Airservices Australia commissions two integrated tower automation suites

27 February 2013 (Last Updated February 27th, 2013 18:30)

Australian Government air navigation service provider, Airservices, has commissioned two integrated tower automation suites (INTAS) at Broome and Rockhampton airports.

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Australian Government air navigation service provider, Airservices, has commissioned two integrated tower automation suites (INTAS) at Broome and Rockhampton airports.

Developed by Saab Sensis, NAV CANADA and Harris, the INTAS are based on NAVCANatm technology to meet the requirements of Airservices' National Towers Program.

The INTAS offer Airservices' controllers a suite of air traffic control (ATC) tools that are incorporated into a single customisable platform, which will ensure efficient and safe management of air traffic.

In total, the INTAS are currently being deployed across four ATC towers in Australia, which include Adelaide and Melbourne airports, as well as Broome and Rockhampton.

Airservices ATC executive general manager Jason Harfield said that the INTAS provide a common, modern ATC platform for streamlined operations, training and maintenance.

"Our controllers played a critical role in the development of INTAS as they provided input, feedback and refinements along the entire design path to ensure the new system met current operating requirements with minimal retraining," Harfield said.

Features of the new system include a controller working position with four touch-screen monitors that display information and common input devices based on the airport.

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

"The INTAS offer Airservices' controllers a suite of air traffic control tools that are incorporated into a single customisable platform, which will ensure efficient and safe management of air traffic."

Operational data management will allow examining and controlling the airfield ground lighting, navigational aids, weather and other related systems, while the digital - automatic terminal information services allow controllers to create the terminal information services messages.

Saab Sensis senior vice president Ken Kaminski said that INTAS offers Airservices Australia controllers with an integrated 'glass tower' to more efficiently manage air traffic.

"INTAS embraces currently-fielded modern ATC tools and seamlessly integrates them into a dynamic system that is flexible, scalable and adaptable to tomorrow's needs," Kaminski said.

Broome Airport's ATC tower utilises two positions, including surface movement controller and aerodrome controller, while during slow periods, INTAS merges positions such as radio frequencies, and automatically reconfigures the flight information presentation.

The INTAS deployment at Rockhampton Airport incorporates features that support the military training flights and its two ATC positions are merged and automatically reconfigured by the system for slower times.


Image: Saab Sensis is also deploying INTAS at Melbourne Airport's ATC tower.