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2017

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(Ottawa, March 6, 2017) - The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is now using technology developed by NAV CANADA for its Air Traffic Services Data Management System (ATSDMS) to manage, integrate, and display real-time air traffic control (ATC) information.

CAD completed the implementation of the ATSDMS using NAVCANatm technology at its new ATC Centre and Tower in Hong Kong on November 14, 2016. Services provided by NAV CANADA include software development, system installation, operational and technical training, on-site and remote technical support, and hardware and software maintenance after system deployment through years of close collaborative work.

NAVCANinfo, the foundation for ATSDMS, manages and displays extensive operational data and safety-critical information to air traffic controllers in real-time. Information layouts, displays and notifications are customizable to meet the needs of each controller, helping to improve efficiency and enhance safety.

“We are pleased to be working with the Hong Kong CAD to bring NAV CANADA’s advanced technology to Hong Kong,” said Neil Wilson, NAV CANADA’s President and CEO. “This technology will bring important safety and efficiency gains to Hong Kong, which is well-known as one of the major international and regional aviation hubs in the world.”

In 2016, HKIA handled 70.5 million passenger trips and 4.52 million tonnes of cargo. It is the world's busiest air cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports.

The ATSDMS used by CAD mainly includes:

  • An enhanced Air Traffic Control Data Network, which is the communications backbone for all new ATC systems for the HKIA.

 

  • An Operational Information Database System (OIDS), which captures real-time and safety critical information from ATC systems and other airport operational systems owned by different local aviation partners through dedicated interfaces, and provides integrated operational displays in ATC towers/centres and information exchange/dissemination services among ATC systems and other airport operational systems for supporting ATC operations and collaborative decision making in aviation community in order to enhance flight safety and operational efficiency.

 

NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 100 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

 

NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation services provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. 

 CAD is responsible for regulating the operational safety and airworthiness of aircraft registered in Hong Kong; planning, co-ordination, provision and subsequent maintenance / enhancements of the air traffic control systems, radar, navigational aids and communication equipment for the Hong Kong International Airport ; licensing, regulation, inspection and monitoring of safety and security of aerodromes (including heliports) in Hong Kong; the provision of air traffic control service, flight information service and alerting service within the Hong Kong Flight Information Region as assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization; and  implementation of air services arrangements and aviation policy to enable air services to be operated to meet demand.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
National Manager, Media Relations
(613) 563-7303

Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226​

2015

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(Ottawa, March 11, 2015) – Technology provided jointly by Saab Corporation and NAV CANADA has been selected by Airservices Australia for their air traffic control towers at the Gold Coast, Perth, Cairns and Brisbane airports as part of the second phase of their tower modernisation program.

NAV CANADA is providing a modified version of its NAVCANsuite of ATC tools called INTAS, and Saab will provide overall project management and system integration as well as integration of surface automation tools.

The Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) combines flight data, operational data, surveillance, and airfield lighting control, providing air traffic controllers with an environment that enhances safety and efficiency, and reduces controller workload.

INTAS is already in operational service at Airservices control towers at Broome, Rockhampton, Adelaide and Melbourne airports.

“INTAS allows Airservices controllers to continue to move from a manual, paper-based system to a harmonized suite of ATC systems and capabilities, right at their fingertips," said Mark Rodwell, Airservices Executive General Manager Projects and Engineering. “The system supports increased situational awareness of the aircraft and runways, enhancing the safety of the environment.”

“Saab has a long history of deploying air traffic control technologies to Airservices," said Patrick Fitzgerald, Director CNS Projects and Programs. “This new contract extends our partnership with NAV CANADA, and working closely with Airservices, we will continue to deliver this industry-leading air traffic control tower system.”

“We are pleased that INTAS has proven to be a successful product for Airservices and that the program is now expanding to other airports that are experiencing growth in air traffic,” said Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for NAV CANADA. “We remain committed to supporting this program with our advanced air traffic management technology and skilled personnel.”

Saab will leverage its expertise as an Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) provider and integrator and serve as the prime contractor responsible for engineering authority, project management, installation and support organization. NAV CANADA will use its expertise in tower-based Air Traffic Management systems to provide application software, system design, associated development and integration, testing, and training.

INTAS is comprised of a Controller Working Position with up to four touchscreen monitors to display data and common input devices. The system integrates Electronic Flight Strips, Operational Data Management (monitoring and control of airfield ground lighting, navigational aids, weather and other related systems), Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Services, and an Electronic Surveillance System (integrated terminal and surface surveillance) on a common display. Surface surveillance will be provided by the Saab A-SMGCS system.

Airservices Australia is a Government owned corporation responsible for the safe and efficient management of air traffic across 11 per cent of the world's air space. Services include air traffic control, airspace management, aeronautical information, radar communications, radio navigation aids, aviation maintenance and engineering, environmental management and aviation rescue and firefighting. For more information regarding Airservices Australia, visit www.airservicesaustralia.com

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. Visit www.saabgroup.com

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 100 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management. NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. Additional information about NAVCANatm is available at www.navcanatm.ca .

For further information, please contact:

Beth Clark
Manager, Corporate Communications
 (613) 563-7500
Ron Singer
National Manager, Media Relations
(613) 563-7303
 
Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

2014

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(Prestwick and Ottawa December 2, 2014)  An innovative and shared oceanic air traffic control system with enhanced features has been implemented at NATS Control Centre in Prestwick, Scotland and NAV CANADA’s Control Centre in Gander, Newfoundland to assist controllers as they direct aircraft across the North Atlantic – the busiest oceanic airspace in the world.
 
This is the latest in a series of air traffic control technology and procedural advances in this airspace, in which NATS and NAV CANADA are responsible for providing service to over 400,000 flights per year between Europe and North America.
 
The technology, originally installed in Gander and now also operational in Prestwick, is known as the Gander Automated Air Traffic System (GAATS+) – the world’s most advanced oceanic air traffic system.
 
GAATS+ is a result of a unique NAV CANADA-NATS joint development model that has been in place since 2003, when a team of technical and operational experts from Canada and the UK worked together to adapt an early version of NAV CANADA’s GAATS to meet the technical and operational requirements of Prestwick Centre.
 
This same successful “build-once, use-twice” approach was used again recently to prepare and migrate the current GAATS+ system for use in the Prestwick Centre. Now, for the first time, controllers in Prestwick and Gander can exchange messages back and forth with advanced automation, allowing improved coordination between the centres. This functionality is in addition to other enhanced features of GAATS+ that will facilitate further improvements to the safety and efficiency of transatlantic air routes, and will help to position the two organizations for future initiatives such as SWIM (System Wide Information Management) to enable greater sharing and integration of ATM system information.
 
Martin Rolfe, Managing Director, Operations, NATS, said: “The use of GAATS+ at the NATS Control Centre in Prestwick will greatly enhance the Oceanic operation and increase efficiencies for us as well as for our airline customers. This is a hugely important development not only for the immediate benefits it will deliver, but also for future technologies that the system will enable. It is a further step towards a more harmonised operational and technical approach between all of the countries that manage aircraft over the North Atlantic.”
 
“Both our customers and our controllers will benefit from increased functionality and greater commonality at both Oceanic centres”, said John Crichton, President and CEO of NAV CANADA. “This includes the seamless integration of ground-based ADS-B surveillance features in GAATS+ which will serve as the basis for the satellite-based ADS-B services offered by Aireon in 2018.”
 
The GAATS+ system features increased automation of data exchange with other air traffic facilities and integrates a series of safety net tools such as conflict prediction and conflict alert.  It also provides controllers with a snapshot of current and planned traffic as well as available route profiles, allowing the controller to easily identify an aircraft’s preferred route and provide a conflict-free clearance.
 
The introduction of further collaborative North Atlantic initiatives by NAV CANADA and NATS – such as Reduced Lateral Separation Minima (RLatSM) – will also be implemented on the common oceanic control system, providing customers with efficiency benefits for their flights across the ocean.
 
The success of the original agreement between NAV CANADA and NATS and the implementation of GAATS+ across the North Atlantic has also provided a foundation to broaden the scope of collaboration. A new Program called COAST (Collaboration on Oceanic Airspace Systems and Tools) will be focusing on continued long-term collaboration opportunities for improved safety, service, value and environmental benefits for customers who fly the North Atlantic.
 
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.
 
About NATS
NATS is a leading air navigation services specialist, handling 2.2 million flights in 2013/14, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.  NATS also provides air traffic control services at 15 UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.
 
Building on its reputation for operational excellence and innovation, NATS also offers aerodrome, data, engineering and consultancy solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, air traffic service providers and Governments.  There is more information on the NATS website at www.nats.aero
 

For further information, please contact:

Ron Singer
NAV CANADA
Manager, Media Relations
(613) 563-7303
Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

Anne-Marie Black
Senior Press Officer, NATS
Tel: +44 (0) 1489 615 945 (0830-1800)
01489 445 699 (outside office hours)
 

press.office@nats.co.uk

(Ottawa and Rome, August 11, 2014)  NAV CANADA and Techno Sky S.r.l. announced today that they have entered into an agreement to provide to ENAV, Italy’s Air Navigation Service Provider, the NAVCANsuite Integrated Tower solution to manage and display critical air traffic control information.  

NAVCANsuite technology will be installed in air traffic control towers at six sites, starting with Milano Malpensa International Airport. Other airports will include: Milan Linate Airport, Leonardo da Vinci - Rome International Airport, Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport, Ciampino - GB Pastine International Airport, and Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. Deployment of the system will begin in 2015.

Two key NAVCANsuite products will be installed in the six towers: NAVCANstrips and NAVCANsitu. 

NAVCANstrips, an advanced flight strip system, allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online, providing immediate access to key information, and permitting more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity. Flight data transactions are automated and can be configured to generate flow management statistics and other information.

NAVCANsitu provides a single situational display for enroute, terminal and ground surveillance. It combines fused tracked surveillance, using data from several surveillance sources, which is tightly coupled with the advanced flight strip system.

"We are pleased to have been selected to deploy NAVCANatm technology in Italy," said NAV CANADA President and CEO John Crichton. "We look forward to working with the Techno Sky team to install this advanced ATM technology that will support the enhanced transfer and management of operational information in the six ENAV towers."

“The installation of this technology will ensure our controllers have the tools required for ongoing improvements to ATM performance,” Massimo Garbini, CEO of ENAV said, “We are continuing with our commitment to provide the country with the safest and most efficient air navigation services possible.”

NAV CANADA and Techno Sky will be coordinating the provision of the integrated tower solution, including hardware acquisition, software development and integration, operational and technical training, and ongoing maintenance after system deployment.

NAVCANsuite integrated tower applications manage and display extensive operational data, and safety-critical information to air traffic controllers in real time. All of the information layouts, displays and notifications are customizable to meet the requirements of each controller, helping to reduce distractions and enhance safety.

NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 100 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management. NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. Additional information about NAVCANatm is available at www.navcanatm.ca

Techno Sky S.r.l. is the ENAV Company dealing with the operational management, engineering and maintenance of national air traffic control plants and systems ensuring their complete availability and full operational efficiency on an uninterrupted basis.

ENAV S.p.A. is the Italian Company for Air Navigation Services.  Presently ENAV manages more than 1.6 million flights per year, about 6,000 flights per day.  ENAV is a member of FAB, BLUE MED, SESAR JU and the A6 Alliance.  Key Data:  4 ACCs & 40 Control Towers / Staff: 3,300 / One day peak 6,160 on 4 August 2008.

For further information, please contact:

NAV CANADA 

Ron Singer

Manager, Media Relations

+1 (613) 563-7303

 

Beth Clark

Manager, Marketing, NAVCANatm

+1 (613) 859-4739

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226            

 

ENAV

Oriana DI PIETRO
Tel +39 329 906 3266
Oriana.dipietro@enav.it

Catch a glimpse of the new NAVCANsuite integrated tower technology installed at Airservices Australia’s new air traffic control tower at Melbourne Airport, which was officially opened on 14 March 2014. Click here

Melbourne is one of four facilities under the Airservices Australia’s National Tower Programme to receive the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS), built and installed jointly by NAV CANADA and Saab Sensis.

 Standing at 75 metres tall the control tower boasts seven controller workstations featuring INTAS. This advanced system combines flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single integrated tower layout for controllers, displayed on touch screen monitors.

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA, offers a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services, including the advanced integrated tower system called NAVCANsuite. NAVCANatm technology is in operation at more than 80 sites world-wide, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the Netherland Antilles and Dubai.

Defense and security company Saab announced that Airservices Australia, the Air Navigation Service Provider for Australia, has commissioned into service the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) at Melbourne Airport. Melbourne, Australia’s second busiest airport, is the fourth air traffic control (ATC) tower to receive the modern INTAS platform provided by Saab and NAV CANADA for the safe, efficient management of air traffic.

INTAS is part of Airservices Australia’s National Towers Program (NTP) initiative to modernize or replace the core ATC technology in its towers with a universal, flexible solution that meets current and future controller needs for safe, efficient operations. INTAS is also operational at Adelaide, Broome and Rockhampton airports.

Saab, along with partners NAV CANADA and Harris, developed INTAS on NAVCANatm technology that was modified to meet the specific needs of the NTP initiative. INTAS is a fully harmonized suite of ATC tools that provides Airservices controllers with a common, modern set of key ATC systems and capabilities in a single customizable platform. NAV CANADA provided a modified version of its NAVCANsuite of ATC tools, while Harris supplied the voice communications system, and Saab provided overall project management and system integration as well as integration of surface automation tools.

“INTAS has successfully met Airservices’ requirements for a modern, flexible air traffic control solution that can seamlessly scale to any size airport or any controller working position,” said Ken Kaminski, general manager of Saab ATM. “Providing controllers with a common set of tools helps ensure safety of operations, increases efficiency and streamlines training and maintenance.”

