NATS, Indra launch GBAS solution

UK air traffic control business NATS and Spain’s Indra Navia have developed a new air traffic enhancement solution utilising Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) technology.

The joint ‘one stop shop’ solution takes a well-developed product and knowledge base and improves on the current capability of existing GBAS solutions, benefiting airports and air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the globe. It will prove valuable to any capacity-constrained airport, providing a wide range of approach routes supported by a single system.

This will make it possible for airlines to reduce flying time, and therefore save on fuel consumption, whilst also reducing noise for residents near the airport through the use of higher approach angles.

The technical solution will be delivered into service by a team who understand the operational drivers, with in-house teams of airspace and procedure designers, specialist instructors to develop and deliver bespoke training programmes for staff, and provide the necessary safety assurance during implementation. The offering will cover planning and evaluation through to site selection, installation, commissioning, regulatory approval and in-service support.

Indra Navia brings a wealth of experience to the project, providing air traffic management solutions and services for clients worldwide, including the NORMARC family of Instrument Landing Systems and the NORMARC 8100 GBAS. Indra Navia’s vast knowhow and experience about the use, functionality and performances required of landing system technologies, will greatly contribute to the successful development of this innovative GBAS solution.

NATS will apply its expertise and know-how to facilitate the integration of a GBAS into operational service. NATS will also bridge the information gap between the technology provider and the various interested stakeholders, such as other air navigation service providers, airports, airline operators, and the regulator in this new, complex field.

This is the first innovative market solution to be worked on together since the signing of a strategic partnership by both companies in March this year.

“Leading the field in the next generation of landing systems is key in keeping our position in the ground-based navigational aids market space” said Eldar Hauge, president & CEO of Indra Navia. “Together with NATS, we are pleased to be pioneering the way the market will deploy Ground-Based Augmentation Systems.”

Iain Harris, engineering director, NATS, says: “NATS and Indra have a proven track record working with and optimising landing system technologies. We believe combining our joint expertise in the development of this solution will greatly benefit our customers – improving efficiency, safety and ultimately the passenger experience, across airports worldwide.”

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