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SAG attends Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm 2018

The world’s leading international airport conference and exhibition Passenger Terminal Expo lands in Stockholm in 2018 on March 20,21,22.

Swedish Aviation Group will be attending the exhibition, come and visit us and our member companies at stand 255.

 

 

 

LFV: record number of aircraft movements in 2017

Never before have there been as many flights through Swedish airspace as in 2017. LFV’s statistics for last year show a five per cent increase in traffic compared with 2016, up to 762,000 aircraft movements.

“Sweden’s economy is strong, and this is reflected in aviation, especially internationally. Sweden is also becoming increasingly attractive as a tourist destination,” says LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas.
September saw the most intensive traffic of the year with over 70,000 movements, while January had the lowest number of movements at some 55,000. This means that 2017 followed the normal traffic pattern during the year.
Of the three traffic categories – overflying (no take-off or landing in Sweden), international and domestic – it was overflying that showed the greatest increase at just over six per cent. International increased by almost six per cent, while the increase for domestic flights was less – barely one per cent.
“The increase in traffic means that LFV has a great responsibility to control air traffic so as to have the smallest possible impact on the environment. We do this by establishing straight flight paths, approach and outgoing flight paths that are as short as possible and by training our air traffic controllers in eco driving,” says Ann Persson Grivas.
With a five per cent increase in traffic, Sweden is somewhat above the European level, which is estimated at just over four per cent. The forecast for 2018 is a more moderate increase.

For more information, telephone LFV’s press service on +46 (11)19 20 50.

LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience with offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the flights of the future. LFV is the first in the world with remote air traffic control, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention globally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.4 billion.

Facts about LFV

  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 20 airports, from three air traffic control centres in Sweden.
  • LFV has over 70 years of experience and knowledge with air traffic navigation services and aviation security.  30 years of experience with business transactions in over 50 countries.
  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • 762,000 flight movements in Swedish airspace 2017.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • 100 percent of flight safety goals achieved.
LFV now has remote air traffic control for Sundsvall Timrå Airport

At the end of December, Sundsvall Timrå Airport in northern Sweden became the country’s second airport to have remote air traffic control. At 07.00 on 20 December, the tower was closed down and the air traffic control service was transferred to LFV’s control centre.

The distance from the tower to the control centre is not very great, only about 100 metres, but nevertheless it is a paradigm and technological shift that the tower is now closed. It has been in use since the airport opened for civil aviation in 1944.
“It is extremely gratifying that we now have a second airport with the technology that Saab and LFV have been developing for almost ten years and which is ground breaking for the industry. We have made use of two and a half years’ experience from Örnsköldsvik Airport in the work on Sundsvall, but every operating approval from the Swedish Transport Agency and every commissioning is unique to the individual airport,” says LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas.
– “It has been wonderful to see at close hand how the entire project has gone from first idea to commissioning. This has attracted great international interest in the region and has put Sundsvall Timrå Airport on the global map. What LFV has established has had extremely positive spin-offs for the airport and also for Mid Sweden University,” says Frank Olofsson, manager of Sundsvall Timrå Airport.

In 2015, Örnsköldsvik Airport became Sweden’s first airport with remote air traffic control. On 21 April that year, the infrastructure minister at the time, Anna Johansson, declared LFV’s control centre in Sundsvall open. LFV’s control centre in Sundsvall has the space to operate remote air traffic control for a further three airports. The next to be finished will be Linköping City Airport.

For more information, telephone LFV’s press service on 011-19 20 50.

LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience of offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the flights of the future. LFV is the first in the world with remote air traffic control, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention globally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.4 billion.

Facts about remote tower services

  • LFV together with Saab – first in the world with remote tower services.
  • Örnsköldsvik Airport – remotely controlled airport since April 21st 2015.
  • Sundsvall-Timrå Airport and Linköping City Airport is next.
  • Approx. 4 000 visitors from all over the world at LFV’s Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall.
  • LFV and Saab have been awarded for the innovative work with remote tower services.

Facts about LFV

  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 20 airports, from three air traffic control centres in Sweden.
  • LFV is a partner with GAL, Global Aerospace Logistics, a provider of air navigation services in the United Arab Emirates.
  • LFV has over 70 years of experience and knowledge with air traffic navigation services and aviation security.  30 years of experience with business transactions in over 50 countries.
  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • 762,000 flight movements in Swedish airspace 2017.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • 100 percent of flight safety goals achieved.
SAG member meeting held on November 29

On November 29 Swedish Aviation Group held one of their member meetings. On this meeting Nils Paul from the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation came and talked about the Strategy for Aviation published earlier this year. The meeting ended with a mingle.