“The successful implementation of INTAS in Melbourne demonstrates its flexibility and capability to integrate flight data, advanced air field lighting control, and fused air and ground surveillance with safety logic in a large complex tower, ” said Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NAV CANADA.  “As an air traffic service provider and ATM systems developer, NAV CANADA is continuing to advance the INTAS Integrated Tower platform to meet current and Next Gen requirements in all types of single or multiple networked tower operations.”

INTAS is comprised of a Controller Working Position with up to four touchscreen monitors to display data and common input devices. The system integrates:

 

  • Electronic Flight Strips
  • Operational Data Management (monitoring and control of airfield ground lighting, navigational aids, weather and other related systems)
  • Digital – Automatic Terminal Information Services (enabling controllers to construct the terminal information services messages)
  • Voice Communication Control System
  • Electronic Surveillance System (integrated terminal and surface surveillance on a common display)

 

The INTAS architecture supports any tower position (local, ground, clearance or supervisor) and is fully scalable to any size tower (from small regional airports such as Broome and Rockhampton to Australia’s major international hubs like Melbourne).

NAVCANsuite integrated tower automation products combine flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single customizable air traffic management system. NAVCANsuite products are in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and have been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dutch Caribbean.  Additional projects are currently underway in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management (www.navcanatm.ca). NAV CANADA is the private sector air navigation services provider, responsible for the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in Canada’s domestic airspace and international airspace assigned to Canadian control.

 

For further information, please contact:

Saab Press Centre,

+46 734 180 018
presscentre@saabgroup.com

www.saabgroup.com
www.saabgroup.com/Twitter
www.saabgroup.com/YouTube

Rob Conrad, Saab Traffic Management media relations

1-315-751-3646 or 1-315-634-3139

Rconrad@Saabsensis.com

(Ottawa, March 4, 2014) – NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA and provider of advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions, will team with Airbus Defence and Space to offer a solution for the SysAT Program of the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) of France. Together, the team’s capabilities offer a comprehensive tower and approach solution.

NAVCANatm, with its proven record in the development and deployment of ATM products world-wide, will be offering its NAVCANsuite tower automation solution. NAVCANsuite includes features such as electronic flight strips, operational data management, digital-automatic terminal information services, voice communication control, and an integrated electronic surveillance system on up to four touch screen monitors at each controller workstation.  

Airbus Defence and Space will be offering its expertise in large Ground Systems design, development, integration and validation, and deployment, in addition to related program management. The Company has extensive experience delivering complex projects on both domestic and international environments.

The NAVCANatm and Airbus Defence and Space solution will support improved coordination and communications between ATC, airport and airline operations, helping to enhance the air traffic management safety and efficiency.

NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 100 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.  NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. Additional information about NAVCANatm is available at www.navcanatm.ca

To learn more about NAVCANatm integrated ATM technology solutions, visit the NAVCANatm booth 826 at the World ATM Congress and Exhibition, March 3-6, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

 

For further information, please contact:

NAV CANADA
Beth Clark, Manager, Corporate Communications (at World ATM Congress)
(613) 859-4739

Ron Singer, Manager, Media Relations

 (613)563-7303

Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226 / www.navcanada.ca / www.navcanatm.ca

2013

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(Ottawa, September 5, 2013) - NAV CANADA has selected RTI ConnextTM Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware to replace the first generation distribution architecture of its NAVCANtrac Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. The Company began its investigation of technology options in April 2012 and the RTI solution, a modern, data-centric, standards-based next generation middleware platform, was selected following a successful implementation of the evaluation phase.

NAVCANtrac (in Canada, the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System or CAATS) provides advanced air traffic management, automating and integrating flight data from multiple sources. Traffic can be viewed and managed over a very large national airspace using an advanced graphic display. Routine tasks such as flight plan generation, data communication, and sector coordination along with modern ATM decision support functionality allow controllers to more safely and efficiently manage the airspace in their jurisdiction.

The advanced processing capabilities of the RTI Connext DDS air traffic management and support system enhances the current level of automation and integration of flight data between NAV CANADA air traffic control facilities, multiple surveillance sources, and external systems. It will be used for internal system communications, as well as act as the interface to external system communications.

NAV CANADA's program of ongoing investment and in-house development of functional technology enhancements has now extended to all aspects of NAVCANtrac. As part of the evolution of the system's capability, the deployment of RTI Connext DDS will complete the replacement of the middleware software for NAVCANtrac, reducing the volume of application code, and provide a foundation for future technology enhancements.

"RTI Connext DDS was selected for its extensive compliance with the Object Management Group (OMG) DDS standard; its high security rating; its wide support of tools and programming languages, and its reputation for performance, scalability and 24/7 reliability," said Sid Koslow, Chief Technology Officer, NAV CANADA. "It is a good fit to support current and future software development for the NAVCANtrac distributed architecture.

"We are pleased that NAV CANADA has selected Connext DDS," said David Barnett, VP of Product Management at RTI. "It will ease transition of the currently operational and proven NAVCANtrac system to a more flexible, scalable and interoperable Open Architecture. This will accelerate the release of enhancements while reducing software development and integration costs."

With its 4-D flight trajectories, NAVCANtrac provides precise information about the current and future position of every aircraft through space and time, improving safety as well as flight predictability. In addition, NAVCANtrac makes full use of the latest surveillance fusion technology, displaying a seamless presentation of targets generated from a variety of surveillance sources. As a precursor to enhanced capacity, the system also offers a set of comprehensive Safety Net features, which provide controllers with additional tools to enhance safety and efficiency.

About NAVCANatm and NAV CANADA

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management (http://www.navcanatm.ca/).

NAV CANADA is the private sector air navigation services provider, responsible for the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in Canada's domestic airspace and international airspace assigned to Canadian control.

About RTI

RTI is the real-time infrastructure software company.

RTI provides the messaging backbone for the world's most demanding real-time systems. RTI Connext™ enables applications - running on the smallest devices and the largest enterprise servers - to seamlessly share information and work together as one. Committed to open standards, open community source and open architecture, RTI provides the leading implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard.

Our customers are in aerospace and defense, process automation, financial services, energy, automotive, health sciences and transportation. RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. RTI, Real-Time Innovations, RTI Data Distribution Service, DataBus, Connext, 1RTI, and the phrase "Your systems. Working as one," are registered trademarks or trademarks of Real-Time Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective owners. ©2013 RTI. All rights reserved.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

Airservices Australia, the Air Navigation Service Provider for Australia, has commissioned into service the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) at Adelaide Airport. This is their third airport to receive the integrated air traffic control tower platform provided by Saab and NAV CANADA for the safe, efficient management of air traffic.

INTAS, based on NAVCANatm technology and modified to meet the needs of Airservices Australia’s National Towers Program (NTP), is a fully harmonized suite of air traffic control (ATC) tools that provides Airservices controllers with a common, modern set of key ATC systems and capabilities in a single customizable platform. The same technology is operational at Broome and Rockhampton Airports, with Melbourne scheduled for commissioning later this year.

Airservices Australia’s NTP initiative is modernizing or replacing the core ATC technology in its towers with a universal, flexible solution that meets current and future controller needs for safe, efficient operations. Saab, along with partners NAV CANADA and Harris have developed and are deploying INTAS. NAV CANADA provided a modified version of its NAVCANsuite, while Harris supplied the voice communications system, and Saab is providing overall project management and system integration.

The INTAS architecture supports any tower position (local, ground, clearance or supervisor) and is fully scalable to any size tower (from small regional airports such as Broome and Rockhampton to Australia’s major international hubs).

INTAS is comprised of a Controller Working Position with up to four touchscreen monitors to display data and common input devices based on the airport. The system integrates:
• Electronic Flight Strips
• Operational Data Management (monitoring and control of airfield ground lighting, navigational aids, weather and other related systems)
• Digital – Automatic Terminal Information Services (enabling controllers to construct the terminal information services messages)
• Voice Communication Control System
• Electronic Surveillance System (integrated terminal and surface surveillance on a common display)

“With the commissioning of Adelaide, INTAS has demonstrated its ability to effectively scale from small regional airports to major airports using the same systems, tools and equipment,” said Ken Kaminski, general manager of Saab ATM.

“The inherent flexibility in the INTAS platform allows it to meet the current and future demands of all tower types and operator position,” said Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NAV CANADA.  “INTAS fuses critical ATC functionality into a customizable system that is adaptable to a range of facilities and configurations, and scalable to meet the demands of current and next generation technology. As an air traffic service provider, we also ensure the integration of operational knowledge into our technology development to deliver advanced solutions that offer enhanced efficiency and safety.”

NAVCANsuite integrated tower automation products combine flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single customizable air traffic management system. NAVCANsuite products are in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and have been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Dutch Caribbean.  Additional projects are currently underway in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

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(Ottawa, July 3, 2013) – NAV CANADA air traffic controllers at Calgary International Airport (YYC) are handling flights from a new air traffic control tower. At over 300 feet high (270 feet at eye level in the cab), it is the highest free-standing tower of its kind in Canada.

“Construction of the new Calgary tower was necessary to address changes that are taking place as part of the Calgary Airport Authority’s $2 billion development program,” says Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery. “Its height allows optimal sight lines onto the new 14,000-ft parallel runway that is scheduled to be opened in May 2014.This will ensure that safety and customer service are maintained and will position us for future growth.”

Air traffic controllers officially moved into the new facility on May 27. The new cab, at 60 square meters, is roomier and has eight operational positions for air traffic controllers compared to five in the old tower. The new tower’s height will give controllers’ the ability to view holding bays, taxiways, approach and departure paths and airborne traffic patterns.

“Our sight lines have improved markedly,” says Wayne Nyman, Manager of Calgary Tower. “They also represent a 180-degree change in perspective compared to the old tower, so controllers underwent simulation training well in advance to become accustomed to this difference.”

“The new control tower is an essential component of the Runway Development Project,” says Garth Atkinson, President and CEO, Calgary Airport Authority. “We are delighted to have NAV CANADA in the new facility and working with us to bring the new runway online.”

The Control Tower building also houses a Technical Operations maintenance center for onsite technologists to perform maintenance and repairs, when necessary, on NAV CANADA's navigational aids and other equipment at YYC.

As the vacated tower was already equipped with the latest NAVCANatm technology, most of it was duplicated at the new tower, allowing for a safer and easier transition. The advanced electronic flight strips system, called NAVCANstrips, and other integrated air traffic management technology is in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the Netherlands Antilles and the United Arab Emirates.

NAV CANADA has also enhanced its Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) at the airport by integrating multilateration in order to provide controllers with improved situational awareness of aircraft and vehicle movements on the runways and taxiways. This is the second installation of this technology in Canada.

Calgary International Airport is the country’s fourth busiest in passenger numbers, with a record 13.6 million passengers in 2012. YYC is also Canada’s third busiest airport in terms of air traffic with 240,771 aircraft movements in 2012. NAV CANADA has a staff complement of 35 air traffic controllers working in the tower. More information is available on the fact sheet.

NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation services provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act. Since 1992, it has been responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC is an important economic engine for the city, region and province, generating over $6 billion in economic activity.

Images are provided with this release and can be accessed below:
External photo 1
External photo 2
Controller workstation

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Jody Moseley
Director, Corporate Communications & Marketing
Calgary Airport Authority
(403) 807-9143

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, June 27, 2013) - NAV CANADA has invested an additional US $40 million in preferred interests of Aireon LLC, a joint venture with Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM). This investment increases NAV CANADA's ownership of Aireon to 18.7 per cent on a fully diluted basis.

Aireon's mandate is to take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT, Iridium's second-generation satellite constellation, to deliver global aircraft surveillance through Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers on the satellites. Aireon will provide space-based air traffic monitoring services to air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world as the new constellation becomes operational. The Iridium NEXT constellation is scheduled for first launch in early 2015 with full capability expected by 2017.

The new capability will extend air traffic surveillance to vast regions of the globe, promising a quantum leap in fuel savings and avoided greenhouse gas emissions for the world's airlines. The savings stem from the increased ability to use more optimal altitudes and routes, due to the expanded capacity of airspace formerly limited to less efficient procedural separation. 

Agreements signed in November 2012 provide a path for NAV CANADA to acquire up to 51 per cent of Aireon. Under these agreements, NAV CANADA will purchase preferred membership interests that are convertible into common interests. The Company's investment will be made in five tranches, each subject to the satisfaction of various operational, technical, commercial, regulatory and financial conditions. The final tranche is scheduled for late 2017.

Payment for the first tranche - amounting to US $15 million and representing 5.1 per cent of Aireon - was made on November 19, 2012. The current investment, the second of the five tranches, gives NAV CANADA a further 13.6 per cent of the fully diluted equity of Aireon. The aggregate total investment by NAV CANADA in this venture is expected to be up to US $150 million. Options exist for NAV CANADA to acquire up to an additional 19 per cent of Aireon under certain circumstances.

"We are delighted to be advancing our participation in this exciting joint venture." said John Crichton, President & CEO of NAV CANADA. "There are significant safety, efficiency and environmental benefits of extending ADS-B surveillance to the remote areas of the world. We look forward to making improvements to the service we provide customers in our airspace. From discussions with airlines and other ANSPs, we know they are as excited as we are about the applicability of this service in other parts of the world."

In April 2013 NAV CANADA signed a long-term commercial data services contract with Aireon, making the Company Aireon's first customer. The ADS-B data will enable NAV CANADA to deploy this new satellite-based surveillance capability in its North Atlantic airspace operations - the busiest oceanic airspace in the world with some 1,200 flights per day. NAV CANADA estimates customer fuel savings on the North Atlantic alone of over $125 million per year as a result of this new capability, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions of 328,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents annually.

NAV CANADA manages the second largest air navigation service in the world by traffic volume, next to the FAA in the US. In its North Atlantic operation, NAV CANADA co-operates with other ANSPs such as the FAA, NATS and the Irish Aviation Authority.

NAV CANADA is the country's private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Jonathan Bagg
Manager, Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-5923

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, June 20, 2013) – NAV CANADA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have signed a Declaration of Intent to collaborate on a range of technical and operational issues in support of the development and deployment of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B).

