Air Traffic Control dependence on conventional radar could soon become
a thing of the past for countries in Asia and the Pacific which sign up
to use a new sophisticated airspace surveillance service being offered
by the Australian Air Navigation Service Provider, Airservices
Australia, in alliance with SITA, the main IT provider of air/ground
data link services to airlines and Air Navigation Service Providers.
ADS-B involves aircraft broadcasting their positional data every second which are received by ground based ADS-B receivers and forwarded to Air Traffic Control systems in radar like format suitable for processing and display to the air traffic controllers.
Australia will be the first country in the world to implement Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology enabling radar-like services across its entire upper-level airspace by early 2007.
Greg Russell, CEO, Airservices Australia, said, 'It is a little over two years since the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Navigation Conference endorsed the implementation of ADS-B as critical to enabling improvements in airspace capacity, safety and efficiency. This was a major factor in our decision to proceed with our Upper Airspace Programme (UAP) to provide ADS-B enabled surveillance coverage throughout domestic Australian airspace above 30,000 feet through the deployment of 28 ADS-B receivers and the associated upgrade to our Air Traffic Management systems'.
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