Three airlines are first users of new Airbus/NAVBLUE technology for landing safety

Airbus/NAVBLUE Braking Action Computation Function (BACF) for A320 Family jetliners

Nordic-based carriers will introduce the Braking Action Computation Function (BACF) on A320 Family aircraft

Anew functionality for Airbus jetliners literally turns an aircraft into a moving sensor during landing – providing real-time data on potentially challenging or dangerous runway conditions created by rain, snow or freezing water.

Developed through a project of Airbus and its NAVBLUE subsidiary for airline operations software, this technology enables pilots to more accurately evaluate the braking action the aircraft experienced during landing.

Called the Braking Action Computation Function (BACF), it highlights Airbus and NAVBLUE’s commitment to safety and accident prevention. This technology helps address the biggest category of accidents, which are so-called “runway excursions,” when an aircraft departs the runway. Runway excursions often occur when the runway is contaminated, particularly with standing water, snow and/or ice – which is where BACF is expected to help.

First BACF adopters: Finnair, SAS and Novair

In time to meet cold winter conditions, a trio of Nordic airlines – Finnair, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Novair – are the first to sign up for the full BACF solution. This facilitates a controlled entry-into-service on their Airbus single-aisle A320 Family jetliners, enabling the build-up of experience before the system’s wider roll-out in 2019.

“It’s great that our first customers are those with some of the most challenging winter conditions,” said Eric Le Roux, the BACF Project Leader at Airbus. “It’s going to be very exciting to work with Finnair, SAS, Novair and their airports to see how they adapt their operations using this technology.”

The BACF functionality uses data from an aircraft’s deceleration during landing, comparing this information against different reference runway conditions. Additionally, using GPS information from the aircraft navigation systems, it is possible to identify which section of the runway the aircraft is on when a runway state is identified.

More users = better data on runway conditions

This information is displayed on the cockpit’s Multifunction Control & Display Unit (MCDU), enabling pilots to radio their inputs to air traffic controllers, to be shared with the crew of incoming planes landing at the airport. The calculated BACF data also is sent automatically by digital link to NAVBLUE, which collects and displays the results on its RunwaySense web application. The RunwaySense technological approach is similar to mobile apps that allow drivers to see and avoid traffic jams.

Users of RunwaySense are expected to include airports, airlines’ operational centres, and air traffic controllers, enabling them to view runway condition information across an entire airport or on individual runways. By sharing reports in real-time, the applications’ users will better understand how runway conditions are trending, and airports can anticipate and mitigate slippery conditions. As additional aircraft participate in data sharing, the better the real-time mapping of conditions becomes.

As Logan Jones, NAVBLUE’s runway safety specialist, explained: “With BACF, each aircraft is supplying a piece of the puzzle, and the RunwaySense platform we’ve built allows airports to see the picture come together. The more aircraft that send reports, the better the map of conditions becomes, and the easier it is for airports to know when to take action to mitigate slippery conditions.”

Access to BACF for airlines, airport and air traffic controllers

Airlines that contribute to BACF will have basic access to the RunwaySense web platform to visualise and track all the reports sent by their aircraft; they also can choose to receive additional information about flight conditions at key airports across their route network. For airport and ATC users, access to RunwaySense will be possible through a paid subscription.

RunwaySense continues Airbus and NAVBLUE’s ongoing commitment to improving safety by exploiting the capabilities of the latest technologies, including its recent development of the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) which alerts pilots when the runway length could be exceeded while landing.


Source : Airbus Website

#AFCAsianCup2019 Preview – Group E: Saudi Arabia v DPR Korea

Saudi Arabia training 1

Dubai: Saudi Arabia may be three-time Asian champions, but their rich history will count for nothing in their opening AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 clash against DPR Korea, according to head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.

As a Copa America winner with Chile in 2016, the 50-year-old knows his way around a major tournament, and called on his players to get off to a strong start in their tenth successive appearance at the Finals.

“All tournaments are different from each other. and we can’t evaluate the Saudi team in other editions of the Asian Cup thinking it might be repeated,” he said.

“I think it is a good opportunity to implement our way of playing and overcome tomorrow’s opponents. Previous results in this competition aren’t something we can depend on in tomorrow’s game.

“I respect all the opponents we might face and, personally, I think history doesn’t count in this situation because you have to prove you are better than the opponent.”

