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Scrapping the North Atlantic Tracks Thanks to Aireon Space-Based ADS-B


Just a few months ago air traffic controllers were able to shrink the spacing between aircraft flying on the Organized Track Structure routes across the North Atlantic Ocean. Now those same controllers are considering scrapping the tracks completely, ending a decades-long practice of aircraft management in favor of more efficient routings. Read Full Article

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Is It Time To Disband The Organised Track Structure?


Last week you might have seen some media coverage of a study led by academics at the University of Reading, looking at the savings in fuel and carbon that might be possible if flights took better advantage of the prevailing winds across the North Atlantic. The study, published in Environmental Research Letters, analysed around 35,000 flights in both directions between New York and London from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 and concluded that taking better advantage of the winds would have saved around 200 kilometres worth of fuel…

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Planes Could Save Serious Fuel Just by Riding the Wind


Scientists say even tiny changes to airplane routes could save millions of kilograms of fuel each year, using up to 16 percent less fuel in the process. The secret is to empower individual flights to shift into the jet stream. This can be accomplished using technology we already have. In a new study, which appears in Environmental Research Letters, scientists from the U.K. analyzed 35,000 flights going both ways between London and New York. The scientists assembled a computer model that crunches the numbers in a simplified form in order…

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India Optimizes Airspace with ADS-B Deployment


Airports Authority of India (AAI), which controls the third-largest airspace area in the world, is the first in South Asia to successfully deploy Aireon’s satellite-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance system. During trials completed in the past 18 months, the government-backed group successfully tested Aireon’s ADS-B Out service across the Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata oceanic airspace. Before the deployment of the Aireon system, controllers typically kept aircraft at inefficient flight levels because of the high traffic volumes and lack of radar coverage. This resulted in more fuel burned and thus higher costs…

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