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NAV CANADA announces radio replacement programme

  • CAD50 million radio replacement launched;
  • New weather monitoring contract for Searidge Technologies.

NAV CANADA announced plans to conduct a major refit of its VHF air-ground-air radio links across the Canadian Air Navigation System. Existing radios will be replaced under an eight-year upgrade, to be conducted by NAV CANADA in conjunction with Park Air Systems and SolaCom Technologies. More than CAD50 million will be invested in the refit.

More than 2,000 Garrett VHF radios at 320 sites will be replaced by modern radio units, supplied by Park Air Systems and SolaCom. The project will begin with the replacement of 115 pairs of radios at Calgary Airport, the Toronto Area Control Centre and the Toronto Air Traffic Control Tower at Toronto International Airport. High traffic sites will receive first priority.

Park Air Systems and SolaCom have been selected as the key suppliers for the programme, although the start of the project is subject to final and satisfactory completion of the required contractual documentation.

Awards Searidge Technologies weather monitoring project

NAV CANADA awarded (10-Jun-08) Searidge Technologies a contract to build a system capable of weather monitoring in remote locations. The system will be deployed in up to 130 sites across Canada.

The ANSP has selected the IntelliDAR(TM) imaging platform, a modern digital weather camera system, and associated services, to provide near real-time camera data showing the weather information of a given location, and additional information such as sector visibility.

The system will assist pilots and aviation users when planning and conducting their flight operations. The system helps to promote flight safety by providing current weather conditions to pilots, assisting them in making timely weather-related decisions.

Background information:

  • NAV CANADA is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt that controls Canada‚Äôs Air Navigation System;
  • It provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation;
  • The company has invested over CAD1.2 billion in new technology, systems and facilities over the last decade, with approximately CAD100 million to be invested by the end of Aug-08.

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