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Airservices Australia CEO Margaret Staib.
In the next 20 years, air traffic in Australia and its
overseas connectors is expected to grow by over
50 per cent. There will also be new technologies
introduced and new concepts will evolve on how to
manage airspace safely and efficiently.
Airservices Australia sees planning, developing and
delivering the future OneSKY project as a key strategic
priority to cope with this growth, while maintaining
aviation business continuity and best environmental
According to Airservices website “OneSKY
Australia also manages the delivery of component
systems and infrastructure, and the coordination of
the necessary organisational and operational changes
including liaison across the organisation and with
internal and external stakeholders. It also presents
an opportunity to realise a level of harmonisation with
Defence in the development of a joint operational
concept and national solutions to replace or enhance
INDUSTRY CONTENDERS FOR
APDR understands that Lockheed Martin, Thales
and Raytheon were bidders for OneSKY and now
evaluations are complete, at least one of them
could now be in detailed contract negotiations with
Airservices Australia. Naturally enough, none of them
were willing to discuss with APDR their chances of
winning the contract. When the winner is announced,
expect to hear plenty about that from the chosen
The missing name here is Indra, a respected world
leader in air traffic management solutions and recent
contractor to the Australian Department of Defence for
mobile air traffic management (ATM). For example Indra
successfully led the implementation of the new P1/
VAFORIT ATM system at Karlsruhe, Germany's most
important control centre. Currently Germany's total
upper air space is managed with Indra's technology.
It seems likely that Indra will have a role to play in
OneSKY but APDR has been unable to establish, as
yet, what that role might be.
Lockheed Martin teamed with four leading ATM
technology providers to offer its Skyline EnterpriseTM
solution. Their tender featured capabilities that
included Adacel's flight path conflict detection tool,
and Frequentis' voice communications and integrated
tower products. Daronmont will provide extensive
experience in the engineering and deployment of
complex systems to the Department of Defence.
Metron Aviation, a subsidiary of Airbus ProSky, is the
current provider of Australia's advanced air traffic flow
management (ATFM) system.
Lockheed Martin state that “SkylineTM is already in
service with military and civilian operators operating at
38 enroute centres, 121 approach control facilities and
four oceanic/procedural control facilities controlling
more than 60 per cent of the world’s air traffic.
The flight data processing system supports user-
preferred routes, enhancing on-time performance and
Thales supplies the existing TAAATS that incorporates
the data processing automation, controller consoles,
simulators, communication systems and facilities
associated with providing radar services.
Their TopSky ATFM system is claimed by Thales
to “reduce airborne holding, fuel-burn and emissions;
balance air traffic controller workload; maximise
resource utilisation; enable collaborative decision
making and ICAO/CFMU messaging; provide optimal
flight re-routing during and after disruptive events and
adverse weather; consolidate national or regional
pictures of current and forecast military and civilian
air traffic, weather and aviation restrictions; and
enable flexible use of airspace, including civil-military
coordination and military exercise activation.”
A third contender group is led by Raytheon
who have a strong track record in ATM solutions.
Dallas Fort Worth airport, one of the Federal
Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) high volume hubs,
has transitioned to Raytheon's Standard Terminal
Automation Replacement System (STARS) platform
as the FAA modernises the terminal approach control
facilities (TRACONs) in the National Airspace System
and installs a common terminal automation system
across the FAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
In another major installation Raytheon's AutoTrac
III automation system has successfully transitioned
to continuous operation in Dubai, providing approach
and departure services for Dubai International, Dubai
World Central, Al Maktoum International, Sharjah
International, and Minhad Air Force Base, as well as air
traffic control service to Ras Al Khaimah International.
ATM IN EUROPE AND THE US
Single European Sky is the current activity reforming
the architecture of European air traffic control to meet
future capacity, safety and environmental needs. The
collaborative project that is intended to update air traffic
management in European airspace with improved
air traffic, aircraft positioning and communication
technologies, is called Single European Sky ATM
SESAR’s iTEC (interoperability Through European
Collaboration) is the next-generation air traffic
management systems technology that brings together
the air navigation service providers of Spain, Germany,
the UK and the Netherlands alongside systems
UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has
commissioned Indra to support the deployment of the
iTEC System in Prestwick Center Upper Airspace. The
project will enable SESAR’s trajectory-based concept
of operation to be introduced in the UK.
At Swanwick in Hampshire, UK civilian and military
controllers work side-by-side in the NATS centre. This
handles an average of 5,500 flight movements a day
for Heathrow and five other airports around London.
Swanwick and Prestwick are the two main UK
control centres. Prestwick has the largest area of
responsibility anywhere in the European Union,
providing air traffic services across northern England,
Scotland and the North East Atlantic.
In the United States the FAA is transforming America’s
air traffic control through progressive implementation
of the Next Generation Air Transportation System
(NextGen) by a combination of GPS and satellite
technology, to replace existing ground based radars.
NextGen is targeted to monitor and manage aircraft,
while enabling planes to fly closer together to increase
network capacity and at the same time offering fewer
delays for passengers and increased fuel economy by
avoiding ground queuing and stacking in the air.
RAAF DEPLOYABLE AIR TRAFFIC
MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL
In one of his last acts before being replaced by Kevin
Andrews, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston
announced that the Australian Government has
purchased deployable Air Traffic Management and
Control Systems for the Royal Australian Air Force.
The new systems would enable the ADF to use radar
to control aircraft and manage airspace for missions
within Australia and overseas.
Defence Minister Senator David Johnston said “This
acquisition will assist the ADF in managing airspace
during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
missions, as well as deployed combat operations,
either independently or integrated with our allies.”
“Recent global events have seen Australia’s air
capabilities come to the fore to assist our friends and
allies, with the search for MH370, Operation Bring
Them Home and in support of the international efforts
Not yet disclosed is how these new systems will
coexist with the OneSKY project for RAAF missions
AN AVALON ANNOUNCEMENT?
As revealed by Airservices Australia, contract
negotiations with their chosen supplier(s) are taking
place now and their outcome will be revealed soon,
possibly at the Australian Air Show 2015, Avalon.
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