The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has entered a cooperation agreement with European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) to improve air traffic management (ATM) in Singapore and Europe.
As part of the agreement, both the parties will cooperate and share knowledge in the areas of air traffic flow management, as well as ATM research, development and training.
The arrangement is also expected to help increase safety, efficiency and predictability of flow of traffic between Asia and Europe at a time when air traffic between the continents is growing rapidly.
It further intends to explore the development of new solutions to improve the ATM capabilities of Singapore and Europe.
CAAS director-general Kevin Shum said: “As we celebrate brisk air traffic growth around the world, we also need to recognise the challenges such growth presents to air traffic managers.
“It is now more crucial than ever that we collaborate and innovate to find safer and more efficient ways to manage growing air traffic.”
In a separate development, CAAS has signed a research collaboration agreement with Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) and GomSpace.
The agreement will see the three signatories jointly conduct a design study on the implementation of space-based very high frequency (VHF) communications for ATM in the Singapore flight information region (FIR).
The space-based VHF communications system will be created by mounting communications equipment to a constellation of small low-earth-orbit satellites. This will allow clear and real-time communications between air traffic controllers and pilots over oceanic airspace.
The technology is expected to enhance safety in airspace where ground-based VHF communications are not available.