The tests, conducted by the Airspace Control System Implementation Commission, took place from May 30th to June 3rd, at IDS Air Nav’s headquarters in Rome, Italy
Agência Força Aérea – CISCEA, por Tenente Camille Barroso
The results of the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) of the integration of the Brazilian Aeronautical Information Management System (AIM-BR) with the European Aeronautical Information Services Database (INO EAD – International NOTAM Operations European AIS Database), were presented on June 30, at the Commission for Implementation of the Airspace Control System (CISCEA), in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). The tests, conducted by CISCEA, took place between May 30th and June 3rd, at IDS Air Nav’s headquarters in Rome, Italy.
This integration is a result of the DECEA-EUROCONTROL Program and allows the CRONOS system for NOTAM emission to perform automatic transmissions between Brazil and the European continent. This service optimizes traditional processes with current technologies, aiming to achieve the highest level of automation of aeronautical information processes, according to the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
NOTAM, known as “Notice to Airmen”, is a service provided by the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA), through the Aeronautical Cartography Institute (ICA), and consists in informing the worldwide aeronautical community about any modification in the regulatory framework, aeronautical infrastructure (airports and air navigation), airspace organization, aeronautical maps and charts, or any hazardous situations to air navigation.
In the next phase of the project, it is planned to migrate tests to the production environment of the Aeronautical Cartography Institute (ICA) for the implementation of the “Provider” module – that is, ICA will also be a data provider to EUROCONTROL, when the AIM-BR modernization will be producing static and dynamic aeronautical information. NOTAM will play an important role as a major player in the standardization, production and understanding of aeronautical information, both because of its robust structure and its very well introduced processes by the Air Navigation Service Provider Agencies (ANSP).
The tests were conducted by the company IDS AirNav, accompanied by members of ICA, EUROCONTROL, IDS Brasil and CISCEA, in a committee formed by the Operational Division (DO) Deputy, Major Engineer Talita da Cunha Mattos, by the Development Manager Marcos Abreu and by the analyst Tiago Cunha.
For the Chief of the Operational Division of CISCEA, Lieutenant Colonel Deoclides Fernandes Barbosa Vieira, this advance is one of the many benefits resulting from the partnership between DECEA and EUROCONTROL. “Aviation and technology are subjects in constant evolution, and this, coupled with ICAO’s prediction that global air traffic will double every fifteen years, demonstrates the importance of seeking updates like this one, coming from the partnership with the renowned organization, responsible for volumes of airspace among the densest in the world. We at CISCEA are proud to contribute in this direction,” said the Officer.
Background of the DECEA-EUROCONTROL Program
DECEA, the air navigation regulatory organization in Brazil and the main ANSP in the country, and EUROCONTROL have established two cooperation agreements – which have been in force since 2015 – with multiple joint projects, including, in addition to the one mentioned in this article, the development by EUROCONTROL of a workforce planning system for DECEA and the exchange of flight plan data in real time, from DECEA to EUROCONTROL’s Network Management Operations Center (NMOC).
Since then, DECEA has been making efforts to make the transition from AIS (Aeronautical Information Service) to AIM (Aeronautical Information Management). This concept consists of changing the storage and availability of aeronautical information to fully computerized and database structured systems, in order to speed up and optimize the process of updating information to the user, whether AIP, ROTAER and NOTAM, IFR procedures charts or visual charts, while maintaining reliability and safety.
In this line, in the interactions with EUROCONTROL the European AIS Database (EAD), owned by the organization on behalf of its Member States, was presented, being considered the largest Aeronautical Information System (AIS) in the world – a centralized reference solution with quality assurance, state-of-the-art and fully integrated.
The European AIS Database is a single source for aeronautical data needs. A safer, faster, more accurate and cost-effective solution, with greater availability and accessibility of information. In Brazil, AIM-BR is evolving and implies a set of data-centric aeronautical information management practices, aiming quality, traceability and timeliness.
Photos: CISCEA Operational Division *** Translated by the DEFCONPress Team ***