SCT Extends Flight Restrictions in Three StatesBy Alessa Flores | Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:42
The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) extended flight restrictions for drones and small aircraft in northern Mexico State, Hidalgo and Querétaro, according to a note by A21. This was an agreement made between Federal Deputy Ricardo Aguilar Castillo and representatives of the Common Regional Anti-Aircraft Front. The reason for the restriction, according to the latter, is that these aircraft and drones "can interrupt the normal rain cycle from August 8 to November 30, 2020.”
Aircraft and drones are not allowed to operate in the territory delimited by a polygon between the towns of Ixmiquilpan (Hidalgo), Amealco de Bonfil (Queretaro), Purisima Jaltepec (State of Mexico), Ixtlahuaca de Rayon (State of Mexico) and Tepotzotlan (State of Mexico), explains the note of A21.
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After months of seemingly free-falling demand for air travel, the Mexican aviation industry seems to be recovering as airlines report more traffic and reopen domestic and international routes. A recovery of the aviation industry will be key to the future of the aerospace sector. The latest traffic reports of Mexican airlines show that demand, while still lower than in 2019, is gradually picking up, which will be essential to the recovery of the aviation and aerospace industries.
In its July traffic report, Mexico’s ultra-low-cost airline Volaris highlights “a strong month-to-month ramp-up.” The airline saw in July a 68.2 percent increase in demand measured in revenue passenger miles (RPM), a measure of the distance a paying passenger traveled. The airline also reported a 70.4 percent increase in traffic over the previous month for a total of 996,000 passengers transported in July.
The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a strategic alliance for the joint development of space projects and satellites with the country’s largest academic institution, UNAM. The agreement will promote the education of highly trained professionals and the development of technology for space research and exploration.
AEM ramps up its efforts to develop state-of-the-art technology that accelerates Mexico’s technological capabilities. The alliance with UNAM will allow both institutions to join forces for the development of miniaturized satellites to test new technology, intersatellite communications and land observation. The agency has already worked with other Mexican universities in the development of miniaturized satellites, including the successful launch in December 2019 of the first fully Mexican satellite, the AzTechSat-1, built by students from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).