SITAONAIR has been selected by Czech Republic’s air navigation service provider to deliver a ‘communication gateway’ to Prague Airport.

Under the contract, the company will support air-to-ground data link applications at Prague Airport through its Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) network.

SITAONAIR ’s solution will provide a dedicated channel for air navigation service of the Czech Republic (ANS CR), allowing it to send digital automatic terminal information service (D-ATIS) and data link departure clearance (DCL) messages to aircraft.

The channel is expected to replace routine air traffic control (ATC) messages on congested voice frequencies with on-screen digital messages, which air traffic controllers and pilots will find easier to interpret

SITAONAIR Air Traffic Service Solutions head François Bardin said: “It is a source of pride to us that we have been chosen to deliver this project for the Czech Republic’s air navigation service provider.

“Establishing this new communications gateway for ground-to-air data link applications, using our data link network, will not only greatly enhance our existing service for ANS CR, and the consistency and safety of controller-pilot communications, but offer complete end-to-end support.”

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“The addition of SITAONAIR’s data link communications infrastructure will, therefore, be a very important evolution in reinforcing the flows of efficient, reliable and safe communications in Czech airspace."

ANS CR air traffic management expert Ivo Priplata said: “SITAONAIR was an easy choice for us to deliver what will be a very important enhancement to our ground-to-air data link communications capabilities.

“Nearly 800,000 aircraft movements in Czech airspace, including some 200,000 arrivals and departures, were handled by us in 2015 alone.

“The addition of SITAONAIR’s data link communications infrastructure will, therefore, be a very important evolution in reinforcing the flows of efficient, reliable and safe communications in Czech airspace.”

The facility is expected to be extended to other Czech airports in the future.

Image: SITAONAIR’s Damien Gautherin and Agnes Roegel, Ivo Priplata of ANS CR and Patrick Geurts official of SITAONAIR (From left to right). Photo: courtesy of SITONAIR.