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23rd March 2021
Today is World Meteorological Day
Today is World Meteorological Day, another professional holiday for our enterprise, because en-route meteorological service is one of the components of air navigation service. This is very important for safety, since weather phenomena have a significant impact on take-offs and landings, at different altitudes on the route. The crew must be prepared for every weather condition - deteriorating visibility, low cloud cover, wind gusts, turbulence, thunderstorms, and icing.
UkSATSE is a certified provider of en-route meteorological services. A centralised meteorological support system for air navigation has been in operation at the enterprise since 2009. Our meteorologists work around the clock in the meteorological tracking bodies that operate in every air traffic control centre in Ukraine. And even in the period of the COVID-19 crisis they have no less work, because the accuracy and regularity of weather information must be the same whether for one flight or for hundreds of flights.

12th March 2021
Andrii Yarmak, head of UkSATSE: The most optimistic forecasts suggest that aviation will not reach 2019 levels before 2024
The year 2020 was the most challenging year for civil aviation in modern times. Global passenger traffic fell by 66% from 1999 levels. In fact, the industry has collapsed. But mankind simply cannot abandon aviation. The main challenge in these circumstances is to preserve the industry's infrastructure, so that when the epidemic is defeated, there will be something to rebuild. Air navigation is one of important infrastructure part of aviation without which no flights are possible in principle.
Ukrainian News has talked to Andrey Yarmak, Acting Director of Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE), about how the enterprise managed to survive the crisis, future development scenarios for the company and the industry as a whole, and how to develop Ukraine's transit potential amid Russian aggression and closed zones in the Crimea and the East of the country.

9th March 2021
Flight statistics in Ukrainian airspace in February 2021
The total number of flights performed in February 2021 within the airspace of Ukraine that UkSATSE provided for air navigation services amounts 8758 flights.
The February air traffic by flight type is structured as follows: domestic flights - 1,416 (25% less than in February 2020), international flights - 4,076 (-61.3%) and transit flights - 3,266 (-56.8%) .
Ukrainian airlines performed 2,975 flights (51.7% less than in February last year), foreign airlines performed 5,783 flights (-58.2%).
Flight statistics for the second month of this year continue to show an average rate of flight recovery among European air navigation service providers. We look forward to a revival in the rate of flight recovery starting with the summer navigation programme, which will start from 28 March 2021.

8th March 2021
WOMEN IN AVIATION. Special project for March 8
The history of aviation has plenty of evidence to show that the industry is also a woman's domain, as are many other fields of activity that were originally considered a strictly male endeavor. Although the world is still far from perfect when it comes to gender equality but in Ukraine today no one is surprised to see a female pilot at the control stick of an aeroplane or a female air traffic controller managing the movement of planes in the sky. There are many female professionals in UkSATSE, thanks to their contribution the enterprise, and air navigation in general, have become what they are today. We would like to offer you a few stories about women in the aviation professions at our enterprise.

4th March 2021
Guardian Angels: how air traffic controllers work at Boryspil Vechirnii Kyiv
Apart from pilots, who directly fly the aircraft, there is actually a large team of specialists involved in servicing the flights. This applies, above all, to air traffic controllers who ensure that planes take off successfully, avoid other planes and land safely. Every time they start their shift, they literally share the responsibility with a crew for the lives of the passengers, and in crisis situations, they are ready to help find a way out. They are called Guardian Angels in America. Our todays interviewee, Artur YUSHKOV, a 26-year-old air traffic controller working at UkSATSE Aerodrome Control Tower located at Boryspil airport, found himself in this hugely responsible and stressful job.

3rd March 2021
UkSATSE confirms at international level implementation of new practices exceeding current safety standards
UkSATSE has joined the list of air navigation service providers from 7 leading countries that confirmed the high level of maturity of their safety management system, developed and verified new practices in its areas of operation - as a result of the final report of an independent maturity assessment of safety management systems conducted in 2020 as part of a joint EUROCONTROL and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) project. A total of 49 countries participated in the assessment.

1st March 2021
In the face of a pandemic and critical reduction of revenues: ensuring stable operation and safety
The sharp decline in air traffic in 2020 associated with the unprecedented global aviation crisis caused by the pandemic, and quarantine restrictions imposed by many governments including the complete cessation of flights and border closures (with air traffic dropping to 95 - 98% in peak) led to a critical falling of revenues from air navigation services - by 67% compared to 2019.
The negative financial result of UkSATSE amounting to UAH 1.04 billion for the three quarters of 2020 has a number of objective economic reasons, such as the decrease of UkSATSE income caused by the reduction of flights over the country and the decrease in the average aircraft take-off weight, which is one of the important factors for calculating air navigation charges. It is also because of the recurring nature of the majority of expenditure items (that any other ANSP in the world has) which do not depend on the volume of services provided. Regardless of the number of aircraft in a given airspace sector, all communication, navigation and surveillance facilities operate at all times and air traffic controllers and engineers are present at workplaces 24/7 to ensure that safety functions are performed. UkSATSE remains a reliable partner for airspace users. As a state-owned enterprise, it has set an example of how to act in the most challenging environments.

24th February 2021
All-Ukrainian Forum
Andrii Yarmak, Head of UkSATSE, took part in the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30", where there was discussion of the ways out of crisis, peculiarities of aviation development in the new realities, prospects of development of regional airports.

9th February 2021
Ukrainian air traffic recovery dynamics remained at the European average level in January
The total number of flights performed in January 2021 in the airspace of Ukraine, which were provided with air navigation services by UkSATSE, amounts 9,842. However, this represents a 54.2% decrease compared to the volume of flights in January last year.

The January air traffic is structured by types of flights as follows: domestic flights - 1,356 (23.9% less than in January 2020), international flights - 4,624 (-59.9%) and transit flights - 3,862 (-52.8%).
Ukrainian airlines performed 2,988 flights (54.6% less than in January last year), foreign airlines - 6,854 flights (-54.1%).

2nd February 2021
Andrii Yarmak, head of UkSATSE: The aviation industry has not faced such challenges since World War II
One of the industries most affected by COVID and related 2020 restrictions is global aviation. Ukrainian airlines, airports and other players on the aviation market were not an exception. Among them is the strategic state enterprise UkSATSE, which under international treaties is responsible for air navigation services in Ukrainian airspace and over part of the Black Sea.

Its air traffic controllers are the "eyes" and "ears" and the "guiding star" for the crews of aircraft flying to and from Ukrainian airports or transiting the skies over our country.

According to UkSATSE data, last year the company provided air navigation services to just over 142,000 flights. This is 57.6% less than in 2019 and almost four times less than in successful 2013. Consequently, we are talking about huge financial losses for the company and for the state. How was it possible to preserve the staff under such conditions? Is it possible to maintain the infrastructure, on which the lives of thousands of passengers depend, in proper condition? And what does the implementation of plans for a new, better - as we all believe - year depend on? About this and more we talk to Andrii Yarmak, head of Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE).

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