Australia issues tender for unified air traffic management platform

30 June 2013 (Last Updated June 30th, 2013 18:30)

Australian air navigation service agency Airservices and the Department of Defence have issued a Request For Tender (RFT) to create the future air traffic management (ATM) platform.

Airservices MAckay Tower

Australian air navigation service agency Airservices and the Department of Defence have issued a Request For Tender (RFT) to create the future air traffic management (ATM) platform.

Once deployed, the new system will align the needs of civil and defence ATM requirements under a single unified national solution.

Airservices CEO Margaret Staib and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, said that both organisations are committed to the harmonisation of civil and military air traffic management, which will bring a range of benefits, including greater operational efficiencies and better investment in personnel and infrastructure.

Staib said the future ATM system will ensure that Australian aviation remains at the forefront of technologically advanced air traffic management and safety.

"A truly national harmonised ATM platform will remove the inherent limitations from separately managed volumes of airspace and the constraints of operating different systems," Staib said.

"Through more flexible use of airspace, it will enable better management and prioritisation of an increasingly complex traffic mix. In an environment of projected growth, it will also allow us to connect the Australian aviation industry to deliver world-best industry performance."

Air Marshal Brown said the new system will reduce overlaps, increase cooperation, improve communication, and deliver better training and expertise across the workforce.

"The streamlining of equipment and processes will bring with it shared expertise and facilities, creating economies of scale whilst delivering greater flexibility meeting the needs of airspace users," Brown said.

Airservices will lead the project, including procurement of the future system for both the organisations.


Image: Airservices Australia's air traffic control tower at Mackay Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Airservices Australia.