With the Declaration of Intent, NAV CANADA and the FAA have committed to working together on development of common requirements including the development of policies, standards and operational procedures. Among other things, this will include required navigation performance standards, required communications performance standards, hazard and safety analysis, and international standards and recommended practices.

"We look forward to working together to improve and harmonize the efficiency of our respective air traffic management services to take advantage of the opportunities presented by space-based ADS-B," said Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery. "This is an exciting new direction – one with the promise of significant benefits in safety, fuel savings and reduced GHG emissions for the world’s airlines."

"The FAA and NAV CANADA are global leaders in flight safety and efficiency, and this Declaration of Intent builds on our productive and forward-looking relationship," said Teri Bristol, Deputy Chief Operating Officer – Air Traffic Organization, FAA. "There is significant potential in space-based ADS-B, both in safety and flight efficiency, and we are committed to focusing on the work identified in the Declaration of Intent in conjunction with our NAV CANADA colleagues."  

NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Jonathan Bagg
Manager, Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-5923

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Edmonton, May 9, 2013) - NAV CANADA air traffic controllers are now handling flights at the busy Edmonton International Airport from a new air traffic control tower, which crowns the airport’s new eight-story Central Tower - a significant component of Edmonton International Airport’s Expansion 2012 project.  

“The Central Tower creates a distinctive new landmark and a dramatic icon for both Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and the Capital Region. But it’s not just nice to look at, it was needed. The multifunctional building includes a new NAV CANADA control tower at the top and a new integrated baggage system at the bottom. That left space for retail and office space in the middle, which will be home to NAV CANADA, EIA and Canadian Helicopters offices,” says Reg Milley, EIA President and Chief Executive Officer. 

The tower incorporates many design elements that reflect environmental considerations. EIA is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Central Tower.

From the control tower cab, NAV CANADA controllers will have a clear view of the airspace, runways and taxiways. (View image of the tower here).

“At 48 metres high, the new control tower is four metres taller than the old one, and the floor space in the cab is about 50 per cent bigger,” said Todd Trischuk, Control Tower Manager. “The extra height improves the controllers’ sight lines and the larger area makes it a better working environment. The cab is also equipped with new ergonomically designed consoles.”

Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery noted that the previous control tower was over 40 years old. “It was clear that to continue to efficiently serve the airport’s existing traffic and projected future growth we needed a new larger air traffic control facility,” said Kellar.

“The airport’s expansion, including a well-designed efficient terminal building with integrated office space, was a perfect opportunity to upgrade our air traffic control tower and provide advanced tools and equipment for our employees to continue to provide excellent services from. The tower project was facilitated by the airport authority and they gave us excellent cooperation throughout the planning and construction,” Kellar added.

EIA is the country’s fifth busiest airport in passenger numbers with 6.7 million passengers in 2012, and eighth busiest in air traffic with 142,000 annual aircraft movements. NAV CANADA has a staff complement of 18 air traffic controllers working in the control tower.

Edmonton’s new control tower is equipped with the latest NAVCANatm technology including NAVCANstrips. This advanced electronic flight strips system and other integrated air traffic management technology is in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the Netherland Antilles, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

NAV CANADA, is the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Heather Lynne Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
EIA
(780) 890-2434

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

Establishes the framework for a significant global business opportunity

  

MCLEAN, VA. (April 29, 2013) – Aireon LLC, the developer of the world’s first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system, announced today that it has finalized a long-term commercial data services contract with NAV CANADA, further demonstrating Aireon’s continued progress towards transforming air traffic communications and helping to establish the global value of Aireon’s service in the market.

Aireon, a joint venture between Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) and NAV CANADA, will take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT, Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation, scheduled for first launch in early 2015. Aireon will provide space-based air traffic monitoring services as the new constellation becomes operational, with full capability expected by 2017. 

Not only is Iridium a joint venture partner, but a significant supplier of the technology and the network platform for the AireonSM service. As announced in June 2012, Aireon is expected to pay $200 million in hosting fees to Iridium for the integration and launch of Aireon’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver payloads on each of its Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium also expects to receive recurring data communications service fees from Aireon of nearly $300 million, or approximately $20 million annually once fully operational, over the life of Iridium NEXT, assuming Aireon continues to successfully expand beyond NAV CANADA to a global business. In addition to the nearly half a billion dollars in hosting and data fee revenue from Aireon, Iridium also expects to see significant potential value from retaining a substantial interest in the joint venture.

“Iridium has once again capitalized on the unique capabilities of our network to bring forth a revolutionary capability and a sizable new source of revenue for Iridium,” said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. “Aireon is a win-win for all parties involved, offering significant cost savings to the airlines, increasing visibility and flight routing for NAV CANADA and other air navigation service providers (ANSPs), and representing significant new revenue streams for Iridium.”

The Aireon business model is based on delivering fuel and operating cost savings to the airlines. Aireon will generate recurring service revenue from air traffic control organizations such as NAV CANADA, by providing near-real time surveillance over the oceans and remote territories. This will enable air traffic controllers to safely grant more efficient flight levels and direct routing for flights over those regions, which will significantly reduce fuel burn. NAV CANADA and other ANSPs plan to cover the cost of the service by charging the airlines a fee that amounts to a fraction of the fuel cost saved, allowing a majority of the benefits to accrue to the airlines.

Through a continued partnership with NAV CANADA, Iridium has established an end-to-end business model for oceanic ADS-B surveillance. NAV CANADA is ideally suited to be the first customer of Aireon because it manages the second largest air navigation service and is the largest provider of oceanic services in the world by traffic volume. In its North Atlantic operation, in close conjunction with its operating partners, NATS UK and the Irish Aviation Authority, NAV CANADA provides air traffic management for approximately 1,200 flights per day – the busiest oceanic airspace in the world. As a customer, NAV CANADA will benefit from enhanced air traffic surveillance services that will enable commercial airline operations to be more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

“The services provided through Aireon represent great value to the airlines and ANSPs,” said John Crichton, President and CEO of NAV CANADA. “The transformational impact that space-based aircraft surveillance will have on aircraft operations is expected to result in more than $125 million per year in fuel savings through more efficient flight paths in the North Atlantic alone. We are proud to be on the front lines of this initiative as both a customer and a partner in the joint venture.”

The data services agreement with NAV CANADA establishes a path forward for commercial agreements with the world’s air navigation service providers. Aireon expects to focus initial sales in the busy North Atlantic, with significant service revenue potential to Aireon from North Atlantic ANSPs alone through the projected life of Iridium NEXT.

“Since we announced Aireon last June, international ANSP interaction and involvement has grown at a rapid pace, and we are excited to have finalized an agreement with NAV CANADA as our first air traffic control customer,” said Don Thoma, president and CEO, Aireon. “From Aireon’s perspective, we are committed to taking this transformational capability to the whole world, starting with the busy North Atlantic airspace and expanding into other oceanic regions as well as remote land masses and countries without extensive air traffic infrastructure. This is the first of many contracts we expect to sign over the coming years, and we are excited to see continued interest from the FAA and international ANSPs.”

Aireon is the product of Iridium's commitment to establish an innovative use of the hosted payload capability available on Iridium NEXT. The sophisticated ADS-B 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (ES) receivers on every Iridium NEXT satellite will complement ground-based air navigation systems currently in use by seamlessly relaying, in near-real time, the GPS position and track information from aircraft flying over oceans, poles and remote regions to air traffic controllers on the ground. This new capability will extend the benefits of current radar-based surveillance systems, which are estimated to cover less than 10 percent of the world, to the entire planet. Iridium expects that Aireon will be accommodated on future Iridium® constellations, enabling continuity of its operations well beyond 2030. 

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.

About Aireon LLC

Headquartered in McLean, Va., Aireon LLC is a joint venture between Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) and NAV CANADA to provide air traffic management service providers with the capability to track aircraft anywhere in the world in near-real time, including the only coverage over oceanic, polar and remote regions. Aireon will harness the best of aviation surveillance advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve the business of air operations through increased efficiency, expanded safety, worldwide integration and significant cost savings to airlines and ANSPs alike. For more information about Aireon, visit: www.aireon.com.

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is the private sector, non-share capital corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation service (ANS). NAV CANADA co-ordinates the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in Canadian domestic airspace and international airspace assigned to Canadian control. Through its coast to coast to coast operations, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information, airport advisory services, and electronic aids to navigation. ANS facilities include seven area control centres and 41 control towers. The Company also operates 56 flight service stations and eight flight information centres. These facilities are supported by a network of over 1,000 ground-based aids to navigation located across the country. For more information, visit www.navcanada.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the development and deployment of the Iridium NEXT system, the development and deployment of the Aireon hosted payload, the development of Aireon as a global business, the receipt by Iridium of hosting and data services fees from Aireon and the benefits of the Aireon system. Other forward-looking statements can be identified by the words “anticipates,” “may,” “can,” “believes,” “expects,” “projects,” “intends,” “likely,” “will,” “to be” and other expressions that are predictions or indicate future events, trends or prospects. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding the health, capacity and content of Iridium’s current satellite constellation, the development of and transition to Iridium NEXT, Aireon’s ability to successfully develop and deploy the Aireon system and establish Aireon as a global business, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include those factors listed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 5, 2013. There is no assurance that Iridium’s expectations will be realized. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Iridium’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Iridium’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Iridium undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

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(Ottawa, February 26, 2013) - Airservices Australia, the Air Navigation Service Provider for Australia, has commissioned into service the first two Integrated Tower Automation Suites (INTAS) provided by Saab Sensis and NAV CANADA and installed at Broome and Rockhampton Airports.

INTAS, based on NAVCANatm technology and modified to meet the needs of Airservices Australia’s National Towers Program (NTP), is a fully harmonized suite of air traffic control (ATC) tools that is currently being installed in four towers in Australia. Starting with Broome and Rockhampton, Airservices controllers will have a common set of key ATC tools in a single customizable platform for efficient, safe management of air traffic.

Airservices Australia’s NTP initiative is modernizing or replacing the core ATC technology in its towers with a universal, flexible solution that meets current and future controller needs for safe, efficient operation. Saab Sensis, along with partners NAV CANADA and Harris have developed and are deploying INTAS. NAV CANADA provided a modified version of its NAVCANsuite, while Harris supplied the voice communications system.

The INTAS architecture supports any tower position (local, ground, clearance or supervisor) and is fully scalable to any size tower (from small regional airports such as Broome and Rockhampton to Australia’s major international hubs).

“INTAS provides us with a common, modern ATC platform for streamlined operations, training and maintenance,” said Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Jason Harfield. “Our controllers played a critical role in the development of INTAS as they provided input, feedback and refinements along the entire design path to ensure the new system met current operating requirements with minimal retraining.”  

Saab Sensis’ INTAS is comprised of a Controller Working Position with up to four touchscreen monitors to display data and common input devices based on the airport. The system integrates:

  • Electronic Flight Strips
  • Operational Data Management (monitoring and control of airfield ground lighting, navigational aids, weather and other related systems)
  • Digital – Automatic Terminal Information Services (enabling controllers to construct the terminal information services messages)
  • Voice Communication Control System
  •  Electronic Surveillance System (integrated terminal and surface surveillance on a common display)

“With INTAS, Airservices Australia controllers now have a fully integrated ‘glass tower’ to more efficiently manage air traffic,” said Ken Kaminski, senior vice president of Saab Sensis. “INTAS embraces currently-fielded modern ATC tools and seamlessly integrates them into a dynamic system that is flexible, scalable and adaptable to tomorrow’s needs.”

 “We are pleased to be a part of this technology development project, working with Saab Sensis and our air navigation service colleagues in Australia,” said Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NAV CANADA. “The NAVCANatm suite is proven, trusted and applied around the world, and this is a major step forward, demonstrating the adaptability of the technology to a wide variety of operational environments.”

Broome Airport is a regional airport that experiences an increase in air travel during their tourist season. The ATC tower utilizes two positions (surface movement controller and aerodrome controller) and during slow periods, the positions are combined by INTAS, including radio frequencies, and the flight information presentation is automatically reconfigured.

Rockhampton Airport is a regional airport that hosts several annual Australian and international air force training events. The INTAS deployment has features specifically implemented to support the military training flights. The two ATC positions (surface movement controller and aerodrome controller) are combined and automatically reconfigured by INTAS for slower times. 

In addition to Broome and Rockhampton, Saab Sensis is currently fielding INTAS at Adelaide and  Melbourne Airports.

Saab Sensis provides the defense and aviation markets with advanced sensor technologies, next-generation radars, automation, modeling and simulation solutions. The company serves military, civil aviation, airport and airline customers in more than 35 countries across six continents.

 

About NAV CANADA

As Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical    information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

For more information, visit www.navcanada.ca.

 

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(Ottawa, February 11, 2013) – Air traffic controllers in two of Dubai’s airports are now using technology developed by NAVCANatm – NAV CANADA’s air traffic management technologies division – to manage critical flight data.

The advanced electronic flight strips system – known as NAVCANstrips – went operational on July 1, 2012 at the Dubai International Airport Control Tower and Dubai World Central Control Tower.  Dubai is one of the busiest airport hubs in the world, and continues to experience significant traffic growth.
 
NAVCANstrips allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online with a touch-screen application, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips. It provides immediate access to key information, and permits more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity. Flight data transactions are automated and can be configured to generate flow management statistics and other information.

NAV CANADA was selected by the Engineering Projects group of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA-EP) to install NAVCANstrips, in March of 2011. Technology development and installation work was done in conjunction with DCAA-EP and controllers of the Dubai Air Navigation Service Provider (DANS), to tailor the system to the operating environments of each airport.

“Electronic flight strips not only provide immediate efficiency benefits to our operations,” said Yousuf Pirzada, Vice President, Engineering DCAA-EP, “but this technology also provides a strong foundation to be able to respond to the future development and growth of our world-class airport operations.”

“We are pleased to see our advanced technology go live at Dubai’s airports,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO. “The combined effort of NAV CANADA and DANS resulted in a system well adapted to these operational environments, and a smooth and timely deployment. I am confident that this technology will bring important safety and efficiency gains to Dubai airports and their customers.”