The injured Salman Al Faraj was discussed at the pre-match press conference at Rashid Stadium, and Pizzi said every effort was made to allow the midfield ace to recover before he was ultimately replaced by Nouh Al Mousa.

“We took as much as time as we could to declare the final playing list and we tried in every way to keep Salman with us,” said the former Valencia boss.

“We understand and appreciate the effort made by Salman in trying to be with us, but unfortunately he didn’t pass the final test in the final training session and that’s why he had to call another player to the tournament.

“All of the other players are in excellent condition.”

Pizzi’s opposite number, DPR Korea head coach Kim Yong-jun, said his side have been dealt one of the opening round’s most difficult draws, also rating fellow Group E sides Qatar and Lebanon as quality opponents.

But despite their fixture list, and failure to win a match at the Continental Finals since 1980, the 35-year-old boss believes the East Asians are capable of a more fruitful showing in this year’s competition

“Of course I am expecting us to have a better result than in our tournament history and I have told the players that every player has to be together and play with team spirit for all 90 minutes,” he said. “Everyone has to do their job.”

Much of the pre-tournament discussion on DPR Korea has centred around the inclusion of 20-year-old Han Kwang-song, who has just two caps to his name despite a growing reputation in Italian professional football.

Kim confirmed the Perugia forward would not only start against the Saudis, but be counted on for goals.

“Yes, he is playing tomorrow and he is blending well with the other players,” he said.

“His condition is very good and he has a good sense of scoring goals. We will be relying on him in tomorrow’s match.”

Kim, part of the DPR Korea squad as a player at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, will be hoping for a better result from the last meeting between the two sides in the competition, when Saudi Arabia defeated the East Asians 4-1 in Melbourne in 2015.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

#AFCAsianCup2019 IR Iran 5 – 0 Yemen

bu Dhabi: A scintillating display from start to finish saw the Islamic Republic of Iran beat Yemen 5-0 on Monday to begin their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign in fine style.

Mehdi Taremi scored twice as the three-time AFC Asian Cup champions, who reached the quarter-finals last time out in Australia, excelled throughout and underlined their title credentials in what is their 14th consecutive appearance at Asia’s premier competition.

Iran’s success sees them go top of the Group D standings ahead of Tuesday’s encounter between fellow group hopefuls Iraq and Vietnam.

On a night when Iran excelled throughout, it was Yemen – making their debut in the competition as a unified nation – who fashioned the first chance of the game, Ahmed Al Sarori darting into the penalty area and flashing a seventh minute shot narrowly over the bar.

However, the gallant Yemenis were to have no answer to a subsequent, and decidedly bewildering, Iranian spell that saw Carlos Quieroz’s charges score three times in quick succession.

Taremi opened his side’s account in the 12th minute when he converted the rebound after Yemen goalkeeper Saoud Al Sowadi could only push Sardar Azmoun’s long-range effort back into his path.

Tractorsazi star Ashkan Dejagah duly doubled Team Melli’s tally on 23 minutes, the midfielder’s free-kick finding the back of the net via a combination of both woodwork and Al Sowadi, before Taremi bagged his second of the night by heading home Ramin Rezaeian’s pinpoint cross moments later.

With Yemen struggling to contain their opponents, and in the final genuine chance of an enthralling first period, Omid Ebrahimi forced Al Sowadi into a fine diving save as Iran maintained their dominance up until the break.

There was to be little change to the pattern of the game in the second half, and after Al Sowadi had superbly repelled two Azmoun headers, the Rubin Kazan forward finished from close-range on 53 minutes to further extend Iran’s lead.

Iran showed no sign of relenting as the game progressed, with Azmoun only denied by Mudir Abdurabu’s excellent challenge when through on goal, and the seemingly omnipresent frontman crashing a shot against the bar with 14 minutes remaining.

Substitute Saman Ghoddos added a fifth from the edge of the area shortly after, while Mahdi Torabi’s fierce drive struck a post in added time.

Iran will now seek to build on their victory when they face Vietnam at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday, with Yemen set to face Iraq in Sharjah on the same day.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

#AFCAsianCup2019 Korea Republic 1-0 Philippines

Dubai: Hwang Ui-jo’s 67th minute strike secured Korea Republic a 1-0 win over debutants Philippines in an AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group C tie at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Monday.
Korea Republic quickly seized control of the Group C tie but found the Philippines difficult to break down in the opening minutes.

