The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and NATS, air navigation service provider to the United Kingdom, have signed a memorandum of cooperation.
The deal will allow both parties to collaborate, exchange ideas and experiences as well as develop and implement new initiatives to tackle air traffic management challenges.
The MoC was signed in Singapore by Soh Poh Theen, assistant director-general, CAAS and Paul Reid, managing director, NATS Services.
“Air traffic management is a critical enabler for the growth of an air hub,” said Soh Poh Theen.
“CAAS needs to grow Singapore’s air traffic management capacity to keep pace with the rate of growth of traffic at Changi and the region.
“We have implemented initiatives to enhance our capacity and performance with encouraging results, but more can be done.
“NATS has a wealth of experience operating in very demanding environment. Apart from shortening CAAS’ learning curve, we hope this collaboration could also develop new solutions to emerging aviation challenges.”
The areas of potential cooperation include the following:
Exchange of information, knowledge and expertise through staff exchange and other programmes.
Development of best practices in air navigation service provision to optimise air traffic flow and capacity and human performance.
Cooperation in activities to explore new air traffic management concepts to modernise the air traffic management system.
The strong growth of aviation centred in Asia presents many challenges in air traffic management for all ANSPs in the region.
NATS, a company that provides air traffic control to all London airports, faces similar operational challenges as a major air hub in Europe and has been sharing its experience and expertise of managing high intensity air traffic operations with CAAS.
“Singapore is beginning to experience the effect of sharp increases in traffic movements,” said Paul Reid, NATS.
“It is our hope that based upon our experience managing some of the world’s busiest airport and most complex airspace, we can work with CAAS to continue to deliver air traffic services and manage its aviation growth in a safe and efficient manner.”