|Officials from CAAS, NTU, ICAO, Mitre and the Singapore Ministry of Transport inaugurate the new facilities. Photo: CAAS
[Avionics Today 08-20-2015] The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has inaugurated two new facilities, the Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research Institute (ATMRI) and Mitre Asia Pacific Singapore (MAPS), in its efforts to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for ATM. CAAS is developing Singapore as a COE for ATM to improve the efficiency and safety of air traffic management in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.
The ATMRI and MAPS will conduct distinct yet complementary advanced Research and Development (R&D) activities, according to the CAAS. The ATMRI, which has been jointly set up by CAAS and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will nurture talent in the ATM domain and translate academic-based research into ATM solutions. Some of the ATMRI’s work areas include, air route modeling and simulation, air-ground traffic management, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) management, aviation weather research and human factors in ATM.
MAPS, which was established through a partnership between Mitre and CAAS, is Mitre’s first R&D center outside the United States and serves as the premier collaboration space for regional ATM harmonization. It will deliver solutions to meet the ATM needs of Singapore and the region.
“These centers provide us with the opportunity to safely test-bed solutions and advanced simulations based on actual data before they are translated into real-world applications. They will help to ensure that a high level of safety and service standards is maintained even in the face of air traffic growth,” said Director-General of CAAS, Kevin Shum.