The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
and Aireon LLC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on
Wednesday, to enhance aircraft tracking in the Singapore Flight
Information Region (FIR).
Through this collaboration, Aireon aims to work
with CAAS to enhance surveillance coverage over the entire
Singapore FIR with the deployment of a space-based Automatic
Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) service.
The MOA was signed by Yap Ong Heng,
Director-General of CAAS, and Don Thoma, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Aireon, at the sidelines of the High Level
Safety Conference held in Montreal, Canada on 4 February 2015.
agreement is an extremely important step forward in ensuring safe,
efficient and cost-effective air navigation services on a
long-term, sustainable basis,” said Don Thoma, President and CEO,
Aireon. “Singapore is a leader in air traffic management
deployment and implementation, and we will be working closely with
CAAS to explore and define how Aireon’s capabilities can greatly
improve aviation operations in the Singapore FIR and the region.”
lays the groundwork for collaboration on the enhancement of
surveillance and better provision of air traffic services through
space-based ADS-B surveillance services in the Singapore FIR and
the region. This includes evaluating the unique requirements of
the Singapore FIR and the region; developing the needed policies,
standards and procedures for use of the space-based ADS-B service;
and determining how best to implement this service to improve and harmonise the efficiency of air traffic management services in the Singapore FIR and the region.
Currently, some parts of the
Singapore FIR are not under surveillance coverage, such as remote
areas and over the oceans. In such areas, air traffic controllers
must provide a larger separation between aircraft to ensure safety
of the aircraft and passengers.
With the deployment of this
space-based ADS-B service, the real-time positions and en-route
status information of all ADS-B equipped aircraft flying within
the Singapore FIR can be tracked.
This ability to track all
aircraft is one consideration to allow for the safe reduction in
separation between aircraft, thus increasing airspace capacity.
Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS, said,
“We are constantly looking for new and innovative solutions to
enable us to provide better air traffic services in the Singapore
FIR. This new space-based ADS-B capability represents the next level of surveillance capability and will complement our existing
ground-based air traffic surveillance systems. This technology
together with the right operational procedures can potentially
enhance flight efficiencies and help reduce fuel costs for
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