Swedish Aviation Group welcomes Combitech into the fold!
Combitech is an independent technical consulting company and part of defence and security group Saab AB.
Combitech is growing both organically and through acquisitions, with almost 1,900 qualified consultants in some 30 locations in Sweden, Norway and Finland. They offer high delivery capacity and a wide range of specialist skills and concepts to clients operating in manufacturing, the service industry, public sector and defence.
Please read more about Combitech here.
Swedish Aviation Group welcomes HMXW arkitekter into the fold!
HMXW arkitekter is an award winning design and architecture firm based in Stockholm. They have more than 30 years of experience developing design ideas and solutions for airports and aviation facilities.
Please read more about HMXW arkitekter here.
AUGUSTA, Ga. —Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has acquired, through its Swedish affiliate, Textron Sweden AB, the assets of Safeaero i Trelleborg AB, a Swedish manufacturer of premium de-icers for the aviation industry. Textron Sweden AB is a subsidiary of Textron Inc.
Going forward, Safeaero’s business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Ground Support Equipment business, which manufactures an extensive GSE product line under the TUG®, DouglasTM, PremierTM and, now, SafeaeroTM brands.
Safeaero’s line of de-icers is primarily designed to allow for efficient de-icing operations at major airport hubs. The line includes five different models, some of which offer easy single worker operation. Safeaero’s product line complements Textron Specialized Vehicles’ existing Premier line of de-icers, which primarily serve regional “spoke” airports and general-aviation facilities.
The acquisition of Safeaero’s product line enables Textron Specialized Vehicles to offer customers a more complete line of equipment to meet their GSE needs, from Safeaero and Premier de-icers, to Douglas towbarless aircraft pushbacks, to TUG conventional pushbacks, baggage and cargo tractors, belt loaders, mobile HVAC units, air-starts and ground power units.
“The Safeaero business is an important addition to our growing stable of GSE brands and product lines,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “We offer a broad line of GSE products to our customers, whether they are serving passengers at an airport of the scale of London Heathrow, or a critical regional FBO.”
“We look forward to growing with our customers and helping them serve the expanding passenger and cargo air traffic around the globe,” Holleran said.
Safeaero’s business will continue to operate from its facilities in Trelleborg, Sweden. For more information about Safeaero’s product lines, visit www.safeaero.com. To learn more about Textron Specialized Vehicles’ TUG, Douglas and Premier GSE products, visit www.tugtech.com.
About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Bad Boy® Off Road, TUGTM, DouglasTM, PremierTM and SafeaeroTM brands; Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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LFV and Saab establish a joint venture, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, to promote, develop, deliver and operate digital remote air traffic control for the export market.
“LFV and Saab have been working together on the development of Remote Tower Services and the digitalisation of air navigation services for many years. Establishing a joint venture is a natural step to take”, says Olle Sundin, LFV’s Director General.
This decade-long cooperation culminated on 21 April 2015 with the opening of LFV’s Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall, when Örnsköldsvik Airport became the first airport in the world to be remotely controlled. Since operations began, LFV has accumulated over 4,000 hours of valuable experience of RTS.
Combining LFV’s unique operational knowledge of RTS with Saab’s first-class technology and global organisation enables us to jointly promote digital air traffic management as a Product.
“The new company will bring together Saab’s world-leading technological know-how and global organisation with LFV’s unique expertise in delivering innovative, digital and certified operational solutions within air traffic control. This will allow the company to serve as a leading partner to guide customers through the entire process for the successful conversion to digital air traffic services,” says Micael Johansson, Head of Saab business area Surveillance.
“This will strengthen our ability to lead, develop and drive the digitalisation of remote air traffic management across the sector,” says Olle Sundin. “Together we can both address and drive a digital transformation and the demands of the market.”
The company will commence operations no earlier than 1 September 2016.
The transaction is subject to approval by the Swedish Competition Authority. This approval is expected during July/August 2016. Thereafter the formation of the company will be completed.
- LFV is first in the world with remotely operated air traffic management, Remote Tower Services, RTS. Since April 2015 Örnsköldsvik Airport has been remote controlled from LFVs Remote Tower Centre, RTC, in Sundsvall. After one year of operations, LFV has 4000 hours experience of operative remote tower services.
- LFV offers air traffic management and related services both nationally and internationally.
- LFV provides safe, efficient and environmentally adapted air traffic services for civil and military aviation.
