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SITA FOR AIRCRAFT and NAV Portugal
SITA FOR AIRCRAFT and NAV Portugal

SITA FOR AIRCRAFT and NAV Portugal

Our work establishing a Europe-wide multilink aircraft communications datalink infrastructure has supported NAV Portugal in accommodating airspace demands.

Partner
NAV Portugal

Market
Airlines
ANSPs

Country
Portugal

Products/Services Engaged

NAV Portugal is a public corporate entity that guarantees the provision of air traffic services in the two main areas within Portugal’s remit: the Lisbon and Santa Maria Flight Information Regions (RIV).

The Company's headquarters are at the Lisbon Air Traffic Control Center near Portela Airport. The Santa Maria Oceanic Control Center is situated on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores.

NAV Portugal provides air traffic control, flight information and alert services across the country, including Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, Porto Santo, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada, Horta and Flores. The air navigation service provider (ANSP) is also responsible for providing the air traffic control service for the Cascais Municipal Aerodrome (Tires).

SITA FOR AIRCRAFT’s work to update and establish a multilink aircraft communications datalink infrastructure across Europe has supported NAV Portugal to accommodate airspace demands.

In 2018, SITA FOR AIRCRAFT completed its work to extend the footprint of its crucial A/G communication service, by establishing a multi-frequency VHF Data Link Mode 2 network infrastructure (VDLm2 MF).

This was under the recommendation of the European Aviation Safety Agency, which stated a multi-frequency version of the service was essential for facilitating Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) – an ATC application mandated by the European Commission for use under the Single European Sky.

The European mandate applies to both airlines and ANSPs, and SITA FOR AIRCRAFT has provided the core A/G service enabling the exchange of vital ATC data.

SITA FOR AIRCRAFT’s upgrade has fostered and enhanced the provision of air/ground (A/G) datalink in Europe across multiple frequencies, supporting the region’s ATC network.

VDLm2 MF is deployed on both SITA FOR AIRCRAFT’s own infrastructure, and on that of its ANSP partners, including NAV Portugal.

Find out more about NAV Portugal by visiting the company website.