Services provided by NAV CANADA to the DCAA-EP include software interface development, system adaptation, system installation and operational and maintenance training.

“Electronic flight strips provide significant benefits to our air traffic control operations,” said Peter Mohring, Director Air Traffic Services, DANS. “They have improved our tower coordination by providing access to important flight information across our system, while allowing us to realize efficiency gains.”

NAVCANstrips, part of a line of proven, trusted and applied products known as NAVCANsuite, is in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Australia, with additional projects underway in Hong Kong and the Netherland Antilles.

At each site, NAVCANatm systems have facilitated efficiency and safety gains benefiting both airports and airlines. With the Dubai deployment, NAVCANstrips is now successfully operational on four continents.

Dubai International Airport is ranked amongst the busiest in the world in terms of international passengers according to Airports Council International. The airport serves more than 130 airlines flying to over 220 destinations across six continents.

Dubai World Central Airport opened in June of 2010 and, when completed, will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub with a capacity of up to 160 million passengers and more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.

As Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

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(Ottawa, November 19, 2012)

NAV CANADA has signed an agreement finalizing the terms of its participation in Aireon LLC, a joint venture with Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), previously announced June 19, 2012.

Aireon's mandate is to provide satellite-based surveillance capability for air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world. Aireon will deliver this global aircraft surveillance through Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers built as an additional payload on Iridium NEXT, the second generation satellite constellation to be launched by Iridium in the 2015-2017 period.

The new capability will extend air traffic surveillance to vast regions of the globe, promising a quantum leap in fuel savings and avoided greenhouse gas emissions for the world's airlines. The savings stem from the increased ability to use more optimal altitudes and routes due to the expanded capacity of airspace formerly limited to less efficient procedural separation. 

"Despite the progress being made around the world, we are all limited by the geography of the world's oceans, and by mountain ranges and remote areas that are difficult to reach," said John Crichton, President & CEO of NAV CANADA. "Aireon promises to circumvent these geographical barriers, extending the benefits of ADS-B surveillance far beyond what was previously thought possible. In addition, the Aireon partnership opens the door to collaboration with other air navigation service providers in other parts of the world."

The agreement provides for NAV CANADA to acquire up to a controlling interest in Aireon, currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Iridium. Under the agreement, NAV CANADA will purchase Series A preferred membership interests representing up to 51 per cent of the fully diluted equity of Aireon. The aggregate total investment in this venture is up to US $150 million.

This investment will be made in five tranches, each subject to the satisfaction of various operational, commercial, regulatory and financial conditions. Payment for the first tranche - amounting to US $15 million and representing 5.1 per cent of the fully diluted equity of Aireon - was made on November 19, 2012. The final tranche is scheduled for late 2017.

"The milestone approach is a prudent way for NAV CANADA to manage its investment in a project of this nature, with each tranche dependent on the achievement of performance milestones," said Crichton.

As announced in June, NAV CANADA also intends to participate in Aireon as a customer, aiming to deploy this new satellite-based surveillance capability in its North Atlantic airspace operations - the busiest oceanic airspace in the world with some 1200 flights per day. Work is underway on an agreement by which Aireon will provide the required ADS-B surveillance data to NAV CANADA for this purpose.

NAV CANADA estimates customer fuel savings on the North Atlantic alone of over $100 million per year as a result of this new capability, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions of 263,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents annually. Said Crichton: "ADS-B is a proven technology with proven benefits. The level of future savings to airlines and aircraft operators will quickly recoup our planned investment thus providing this project with a strong business case based on customer and environmental benefits."

Once Aireon's data service is established, other ANSPs will be able to subscribe to the Aireon service for their own flight information regions.

"We are pleased to formalize this undertaking," said Crichton. "This is an important milestone in a venture that promises to revolutionize the way the flow of air traffic is managed over the world's oceans, in remote locations and in other areas of the globe requiring more cost-effective alternatives to traditional air traffic surveillance."

NAV CANADA manages the second largest air navigation service in the world by traffic volume, next to the FAA in the US. In its North Atlantic operation, NAV CANADA co-operates with other ANSPs such as the FAA and NATS in the UK.

The previous news release issued on this subject by NAV CANADA can be found here, and news releases on the subject issued by Iridium are available here.

About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is the country's private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network - Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the new touch screen integrated tower technology installed in the Broome International Airport control tower with Airservices Australia Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Jason Harfield. Click Here

The new control tower at Broome International Airport, is the first of four new facilities under the  Airservices Australia’s National Tower Programme to receive the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS), built and installed jointly by NAV CANADA and Saab Sensis. Facilities at Rockhampton, Adelaide and Melbourne will also receive this advanced system which combines flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single integrated tower layout for controllers.

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA, offers a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services, including the advanced integrated tower system called NAVCANsuite. NAVCANatm technology is in operation at more than 80 sites world-wide, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the Netherland Antilles and Dubai.

(Ottawa, June 19, 2012)

NAV CANADA, the private-sector company responsible for the Canadian civil Air Navigation Service, has announced its agreement in principle to participate in the formation of Aireon LLC, a planned joint venture whose mandate is to provide revolutionary global satellite-based tracking capability for air navigation service providers around the world.  

NAV CANADA intends to be a partner in Aireon along with Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), with support from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and suppliers Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS). Final confirmation of NAV CANADA’s participation is subject to the completion of formal agreements in the near future.
 
Aireon will deliver global aircraft tracking capability through Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers built into Iridium NEXT, the second generation satellite constellation to be launched by Iridium in the 2015-2017 period.  Iridium operates the world’s furthest-reaching communications network and truly global aircraft tracking will only be available through Iridium NEXT. (See illustration)

NAV CANADA also intends to participate in Aireon as its first customer, aiming to deploy this new satellite-based surveillance capability in its North Atlantic airspace operations, most of which is without surveillance today. The Company estimates customer fuel savings on the North Atlantic alone of over $100 million per year as a result of this new capability.

"Together with our employees and customers, NAV CANADA is very much looking forward to being a part of this once-in-a lifetime opportunity," said John Crichton, President  & CEO of NAV CANADA. "We understand the challenges faced by air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airlines around the world.  Our joint efforts through Aireon are aimed to improve both safety and flight efficiency, while contributing to a greener environment."

Crichton noted that as a future customer, NAV CANADA is well placed to take advantage of the benefits that Aireon will offer, based on the experience and expertise of NAV CANADA people in providing air traffic services over the North Atlantic, the busiest oceanic airspace in the world and the largest by traffic volume.

In his remarks at the news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., announcing the formation of the Aireon joint venture, Crichton noted that NAV CANADA manages the second largest air navigation service in the world by traffic volume, next to the FAA. In its North Atlantic operation, the Company co-operates with other air traffic service providers such as the FAA and NATS in the UK.

"In addition to the North Atlantic, we also manage traffic throughout the remote northern regions of Canada and the Arctic Ocean, so innovation delivered through Aireon is a big deal for us," Crichton said. "We know first hand how important it is to find a solution that covers areas that are not reachable through current land-based systems."

NAV CANADA and other ANSPs around the world have been working for years to find ways to improve efficiency and service for oceanic and remote air travel, and to increase capacity. The Company recently upgraded its oceanic air traffic system, and expanded the reach of its aircraft tracking through land-based ADS-B systems covering the airspace over Hudson Bay, the Eastern Arctic and Greenland.

"Customers are seeing big benefits from this effort, and the work of other ANSPs around the world, in terms of fuel savings and reduced emissions through the use of improved routes and altitudes," Crichton said. "This work will continue, but we all know much more can and must be done."

"Today’s announcement is very exciting," said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. "Through this unmatched partnership, Aireon will enable a quantum improvement in air traffic surveillance, due to the unique, global nature of our communications network. ANSPs everywhere will be able to introduce active air traffic control to airlines wherever they fly, with all of the benefits in efficiency, safety, fuel burn and reduced emissions this will bring."

In the meantime NAV CANADA, along with its staff of air traffic controllers, flight service specialists, engineers and technologists, will continue to enhance flight safety and efficiency with the tools now at its disposal, while planning for the increased capability that Aireon will provide by the time it becomes operational, and beyond.

About NAV CANADA

Marking 15 years as Canada’s private sector civil air navigation service provider (ANSP), with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit http://www.iridium.com/.

See also the Iridium news release.

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Translation Services
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

New technology to boost efficiency, reducing fuel burn and GHG emissions

(Ottawa, March 29, 2012)

NAV CANADA has extended its surveillance to cover a 1.3 million square kilometre portion of airspace over the North Atlantic; the busiest oceanic airspace in the world. The additional coverage began in early March through the Company's further implementation of the satellite-based system, Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B).

ADS-B surveillance allows oceanic controllers at the Gander Area Control Centre to safely reduce separation standards for properly equipped aircraft from approximately 80 nautical miles (NM) to initially 10 NM. This gives air traffic controllers greater ability to provide aircraft with more cost-effective flight profiles, including earlier climbs to fuel-efficient altitudes.

"We estimate that this, combined with ADS-B in northeastern Canada will save air carriers $91 million in fuel costs and result in a reduction of 239,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from now to 2020,"says Rudy Kellar, Vice President, Operations.

ADS-B is a surveillance system that combines satellite links, onboard equipment and ground infrastructure to give air traffic controllers the same kind of information provided by radar. Four ADS-B ground stations in southern Greenland were installed for this oceanic expansion. (See backgrounder).

NAV CANADA's latest ADS-B expansion follows previous deployments over Hudson Bay in 2009, covering over 850,000 square kilometres, and northeastern Canada in 2010, which added more than 1.9 million square kilometres. The total coverage area for ADS-B now stands at more than 4 million square kilometres, made possible by a total of 15 ground stations installed along the Hudson Bay shoreline, the northeast coast, as well as southern Greenland. (See maps: ADS-B or ADS + Radar)

The combined impact of all these ADS-B deployments, projected to 2020, is estimated to be $379 million in fuel cost savings for air carriers, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1,017,000 metric tons.

"With this additional coverage, an intercontinental flight could go through approximately 3,300 kilometres of ADS-B coverage,"notes Kellar. "This represents a significant improvement in service for our customers - the airlines and aircraft operators - with economic as well as environmental benefits."

Currently there are over 1,000 aircraft from 30 airlines that are ADS-B equipped and certified in Canada. That figure is expected to grow appreciably in the future as NAV CANADA's ADS-B expansion produces major gains in safety and service, providing a strong incentive for more air carriers to become properly equipped and certified for ADS-B.

Incorporating ADS-B surveillance in oceanic airspace required considerable engineering and software upgrades to NAV CANADA's oceanic air-traffic system known as GAATS - (Gander Automated Air Traffic System Plus).

The GAATS+ display automatically detects when a properly equipped aircraft moves into ADS-B airspace permitting the controller to apply the new surveillance separation standard. Communications between oceanic controllers and pilots in the North Atlantic airspace covered by ADS-B has also improved through VHF radio installations.

Marking 15 years as Canada's private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

Ottawa, March 6, 2012

NAV CANADA announced today that the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China has selected NAV CANADA for the provision of Air Traffic Services Data Management System (ATSDMS) to manage and display critical air traffic control information.  
NAVCANatm technology will be used in ATSDMS to be installed in the air traffic control towers and centres for the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Development and deployment of the system will occur in two phases, the first of which is now underway.

NAVCANinfo is the foundation for ATSDMS to be delivered to Hong Kong, which will manage and display extensive operational data, and safety-critical information to air traffic controllers in real time. All of the information layouts, displays and notifications will be customizable to meet the requirements of each controller, helping to reduce distractions and enhance safety.

"We are pleased to have been selected by the CAD to deploy NAVCANatm technology in Hong Kong," said NAV CANADA President and CEO John Crichton. "We look forward to working with their team on the installation of this world-leading technology that will support the enhanced transfer and management of critical operational information."

In addition to the enhanced functionality provided by NAVCANinfo, three other components will be customized to meet CAD's requirements. 

The Management Information Display System will provide a view of real time operational data, such as departure/arrival rates, runway information and local weather conditions, to the CAD management.

The Collaborative Decision Making Gateway will have the capability to share near real time operational data with the external agencies, including the Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong Observatory, airlines, etc. The "at-a-glance" view of core operational information will support enhanced collaborative decision making to improve the safety and efficiency of operations at the HKIA. 

An enhanced Air Traffic Control Data Network is also part of the ATSDMS.  This network will be the communications backbone for all the new air traffic control systems for the HKIA, integrating the NAVCANatm technology with other new technologies to be adopted by the CAD for provision of air navigation services.

Services provided by NAV CANADA include software development, system installation, operational and technical training, and hardware and software maintenance after system deployment.

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA, offers a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services. NAVCANatm technology is in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, the Netherland Antilles and Dubai.

Marking 15 years as Canada's private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China is responsible for the provision of air navigation  services within the Hong Kong Flight Information Region, certification of Hong Kong registered aircraft, monitoring of airlines on their compliance with air services arrangements, and the regulation of airport safety and aviation security in the HKIA.

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, March 5, 2012) - NAV CANADA has reached an agreement with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the Air Navigation Service Provider in Germany, to purchase air traffic surveillance fusion and flight tracking technology for implementation in the Canadian air navigation system (ANS).

Surveillance fusion is technology that allows the seamless presentation of targets generated from a variety of surveillance sources. These include traditional radar, the newer Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS - B), new Multilateration systems, and most recently, video surveillance.

The system will provide a more precise fused target from the varying sources, which will be displayed with the corresponding flight data information to the air traffic services staff as they separate aircraft and provide critical information and advisory services to maintain the safety of the skies.

The DFS technology will be adapted to replace the existing NAV CANADA radar data processor. The new system will be rolled out over the next couple of years in all seven NAV CANADA Area Control Centres (ACC), providing a common air surveillance picture to all display systems currently in use.

