Updated: 11/21/2012 23:43

CAAS signs collaboration deals for air traffic management R&D



CAAS signs collaboration deals for air traffic management R&D

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has sealed four foundational collaboration agreements with leading American and European organisations. 

Hailing it as a key milestone, CAAS says the agreements help Singapore achieve its plans to establish itself as a Centre of Excellence for Air Traffic Management, or ATM. 

The four agreements were signed over two days - 19 and 20 November 2012 - at the sidelines of the 12th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Conference held in Montreal, Canada. 

The four organisations - the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), The MITRE Corporation (MITRE) and Airbus Prosky - are drivers or significant participants in major ATM modernisation programmes, such as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the United States (US) and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) in Europe. 

CAAS says the partnership agreements will set in motion a wide range of collaborative activities, including research & development (R&D), test-bedding and validation of ATM concepts, technologies and solutions for the continued safety and efficiency of the growing air traffic in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. These include ways and means to maximise airspace capacity, optimise aircraft operations and enhance air navigation services operational and human performance. 

Mr Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS, said "CAAS is pleased to sign agreements with the four leading organisations to advance ATM research and development in Singapore under our Centre of Excellence for ATM initiative. With their extensive experience and expertise in ATM modernisation, these organisations will bring significant value to the development of ATM solutions for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region." 

Mr Yap added that, "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."

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