The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has signed collaboration agreements with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), MITRE and Airbus Prosky to modernise air traffic control in the country.
As part of the agreement, all the sides will cooperate on ATM initiatives to support safe and efficient growth of air transportation in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.
The collaboration will evaluate new technology, try to improve ATM systems and support the creation of the Centre of Excellence for ATM.
Following the commencement of operation as a centre of excellence for ATM, Singapore will be a host to several ATM units to carry out research and development (R&D) for creation and adoption of new ATM concepts.
CAAS director general Yap Ong Heng said that the organisations are having extensive experience and expertise in ATM modernisation, which will add value to the development of ATM solutions for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.
"Collaborating with partners from other regions will also contribute to ATM harmonisation and interoperability across regions in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization's Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) framework," Heng said.
CAAS set up a S$200m ($160m) fund in September 2012 to support research institutes and perform research and development (R&D) activities in ATM over the next ten years.
Airbus ProSky CEO Eric Stefanello said that Singapore is at the centre of Asia Pacific region, where air traffic movements are growing rapidly and collaborative ATM systems are required to meet the demand.
"CAAS is an innovative ATM service provider and Airbus ProSky is dedicated to supporting their Centre of Excellence for ATM with intelligent solutions that enable air transportation performance and capacity improvements," Stefanello said.
As part of the initiative, research institutes, think-tanks and industry players will work together to develop new concepts and technologies, such as adapting technologies that have already been developed for other regions.
The development of ATM technologies and solutions will assist in addressing the growth of air transport capacity, while maintaining enhanced safety and service standards.
Image: NextGen is an initiative of US FAA to transform its National Airspace System (NAS) to a satellite-based ATM system to meet future air traffic demand. Photo: courtesy of the US Department of Transportation.