ATM Modernization, Business & GA, Commercial

Panama Chooses Thales’s TopSky ATM System

By Staff Writer | June 8, 2012
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Thales was selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC) to deploy air traffic management systems, including TopSky, for en route and approach segments of the country's airspace, the company said Friday.

Thales will supply TopSky ATC, its associated TopSky Simulator (for the training of Panamenian Air traffic control officers), Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) and Thales Aeronautical Information Management System (AIM). All this will be housed in a 3,300 square meter building to be built by Thales’ local partner Sofratesa de Panama.

The system will be fully compliant with the new ICAO Flight Plan 2012 format, which was a baseline requirement and one of the key reasons behind the AAC’s decision to launch this important project.

"The AAC have posed themselves an incredibly ambitious challenge, in one fell swoop they have instigated a massive upgrade of their entire Air Traffic Management network and being chosen to partner with them in this is a true honor. Our prime position in Latin America is well established, however, being chosen to help in such a venture is a true reaffirmation of the dominant position we hold in the region’s ATM market,” said Rémi Gille, Thales vice president and Thales Head of Air Traffic Management.

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