Airservices Australia - New Airspace Surveillance Technology Trial in Indonesia

The Indonesian Government is set to trial new airspace surveillance technology, developed by AirServices Australia in alliance with international airline data communications provider, SITA Inc., the Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, announced today.

Mr Truss said the trial of new airspace surveillance technology, Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is set to commence in Indonesia by May 2006, under the Indonesian Directorate General for Air Communications.

"Around 60,000 international flights in and out of Australia travel through Indonesian airspace every year, 25,000 of which are Qantas flights," Mr Truss said.

"This trial aims to improve air traffic safety in Indonesian airspace and promote flight data sharing across international boundaries."

The sophisticated new technology involves aircraft broadcasting their positional data every second, which is received in radar-type format by ground-based ADS-B receivers and forwarded to Air Traffic Controllers.

"The new airspace surveillance system, ADS-B, provides an alternative to potential multi-million dollar investments in radar technology, realising savings of up to 90 percent and associated maintenance costs. It also significantly reduces the pressure on increasing air navigation service charges," he said.

Mr Truss said ADS-B is well suited to countries with a large land mass and difficult terrain. Other countries in Asia and the Pacific will now also be able to sign up to use the new technology, he said.

"Wide-ranging take-up of the new system in the Asia-Pacific has the potential to accelerate co-operation in air traffic management system development in our region, and also to provide a model that can be useful to other regions such as Africa and Latin America.

"Australia is making plans to become the first country in the world to implement ADS-B technology nationally, which will provide radar-like service across the entire upper-level airspace by early 2007," he said

Details of the alliance and the Indonesian trial were released today at the annual Air Navigation Services Provider conference, ATC Maastricht in The Netherlands

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