In the run up to the FIFA World Cup this year,
and the Olympics in 2016, SITA is working with the Comissão de
Implantação do Sistema de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (CISCEA) in its
drive to upgrade Brazils air traffic management technology.
CISCEA is the body responsible for
developing and implementing new technologies for DECEA, the
Brazilian Air Navigation Service Provider.
provides Departure Clearance (DCL) and Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) datalink services at both Antonio
Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro and São
Paulos GRU Airport. These solutions will now be extended to 23
airports across Brazil.
Major Brigadier Carlos Vuyk
de Aquino, President of CISCEA, said, Brazil has the busiest
airspace in South America and we are very proud to be hosting two
of the worlds biggest sporting events. We want everyone flying
to, from and within Brazil to have smooth and uneventful journeys.
It is therefore essential that our air traffic managers have
access to the very best technology available.
This investment is not only for these big events, but is part of
SIRIUS, DECEAs major modernization program. A cornerstone of this
program is the delivery of datalink services at Brazils main
airports to transform air traffic communications. We have been
working with SITA over the past ten years and we are confident
that the SITA team will deliver exactly what we need.
DCL, using SITAs datalink solution integrated with local
systems, streamlines departure control. The pilot requests
departure clearance by sending a text message to the control tower
and the controller responds, also by datalink. Likewise, using
D-ATIS, real-time airport operational and weather information is
transmitted to the pilot over datalink. Together DCL and DATIS
will reduce overloading of the VHF voice frequency and so improve
overall efficiency and safety.
Philip Clinch, SITA
Vice President of Aircraft Services, said, Using datalink makes
flying more efficient and even safer. The transmission of data in
text format is highly reliable. It reduces workload for both air
traffic controllers and pilots by improving the accuracy of their
communications. And information can be transmitted at any phase of
the flight, in advance of the busy time period of departure and
The project began in December 2013 and
is progressing as planned. The technology is being delivered in
batches to four airports at a time and will be completed in time
for the Olympic Games in 2016.