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NAV Portugal is the Portuguese air navigation services provider to both Portuguese FIR’s: Lisboa and Santa Maria.
NAV Portugal’s mission is to plan, guide and to control the air traffic in accordance to the international and national regulation, applying the highest standards of safety, optimising capacities, and enhancing efficiency, always taking in account environmental concerns.
NAV Portugal has air traffic control centres in Lisbon and Santa Maria. Their ground-air communications stations, radar stations and radio-aids support navigation provide aerodrome and approach control services in ten ATC airport towers.
The two Portuguese FIR, Lisbon and Santa Maria, cover the airspace above the Portuguese mainland, the islands of Madeira and Azores archipelagos, as well as a vast area in the North Atlantic Ocean, starting in 15° west until 40° west, descending approximately to the latitude of the Cape Verde archipelago.
NAV Portugal integrates the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and represents Portugal in international organisations such as ICAO and EUROCONTROL.
Approach and aerodrome control
NAV Portugal provides approach and aerodrome control services in ten Portuguese airports, both in the main land and in the islands, congregating and distributing all the aeronautical information and documentation, airspace structure, airport characteristics and available means, routes and procedures, installed systems, maps and aeronautical charts, among others.
Air traffic management systems
Lisbon FIR ACC provides air traffic services through the Lisbon Air Traffic Management System (LISATM), totally developed by NAV Portugal.
The Oceanic Control Centre in Santa Maria uses an Atlantic Control System and a Terminal Control System (ATLATM), also developed by NAV Portugal, allowing modern air traffic control management in oceanic and terminal regions.
Operations rooms for air navigation
Since its establishment in 1999, NAV Portugal have also developed the new ACC Operations Room in Lisbon, which has been running since December 2007. This great-spread project provides NAV Portugal with the most modern technologies and infra structures.
Air navigation services
NAV Portugal was designated as the Portuguese Air Navigation Service provider (ATC, AIS, and CNS) by the Minister of public works, transport and communications, followed a lengthy and rigorous process of certification by the Portuguese National Supervisory Authority.
All NAV Portugal’s activity is enclosed by the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000, which represents the first step towards excellence.