ATM Modernization

Sitaonair Teams with Brazil to Expand ATS Datalink Services

By S.L. Fuller | December 6, 2017

Photo courtesy of Sitaonair

Photo courtesy of Sitaonair

Sitaonair is now working with Brazil’s Department of Airspace Control (DECEA) to expand air traffic services (ATS) datalink services for main airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. DECEA is expanding ATS datalink services for departure clearance (DCL) and digital automatic terminal information service (d-ATIS) for control towers at both Santos Dumont and Campinas airports, following successful datalink installations, Sitaonair said.

“Sitaonair is delighted to work with DECEA as it continues its transformation program, and we hope that this will encourage other [air navigation service providers] in the region to adopt a similar strategy,” said François Bardin, director of air traffic solutions at Sitaonair. “By improving the accuracy of their communications and allowing information to be transmitted at any stage of the flight, workloads for both air traffic controllers and pilots will be reduced — ultimately delivering an improved service for the ever-increasing volume of passengers in the region.”

According to Sitaonair, the latest upgrade program follows its successful introduction of datalink technology across 23 Brazilian airports in preparation for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Now, Brazilian airlines, such as TAM, GOL and Azul, represent nearly 91% of total generated traffic. Sitaonair said that in total, more than 3.5 million digital ATIS and DCL messages are transmitted every year.

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