The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to set up country's first Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI).
Planned to be built over a 1,000m², the ATMRI will be used for ATM R&D activities and research projects.
CAAS will provide S$50 ($40.3m) for ATM R&D activities and ATM experts for projects over the next five years, while NTU will provide S$22m ($16.1m) for research manpower and facilities.
CAAS director-general Yap Ong Heng said that the ATMRI is a key element of the agency's larger effort to build Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for ATM.
"Through the conduct of high quality ATM R&D of world-class standard, the ATMRI will develop innovative solutions to catalyse ATM transformation in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, harmonised with ATM developments globally for interoperability," Heng said.
"In addressing the ATM needs of Singapore, the ATMRI will contribute to enhancing safety and efficiency of air traffic, thereby maintaining Singapore's position as a leading air hub."
Following the commencement of operations, ATMRI will embark on projects aimed at boosting air traffic capacity and improving efficiency of flight operations.
The new centre will also conduct research on enhancing air ground traffic management, weather forecast and information management, aircraft separation management and human performance.
NTU provost Professor Freddy Boey said that the new institute will allow the university to translate more fundamental research into feasible applications in the real world, not only generating knowledge and know-how but also providing critical manpower required for research in ATM.
"It will help our efforts to build up and nurture intellectual and human capital for ATM R&D in Singapore and beyond," Boey said.
The ATMRI will also work together with international institutes to facilitate transfer of knowledge and skill to give a boost to ATM research efforts in the country.
Partnerships with outside agencies will help the institute in ensuring that the solution it is developing is in sync with global developments.
Image: NTU provost, professor Freddy Boey and CAAS director-general Yap Ong Heng during the signing of MOA to set up Singapore's first Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI). Photo: courtesy of CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE.