The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has successfully installed Comsoft’s AIDA-FPL flight plan convertor, in a move to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s new flight plan format effective from 15 November 2012.
According to Comsoft, the AIDA-FPL flight plan convertor will allow CAAS’ existing air traffic management (ATM) systems to support the new format prior to ICAO’s fixed date.
Launched in 2011, the new AIDA-FPL is based on Comsoft’s AIDA-NG solution and allows two-way conversion from the new format to the current one and vice versa, without any loss of information.
AIDA-FPL automatically transforms flight plan messages from the new format into the existing format as per the ICAO-advised conversion tables.
The system converts only for the addresses that are incompatible with the flight plan, while other flight plans will be forwarded unaltered.
By performing reverse transformation for current format flight plans, which contain all the required information to convert messages into the new format, the convertor allows interoperability between systems supporting the new format and those with the old format.
According to Comsoft, if the date of flight (DOF) has been set for any time past one day in the future, the new system stores the flight plan temporarily and will deliver it 24 hours before the actual departure time.