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Air and Space for you seminar discusses the future of air navigation

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On Friday 6 October, a seminar and discussion event was organised at Helsinki Airport for key partners and stakeholders. Our partners such as Trafi, Finavia, the Air Force, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Finnish Aeronautical Association and various airlines participated in the seminar.

Presenting key development projects in air navigation

The event was opened by Pasi Nikama, Senior Vice President (CMO & CCO) at ANS Finland. Raine Luojus, CEO of ANS Finland, then reviewed the current situation of the company from a financial and operational perspective.

In his address, Senior Vice President (COO) Heikki Isomaa noted that a number of development needs in air navigation stem from regulations, which is why the operations, equipment and software are in need of updating. The SES 2020 project of the EU, for instance, includes the generally applicable requirement of systems that are exclusively IP-based. Airlines also set high efficiency goals for air navigation.

Kari Kerke, PMO Manager at ANS Finland, talked about the state of the FINEST project. The project was established as a cooperation between Finnish and Estonian air navigation service companies. Its purpose is to survey the opportunities of providing air navigation services across country borders. The decision on potential collaboration will be made in 2018. The project is carried out in cooperation between ANS Finland and EANS, and is part of the NEFAB development.

Will physical control towers be replaced by remote towers at airports?

The Multi Remote Tower Concept (MROT) presented by Christer Björkman sparked a lively discussion. The concept includes a study of a model in which a single workstation can provide air traffic control services for more than one airport. According to the model, the air traffic control services of 12 airports would be provided by a single station. This would allow several air traffic control measures to be managed simultaneously by a single air traffic controller. The clients would benefit from a more cost-efficient service level and the model would enable faster and more responsive action, for instance if there is a sudden need to open air traffic control in an emergency.

Air traffic is increasing even here at the “edge of the world”

The development of air traffic in Finland has been slow for several years, but is now picking up. Overflights have seen particularly strong growth, but the traffic at Helsinki Airport and within Finland has also increased. Further gain can be expected from Asia as the middle class is growing and the need and willingness to travel increases.

Key Account Manager Osmo Liimatainen mentioned the successful discussions between ANS Finland and its clients, especially in terms of planning flight routes.  Marketing the airspace of Finland as a noteworthy route between Asia and Europe is one of our key aims as travel between these continents increases.  In this development, we must actively promote the routes across Finnish airspace.

When concluding the seminar, the event’s moderator Pasi Nikama expressed his joy for achieving the goals of the event.

“The event was organised so that we could discuss the future of air navigation with our key clients and assess the future wishes and challenges. At the event, we received strong support for our work, enabling us to continue our projects as planned,” said Nikama.