"We are pleased to sign this agreement with DFS - a valued partner of NAV CANADA," said John Crichton, President and CEO of NAV CANADA. "DFS surveillance fusion technology is the most advanced in the world, and is far more affordable than other alternatives considered."

"We are excited to be collaborating with NAV CANADA on this important project to implement our made-in-Germany fusion technology," said Dieter Kaden, Chairman and CEO of DFS. "Based on our own experience with the technology, we are confident it will bring important safety and efficiency gains to the Canadian ANS."

This procurement decision is consistent with the NAV CANADA approach of avoiding duplicate development by purchasing proven technology which can be quickly implemented in its own operating environment. "Other Air Navigation Systems recognize the value of this approach when they buy NAV CANADA technology solutions, and this decision is based on the same principle," Crichton said.

"The DFS technology incorporates an advanced fusion tracker and the associated safety net and support functions for upgrading our operational environment," said Kim Troutman, NAV CANADA Vice President, Engineering. "Safety and efficiency benefits include more complete and accurate surveillance coverage, reductions in nuisance safety alerts and track uncertainties, enhanced monitoring, less adaptation and certification effort, and more advanced and automated test and support tools."

The new system will be integrated with the two key NAV CANADA flight data processors - the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System and the Gander Automated Air Traffic System - as well as with the NAV CANADA Auxiliary Radar Display System. Consolidated data from the new system will also be used for billing, traffic flow management, performance metrics, noise monitoring and many applications which rely on traffic data.

In addition to replacing the existing radar data processor and its associated maintenance display and test systems, the arrangement with DFS also involves provision of systems and tools for development, training and support at the NAV CANADA Technical Systems Centre and the Company's Simulation Centre, both in Ottawa; and at the training facilities in the NAV CENTRE in Cornwall.

Marking 15 years as Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Staff coordinate up to 10,000 aircraft movements in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. DFS operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich. In addition, DFS is represented in the Eurocontrol Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and in the control towers of the 16 international German airports. DFS provides training and consultancy services around the world and develops and sells air traffic management systems. The company's portfolio also comprises flight-relevant data, aeronautical publications and aeronautical information services. DFS has the following business units: Control Centre, Tower, Aeronautical Solutions and Aeronautical Information Management.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung:

Axel Raab     
Head of Public Relations   
Tel: +49 6103 707-4160

Stephanie Schmiedel
Media Relations
Tel: +49 (0)6103 707-1388

For further information, please contact:
Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
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Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

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Ottawa, November 24, 2011

NAV CANADA announced today that the Engineering Projects group of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA-EP) has selected NAVCANatm technology to manage their critical air traffic control information.  

NAVCANstrips, the advanced NAV CANADA electronic flight strip system, will be installed at the Dubai International Airport Control Tower and Dubai World Central Control Tower. The deployment of NAVCANstrips in Dubai is already underway and is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2012.

NAVCANstrips is a system that allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips. It provides immediate access to key information, and permits more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity. Flight data transactions are automated and can be configured to generate flow management statistics and other information.

“NAV CANADA is pleased to have been chosen by DCAA-EP for our first deployment of NAVCANatm technology solutions in the Middle East,” said NAV CANADA President and CEO John Crichton. “We look forward to collaborating closely on this deployment with our colleagues in Dubai, to implement our world-leading electronic strip system in two of the most advanced airport towers in the world.

NAVCANstrips will help to manage the growth of traffic in and around Dubai airports. “It is a system that gets better each year, with added functionality producing new efficiency gains,” added Crichton. “The system helps controllers manage and transfer information critical to their jobs, safely and efficiently, with flight data available almost instantaneously on their touch-screen displays.”

NAVCANstrips is already in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Australia. With the Dubai deployment, NAVCANstrips will be operational on four continents.

Services provided by NAV CANADA to the DCAA-EP include software development, system installation, operational and maintenance training, and hardware and software maintenance as specified, following system deployment.

Dubai International Airport is ranked the fourth busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers according to Airports Council International. The airport serves more than 130 airlines flying to over 220 destinations across six continents. Dubai World Central Airport opened in June of 2010 and, when completed to the full capacity, will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub with a capacity of up to 160 million passengers and more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.

NAVCANstrips is a key part of an integrated line of NAVCANatm products called NAVCANsuite, which helps Air Traffic Controllers manage and transfer information critical to air traffic control. It does so by combining flight, surveillance and operational data in an integrated working position to provide fast and reliable access to critical airport, tower and terminal air traffic control information to the controller. The NAVCANsuite features a work-station with up to four touch screen monitors that provide NAVCANatm technology.

Marking 15 years as Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, November 7, 2011)

Air traffic control facilities in the Dutch Caribbean will soon be making use of NAVCANatm technology to manage critical flight data online for their day-to-day operations.

The Netherlands Antilles Air Traffic Control Inc. (NAATC) has announced that two towers, Curaçao and Bonaire, and their Air Traffic Control Centre situated in the Curaçao Flight Information Region, will implement NAVCANatm technology.
 
Two of the products, NAVCANstrips and NAVCANsitu, are part of the NAVCANsuite family of tower-automation products designed to provide fast and reliable access to critical airport, tower and terminal air traffic control information.

The third product NAVCANlink provides an “at-a-glance” summary of core operational information, supporting collaborative decision-making amongst airport, terminal and other external operations staff.

“These new products will provide significant benefits to our air traffic control operations,” said Mrs. Micilia Albertus-Verboom, Director General of the Netherland-Antilles Air Traffic Control. “They will improve our tower-to-tower coordination and provide access to important flight information across our system.”  

The Curacao FIR, because of its strategic location and the many flights that transit the area between North and South America, is considered one of the most important in the Caribbean region. The NAATC coordinates with the adjacent Flight Information Regions of Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

“We are pleased for this opportunity to deploy NAVCANatm technology solutions in the Caribbean,” says John Crichton, NAV CANADA’s President and CEO. “We look forward to working with NAATC on the installation of our world- leading technology which will provide an instant and accurate digital exchange of all critical flight data and support enhanced surveillance.”

NAVCANstrips allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips and providing immediate access to key information. 

NAVCANsitu is an innovative radar display combining fused track data with on-screen surveillance data to produce a seamless display of real-time enroute, terminal and ground surveillance coverage from ground to air, helping to simplify the controller’s workload.

Fully integrated with these NAVCANsuite applications, NAVCANlink supports collaboration by providing users, such as airport operations staff and air carrier operations managers, with a near-real-time view of an airport’s radar, traffic, weather, airfield lighting and navaid status, and a record and playback function for analysis.

NAVCANatm technology is in operation at more than 70 Canadian sites, and has been adopted internationally by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia and Dubai.

NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA, is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

The NAATC is a limited liability company incorporated in Curaçao in 2005. It provides air traffic control services within the Curaçao FIR, with the exception of the approach control airspace of Aruba referred to as the Beatrix Control Zone. The mandate of the NAATC is to promote efficient, financially independent and quality oriented Air Traffic Control Services as to assure safety, efficiency and a smooth settlement of all air traffic.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(November 1, 2011)

Fifteen years ago, on November 1, 1996, NAV CANADA was given a mandate to make the Canadian civil Air Navigation System (ANS) work more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively for customers and their passengers.

To date, the Company has seen significant improvements to safety records, has maintained service charges in the face of inflation, and has invested $1.7 billion in new technology, equipment and facilities. Along the way NAV CANADA has shaped the Canadian ANS into a world-class system earning three International Air Transport Association (IATA) Eagle Awards for the world’s best air navigation service provider – two of them in the past two consecutive years.

NAV CANADA celebrated these achievements on November 1, 2011, and is looking ahead to the next 15 years to delivering safer and more advanced services, and to providing value to customers in Canada and around the world.

Click here to view the 15th Anniversary Video.

(Ottawa, June 7, 2011)

NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that the Company has been named for the second consecutive year – and the third time in its history – as the winner of the IATA Eagle Award as world’s “Best Air Navigation Service Provider”.

The Eagle Award is chosen by an independent panel on behalf of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It was presented to NAV CANADA yesterday at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Singapore.

“Congratulations to NAV CANADA on their third Eagle. It is a great partner and a global leader in delivering top class performance,” said IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani. 

“Being named the Eagle Award winner is a great honour for everyone in our Company,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President & CEO. “That includes first and foremost our employees, but also the other key stakeholders at the heart of this organization, including airline customers, business and general aviation, unions and the federal government. By keeping our eye on the original vision of NAV CANADA – through good times and bad – we have earned the recognition of customers who fly to the four corners of the globe.”

The Eagle Award honours air navigation service providers and airports for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement.

In his acceptance message, Crichton emphasized the importance of employees, when he said: “I would like to dedicate this Eagle Award to the employees of NAV CANADA. They are the ones who provide safe, modern and efficient services to some 12 million air traffic movements a year in a country that is at the crossroads of the world’s air traffic.

“When our employees provide service to a global carrier entering our airspace and bound for a destination in North America or to the other side of the globe, they know that the world is indeed watching. That is the reason this Award means so much to all of us at NAV CANADA.”

In its news release announcing this latest award, IATA stated: “This is the third Eagle Award for NAV CANADA, following previous awards in 2010 and 2001.  Its strong track record of working closely with its customers to improve performance through regular and meaningful consultations, combined with technical and operational investments supported by extensive cost-benefit analysis, place it at the forefront of the industry’s air navigation service providers.  NAV CANADA is also focused on cost efficiency. Strong cost controls enable a continuing freeze in charges and reduced cost base.”

NAV CANADA put the 2010 Eagle Award on tour visiting its major facilities across Canada. “That Eagle Award tour, which is still underway, has meant a great deal to everyone in our Company – and now it will be even more special, as we take the time to celebrate this “Double Eagle”, Crichton said. 

But he also added that the Award is not only the customer’s way of saying “good job.” It is also a challenge to all air navigation service providers to keep striving toward safer, more efficient and more advanced services. “I would say that’s pretty good motivation for us to continue to find ways to add value for you, our customers,” he said.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

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For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
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Anthony Concil
Director, Corporate Communications
IATA
+41 22 770 2967

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(Ottawa, June 6, 2011)

GAATS+

NAV CANADA Air Traffic Controllers who direct aircraft as they transit across the North Atlantic – the busiest oceanic airspace in the world – are now employing an enhanced system that makes oceanic flight safer and more efficient.

The technology upgrade, along with a new initiative to improve the efficiency of operations in oceanic airspace, will lead to significant airline cost savings through reduced fuel burn, with accompanying reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

The technology behind the improvements is known as the Gander Automated Air Traffic System Plus (GAATS+). The controllers using this technology are based in the Gander Area Control Centre in Gander, Newfoundland.

“Our Oceanic Air Traffic Controllers have a global reputation for excellence in the provision of air traffic services in the North Atlantic, handling well over 1000 flights a day crossing the ocean in both directions,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President & CEO. “With GAATS+, they now have the world’s most advanced oceanic air traffic system.

“GAATS+ will allow better flow planning and a clearer picture of traffic at any moment, despite the absence of radar in this airspace,” Crichton said. “This, in turn, will allow us to implement procedures that increase capacity while maintaining safety in collaboration with our Oceanic partner, NATS in Prestwick, Scotland.”

In March, NAV CANADA and NATS implemented an important procedural change known as Reduced Longitudinal Separation Minima (RLongSM). This allows properly equipped aircraft to fly on tracks across the Atlantic with a separation of five minutes, versus the traditional 10 minutes for non-radar airspace.

RLongSM requires aircraft to be equipped with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC). ADS-C equipped aircraft automatically provide position reports, which are fed to controller displays through the GAATS+ system. CPDLC allows controllers and pilots to communicate through short text-based messages.

Along with other procedural improvements, this will allow more aircraft to access optimal altitudes. The expected result is an estimated $1 million in customer fuel savings in the first year, along with 3,000 metric tons of emissions savings.

GAATS+ provides significant enhancements to the original GAATS system, including electronic flight strips. Electronic strips make it easier to track and transfer responsibility for an aircraft between controller positions as the aircraft flies through sectors while automated updates mean less manual inputting of information. 

GAATS+ also features increased automation of data exchange with other air traffic facilities and integrates a series of automation tools such as conflict prediction and data link communication for position reports. (For more information, read the backgrounder).

The GAATS+ system also provides controllers with a snapshot of current and planned traffic as well as available conflict-free route profiles, allowing the controller to easily identify an aircraft’s preferred route and provide a clearance.

GAATS+ provides surveillance capabilities through the integration of radar feeds from Canada’s North Warning System in the North East Coast of Canada and will allow future integration of surveillance capability currently being expanded through Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) over southern Greenland.

This will bring additional coverage in airspace that previously operated solely under procedural control. The additional surveillance capability will support a further reduction in separation required between aircraft from five minutes to five nautical miles in portions of the North Atlantic, leading to further fuel and GHG emissions savings.

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Images

Accompanying videos

B-roll footage of the GAATS+ system at the Gander Area Control Centre

Video 1

Time-lapse footage of four hours of air traffic transiting the North Atlantic

Video 2

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, March 8, 2011)

Following a decade of working with Air Navigation Service Providers on three continents to develop and deploy leading air traffic management (ATM) technology solutions, NAV CANADA has taken the next step and unveiled a new, integrated product line called NAVCANatm (See Backgrounder).

This line of products – designed by NAV CANADA professionals and proven in many diversified and complex operational environments – offers an integrated approach to a wide variety of air traffic management challenges.

At a glance, NAVCANatm provides air traffic services staff with access to critical airport, tower, terminal and enroute air traffic information, allowing the integration, manipulation and distribution of flight, surveillance and operational data.

Designed for Air Navigation Service Providers, airports and other customers looking to enhance air traffic safety and efficiency, NAVCANatm builds on successful technology deployments that have occurred in Canada, the UK, Denmark, and the US. The largest deployment of the integrated suite is currently underway in Australia.

One element of the new product line is the electronic strips system, operational at over 80 locations world wide and now known as NAVCANstrips (formerly EXCDS).

