Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) NATS and Avinor have entered into a ground-breaking deal for a single common aeronautical information management (AIM) system.
Under the agreement, NATS and Avinor will share a single platform to provide vital airspace and procedural information to airlines and airports, which will be the first of its kind in Europe.
Designed by Indra subsidiary Avitech, the system will enable both providers to make significant cost savings.
The option for other ANSPs to join or adopt the technology also offers significant potential cost advantages across Europe.
While the system will be remotely hosted, access will be provided via a secure, SWIM-compliant web portal.
The system will offer a common set of tools, applications and workflows, which supports all of the core AIS functions
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As members of the Borealis alliance of ANSP, the joint procurement is said to have already saved both Avinor and NATS considerable resource and capital investment.
NATS information head Andrew Sage said: "From the start of this project, we have been determined to secure a solution that can be readily expanded to meet the needs of other service providers as co-investors or customers.
"Having achieved that, we therefore welcome other ANSPs – from both within the Borealis Alliance and beyond – to join with us and benefit from this low-risk, low-cost route towards achieving compliance with ADQ regulations and deliver further economies of scale across Europe."
Avinor technical and aeronautical information management head Torunn Carlsson said: "The new system will help us improve efficiency in the IAIP production chain, as well as give us the opportunity to provide additional improved value-added information management services.
"By working together with NATS in this procurement with Avitech and by welcoming other ANSPs to use the same solution in a partnership approach, our intention is to ensure stable and robust AIM-services for many years to come."
AIM systems are the key components of air traffic management, providing vital information that enables safe and efficient aircraft management in a given airspace.