Airbus' subsidiary Metron Aviation has received a contract from the Australian air navigation service agency Airservices to support the next phase of its collaborative decision making (CDM) programme to optimise international flight operations across the country's airspace.
As part of the agreement, Metron will be responsible for engaging international carriers in the CMD programme and improve the efficiency of international flights by targeting arrival times, which dynamically balance air traffic demand with capacity.
Airservices Australia chief executive officer Margaret Staib said that the programme will further improve air traffic efficiency, while regulating controller workload in congested terminal and en route airspace.
"Close collaboration with Metron Aviation has led to the successful deployment of ATFM in Australia. It has given us the confidence and stakeholder buy-in to work on the next levels of ATFM innovation.
"With the new CDM programme, we will bring significant operational benefits to international flights and the entire aviation community, while reducing flight delays, fuel burn and emissions."
The next phase will also allow the introduction of air traffic flow management (ATFM) into the Asia Pacific region, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) programme.
The contract will also enable Metron Aviation to implement a proven Concept Engineering methodology that allows engaging all stakeholders, including international operators, in the operational concept and procedure development.
Airservices Australia commissioned Metron Aviation's Traffic management solution in 2012 in a bid to boost the operational efficiency for aircraft operators and enhance the safety and capacity of the Australian airspace.
Metron Traffic Flow, which is a component of the Metron Harmony integrated ATFM suite, would boost regional coordination and improve the capacity, efficiency and safety of the Australian airspace.
In July 2013, Airservices and the Department of Defence issued a request for tender (RFT) for creating the future air traffic management (ATM) platform, in a bid to align the requirements of civil and defence ATM requirements as part of a single unified national solution.
Image: Airservices Australia's next phase of collaborative decision making (CDM) programme would optimise international flight operations in the country's airspace. Photo: courtesy of Airservices Australia.