So, which one is it?

by Maskil on 21 Aug 2007

According to the Port2port Web Portal (

The Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said last Tuesday that Israel will join the development phase of the European Union’s SESAR (Single European Sky ATM (air traffic management) Research) project.
SESAR is the European air traffic control infrastructure modernization program, which aims to develop a new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years.
SESAR officials invited Israel to join the project as a technology consultant. The Sesar project will overhaul current technologies used to keep planes at safe separations, and allow pilots to fly their own routes and altitudes. The new automated system would shorten individual flight journeys, reducing fuel use and pollution.

This doesn’t quite square with the recent spate of reports regarding the state of Israel’s civil aviation, such as this brief JTA breaking news alert:

Israel’s civil aviation is rife with safety problems, a commission of inquiry found.
The Lapidot Commission released an interim report Wednesday decrying antiquated technologies and a lack of runways at Ben Gurion Airport. It further said that a lack of airspace for civilian traffic — given the needs of the military — and pirate radio broadcasts endangered planes coming into land.
“We are in a state of emergency with everything concerning aviation safety in the State of Israel,” Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz told reporters in response to the report.
Mofaz pledged to implement the commission’s remedial recommendations by next year and negotiate with the Israel Air Force on expanding areas in which civil aviation can operate.

I guess the fact that great technologies are being developed in Israel or by Israelis does not necessarily mean that these same technologies (or disciplines) are being applied there. Still, it would be great if, in this case, Israel itself could be the showcase for its products.

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