typhoons then handed the escort over to Finnish and Swedish QRA aircraft, before being tasked to re-intercept to maintain the escort of the TU-95 as it transited close to NATO airspace. The 'Bear' had since been accompanied by two Russian SU-30 'Flanker' fighters.
This is a routine NATO mission for the Typhoons which provides reassurance that the UK is here to work in partnership with Estonia.


Silver Spitfire leaves UK on worldwide flight
05 August 2019

The Silver Spitfire airborne from Goodwood Aerodrome, Hampshire, to begin the first leg of its worldwide expedition

Two intrepid aviators - Matt Jones and Steve Brooks - left Goodwood Aerodrome on 5 August to attempt to fly a Silver Spitfire around the world, taking in some of the most famous landmarks on the planet from the Grand Canyon in the West to the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji in the East.
This Spitfire is a UK treasure and represents an emblem of freedom across the globe. The Silver Spitfire expedition is expected to promote the Best of British worldwide showcasing the nation's heritage in engineering excellence, and an aircraft that changed the course of history.


Sites to watch #9
02 August 2019

Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 EGNOS enabled - photo: ©GSA
Stranded sailors in liferaft use EPIRB to summon help - photo: ©GSA

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (otherwise known as the GSA) is the link between space technology and user needs.
The GSA's mission is to ensure that users in Europe and around the world fully benefit from Europe's satellite navigation programmes. To do this, the Agency is responsible for the operations and service provision for both EGNOS and Galileo.
You can subscribe to GSA's newsletter here. There is an RSS feed available as well.


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