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Joe Sultana - Articles and news items

Flight Efficiency Initiative wins a Jane’s Award at the World ATM Congress

Airport news  •  5 March 2014  •  EUROCONTROL

EUROCONTROL and Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK are delighted to announce that the Flight Efficiency Initiative has been honoured with a Jane’s Award in the Environment Category...

Voice over Internet Protocol in pole position for Global ATM

Airport news  •  18 July 2013  •  EUROCONTROL

Forty experts met in ROMATSA premises in Bucharest for the 8th Voice over Internet Protocol Task Force meeting...

It could have been worse!

Airport news  •  14 June 2013  •  EUROCONTROL

The Network Manager was at its highest level of operational mobilisation in dealing with the considerable disruption caused by recent industrial action in France...

Ten years of RVSM

Issue 2 2012  •  29 March 2012  •  Joe Sultana, Chief Operating Officer, Directorate Network Management, EUROCONTROL

On 24 January 2002 at 01.00 UTC, the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) programme went live. At one stroke past, 6,000 air traffic controllers in 41 European states allocated aircraft to six new flight levels. Capacity gains of 25 per cent were made between 2002 and 2007.It was the biggest, most important project Europe had ever seen – and the first one to be implemented right across the continent, from North Africa to the Arctic. The programme increased capacity in the airspace of 41 states by providing six extra flight levels between 29,000 and 41,000 feet, bringing the total number of flight levels to 13.By reducing the number of aircraft sharing a given flight level, this change not only enhanced safety by allowing more aircraft to operate at their preferred flight levels, it also underpinned better en-route performance, reduced delays, lowered fuel consumption and boosted capacity. The average yearly cost benefits for aircraft operators were estimated at around €3.9 billion; savings derived from reductions in delay and fuel consumption. Europe’s upper airspace capacity grew by up to 25 per cent, helping airlines and other airspace users meet rising demand more effectively and simultaneously make substantial fuel savings.

EUROCONTROL celebrates the 10th anniversary of RVSM

Airport news  •  24 January 2012  •  EUROCONTROL

The 10th anniversary of the RVSM programme, one of the most important air traffic management projects Europe has ever seen...

European Air Traffic Safety has continued to improve according to new survey

Airport news  •  8 June 2011  •  EUROCONTROL

Air traffic safety has continued to improve in Europe over the last 12 months, according to a EUROCONTROL survey...


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