Kick-off Meeting EUNADICS-AV project, Vienna Nov 28 – 30, 2016

European Natural Airborne Disaster Information and Coordination System for Aviation (EUNADICS_AV)
Nov 28 – 30, 2016
Kick-off Meeting Vienna

EUNADICS-AV in expansion of EUMETNET will set up an Aviation Safety Management System for Europe and facilitate coherent Pan-European risk and exposure assessments for aviation related to airborne hazards (environmental emergency scenarios). University of Salzburg (USBG) will contribute by adapting an existing ATM/ATC/CNS simulation environment (NAVSIM/USBG Sim) to support human- in- the- loop exercises of selected natural disaster events. USBG will analyze impact on European air traffic in case of natural disaster events e.g. Volcanic Ash eruption, Nuclear/Chemical accidents, forest fires and desert dust events) by simulation. USBG will build upon long lasting experiences in system evaluation based on large scale European air traffic simulations to contribute to risk assessment and impact on aviation domain in case of natural/technical hazards and disaster scenarios. Several possible volcanic eruption scenarios as well as nuclear accident scenarios in the core area of European air traffic will be studied and analyzed in detail.
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Wissen:Stadt Salzburg Wissenstage, November 4 – 5, 2016

Salzburg – City of know-how, an initiative to show scientific and innovative interfaces. We provided a simulation environment of Hamburg aiport in which all actions of four ground controllers and the tower controller were carried out by a (rule-based) Artificial Intelligence (AI) module. In addition, a mock-up of an “A320” aircraft and a two-engine airplane were operated and controlled by the visitors for starting and landing at Salzburg Airport. Furthermore the visistors were able to test the communication between a pilot and a simulated “virtual controller”, guiding a realistic approach and landing at Vienna Schwechat Airport. Information of the event:

Visit of Prof. Arne Bathke, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016
Prof. Arne Bathke – Dekan of the University of Salzburg (USBG),
Faculty for Natural Sciences visited together with visiting professors the Aviation Competence Center (ACCS) and got comprehensive overview on the work of pilots and air traffic controller based on the Simulation environment (Air Traffic Controller working positions, Tower Simulator, Cockpit Simulator (DA42), etc.) and supported by (rule-based) artificial intelligence modules and decision support tools.

7th Lange Nacht der Forschung, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 – 7th Lange Nacht der Forschung at Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Austria’s greatest Science Event took place simultaneously in all 9 federal states of Austria. The latest technologies, ongoing scientific projects and research work were shown to all visitors. This event’ target is to get young people into science, so enhance their interest in making career in scientific research. Especially young participants were attracted by the numerous stations ranging from school-projects to research-work at the highest stage. Comprehensive technologies led to an increase of 30 % of visitors. USBG (Aerospace Research Group) represented by high-tech simulators of cockpits and towers were crowded all night.

USBG stations:
* ESA/IRIS Communication Tool- worldwide air traffic
* Artificial Intelligence
* Hamburg Airport Operation
* Decision Support Tools
* Advanced Cockpit Simulator

Visit of Dr. Franz Lackner, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 Archbishop of Salzburg, Dr. Franz Lackner visited USBG and took a spell at the wheel

Archbishop Dr. Franz Lackner visited the University of Salzburg, the Aerospace Research and Aviation Competence Center Salzburg (ACCS), situated in TECHNO-Z, Salzburg- Itzling. It didn’t adhere to technical statements. Archbishop Lackner was invited by Prof. Carl-Herbert Rokitansky to steer the cockpit-simulator, which was developed by Prof. Rokitansky. The Archbishop showed great enthusiasm and interest in operating the sophisticated simulation tools and took course as a pilot on the simulator.

MET4LOWW KICK-OFF Meeting, September 14 and 15, 2015, Vienna

Paris Lodron University Salzburg – Aviation Competence Center in cooperation with Austrocontrol – Austrian Company responsible for safety and efficiency of air traffic in Austrian Airspace has launched an FFG-Project concerning implementation of meteo-data by fast-time simulation (NAVSIM). The impact of different adverse weather and air traffic szenarios in ATM/ATC are analysed by fast time simulation to optimize arrival and departure management. Validation by Human in the Loop Simulation improves the operational air traffic management. This project will be basis for an international validation testbed for future SESAR-solutions.

AUSTROCONTROL visits ACCS (Aviation Competence Center Salzburg), May 21, 2015

Austrocontrol (ACG) is resposible for a safe and economical process of air traffic in the Austrian air space and controls 4000 aircrafts daily.
The visit of representatives of Austrocontrol (ACG) at Aviation Competence Center Salzburg (ACCS), which is operated by Prof. Carl-Herbert Rokitansky was an interesting exchange of opinions in order to cooperate in future projects.
The University of Salzburg showed Live Demos by worldwide simulaton tools, remote tower functions, optimized Aiport Operations, Intelligent Decision Support Tools, ACCS/ATC, a Tower Simulator and DA42 Simulator. The concepts of Technology and Simulation were met with great interest by the visitors.

First Austrian Aviaton Day 5th & 6th of March, 2015

This expert conference was held in Salzburg in the Casern of Schwarzenberg on march 5 and 6, 2015.

The symposium was launched by cooperation of Austrian Chamber of Commerce Trade and Idustry, Ministry of Tranportation, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), AICAT (ARGE Consortium Industrial Cooperation and Aviation Technology) and Chamber of Commerce of Salzburg, as well as by numerous famous aviation organisations and companies engaged in aviation technologies.
Within this event a great number of lectures, pulse presentations and discussions were held. The main topic was ‘ Safety in Air Traffic’.

Representatives of ACG (Austrocontrol), Ministry of Defence and Sports, Frequentis AG, AAI (Austrian Aeronautics Industry Group), SCE Systemengineering, AMST Systemtechnik, ÖBH (Austrian Federal Armed Forces) and a large number of experts were invited to attract a great number of participants.

The main subjects of the Congress:

  • SESAR Single European Sky
  • Air Traffic Management Research European Framework – Technology and Security.

  • Unmanned Aviation
  • Current Status in Austria/International, Liability and crisis management, formalities of the future.

  • Simulation
  • State of the art in research and technology.

  • Simulation – practical application
  • Demonstration of Flight Simulators at Aviation Competence Center of Universität Salzburg guided by Prof. Carl-Herbert Rokitansky.

LDACS1 Website Online

LDACS1 stands for L-band digital aeronautical communications system, type 1. It is the most promising and mature candidate for the future air-to-ground communications standard LDACS and, therefore, an important data link technology within the future communications infrastructure for aviation. LDACS1 is a broadband system based on OFDM modulation. It shares many technical features with 3G and 4G wireless communications systems.

Researchers of the University of Salzburg developed the data link layer protocols of the LDACS1 system. Learn more at