Air Traffic Management Current Affairs - 2019
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The Swedish aerospace and defence company (Saab) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore air traffic management (ATM) solutions for airports operating under the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.
Air traffic management is an aviation term comprising of all systems which aid the aircraft to depart from an aerodrome, transit airspace, and land at a destination aerodrome, including Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airspace Management (ASM), and Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM).
The AAI looks to benefit from the portfolio of Saab ranging from Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) and Surface Movement Radar (SR- 3) to Remote Towers which can be deployed at all types of airports.
About the agreement
The Saab and AAI will look to:
- Develop a pan-Indian ATM Automation System for airports under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme.
- Both will jointly explore potential avenues for co-operation for ATM solutions in India.
Saab ATM solutions have already been deployed at 11 airports in India and they can support single and multiple runway airfields, as well as remote operations and deployable systems.
State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inked agreement with US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop a roadmap for modernisation of its air traffic services. Air traffic services (ATS) comprises air traffic management (ATM) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS).
The collaboration is aimed at developing CNS/ATM roadmap for the AAI for modernisation of the national airspace system (NAS). Under the agreement, US aircraft manufacturer Boeing will provide technical assistance, thus create roadmap to enhance communications, expand existing systems and airspace capacity and invest in CNS/ATM facilities. It will help in improving safety and reducing congestion for flights in India. At the same time, it will create market access for high quality US exports that can advance India’s aviation goals.
The double-digit growth in air passenger traffic over last 49 months in India has brought several challenges with it, including maintaining safe and efficient aircraft operations. In this backdrop, AAI has decided to draw robust roadmap for sustained ANS infrastructure to meet the growth challenges in a planned way. By utilising global and regional best practices as benchmark, technical help will recommend roadmap and implementation plan to AAI for improving airspace utilisation and implement CNS/ATM air and ground equipage in short, medium and long term.
Airports Authority of India (AAI)
It is statutory body under the aegis of Ministry of Civil Aviation. It is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India. It was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It also provides Air traffic management (ATM) services over Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas. It manages around 125 airports in India, which include 18 International Airport, 07 Customs Airports, 78 Domestic Airports and 26 Civil Enclaves at Defense airfields.