Airways New Zealand and the MITRE Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for improving safety, capacity and efficiency in the aviation sector across the Asia Pacific region.

Under the MoU, both partners will collaborate in aviation research and development, and address aviation challenges in the region.

Partnering with the aviation community, the US-based not-for-profit research and development organisation MITRE seeks to advance the safety, security, and efficiency of aviation in the US and across the globe.

MITRE has been supporting the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for over 55 years. It is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) of the FAA.

“Airways information management and navigation subsidiary Aeropath has previously supported MITRE in carrying out projects at Changi Airport in Singapore.”

Airways International CEO Sharon Cooke said that the collaboration will allow Airways and MITRE to pool their expertise to support comprehensive aviation initiatives across the Asia Pacific.

Cooke added: “Airways is excited to be partnering with MITRE to collaborate on delivering aviation projects in Asia Pacific.”

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“Our organisations have a great deal of experience and expertise that we can share to our mutual advantage and for the benefit of the aviation sector in this region.”

Discussions between MITRE and Airways are currently under progress regarding two potential airspace projects. The partners will get the advantage from their complementary capabilities and experiences in maximising runway capacity, and advanced airspace and procedure design.

Airways information management and navigation subsidiary Aeropath has previously supported MITRE in carrying out projects at Changi Airport in Singapore.

Airways also teamed up with MITRE for a period of ten years for deploying a new air traffic management system to Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration.

MITRE vice president Gregg Leone says: “We are delighted to formalise our relationship with Airways to better support aviation growth and efficiency in the Asia Pacific region. The partnership brings together the best in class advanced research, big data analytics, system development, and air navigation operations to solve immediate needs in the region.”