- LFV controls traffic at 23 airports and 3 control centres in Sweden and provides air traffic service at five airports in Abu Dhabi.
- LFV conducts research and develops new services and operational concepts in order to meet the ever greater requirements for capacity, accessibility and sustainability.
- LFV collaborates in various alliances and organisations to improve the efficiency of European airspace.
- LFV has more than 70 years’ experience and knowledge of air traffic services and air safety.
LFV in figures 2015
- 3.4 billion turnover.
- 1200 employees.
- 712,000 aircraft movements in Swedish air space.
- 2015 LFV was first in the world with remotely operated air traffic management.
- 99.9 per cent punctuality.
- 23 Swedish airports traffic controlled by LFV.
- 3 control centres with air traffic services.
- 30 years experience of business in more than 50 countries.
- 150 air traffic controllers trained in ‘green air traffic management’ in 2015.
- 100 per cent of air safety goals met.
The investigation, made by LFV, after the radar disruptions that affected parts of Sweden’s air traffic on 4 November 2015, shows that the disruptions were due to radio emissions linked to a solar flare. This is the conclusion from the investigation conducted by LFV after the event.
On Wednesday 4 November 2015, at around 16:00 hours, air traffic control centres in Stockholm and Malmö noticed the first indication that LFV radar stations were not relaying the correct data to air traffic control. The cause was rapidly identified and measures taken.
“When the disturbance occurred, those of our air traffic controllers who were unable to use the information on their radar screens, changed over to a different way of managing the aircraft,” says Ulf Thibblin, Technical Director, LFV.
To LFV, safety is our main priority. If safety for different reasons, bad weather or technical disruptions, could not be guaranteed, the number of air traffic is being reduced.
In recent days, there has been discussions that the interference were not related to space weather, but that it instead was due to a cyber attack against Sweden.
“Early on in our investigation we had this as one of other hypothesis. But there was nothing in our radardata- or Internet traffic logs to support or confirm a possible cyber attack. Also, we had the relationship in time with space weather, plus there were a few more technical reasons which excluded a cyber attack, says Ulf Thibblin.”
After affected radar stations had been restarted, LFV’s air traffic controllers received correct radar presentation 45 minutes after the disruption had begun and after an additional 45 minutes there was full capacity in the airspace.
Over the past 17 years, LFV radar stations have only been affected by similar problems twice, in 1999 and 2003. The disturbances both then and now took place at sunset, when the angle of the sun goes – for the most part – directly into the radar stations.
According to experts, it is possible to predict a solar flare but not its consequences, for example radio emissions. As the disturbance is carried from the sun to the earth at the speed of light, it is also impossible to receive prior warning of an established outburst.
LFV’s radar stations around Sweden are continually upgraded and will remain in use. However now they will be supplemented with a new type of radar known as Wide Area Multilateration, WAM, which means the robustness will increase significantly.
LFV and Swedavia have signed a Letter of Intent, to investigate the potential to establish remote tower services at five Swedish airports.
LFV has during a ten year period together with Saab developed Remote Tower Services or RTS, where LFV has been responsible for the operative know-how and Saab the technology. On April 21, Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson inaugurated the Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall and since then aircraft at Örnsköldsvik Airport have been controlled remotely.
“RTS is being developed on a global basis, but LFV was first both with the operative approval of the technology and putting it into operative service. Moreover, our letter of intent with Swedavia means we will investigate the conditions to establish reliable and safe remote air traffic services on a large scale in Sweden,” says LFV’s Director-General Olle Sundin.
The five airports to be included in the study are Malmö, Visby, Östersund, Umeå and Kiruna. The idea is for the control centre for the five airports to be located close to Arlanda, which means placement in the Stockholm region.
“For Swedavia it is important to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the technology, and the streamlining and synergies that digitalisation permits. RTS is an example of this that we now want to look at in detail to see whether we can develop our airports,” says Per Arenhage, Director of Technology at Swedavia.
The LoI that LFV and Swedavia have signed means that there is an intention to conduct an in-depth pilot study about how a possible introduction of RTS at Swedavia’s airports can be implemented. The pilot study will highlight operative, technical and commercial aspects but also any impact on the Swedish Armed Forces and the supply of personnel.
The earliest start of RTS for Swedavia’s airports is 2018 provided that a decision is made during the third quarter of 2016.
“The initial analysis shows that RTS gives Swedavia measurable benefits, both operative and financial. Swedavia is LFV’s largest airport customer and to support the development of their ability and business has the highest priority for LFV,” says Olle Sundin.
