Brazil’s air navigation service provider (ANSP), the Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (DECEA), has deployed the D-VOLMET service through Sita AIRCOMevamet, which will offer live weather data to aircraft during flights over a dedicated data link.
The upgrade is part of DECEA’s plan to upgrade air traffic management (ATM) ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, both of which are to be held in the country.
DECEA General Director Brig Mendes said that as the agency prepares to welcome the world to Brazil, it is important that it has the best possible technology in place.
"Meteorological factors were responsible for a significant number of air traffic delays in the first half of 2012 and by providing high-quality, reliable and above all live data on meteorological conditions, we can help pilots and airlines reduce those delays significantly," Mendes said.
"Full knowledge of all the weather conditions also helps improve safety by giving the pilots the tools to avoid bad weather as it develops."
According to Sita, the new technology will deliver the latest meteorological data, covering Brazil’s five flight information regions (FIRs) and 150 airports, through a data link to aircraft cockpit systems.
The weather information broadcast will allow updates during flight, compared to the existing system that offers information to pilots prior to take-off with updates during flight through voice radio.
Sita claims that the new system will deliver updates through data link to cockpit printers rather than by voice, which enhances safety as it offers data on major changes in weather that requires pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC) to change the pre-defined flight plan.
SITA Aircraft Solutions vice president Philip Clinch said: "DECEA is investing in air traffic management (ATM) system modernization as the volume of air traffic in Brazil rises and SITA welcomes DECEA’s selection of our D-VOLMET system which has the immediate potential to realise safety, efficiency and operational benefits for DECEA and airspace users alike."
DECEA covers 8.5 million square kilometres in Brazil and controls key routes that pass through the South Atlantic from South America to Africa, Europe and the Middle East.