 “There is only one electronic strip system designed by operational ATC people that is fully integrated into a controller’s world,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President & CEO. “NAVCANstrips are a key part of the NAVCANatm family, which we’re now extending to offer as stand alone products or as an integrated suite of proven solutions to today’s air traffic challenges.”

At the heart of the new line are NAVCANsuite automation products which combine flight, surveillance and operational data to increase safety and enhance efficiency.  An integrated working position can provide instant access to these products which include NAVCANstrips, NAVCANsitu, NAVCANinfo, NAVCANcontrol and NAVCANatis

The NAV CANADA approach is not simply to sell off-the-shelf solutions. Flexibility in product design means that the Company works closely with its customers to respond to the unique challenges of each operational environment.

“The real strength behind NAVCANatm is the NAV CANADA people experienced in working with operational and engineering staff around the world on adapting and scaling these solutions to a wide variety of local needs,” Crichton added. “And we know we’ve been successful when we hear how quickly controllers have embraced these products and how they’ve made a positive difference in performing their job.”

An additional product line, known as NAVCANlink, supports collaborative decision-making by providing users – such as air carrier operations managers and airport operations managers – with a near-real-time view of an airport’s radar, traffic, weather, airfield lighting and NAVAID status. It also includes a record-and-playback feature for analysis.

While NAVCANlink is a natural extension of NAVCANsuite applications, it is also designed to work with a variety of ATM data sources. To support today’s active workforce, a mobile version of NAVCANlink is also being rolled out for use with tablets and smart phones. 

All of these products have been developed and deployed to comply with stringent domestic and international standards such as ED-109.  Each system is developed and installed using the Company’s proven Safety and Quality Management process, tailored to the system safety levels and regulatory requirements specific to the facility. Testing occurs at the system, site and operational levels. Acceptance is based on system specifications, site integration requirements, and operational use. 

NAVCANatm technology solutions are backed by the NAV CANADA customer services team. This ensures each system is reliable, well-maintained and always available by providing redundancy and support, and by installing software updates and adaptations rapidly and efficiently,” said Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

As NAVCANatm technology evolves, the Company hopes further integrate intelligent video solutions into its products, in collaboration with its partner, Searidge Technologies Inc. Said Koslow: “Searidge is an innovator in this field, and we are pleased to be pushing the boundaries of this technology with them. It promises to add even more value to our technology solutions within the Canadian ANS, and for customers around the world.”

NAV CANADA is Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider with operations from coast to coast to coast, providing air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. NAVCANatm is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management.

 

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
613-563-7303

Beth Clark
Manager, Corporate Communications
NAV CANADA
613-563-7500

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2010

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(December 1, 2010)

Air traffic control towers at Scotland’s three busiest airports are now using technology developed by NAV CANADA to manage critical flight data. Earlier this summer, Glasgow Airport became the third tower in Scotland, following Edinburgh and Aberdeen, to implement the flight data system in 2010. There are now eight control towers operated by NATS, the U.K.’s leading air traffic service provider, benefiting from this advanced technology.

The system known as EXCDS in Canada and EFPS (Electronic Flight Progress System) in the U.K., allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online with a touch-screen application, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips and providing immediate access to key information.

“We’re very happy to see EFPS go live across Scotland,” said Mike Culver, General Manager Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, NATS Services.  “EFPS not only gives efficiency benefits now, but also provides a great foothold for future development and growth.”

EFPS is already operational at Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Heathrow and London City Airport. Stansted was the first site to use EFPS beginning in 2004.

“We are pleased to continue and grow our association with NATS,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO. “The proven track record at the London airports illustrates the adaptability of the system to meet the unique traffic demands at each site.”  

Aberdeen marked the first time that the technology was put in use for Enroute as well as Terminal operations.
 
EFPS increases efficiency by enabling faster information sharing, helping to reduce the workload on air traffic controllers and increase capacity for future growth. In Canada, EXCDS is in use at over 75 locations. Designed by NAV CANADA, the system has been adapted and licensed for use at airports in Denmark, Australia and the U.S.

NATS handled 2.2 million flights in 2009, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic and carried more than 200 million passengers safely through some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world.  NATS provides en-route air traffic control from two centres as well as air traffic control services at 15 of the nation’s major airports.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, October 25, 2010)

NAV CANADA technology that can automatically broadcast weather and other flight information to pilots is being installed in Denmark as part of a new agreement between the Canadian air navigation service provider and its Danish counterpart, Naviair.

This technology – developed by NAV CANADA – is a multi-purpose tool designed to manage and transmit weather and routine information to aircraft arriving and departing at airports. For aircraft flying international routes, the technology transmits both weather information and information during special situations, such as warnings of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.

Morten Dambæk, Director General of Naviair, said: “Naviair selected NAV CANADA to supply this system on the basis of its extended functionality for both domestic and international flights, its value, and compliance with the project specifications. We have been impressed by the commitment and experience of  NAV CANADA in the past, and look forward to the deployment of this technology.”

Said John Crichton, President and CEO of NAV CANADA: “We look forward to working closely with Naviair on a new project that will introduce key efficiencies for pilots and air traffic managers. This is another example of how technological expertise is transportable across the global air navigation system benefiting customers while reducing overall developmental costs.” 

There are two key components to the technology. The first component is the Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) system, which transmits automatic broadcasts to arriving and departing aircraft. It will be installed at Denmark’s Copenhagen and Roskilde airports, with an option for other towers in the country.

The second component is called VOLMET, which provides in-flight meteorological information, serving pilots flying international routes. Two national VOLMET systems will be deployed in Denmark – one to transmit  routine information, and the other to transmit information during special situations, such as volcanic ash warnings.
 
The NAV CANADA ATIS-VOLMET technology is part of the company’s Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) of products, which includes EXCDS Integrated Flight Strips, Surveillance Display, Operational Information Display, Air Field Lighting and ATIS.

EXCDS, an advanced, tower, terminal, airport and enroute coordination system, permits controllers to manage electronic flight data online, eliminating the need for paper handling, reducing voice communications and minimizing heads down time. EXCDS is now being deployed at operational centres on three continents: Europe, North America, and Australia.

In an earlier agreement with NAV CANADA, Naviair went operational with EXCDS technology at its airport tower in Copenhagen, in December 2007. The Danish version of EXCDS Integrated Flight Strips system is called NITOS (Naviair Integrated Tower Operating System).    

ABOUT NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. For more details about INTAS, please visit the Technology Solutions section of the NAV CANADA website at www.navcanada.ca

ABOUT Naviair
Naviair, a state enterprise under the Danish Ministry of Transport is responsible for provision of air navigation services in Denmark. Included are area control service in Copenhagen FIR as well as approach and tower control services at the Copenhagen airports of Kastrup and Roskilde and the airports of Billund, Aalborg, Aarhus, Bornholm and Esbjerg. Flight Information Service is provided in Copenhagen FIR to VFR flights and helicopter flights in airspace of the North Sea.

 

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-5972

Bo Pedersen
Director of Communications
Naviair
+45 3247 8000

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, June 30, 2010)

NAV CANADA today announced it has acquired a majority interest in Searidge Technologies Inc., a leading provider of intelligent video solutions to air traffic control and airport markets. 

Searidge Technologies provides its customers with intelligent video solutions to help them cost effectively increase safety and efficiency of surface management operations. The company’s intelligent video platform IntelliDAR™ is a robust Non-Cooperative Surveillance System (NCSS) and the first operational system of its kind in an air traffic control tower to provide detection, positioning, and tracking of all targets on an airport surface.

“NAV CANADA believes in the potential of intelligent video technology to drive the adoption of new methods to support air traffic surveillance at airports.  Searidge continues to demonstrate innovation and leadership in this space and together we intend to bring to market proven solutions that meet strict industry standards,” says John Crichton, President & CEO, NAV CANADA.

NAV CANADA is a world leading Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), that has already invested $1.4 billion modernizing the Canadian civil air navigation system.  NAV CANADA will continue to invest in innovation that returns significant safety and efficiency benefits for its customers. 

NAV CANADA’s investment in Searidge enhances its strategy that allows other ANSPs and airports around the world to take advantage of ATM technology solutions, which it has provided to customers on three continents.  Searidge and NAV CANADA will leverage technology, business and marketing synergies to continue to provide innovative solutions to air traffic control markets.

“Searidge is customer focused and driven to innovation – this partnership addresses both of those areas. The investment will accelerate the development of new features, technologies and products while the relationship with NAV CANADA will enhance our ability to innovate and test new concepts," says Moodie Cheikh, CEO, Searidge Technologies.

Searidge staff, including its co-founders, will remain in their current positions and the company will continue to operate as an independent entity, including support of the company’s customers and partners.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

Searidge Technologies provides intelligent video solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers and airports to help them cost effectively increase safety and efficiency of surface management operations. The company’s intelligent video platform IntelliDAR™ is a robust Non-Cooperative Surveillance System (NCSS) and the first operational system of its kind in an air traffic control tower to provide detection, positioning, and tracking of all targets on an airport surface.

Searidge is helping its customers with ATC-grade video, gap filling/A-SMGCS augmentation, apron management, and remote tower capabilities. Working with industry leaders such as DFS, FAA, EUROCONTROL and NAV CANADA, Searidge solutions are installed in sites throughout Europe, Middle East and North America. Founded in 2001, Searidge is based in Canada's National Capital region.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Sheri Bailey
Director, Marketing
Searidge Technologies Inc.
(819) 576-1030 ext. 310

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, June 7, 2010)

NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that the Company is this year’s recipient of the Eagle Award, for best air navigation service provider, from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), representing the world’s international airlines.

President & CEO John Crichton accepted the award on behalf of all NAV CANADA employees at the IATA Annual General meeting in Berlin earlier today. 

Said Crichton: “This award belongs to our employees. It is a resounding vote of confidence in their devotion to safety, service, efficiency and innovation.”

NAV CANADA people have built a global reputation for safety, efficiency and a wide-ranging modernization program that has also seen NAV CANADA technology sold on a commercial basis to other air navigation providers on three continents.

NAV CANADA service charges have tracked well below the rate of inflation.  “The Company has been able to manage so far through the current industry downturn without resorting to rate increases, due in large part to the efforts of all staff in conjunction with unions, to control costs throughout the business,” Crichton added.

The company recently published a report highlighting its efforts to reduce customer fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient air navigation consistent with safety. Annual airline fuel savings are well over $300 million, with equivalent GHG emissions savings.

IATA manages the Eagle Award program to recognize outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvement among both airports and Air Navigation Service Providers. NAV CANADA was a previous Eagle Award winner in 2001.

Key criteria for the award include effective customer consultation; transparency in sharing information; reasonable service charges; productivity improvements; and a positive record in safety, environment, operational and social issues.

In the association’s news release announcing this year’s award winners, IATA indicated that “NAV CANADA is a global leader in the efficient implementation and reliable delivery of air traffic control procedures and technologies. It actively engages its customers at all levels in regular and meaningful consultations.”

IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani also offered the following comment: “The performance of NAV CANADA has been enhanced by the right technical and operational investments following extensive cost/benefit analyses. Effective management and the work of all employees allowed the Company to reduce its charges in 2006 and 2007, and then hold them at that level ever since,”

In accepting the award from Dr. Assad Kotaite, Chairman of the independent IATA Eagle Awards Panel, John Crichton said: “The credit belongs to our people. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them, and to offer my utmost respect and appreciation for everything they have done to earn this international recognition.”

 

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

United Airlines Chicago to Frankfurt trip will produce less emissions on UN World Environment Day

(Ottawa, June 4, 2010)

NAV CANADA is pleased to be collaborating with United Airlines (UAL) on two special flights to demonstrate new greener air navigation procedures in the high altitudes of Canadian airspace and over the North Atlantic.

Flight UAL 945, Frankfurt to Chicago will depart at 2:25 a.m., EDT on June 5, this year’s United Nations World Environment Day. Flight 944 departs Chicago for Frankfurt at 3:23 p.m., EDT. The aircraft to be flown for both trips will be a Boeing 777.

NAV CANADA Air Traffic Controllers at the Area Control Centres (ACC) in Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Gander will facilitate more flexible routing by protecting a range of altitudes. This “altitude block” allows for greater variations in speed and provides quicker altitude changes. 

This will give pilots and controllers increased opportunities to use more efficient routes thus saving fuel and greenhouse gas emissions as the plane enters Canadian airspace and transits the portion of the North Atlantic controlled by the Gander ACC. 

“We are pleased to participate with United Airlines in these World Environment Day demonstration flights,” said Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Vice President, Operations. “This is just one example among many of the savings in fuel and GHG emissions being generated by the close collaboration of air carriers and air navigation service providers.”

Assuming operational conditions are met, it is anticipated that these flights will save close to two metric tons of GHG emissions and 900 litres of fuel while in Canadian domestic airspace and over the oceanic portion controlled by NAV CANADA.  

NAV CANADA oceanic air traffic controllers in Gander are responsible for the airspace over the Western half of the North Atlantic. They work in close cooperation with their counterparts at U.K. NATS at the Shanwick Oceanic Centre in Prestwick, Scotland, who control the Eastern half.

In addition to the flexible routing at high altitudes, United’s demonstration flights will make use of other green procedures from gate-to-gate. United estimates a total savings of 6,400 pounds of fuel (3,600 litres) and a reduction in GHG emissions of nearly nine metric tons (United Airlines’ News Release).
 
The real-time progress of United 944 and 945 is being tracked and can be viewed on the NAV CANADA website (click here), using Sabre Flight Explorer technology.

Other GHG and fuel savings initiatives are outlined in the Collaborative Initiatives for Emissions Reductions (CIFER) Progress Report. NAV CANADA estimates total annual savings from existing initiatives of over 900,000 metric tons of GHG emissions. Projected savings of 8.4 million metric tons GHG emissions were forecast for the period of 2009 to 2016 (See Backgrounder).

