SITAONAIR highlights achievements at World ATM Congress


At SITAONAIR – the aviation industry’s leaders in aircraft communications – we had a fantastic experience at the 2019 World ATM Congress in Madrid, with over 80 key meetings held.

As the world’s largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition and conference, the Congress attracts over 9,500 people from across ATM, bringing together product developers, experts, stakeholders, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and media from more than 140 countries and territories.

We presented SITAONAIR’s vital work to deliver next-generation ATM – deploying easy-to-use datalink services that maximize airspace capacity while maintaining air navigation safety.

This included key SITAONAIR announcements, from our transformative work advancing ATM operations in Brazil and Europe to our new technical solution with Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services (AZANS).

Read all about SITAONAIR’s World ATM Congress below.

Our ATM highlights 2019

Produced especially for Congress, our 2019 ATM Highlights brochure looks back at the major ATM news from the past year, from SITAONAIR’s work to advance European Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) and Data Comm deployments, to regional projects. The brochure also looks ahead to some of the industry’s hot topics.

In his foreword, sharing SITAONAIR’s vision for ATM, VP Product & Strategy Dominique El Bez writes:

We believe that future ATM success, whether improving on-time performance or better managing delays, relies on Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airlines working closer together. As the datalink service leader, I believe that SITAONAIR is in prime position to bring these parties together, to ensure global air traffic management remains fit for the future.’

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Brazil air traffic services advance


As Congress opened its doors, SITAONAIR announced it had successfully expanded the operational capacity of Brazil’s air traffic service (ATS) datalink, establishing 26 fully-equipped control towers.

This crucial initiative has modernized air traffic control operations to become more digital, convenient and secure as air traffic volumes rise.

The number of aircraft accessing voice and datalink ATIS (D-ATIS) as well as datalink Departure Clearance (DCL) service information has since soared. Today approximately 250 departure clearances are issued and 20,000 D-ATIS requests are received each month from Brazil’s major airports.

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SITAONAIR selected to transform region’s busiest airport

SITAONAIR’s Patrick Geurts, Senior Manager, Business Development and Stephan Egli, Vice President EMEA, with AZANS Director Farhan Guliyev and Agabek Balabekov, Deputy Head of Airspace Efficiency.

On day one of Congress, SITAONAIR was selected by AZANS, Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services Department of “Azerbaijan Hava Yollari” CJSC, to provide a suite of technical air/ground (A/G) datalink communications services for ATC towers, airlines and airspace users at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

SITAONAIR’s solutions will equip AZANS to increase the efficiency and safety of air navigation at both Baku and the upper Azerbaijan airspace by enabling air traffic controllers and pilots to exchange messages in digital format.

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New datalink deal for Papua New Guinea

On day two, SITAONAIR was proudly selected by Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited (PNGASL) to provide ADS-C/CPDLC Datalink services to the ATC Centre in Port Moresby.

Under the deal, SITAONAIR will deliver reliable air/ground surveillance and communications via ACARS between air traffic controllers and pilots flying over Papua New Guinea.

Photo right: Captain Ted i Pakii, CEO of PNGASL (right) and Dominique El Bez, VP Strategy of SITAONAIR (left).

SITAONAIR exceeds Single European Sky targets

SITAONAIR also celebrated exceeding Single European Sky (SES) expectations through its instrumental work establishing a multi-frequency European datalink infrastructure to increase air traffic management (ATM) capacity in the region’s pressurized airspace.

As a result, the rate of Provider Aborts – which occur due to sustained loss of end-to-end connectivity – have reduced dramatically, from peaking at 24% in 2014 to falling as low as 1% in 2018 in the airspace controlled by Eurocontrol Maastricht Upper Airspace Center (MUAC).

Similarly, the measured transmission delay now exceeds the target set in the CPDLC mandate.

Meanwhile, the number of weekly ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunications Network) CPDLC connections with MUAC, increased from around 1,000 to 7,500 in the same period.

SITAONAIR was nominated in the ‘Enabling Technology’ category in the 2019 Jane’s ATC Awards, along with Collins Aerospace, EUROCONTROL MUAC and DFS for its VDL Mode 2 Multi-Frequency Deployment in line with ELSA Model B.

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SITAONAIR and ATC: A Long Story

At the Tower Theatre, SITAONAIR Head of VHF Infrastructure, Eric Menard, and Agnès Roegel, Senior Manager Commercial & Strategy, Air Traffic Control, presented an update of SITAONAIR’s air traffic control portfolio, as part of World ATM Congress’ education series.

Now used by more than 17,000 aircraft globally, the VHF service continues to expand its footprint since its launch 40 years ago, with a 23% increase in VHF Datalink (VDL) service uptake year-on-year. This terrestrial service, complemented by satellite service, allows SITAONAIR to serve a global footprint with datalink customers now in excess of 60 ANSPs, more than 24 ground system customers, and over 150 airports, area control centers and flight information regions.

In a regional tour of the company’s ATC activities, SITAONAIR’s experts gave updates on a range of important projects worldwide. These included advances in European datalink (which have seen large improvements in service reliability and integrity), in the VDL network deployment to support the FAA’s Data Comm Program in North America and DECEA’s SIRIUS program in Brazil; the country-wide provision of fundamental ATC services and ATC ground systems in South America, Africa, Middle East and in Asia Pacific, where satcom voice services were also implemented.

Mr Menard and Ms Roegel also provided an informative outline on market trends, particularly the sector’s strategic move towards trajectory-based operations (TBO). Driven by double-digit growth in air traffic, increase in automation, human-centric ATC concepts, and unprecedented levels of aircraft-derived data, ATC requires an evolutionary transformation in the way pilots and air traffic control interact, they observed. To meet airspace users’ demand for greater efficiencies, SITAONAIR foresees that communication, navigation and surveillance systems will become more integrated, with disruptive technologies becoming the mainstream, they added. In this ecosystem, in which various technologies will co-exist, SITAONAIR aims to remain the indispensable partner of choice of ANSPs and airlines.

Aireon and SITAONAIR sign MOU


SITAONAIR was pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Aireon for developing space-based ADS-B for Air Traffic Control. Here pictured on day two of the World ATM Congress is Dominique El Bez, SITAONAIR VP Product & Strategy and Aireon VP of Aviation, Cyriel Kronenburg.

We’d like to extend our warm thanks to our partners, customers, and colleagues for making the 2019 World ATM Congress in Madrid one of our best yet. Discover SITAONAIR’s full ATM and aircraft communications solutions online by exploring, speaking to your local SITAONAIR contact or submitting an enquiry form.