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Eurocontrol, A6 Alliance Come Together to Bolster ATM Communications Infrastructure

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 1, 2015
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The A6 Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol are collaborating to define the provision of the New Pan-European Network Services (NewPENS). Photo: Eurocontrol

[Avionics Today 06-01-2015] The A6 Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol are working together on defining a major piece of communications infrastructure required to underpin the European Commission’s Single European Sky initiative. The two organizations are collaborating to define the provision of the New Pan-European Network Services (NewPENS), the pan-European ground-to-ground network infrastructure used for both voice and data communications between ANSPs. It is also the enabler for iSWIM for System Wide Information Management (SWIM) mandated by the Pilot Common Project (PCP) as Air Traffic Management (ATM) Function 5.

NewPENS will transport data from the Network Manager and Eurocontrol centralized services to all ATM Stakeholders from Eurocontrol Member States and other states within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) European/North Atlantic Region and its bordering states. Eurocontrol believes better information sharing between ATM stakeholders is fundamental to improving the management of Europe’s airspace and meeting initiatives to combat forecasted traffic growth. NewPENS will provide a common and secure IP-based network service across Europe, making it easier to share information while at the same time reducing costs.

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