ATM Modernization, Embedded Avionics

Eurocontrol and UAE Begin Real-Time Flight Data Exchange

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 14, 2016
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On June 6, 2016 real time flight data exchange has been successfully implemented  between the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE (GCAA) and Eurocontrol. Photo: Eurocontrol

[Avionics Today 06-14-2016] The General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE (GCAA) and Eurocontrol have successfully implemented real-time flight data exchange between the two organizations. This data exchange is the central part of the collaborative Global Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) concept that is being promoted by Eurocontrol and fully supports the ICAO Global Air Navigation plan, which requires global interoperability of information and the seamless management of major traffic flows across ATM regions.

“Real time updates of departure times and other trajectory information is now being exchanged between the operational systems of Eurocontrol Network Manager and the UAE main air traffic control center on the major traffic flows between Europe and the UAE. This is a significant contributor to realize the Global Air Traffic Flow Management concept, where the different parts of the world connect and exchange these very important data,” said Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol.

The capability has been established as part of the basis of the cooperation agreement between the GCAA and Eurocontrol, struck in October 2015. According to Eurocontrol, currently there are already about 400 flights a day between the two regions and an additional 150 to 200 aircraft as overflights and traffic is growing at 3.6 percent a year.

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