LFV and Swedavia establish remote air traffic service from a remote position at four airports

LFV, Air Navigation Services of Sweden, and the airport company Swedavia, have signed an agreement that establishes air traffic service (ATS) from a remote position at four Swedavia airports. Concerned airports are Kiruna Airport, Umeå Airport, Åre Östersund Airport and Malmö Airport.  

“With the agreement between LFV and Swedavia, a major step towards digitalisation and the streamlining of air navigation services in Sweden is taken. Swedavia is LFV’s largest airport customer and supporting the development of Swedavia’s capabilities and business has the highest priority for LFV,” remarks LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas.

“Innovation and digitalisation are important elements for the further development of airport operations. The preliminary study which was conducted shows improvements in both technology and coordination, as well as efficiency improvements which are made possible by a remote-controlled air traffic control,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia.
LFV was the first in the world with air traffic service from a remote position, or Remote Tower Services (RTS) as it is sometimes referred to. The Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall was opened in April 2015 for air traffic management of Örnsköldsvik Airport from a remote location. One year later, LFV and Swedavia signed a letter of intent to investigate the preconditions for air traffic service from a remote position at some of Swedavia’s airports.

A joint Remote Tower Centre for air traffic service from a remote position at the four airports will be located at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in connection with LFV’s current air traffic control centre.

“Remote Tower Services is a good example of how LFV works with smart solutions for tomorrow’s aviation. With the establishment of air traffic service from a remote position at four more airports, Sweden and LFV continue to be world-leading in digitalisation of for air traffic navigation services,” says Ann Persson Grivas.
“Constantly striving to improve and make operations more efficient and effective using new technology and digitalisation is the best way to secure the successful development and survival of these airports”, says Jonas Abrahamsson.

For more information, contact LFV’s press office at +46 (0) 11 19 20 50 or Swedavia’s newsroom or press office at +46 (0) 10-109 01 00. 
LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience with offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the aviation of the future. LFV is the first in the world with air traffic service from a remote position, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention internationally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.1 billion.

Swedavia is a Swedish Group that owns, operates and develops a network of 10 airports all across Sweden. Our role is to establish the accessibility needed by Sweden to facilitate travel, business and meetings. Satisfied and reassured travellers are the foundation of Swedavia’s business. Swedavia is world-leading in the development of airports with the least possible climatic influence. The Group has annual sales of over SEK 5.5 billion, and has 2,800 employees.

Facts about remote tower services

  • LFV together with Saab – first in the world with remote tower services.
  • Örnsköldsvik Airport – remotely controlled airport since April 21st 2015.
  • Sundsvall-Timrå Airport and Linköping City Airport is next.
  • Approx. 4 000 visitors from all over the world at LFV’s Remote Tower Centre in Sundsvall.
  • LFV and Saab have been awarded for the innovative work with remote tower services.

Facts about LFV

  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 20 airports, from three air traffic control centres in Sweden.
  • LFV is a partner with GAL, Global Aerospace Logistics, a provider of air navigation services in the United Arab Emirates.
  • LFV has over 70 years of experience and knowledge with air traffic navigation services and aviation security.  30 years of experience with business transactions in over 50 countries.
  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • 726,000 flight movements in Swedish airspace 2016.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • 100 percent of flight safety goals achieved.


Ann Persson Grivas, Director General LFV, and Jonas Abrahamsson, CEO Swedavia, signs the contract.

Digitization in the aviation industry seminar

On April 27 2017, Swedish Aviation Group hosted a seminar about digitization in the aviation industry with a well balanced mix of speakers from different areas presenting the digital transformation from the early 1970’s until today and also with a look in the crystal ball in what is upcoming both in a close and a distant future.

The speakers and the subject was very much appreciated by the attending audience.  The evening ended with a mingle and a possibility to further discuss the topic with colleguages in the aviation industry.

Keep an eye on www.swedishaviationgroup.com for more events and seminars from SAG.


 

 

 

 

Combitech joins SAG

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.

 

HMXW joins SAG

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.

 

 

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Acquires the Business of Swedish Manufacturer of De-Icers

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.

Certain statements in this press release may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

 

LFV and Saab go global and establish a joint venture for remotely-operated air navigation services

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.

Facts

  • 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.