 

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
613-563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
613-563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, March 18, 2010)

NAV CANADA’s deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology over Hudson Bay was named winner of the Environment Award at the 2010 ATC Global Exhibition and Conference held last week in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The technology, consisting of five ground installations around the Hudson Bay shoreline, was developed and supplied by Sensis. 

(To view a photo of Hudson Bay ADS-B Tower at Puvirnituq, Quebec, click here)

Presented by Janes Airport Review, this is a new ATC Global Award that recognizes ‘green’ air traffic management concepts and the aviation industry’s contribution to reducing environmental emissions. It is one of six award categories recognizing industry achievements over the last year.

In January 2009, Sensis ADS-B was deployed to provide surveillance of the 850,000-square kilometres of airspace over Hudson Bay.

(To view map, click here).

With the ADS-B surveillance, NAV CANADA can now employ 5 mile separation standards rather than the 80 miles of separation that was previously used, allowing aircraft to fly shorter routes and at more efficient altitudes.

Today, 17 airlines operating 425 ADS-B certified aircraft account for over 50 per cent of the traffic over Hudson Bay. NAV CANADA expects the number of ADS-B certified aircraft will double by the end of 2010. This means more than 80 per cent of the traffic transiting this airspace will be flying ADS-B routes.

With ADS-B coverage in the airspace over Hudson Bay, NAV CANADA estimates that between 2009 and 2016, airlines will save $195 million in fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 547,000 metric tons. Further savings in fuel and emissions will be realized – especially by oceanic traffic to and from Europe – as ADS-B expands into north eastern Canada and over southern Greenland, a project that is well underway.

“I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of the NAV CANADA employees who did the pioneering work on this exciting deployment of ADS-B in Canada’s North” said John Crichton, President & CEO. “And their work continues, with further deployments that will deliver even greater benefits for our customers and for the environment.”

“This award honors a landmark system that is improving safety in high traffic airspace while simultaneously delivering tangible and measurable benefits to the environment,” said John Jarrell, vice president and general manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. “In addition, NAV CANADA is helping their airline customers cut fuel costs and improve the flying public’s experience through more efficient and predictable flight routes.  We are honoured to share this inaugural award with NAV CANADA.”

The award categories are designed to reward new developments as well as collaborative ventures. Winners are selected by a panel of senior representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, EUROCONTROL, IATA, CANSO, Jane’s Information Group and ICAO.

ABOUT SENSIS CORPORATION
Sensis Corporation provides sensors, information technology, and simulation and modeling to the world’s air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities, airports, airlines and militaries. Sensis Corporation solutions are deployed around the world. For more information regarding Sensis Corporation, visit www.sensis.com.

ABOUT NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, March 9, 2010)

NAV CANADA air traffic management technology - currently in use in the United Kingdom and Denmark - is being adopted by an increasing number of air navigation service providers around the world.

In the latest deployment by NATS, the leading air navigation service provider in the UK, London City Airport is now using the NAV CANADA technology known as the EXCDS - Electronic Flight Progress Strips for its air traffic control tower. London City is the fifth UK airport to go live with this advanced 'paperless' flight-data system.

"We are pleased that more of our colleagues around the world recognize the proven and reliable capabilities of this technology," said John Crichton, President and CEO. "New deployments demonstrate the flexibility of our solutions which are adaptable to a wide range of local operational environments."

NAV CANADA is also working with Sensis Corporation on the design and delivery of an integrated Air Traffic Control solution for Airservices Australia. The companies have been selected to upgrade three air traffic control towers in Melbourne, Adelaide and Rockhampton, with the potential for additional towers in the Australian Air Navigation system.

NAV CANADA is also partnering with Northrop Grumman Corporation on adaptations for the U.S. market. Northrop Grumman has announced that the electronic flight strip management system has been adapted for the U.S. Air Force. The Real-Time Electronic Flight Data System (REFS) - as the Northrop version of the system is known has been interfaced with the NAS operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is being used at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
With EXCDS technology, controllers use touch-sensitive computer screens to monitor aircraft and manage air-traffic flow, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips. It is currently used in over seventy facilities across Canada including Control Towers, Area Control Centres and Flight Service Stations.
An adaptation of EXCDS is already operational at four London area airports: Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow.

In 2007, Naviair, the Danish air navigation service provider, began using the system at the newly constructed control tower in Copenhagen. Naviair selected the Canadian technology as part of its modernization program aimed at increasing the capacity in the airspace over Denmark. This system has improved efficiency and enhanced the quantity and flow of flight data.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. NAV CANADA provides integrated Air Traffic Management Technology Solutions to air navigation service providers, worldwide.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

2009

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(Ottawa, October 27, 2009)

NAV CANADA, the country’s air navigation service provider, estimates that improved efficiencies achieved through new technologies and procedures will save 8.4 million metric tons of aviation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the period 2009 to 2016.

When added to the 4.3 million metric tons that have already been reduced through more efficient traffic flows between 1997 and 2008, this would result in a total decrease in aviation-related GHG emissions of 12.7 million metric tons in the Company’s first 20 years (1996-2016).

The Company estimates that the implementation of new technologies, systems and procedures has already saved $1 billion in fuel costs. Another $3 billion in fuel savings is projected for 2009-2016. 

The $4 billion in cumulative fuel savings would be enough to fuel a Boeing 777-300 ER to fly around the globe more than 10,000 times.

These findings were made public today as NAV CANADA issued its first Progress Report on Collaborative Initiatives for Emissions Reductions (CIFER).

“Safe and efficient air traffic management has a positive effect on the environment and achieves fuel cost savings for our customers – the airlines and aircraft operators flying in Canadian airspace,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO. “Working collaboratively with employees, customers and stakeholders on these initiatives is a major priority for us.” (See photo).

One example is Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), an innovation that extends air traffic surveillance and communication beyond traditional ground-based systems to space-based navigation employing satellite positioning for equipped aircraft. The Company began installing the infrastructure to support ADS-B around Hudson Bay two years ago, and the system became operational in January 2009.

The added surveillance allows Air Traffic Controllers to safely separate equipped aircraft by five nautical miles (NM), instead of 80 NMs. Reduced separation opens up more fuel efficient routes, with an estimated reduction in GHG emissions of over 500,000 metric tons by 2016.

NAV CANADA is proceeding with further implementation of ADS-B, installing ground stations in the Eastern Arctic and Southern Greenland. This will extend surveillance to parts of the North Atlantic, the busiest oceanic airspace in the world, permitting reduced separation, earlier climbs and more direct routings. It is estimated that Oceanic ADS-B will reduce GHG emissions by 130,000 metric tons over the next seven years. (See photo).

The ADS-B program builds on a significant expansion to northern surveillance initiated by NAV CANADA earlier in this decade. Seven new-generation radar systems allowed the Company to reduce the aircraft separation requirement in large portions of this airspace from 80 to five NMs.

“The additional radar coverage improves traffic flow and provides better route and altitude assignments in the busy transition zone for aircraft en route to both Europe and Asia,” said Rudy Kellar, Vice President, Operations. “To date, this has reduced GHG emissions by some 450,000 metric tons with an additional savings of 650,000 projected by 2016.”

One of the benefits of expanded northern surveillance is that it facilitates the efficient use of polar routes for inter-continental flights, which in turn significantly reduces flight times, emissions and fuel costs. NAV CANADA estimates savings of 3.6 million metric tons of GHG and over $1.1 billion in fuel by 2016 through the use of these routes.

Also earlier in this decade, NAV CANADA implemented – together with its counterparts in the United States and Mexico – Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), which increased the capacity of the available airspace by reducing the vertical separation requirement from 2000 feet to 1000 feet for aircraft flying above 29,000 feet. The emissions and fuel savings are estimated at 4 million metric tons and over $1.2 billion by 2016.

Another initiative highlighted in the CIFER Progress Report is Area Navigation, also known as RNAV, which allows more direct flight paths rather than routing that only follows ground-based navigation aids. Total fuel savings are estimated at $440 million over 20 years, with GHG savings of nearly 1.8 million metric tons.

A related initiative, known as Required Navigation Performance – already implemented with one airline for 20 airports in Canada – involves “short turn” approaches that feature a constant descent technique that eliminates inefficient step down approaches, with associated GHG and fuel savings.

For a complete summary of these and other emission-reducing technologies and procedures, and the corresponding amounts of GHG emissions savings they are enabling, see the backgrounder and the full report.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

 

For further information, please contact:
John Morris
Director, Communications
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7032

Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

(Ottawa, March 17, 2009)

Technology provided jointly by NAV CANADA and Sensis Corporation has been selected by Airservices Australia for their new program to upgrade three air traffic control towers, with the potential for additional towers in the Australian Air Navigation system (ANS). 

NAV CANADA will work with Sensis in the design and delivery of an integrated Air Traffic Control (ATC) solution for the Airservices’ National Tower Program Technology Project. 

The project’s overall objective is to provide controllers with immediate access to flight data and voice communications and to monitor the airfield and surrounding airspace.

“Airservices’ tower modernization project provided an opportunity to ensure our controllers had the latest tools and technology to ensure we meet our obligations to provide safe, efficient air traffic operations well into the future,” Airservices CEO Greg Russell said.

The Sensis/NAV CANADA team will initially install this solution at three airports – Melbourne, Adelaide and Rockhampton – and at Airservices Australia’s Melbourne Air Traffic Centre and Learning Academy.

The NAV CANADA technology, already in use at international airports such as Heathrow and Copenhagen, is a leading-edge Canadian system for the management of flight data in towers and terminal environments.

“I can’t think of a more perfect match for this technology than Airservices Australia,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO. “We are pleased to have been chosen for this important modernization project, and we look forward to working with Sensis and with Airservices Australia.”

The Sensis/NAV CANADA solution is known as the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS). Using NAV CANADA technology that combines flight data, operational data, surveillance, and voice communications, INTAS will provide air traffic controllers with an environment that enhances safety and efficiency, and reduces controller workload.
NAV CANADA will use its expertise in tower-based Air Traffic Management systems to provide application software, system design, associated development and integration, testing, and training.

Sensis will leverage its expertise as an Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) provider and integrator and serve as the prime contractor responsible for engineering authority, project management, installation and support organization.

A fully digital voice communications subsystem, supplied by SolaCom Technologies, will be incorporated directly into the INTAS flight information management system for air-ground/ground-ground communications.

Said Tony Lo Brutto, Vice President and General Manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems: “INTAS provides controllers with an environment that easily adapts to the existing operational requirements and procedures. The advantage of INTAS is its ability to scale and adapt to any tower environment and be deployed at any airport regardless of size or traffic level.”

INTAS features an integrated controller working position comprised of up to four touch screen monitors that provide NAV CANADA technology such as: the Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS) Electronic Flight Strips; the Operational Information Display System (OIDS) to monitor and control airfield ground lighting, monitor navigational aids, and weather data; a Digital - Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) and terminal surveillance displays.  Surface surveillance will be provided by the Sensis A-SMGCS system at Melbourne.

ABOUT NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA, the country’s civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation, providing air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation from coast to coast. NAV CANADA provides integrated Air Traffic Management Technology Solutions to air navigation service providers, worldwide. For more information, visit www.navcanada.ca.

ABOUT SENSIS CORPORATION
Sensis Corporation provides sensors, information technology, and simulation and modeling to the world’s air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities, airports, airlines and militaries.  Sensis Corporation solutions are deployed around the world.  For more information regarding Sensis Corporation, visit www.sensis.com.
 
ABOUT AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA
Airservices Australia is a Government owned corporation responsible for the safe and efficient management of air traffic across 11 per cent of the world's air space.  Services include air traffic control, airspace management, aeronautical information, radar communications, radio navigation aids, aviation maintenance and engineering, environmental management and aviation rescue and firefighting.  For more information regarding Airservices Australia, visit www.airservicesaustralia.com.

 

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

Nadège Adam
Advisor, Media and Public Affairs
NAV CANADA
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(London/Ottawa, January 21, 2009)

Three more air traffic control towers in the U.K. will soon be making use of NAV CANADA technology to manage critical flight data for their day-to-day operations, bringing to seven the total number of U.K. towers benefiting from this advanced system.

NATS, the U.K.’s air navigation services provider, has announced that three of Scotland’s busiest control towers, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, will be the next to implement what it describes as “technology designed and built by NAV CANADA to manage critical flight data in air traffic control towers and other air traffic facilities”.

The technology, known as IIDS/EXCDS (Integrated Information Display System/Extended Computer Display System) allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips and providing immediate access to key information.

IIDS/EXCDS permits more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity. It automates flight data transactions, and can be configured to generate flow management statistics and other information.The technology has been implemented throughout the Canadian Air Navigation system, owned and operated by NAV CANADA.

This Canadian system is the heart of the NATS system called EFPS (Electronic Flight Progress System). EFPS is already operational at Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow airports. Stansted was the first site to use EFPS commencing in November 2004.

“Electronic flight progress strips provide significant benefits to our airport air traffic control operations,” said Juliet Kennedy, NATS Services’ Head of Air Traffic Control. “The new project builds on a successful working relationship with NAV CANADA and extends this important development to our busy Scottish airports.”  

“We are pleased for this opportunity to continue to build on our strong relationship and shared accomplishments with NATS,” says John Crichton, NAV CANADA’s President and CEO. “The results at the four London area airports illustrate the flexibility and adaptability of the EXCDS system to meet the unique traffic demands of each site.”

Air traffic controllers at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh will also benefit from major software upgrades to EFPS included in the latest release of the system. These upgrades include additional flexibility, improved graphics and HMI (human-machine-interface), and a tighter integration with other systems such as airport surveillance.

For the first time, NATS will be fully responsible for adapting and installing the technology in Scotland – a result of NAV CANADA’s comprehensive training and support program and the collaborative development approach the two air navigation service providers have utilized in recent years.

EFPS is fully interfaced with the Integrated Initial Flight Plan System (IFPS) and other flow management systems located at the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) in Brussels. It also interfaces with the BAA’s Stand (or gate) Management System (SMS), U.K. NATS’ National Airspace System (NAS) and it performs Departure Clearance (DCL) with aircraft flight decks.

