05 December 2019 renate

Insights from Air Navigation Services procurement

According to evidence given to a European Commission hearing¹, air traffic control constitutes between 20-50 per cent of the costs of running an airport. Increased use of technology is recognised as one potential route to decrease costs. However, there are also opportunities to achieve reductions in operational expenditure as a result of the procurement of Read more...

24 July 2017 Apus

The American Air Traffic Services Corporation – What’s in a name?

After months and months of listening to the arguments of those for and against the privatisation of Air Traffic Control (ATC) in the US, the 27th June 2017 saw the U.S. House and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approve a comprehensive FAA reauthorisation package that includes the detail of the much-discussed proposal. In order to contribute to an objective Read more...

12 February 2017 Apus

An interview with the Director General of the Middle East Regional Air Traffic Management organisation

Considering that last year saw the winners of the baseball World Series almost imagined by the 1989 movie Back to the Future II, and the outcome of the US presidential race predicted by The Simpsons in 2000, I wondered if the challenging topic of Air Traffic Management in the Middle East deserved the same treatment. Read more...

03 February 2017 Apus

Innovation in Air Traffic Management – evolution or revolution?

I recently read a report entitled “Airport and Air Traffic Control System” produced by a panel of scientists, technology companies, controller and pilot representatives and airframe manufacturers. The report was drafted after investigations requested and endorsed by both House and Senate committees of the US Congress. These Committees were concerned about traffic growth and congestion, Read more...

14 November 2016 Apus

Understanding your client’s business better – and getting back to what “freelance” originally meant…

One of the attractions of becoming a freelance was the potential for varied assignments and the ability to say “yes” to new challenges and experiences. Just such an opportunity occurred recently when I was discussing market entry options in the Middle East region with Dutchman Hans de Roos. Hans and his wife Daida, purchased an Read more...