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side, who started without the Younghusband brothers, defended resolutely and played mostly on the counter-attack with Patrick Reichelt and Javier Patino leading their attacks.

After numerous failed attempts trying to cut into the Filipino defence from the left flank, Korea Republic were given a superb opportunity to break the deadlock when they were awarded a free-kick after Luke Woodland’s foul on Koo Ja-cheol outside the box but Jung Woo-young’s strike missed the top left corner of the net by inches.

Five minutes from the break, Lee Yong’s pass into the penalty box found Hwang Ui-jo, who then turned quickly to unleash a shot but Philippines goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard made a brilliant save.

Moments later, Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu was forced to parry Patino’s volley, that began from a counter-attack after Daisuke Sato intercepted a pass and released a perfect cross to the forward.

The Southeast Asians gave Korea Republic a scare 10 minutes into the second half, when a lapse in concentration in the Korean defence allowed Patino to shoot but custodian Kim was in fine form.

Korea Republic sent on Hwang In-beom and Lee Chung-yong and less than three minutes later, Lee had an effect on the team when his pass found Hwang Hee-chan, whose back pass set Ui-jo nicely to open the scoring from close range in the 67th minute.

The 1956 and 1960 AFC Asian Cup winners used that momentum to their advantage with Ui-jo and In-beom taking turns challenging Falkesgaard but the ‘keeper held firm.

Phil Younghusband replaced John Patrick Strauss in the final minute of the game, but it was too little too late as Korea Republic held on to claim the win.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

Philippines will play China PR next on Friday in Abu Dhabi, while Korea Republic face Kyrgyz Republic in Al Ain in the day’s later match.

#AFCAsianCup2019 China PR 2-1 Kyrgyz Republic


Al Ain: China escaped with all three points from their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 opener on Monday as Marcello Lippi’s side staged a second half rally to hand debutants Kyrgyz Republic a 2-1 defeat at Al Ain’s Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium.

Akhlidin Israilov had given Alexander Krestinin’s team the lead three minutes before the break but an unfortunate own goal by Kyrgyz keeper Pavel Matiash and a fine finish from substitute Yu Dabao earned China the win in the nations’ Group C opener.

China went into the game without suspended captain Zheng Zhi, the former AFC Player of the Year, but were still heavily fancied against a team making their debut at the AFC Asian Cup.

But Kyrgyz Republic made it clear from the outset they would not be overawed, either by the opposition or the occasion, and started the game putting the Chinese defence on the back foot.

Wu Lei’s low drive came at the end of a rare appearance in the final third of the field for the Chinese as Lippi’s side were continually frustrated, and the Italian reacted early, replacing Jin Jingdao with the more direct Yu Dabao after just 24 minutes.

That move sparked the Chinese attack into life, but only after Vitalij Lux popped the ball over Yan Junling’s crossbar after a perfectly weighted through ball from Bekzhan Sagynbaev.

Wu Xi fired just wide following a lay-off from Wu Lei before Gao Lin’s lofted, curling delivery from the left skipped away from a sliding Yu at the far post and bounced to safety.

Both teams looked set to cancel one another out as the end of the half approached, only for the Central Asian side to take the lead. Mirlan Murzaev’s headed flick found Akhlidin on the edge of the area and the midfielder volleyed home via the inside of Yan’s left post.

Any sense another upset was on the cards started to evaporate in the Al Ain sun just five minutes into the second half, however, with Matiash the unfortunate victim of a costly error.

The Kyrgyz goalkeeper looked well positioned to comfortably deal with Zhang Linpeng’s mistimed looping header, only to palm the ball into his own goal in a disastrous attempt to clear his lines.

The goal emboldened the Chinese and, 12 minutes later, Wu Xi was heading over the bar at the end of a slick move involving Zhang Linpeng and Gao Lin while Wu Lei also saw his headed attempt clear the goal in the 71st minute.

With 12 minutes remaining Lippi’s team took the lead when Wu Xi’s deft header directed Liu Yang’s long ball from the back into Yu’s path and the Beijing Guoan forward was left in position to slot his shot beyond Matiash, which he did with aplomb to give China all three points.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website