Airservices Australia commissions new air traffic control tower platform at Adelaide Airport

3 September 2013 (Last Updated September 3rd, 2013 18:30)

Air Navigation Service Provider Airservices Australia has commissioned the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS), an air traffic control tower platform, at Adelaide Airport.

Adelaide Airport

Air Navigation Service Provider Airservices Australia has commissioned the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS), an air traffic control tower platform, at Adelaide Airport.

Developed by Saab and NAV CANADA, the new technology provides safe, efficient management of air traffic in the airport.

Based on NAVCANatm technology, INTAS is a fully harmonised platform of air traffic control (ATC) tools, and will cater to the needs of Airservices Australia's National Towers Program (NTP).

INTAS supports any tower position and is fully scalable to any size tower.

It comprises a controller working position with nearly four touch-screen monitors for the display of data and common input devices based on the airport.

The system integrates electronic flight strips, operational data management, digital - automatic terminal information services, voice communication control system and electronic surveillance system.

Saab ATM general manager Ken Kaminski said that the commissioning of Adelaide, INTAS demonstrated its ability to effectively scale from small regional airports to major airports using the same systems, tools and equipment.

"INTAS supports any tower position and is fully scalable to any size tower."

NAV CANADA vice president and chief technology officer Sid Koslow said that the inherent flexibility in the INTAS platform allows it to meet the current and future demands of all tower types and operator position.

"INTAS fuses critical ATC functionality into a customisable system that is adaptable to a range of facilities and configurations, and scalable to meet the demands of current and next generation technology," Koslow added.

The technology, which is currently operational in Broome and Rockhampton Airports, provides a common, latest set of important ATC systems and capabilities in a single customisable platform.

The platform is scheduled to be commissioned in Melbourne later this year.

NAV CANADA provided a modified version of its NAVCANsuite to the technology, while Saab is providing overall project management and system integration.

Airservices Australia's NTP initiative aims to modernise or replace the core ATC technology in its towers with a universal, flexible system that meets current and future controller needs for safe, efficient operations.


Image: The new technology provides safe, efficient management of air traffic at Adelaide Airport. Photo: courtesy of Adelaide Airport Limited.