System now in use at five European airports
OTTAWA, Feb. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - On December 29, Air Traffic Controllers
inside the new 70 metre-high control tower at Copenhagen Airport began
monitoring and guiding aircraft with the help of NAV CANADA technology.
Naviair, the Danish air navigation service provider, teamed up with NAV
CANADA to adapt the Canadian-designed Extended Computer Display System
(EXCDS), the advanced 'paperless' flight-data system, for Copenhagen's new
The Danish version of EXCDS is called NITOS, for Naviair Integrated Tower
Operating System, now an integral part of Naviair's newly upgraded air traffic
Copenhagen is the fifth European airport to adapt the NAV
CANADA-developed technology. NATS, the U.K. air navigation service provider,
has implemented the system in four London-area airports, most recently in the
new control tower at Heathrow International Airport.
"We are honoured to have been part of the successful Naviair project to
upgrade its entire air traffic management system," says John Crichton,
President and CEO. "Our participation demonstrates once again that EXCDS is
flexible and adaptable, with the NAV CANADA technology solutions team behind
it - a team of experts with extensive experience in Air Traffic Management
both in Canada and abroad".
The Naviar modernization program is aimed at increasing the capacity in
the airspace over Denmark, making it possible to participate in the work of
coordinating and facilitating operations in the European airspace.
"This system improves efficiency and enhances the quantity and flow of
flight data," says Morten Dambaek, Director General of Naviair. "There's also
the added potential to grow capacity in the future."
With EXCDS technology, controllers use touch-sensitive computer screens
to monitor aircraft and manage air-traffic flow - ending the use of
traditional paper strips that have existed from the earliest days of air
traffic control. The system provides immediate access to key information,
reduces communications time between controllers, and improves overall traffic
Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia's largest, and one of Europe's busiest
serving more than 21 million passengers in 2007, and handling about 257,000
NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a
private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded
debt. With operations coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control,
flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services,
airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.
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