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Newsletter 4, December 2016
Military airspace surveillance: skyguide helps the Swiss Air Force with its longer operating hours
Skyguide will be serving the Swiss Air Force at weekends, too, from 2 January onwards, bringing the “Permanent Airspace Surveillance” project a major step closer to its goal. The training of the additional military air traffic controllers required is currently at peak capacity at the Air Defence & Direction Center and Switzerland’s air force bases. Military airspace surveillance missions are highly complex undertakings demanding extremely swift planning and extensive coordination. Most such missions are flown in civil airspace, though the military aircraft involved remain fully under the management and monitoring of skyguide’s military controllers.
International distinction: skyguide earns CANSO award for its IntACT safety audit organization
FABEC’s IntACT safety audit organization has received the CANSO Global Safety Award for 2016. In bestowing the honour, the worldwide umbrella organization for air navigation services providers praised IntACT’s members – skyguide, ANA Luxembourg, Belgocontrol, the DFS, the DSNA and Eurocontrol – for their exemplary reciprocal safety auditing practices. Skyguide is a founder member of IntACT, and plays an active part in the associated safety audits both within and outside Switzerland.
SESAR Optimized Descent Profiles project cuts fuel consumption in Switzerland, too
Skyguide has now conducted several thousand test flights together with its consortium partners – fellow European air navigation services providers, airport authorities and airlines – to trial optimized descent profiles for airport approaches. The new descent profiles offer potential annual fuel savings of some 3,400 tonnes. The Optimized Descent Profiles project, which is being promoted by Europe’s SESAR Joint Undertaking, was launched at the end of 2014.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is a major event for skyguide. For more than 10 years, skyguide has been responsible for ensuring the safety and efficiency of air traffic during this event, which gives rise to around one thousand additional flights every day. Each year, a temporary control tower is built in Davos-Stilli.
Between January 16 and 21, 2017 a restricted area is active.