EXCDS has been operational in Canada since 1998, and is now installed at 31 operational facilities in Canada, including all seven Area Control Centres and 21 of the company’s control towers.  In addition to the four U.K. towers operated by NATS, it is also operational at Copenhagen Tower in Denmark, operated by Naviair.

Edinburgh is Scotland’s busiest airport, with approximately 115,000 aircraft movements annually and nine million passengers per year. Glasgow handles over 90,000 aircraft movements and eight million passengers per year. Aberdeen handles approximately 105,000 aircraft movements annually and 3 million passengers per year.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

NATS plans and provides air traffic services throughout the United Kingdom and over the eastern North Atlantic, more than a million square miles of airspace. NATS is a public-private partnership between the U.K. Government, a consortium of seven British airlines and airport operator BAA plc, with the staff holding a five per cent share of the company.

 

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
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Richard Wright
Senior Press Officer
NATS
01489 615943 (Mobile 07866 685066)

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

2008

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(Ottawa, September 8, 2008)

NATS, the air navigation service provider in the U.K. has opted to use a system developed by NAV CANADA to keep track of critical flight data at its Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre. The Swanwick Centre controls 200,000 square miles of airspace above England and Wales and handles some two million flights per year.

The Code Callsign Distribution System Replacement (CCDS-R) matches the “Squawk” code transmitted by aircraft with their filed flight plan which makes it much easier for Air Traffic Controllers to positively identify an aircraft on their radar display. 

NAV CANADA developed a modernized system with multiple interfaces based on NAV CANADA’s EXCDS technology and through the Company’s considerable experience at implementing air traffic management systems.

Services provided by NAV CANADA include software development, system installation, operational and maintenance training, and continuing hardware and software maintenance during system operation.

"The system installed at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre is another example of the relationship between NATS and NAV CANADA which has been ongoing for many years,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA’s president and CEO. “NATS is an important customer and valued partner in the provision of Air Navigation Services."

CCDS-R provides a robust technology based on industry standard components and protocols to handle the many interfaces required for NATS’ system.

”The CCDS-R project has been executed by NATS and NAV CANADA to a progressive schedule allowing it to be deployed before the busy 2008 summer traffic period. The successful development and deployment of this critical product has been largely due to the strong relationships established at all levels between our two organisations.” said Jonathan Combe, Programme Manager. “The system has proved exceptionally stable in operation”.

Other collaborative work with NATS over the last decade has involved the successful adaptation of oceanic air traffic control technology first developed in Gander, Newfoundland, for the Western North Atlantic. The NAV CANADA technology forms the heart of the new Shanwick Automated Air Traffic System (SAATS) used by NATS controllers for the management of air traffic in the Eastern North Atlantic. 

The two companies also worked together to implement a NATS version of the NAV CANADA “paperless electronic flight data strips” technology for air traffic control towers in the UK. This allows for the management of electronic flight data online using touch-sensitive display screens as opposed to the traditional method of using paper strips. 

The flight data system called EFPS, is based on a NAV CANADA system and is currently in use at Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow airports

NATS, formally known as National Air Traffic Services, plans and provides air traffic services throughout the United Kingdom and over the eastern North Atlantic, more than a million square miles of airspace. NATS is a public-private partnership between the UK Government, a consortium of seven British airlines and airport operator BAA plc, with the staff holding a five per cent share of the company.

 

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

System now in use at five European airports

(Ottawa, February 7, 2008)

On December 29, Air Traffic Controllers inside the new 70 metre-high control tower at Copenhagen Airport began monitoring and guiding aircraft with the help of NAV CANADA technology.

Naviair, the Danish air navigation service provider, teamed up with NAV CANADA to adapt the Canadian-designed Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS), the advanced 'paperless' flight-data system, for Copenhagen's new tower.

The Danish version of EXCDS is called NITOS, for Naviair Integrated Tower Operating System , now an integral part of Naviair’s newly upgraded air traffic management system.
Copenhagen is the fifth European airport to adapt the NAV CANADA-developed technology. NATS, the U.K. air navigation service provider, has implemented the system in four London-area airports, most recently in the new control tower at Heathrow International Airport.

"We are honoured to have been part of the successful Naviair project to upgrade its entire air traffic management system," says John Crichton, President and CEO. "Our participation demonstrates once again that EXCDS is flexible and adaptable, with the NAV CANADA technology solutions team behind it - a team of experts with extensive experience in Air Traffic Management both in Canada and abroad". 

The Naviar modernization program is aimed at increasing the capacity in the airspace over Denmark, making it possible to participate in the work of coordinating and facilitating operations in the European airspace.

"This system improves efficiency and enhances the quantity and flow of flight data," says Morten Dambaek, Director General of Naviair. "There's also the added potential to grow capacity in the future."

With EXCDS technology, controllers use touch-sensitive computer screens to monitor aircraft and manage air-traffic flow - ending the use of traditional paper strips that have existed from the earliest days of air traffic control. The system provides immediate access to key information, reduces communications time between controllers, and improves overall traffic management.

Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia's largest, and one of Europe’s busiest serving more than 21 million passengers in 2007, and handling about 257,000 aircraft movements.

 

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Ron Singer
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

Nadège Adam
Advisor, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
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2007

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(Ottawa, February 28, 2007)

More than 1,000 flights a day across the busy North Atlantic airspace are now tracked by Canadian-designed technology from the edge of the North American continent to the shores of Europe. (View photo)

This new milestone in oceanic air traffic management is the outcome of a successful partnership between NAV CANADA and the UK’s NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services), the air navigation service providers in their respective countries. 

The initial focus of the partnership was a project to develop the Gander Automated Air Traffic System (GAATS), operated by NAV CANADA air traffic controllers in Gander, Newfoundland, to meet NATS requirements. 

Canadian engineers and software designers worked side by side with their NATS counterparts on the project over a four-year period. The result is known as the Shanwick Automated Air Traffic System (SAATS), now operational in Prestwick, Scotland. 

Ian Mills, NATS Director Programmes, said: “This has been the most complex project for NATS since the London Area Control Centre went live in 2002. It involved great collaboration between development, engineering and operational staff, and our NAV CANADA partners. It has been a tremendous achievement to bring the system in on budget and to a timescale agreed with our airline customers.”

Said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO: “Transatlantic flights through the busiest oceanic airspace in the world now depend on Canadian technology from landfall to landfall – using GAATS in the Western Atlantic and SAATS for the Eastern portion closer to Europe.”

The technology in both SAATS and GAATS provides air traffic controllers with a “moving picture” of air traffic despite the absence of radar in oceanic airspace, through the use of advanced air traffic management software. 

Both systems also allow controllers and pilots to communicate directly through text-based data link over satellite, a significant improvement over HF radio.

The partnership between NATS and NAV CANADA to install the system was the result of an agreement signed between the two parties in late 2002. A team of up to 36 technical and operational experts from Canada and the U.K. worked collaboratively on modifying the system to meet the technical and operational requirements for Prestwick. 

“Working cooperatively on projects such as this allows for more timely development and deployment of new systems,” said Sid Koslow, NAV CANADA Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “With this ‘build once - use twice’ approach to technology development, we avoid re-inventing the wheel and help keep our system-wide costs down.”

NATS has also implemented NAV CANADA technology in several of its control towers. The Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS), which allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data electronically, thereby eliminating the need for paper flight strips, is in use at Stansted, Gatwick and Luton airports. It will be deployed at Heathrow in 2007.

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector,
non-share capital corporation, financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) plans and provides air traffic services throughout the United Kingdom and over the eastern North Atlantic, more than a million square miles of airspace. NATS is a public-private partnership between the UK Government, a consortium of seven British airlines and airport operator BAA plc, with the staff holding a five per cent share of the company.

See also:

Backgrounder: Keeping track of traffic across the North Atlantic

Speech by Sid Koslow, Prestwick, U.K., February 28, 2007

 

For further information, please contact:
Louis Garneau
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
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Ron Singer
Advisor, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-7303

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

2006

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(Copenhagen/Ottawa, January 27, 2006)

Naviair -The Danish Air Navigation Service Provider is pleased to announce an agreement with NAV CANADA to install in Copenhagen tower advanced Canadian technology designed to keep track of critical flight data in air traffic control towers and other air traffic facilities.

The technology known as the Integrated Information Display System/Extended Computer Display System (IIDS/EXCDS) - developed by NAV CANADA – automates the coordination of flight data movement between various positions in towers, airports and terminals. The Naviair system will be called the Naviair Integrated Tower Operation System or NITOS.

Morten Dambæk, Director General of Naviair, said: “Naviair selected NAV CANADA to supply this system on the basis of its excellent functionality, competitive value and compliance with the project specifications. We have been impressed by the commitment and experience of the NAV CANADA team, and look forward to commissioning NITOS.”

John Crichton, NAV CANADA's President and CEO, said: “We are pleased that Naviair has expressed their confidence and trust in NAV CANADA to implement and modify this proven flight data coordination system. The IIDS/EXCDS system being installed in the Copenhagen Airport Tower is already a proven solution in Canada and internationally, improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

IIDS/EXCDS allows tower controllers to manage electronic flight data online using touch-sensitive display screens. This significantly reduces the need for voice communications among controllers and replaces the traditional method of using paper strips to keep track of air traffic.
It increases efficiency by ensuring an instantaneous sharing of relevant flight information between workstations within the tower, and between the tower, airport and terminal control, permitting more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity.

EXCDS has been operational in Canada since 1998, and is now used in 18 NAV CANADA facilities, including all seven area control centres and 11 towers, and at some Canadian airport authorities for apron control and de-icing services. The system is flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of individual air traffic control operations.

Internationally, EXCDS is operational at Stansted and Gatwick airports in the UK, and is scheduled for installation at Heathrow airport.

Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia’s largest, with close to 20 million passengers in 2005, and about 285,000 aircraft movements. The present air traffic control tower at Copenhagen Airport was set into operation in 1971 and stands at 36 meters high. The new tower is 70 meters high and topped by a cab two storeys high. The tower is planned to go into operation in December 2007.

Naviair, a state enterprise under the Danish Ministry of Transport and Energy, is responsible for provision of air navigation services in Denmark. Included are area control service in Copenhagen FIR as well as approach and tower control services at the Copenhagen airports of Kastrup and Roskilde and the airports of Billund, Aalborg, Aarhus, Bornholm and Esbjerg. Flight Information Service is provided in Copenhagen FIR to VFR flights and helicopter flights in airspace of the North Sea.

For more details on IIDS/EXCDS please visit the Technology Solutions section of the NAV CANADA website.

 

NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:
Louis Garneau
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-5972

Kurt Andreasen
Manager PR & Commercial Services
Naviair
www.naviair.dk

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

2005

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(London/Ottawa, January 13, 2005)

The UK's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is pleased to announce today that Stansted airport is now using the world’s most advanced tower-airport flight data system.

The technology known as Integrated Information Display System/Extended Computer Display System (IIDS/EXCDS) - developed by NAV CANADA - is used to create "paperless" towers by eliminating the need for paper flight strips. The system, the first of its kind in the UK, is also to be installed at the Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

This partnership between UK NATS and NAV CANADA came about under an agreement signed in 2003 between the two parties.

Brandon Chapman, NATS Director of Airport Services, said: "This is a truly significant advance in the use of technology and is an enabler for the ever advancing efficiency of our operation and the transfer of data not only within NATS but also to the benefit of our customers within the airport and airline communities. I am extremely grateful and impressed by the dedication of everyone involved in this project and particularly at Stansted where the system has been brought into operation in a safe and professional manner. We look forward to working with NAV CANADA in rolling the project out at Gatwick and Heathrow."

John Crichton, NAV CANADA's President and CEO, said: "The system being installed in the London airports – already a proven solution in 11 tower/airport environments in Canada – is the latest benefit of the close collaboration between NATS and NAV CANADA. NATS is not only a valued partner in the provision of Air Navigation Services, they have also become a valued NAV CANADA customer."

Other collaborative work between these leading ANS providers continues as NAV CANADA assists UK NATS in the development of its Shanwick Advanced Air Traffic System (SAATS) for the benefit of airline customers using the North Atlantic – the busiest oceanic airspace in the world.

IIDS/EXCDS - or Electronic Flight Progress System (EFPS) as it is known in the UK - allows tower controllers to manage electronic flight data online using touch-sensitive display screens. This significantly reduces the need for voice communications among controllers and replaces the traditional method of using paper strips to keep track of air traffic.

It increases efficiencies by ensuring an instantaneous sharing of relevant flight information between workstations within the tower, and between the tower and terminal control. EFPS is fully interfaced with the Integrated Initial Flight Plan System (IFPS) and other flow management systems located at the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) in Brussels. It also interfaces with the BAA’s Stand (or gate) Management System (SMS), NATS’ National Airspace System (NAS) and it also performs Departure Clearance (DCL) with aircraft flight decks.

The system has been operational in Canada since 1998, and is now in control towers across the country including Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver and many others.

Stansted is the fastest growing airport in Europe with 184,000 flights per year. While Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport for international traffic handles over 462,000 flights and 63 million passengers per year. For its part, Gatwick is the world’s most used single-runway airport, with 244,000 aircraft movements annually.

NAV CANADA, the country’s provider of civil air navigation services, is a non-share capital, private corporation with operations coast to coast providing air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) plans and provides air traffic services throughout the United Kingdom and over the eastern North Atlantic, more than a million square miles of airspace. NATS is a public-private partnership between the UK Government, a consortium of seven British airlines and airport operator BAA plc, with the staff holding a five per cent share of the company.

 

For more details on the IIDS/EXCDS technology please click here.

Click here for a picture of the system at the Stansted control tower.

Click here for a picture of the system in Montreal.

 

For further information, please contact:
Louis Garneau
Manager, Media Relations
NAV CANADA
(613) 563-5972

Richard Wright
Senior Press Officer
National Air Traffic Services (NATS)
01489 615943 (Mobile 07866 685066)

NAV CANADA Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226

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