ENAV S p A: The Italian national airspace strategy marks successes and takes up new challenges

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Italian national airspace strategy marks successes and takes on new challenges

December 7, 2021 (Rome) – ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), have released a report progress on the Italian National Airspace Strategy (NAS) noting the successful launch of several initiatives and identification of future challenges.

The Italian National Airspace Strategy is a key element of the larger Single European Sky (SES) program to modernize airspace across Europe. The strategy includes a series of initiatives on airspace modernization jointly agreed by the main national aviation players, including airports, airlines, ENAV, Italian Air Force, l ‘ENAC and the government. This will ensure the continued development of the Italian air system and will contribute to the national economy, as well as to the efficiency of the European and global air transport system.

The commitment to the NAS initiative has placed Italy at the forefront of the region in terms of airspace evolution initiatives. The ENAV places the modernization of airspace at the heart of its activities. Free Route Airspace is already a reality in Italian airspace, reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and costs, and the company is already one of the best in Europe in terms of punctuality.

“ENAC and ENAV are trusted and essential partners for airlines in Italy. The importance of air navigation services has extended beyond the safe management of airspace: they have a crucial role to play in helping to reduce emissions and achieve cost savings to enable competitive air services. for carriers. in Italy. In 2018, ENAV was one of the first to embrace the idea of ​​bringing airspace users together with the national regulator ENAC to develop a national airspace strategy that would work for all stakeholders. The first phase of the NAS has been a success and we look forward to a stronger and deeper partnership with ENAV as we tackle the considerable challenges we face, ” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA Regional Vice President for Europe.

Alessio Quaranta, Managing Director ENAC said: “As COVID delivers what we hope will be its final tail, looking ahead, we simply cannot put the environment on hold. Europe and the world cannot give up on it. aviation, but it is our duty to contribute to the preservation of the environment, even if our contribution to the total emissions is very low. airspace.The Civil Aviation Authority, the air navigation service provider, airspace users, airport operators and the Italian Air Force all cooperate to select , prioritize and quickly and efficiently introduce changes aimed at reducing CO2 production while maintaining a safe, efficient and operational air transport system.

Paolo Simioni, CEO of ENAV said: “The NAS initiative, developed with IATA, ENAC and key aviation players and with government support, shows that over the past 3 years, we have created value by working together , delivering benefits to the entire national system as well as to the wider European network. Digitization and sustainability are firmly embedded in our DNA and represent the main drivers of our ongoing work to support airspace modernization national, to meet the needs of aviation stakeholders and pave the way for the future. Our implementation of Free Route airspace, well ahead of regulatory requirements, and the modernization of our infrastructure, with innovative concepts in the field of the cloud

services, remote and digital towers, consolidation of area control centers, satellite technologies and drones are some examples that have also been taken into account in the joint work of the NAS.

Since its launch in December 2018, a number of key goals have been supported by the NAS initiative, despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to close coordination between ENAV, airlines, airports, military authorities and ENAC, the achievements have included:

  • Improved upper airspace, replacing the fixed route structure with a concept of open airspace, allowing aircraft to follow optimized flight paths without restrictions. Since 2016, FRA has saved around 600,000 tonnes of CO2. The flexible use of airspace between civilian and military users has also increased.
  • Redesign of terminal airspace, using more precise and flexible routes based on PBN specifications. This is done in conjunction with a navigation and communications surveillance strategy, focusing on the transition from traditional radars and radios to satellite technologies.
  • Improved runway throughput and airport connectivity. New air traffic management techniques have been deployed to sequence arrivals and departures for better punctuality. Continuous ascent and descent routes have been implemented to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise.

The evolution of air traffic management (ATM) systems and tools has been a fundamental catalyst for these improvements. Datalink communications and digitization have improved performance and security levels through high automation and improved control. These technological advancements pave the way for remote tower operations at smaller airports, which could help streamline the number of control centers and reduce costs.

Future challenges

Italian airspace needs continuous modernization to continue to meet demand. In addition, new airspace users must be integrated. Unmanned aerial systems – or drones – are expected to become one of the dominant forms of air traffic. Ensuring that the demand for these flights can be met safely and efficiently will require new airspace designs and capabilities.

Upper airspace operations will also increase. Suborbital flights, for commercial or scientific reasons, or supersonic or hypersonic flights will all need to be accommodated in increasing numbers. In addition, in accordance with the designation by the Italian government of the space economy as part of national economic policy, Taranto Grottaglie Airport has been identified as the first Italian spaceport.

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