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November 12, 2015

Qatar contracts COMSOFT to deliver initial flight plan processing system

COMSOFT has been contracted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar (QCAA) to supply it with a fully automated initial flight plan processing system (IFPS), in a bid to enhance operations.

By Lopamudra Roy

Qatar

COMSOFT has been contracted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar (QCAA) to supply it with a fully automated initial flight plan processing system (IFPS), in a bid to enhance operations.

The IFPS will allow enhanced flight planning, optimised operations and automated air traffic management for Qatar airspace.

The IFPS will be integrated into QCAA’s data processing environment. This will automatically validate and correct all FPL related messages sent from the aeronautical fixed telecommunication network (AFTN) to the flight data processing system (FDPS).

It will also enable to better plan all flight-related operations, thereby increasing safety and reducing the time-consuming workload for operator corrections. It will also provide a manual message processing mode.

"The IFPS will allow enhanced flight planning, optimised operations and automated air traffic management for Qatar airspace."

Available as a module for COMSOFT’s Flight Planning solution CADAS-ATS, the IFPS service will draw on extensive existing database and specialised data processing functions of the CADAS product family.

Qatar already operates COMSOFT’s AMHS solution, AIDA-NG, ASTERIX Qualification tool RAPS-3, and COMSOFT’s aeronautical data access product line, CADAS, providing a complete set of integrated aeronautical information management (AIM) functions such as the native AIXM 5 database, flight plan and NOTAM processing, as well as COMSOFT’s elaborate eAIP solution.

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, opened last April and is capable of handling 30 million passengers a year.

The airport plans to see an increased capacity of 50 million annual passengers during the 2022 World Cup.

This estimated growth calls for the need for increased automation and efficiency in flight planning and air traffic management capacity.


Image: Control tower at Hamad International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Sunnya343 via Wikipedia.

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