In 2015 LFV carried out successful efforts to increase efficiency. This allowed Sweden’s route charge to be lowered for the fourth year in a row on 1 January 2016. The reduction was 4.6%.
“In 2015, LFV has managed to generate profits while helping lower the charges for en-route operations. This proves that our work with changes and increased efficiency has succeeded,” says LFV Director General Olle Sundin.
LFV’s turnover in 2015 was SEK 3.4 billion and the result after income and expenses was SEK 39 million. The large increase in turnover between 2014 and 2015 is explained by low interest rates, which have significantly increased the pension debt and thus the turnover.
The number of aircraft movements in Swedish airspace increased by just over 1%, totalling 712,000. The only year with more movements in the last decade was 2008. Overflight traffic, with no take-off or landing in Sweden, makes up around 40% of the total traffic.
2015 was also the year when LFV made history by introducing its Remote Tower Services. After ten years of development, the Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall was opened on 21 April. Since then, traffic at Örnsköldsvik Airport has been handled from Sundsvall.
“LFV has made Swedish history with our Remote Tower Services, and we are now bringing our product to the rest of Sweden and the world,” says Olle Sundin. Next in line are Sundsvall Timrå Airport and Linköping City Airport.
In the past year, LFV established a Norwegian airline, LFV Norway A/S, in order to meet the Norwegian deregulation of local air traffic services.
LFV has delivered very reliably throughout the year. 99.9 per cent of all flights en route in Swedish airspace take place without any delays caused by the air navigation service.
In 2015 LFV published a drone map, a service which quickly became very popular among drone flyers. The drone map allows a person to use their phone to check their position in relation to the airports’ control zones.
Within the COOPANS alliance, where LFV is one of five partners, there were several upgrades to the air traffic control system TopSky to increase efficiency in air traffic control.
Swedish Aviation Group welcomes ClearPoint into the fold!
ClearPoint’s mission is to be the independent link between the business and the supplier by making complex choices in technology and services easier and clearer for our clients. Our team have extensive experience in national as well as international work for large organizations, primarily in aviation, public sector and telecom.
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LFV received a SES Award for Remote Tower Services, the first operational approved remote tower service in the world, at World ATM Congress 2016 in Madrid this week.
– It is with great pride and joy that we recieve this award. Remote Tower Services will change the conditions for air traffic services. The award encourages us to continue our development towards a more efficient and smarter air traffic in Europe, says LFV’s Director General Mr Olle Sundin.
Since 21 April 2015, LFV has provided remote air traffic control at its Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall. With around 4,000 recorded operational hours, LFV has acquired a unique experience that airports around the world can benefit from.
“LFV realised its vision in cooperation with Saab. LFV is not only the sole provider of active Remote Tower Services at present; we are also the only actor with operational approval. RTS has allowed us to make aviation history and show that LFV is an innovator and is at the forefront of Remote Tower Services,” says LFV Director-General Olle Sundin.
Örnsköldsvik Airport became the world’s first airport to feature Remote Tower Services. Sundsvall Timrå Airport will become the second in the autumn of 2016, and the following spring will see Linköping City Airport connected to the Remote Tower Centre.
“After one year with RTS I can conclude that the Remote Tower Services have worked exactly as expected. That is to say, that there is no detectable difference since the switchover. Safety and efficiency are as high as they were with conventional air traffic control,” says Robert Gyllroth, CEO of Örnsköldsvik Airport.
According to LFV’s plans the first multiple RTS, will be launched in 2018. That means that one air traffic controller handles two or more airports.
“It will be almost as big a milestone as when Remote Tower Centre was launched,” says Olle Sundin.
The Remote Tower Centre now has 4 000 of recorded hours of operation. These hours, as well as related experiences, allow LFV to further develop its Remote Tower Services. The airports can utilise the digitisation of RTS to develop and increase the efficiency of their operations not only in air traffic control but in other areas.
There is a huge amount of international interest in the Swedish developments and in LFV. In just the first two months of the year, five international delegations have visited Sundsvall. In total, there have been thousands of visitors from around 50 countries.
“There was a lot of interest before we had even launched the Centre, but we can see a clear increase after last year’s World ATM in Madrid and the launch on 21 April 2015,” says Olle Sundin.
Today, 8 March, whilst attending the World ATM Conference in Madrid, LFV proudly proclaims “One Year in Operation” for the Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall. It will also include a live broadcast from the RTC.