01 August 2012 Middle East

UAE to Take Lead in Providing Timely Data to Operators

The UAE’s GCAA Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre launched the MID Regions 1st daily Airspace Coordination and Contingency cell this week.
The UAE’s GCAA Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre launched the MID Regions 1st daily Airspace Coordination and Contingency cell earlier this week.

Following months of concerted effort and live-trials the MID Regions 1st daily aviation tele-coordination, the UAE Airspace Coordination and Contingency Cell (UACACC) was convened at 14:00 GST (UTC+4) at the General Civil Aviation Authority’s Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre (SZC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The GCAA has always been in the forefront in demonstrating Customer service excellence. The UAE had previously established the Middle East’s 1st Airspace Committee which includes all UAE Airspace stakeholders, the National Airspace Advisory Committee (NASAC). The notion of developing and establishing a daily Airspace Conference Call in the UAE was born at a NASAC meeting.

“Today, UACACC is a reality and live. Daily aviation conferencing is by no means a novel idea and has been a valuable tool in many parts of the world,” said H.E. Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA. “Through applying international experience, closely monitoring international norms and careful local market evaluation, the UACACC was established and serves as a platform where any information pertinent to Airspace Stakeholders in the UAE can be disseminated by all members for the benefit of all,” he added.

"We at the Sheikh Zayed Centre pride ourselves on such a proactive approach to Air Traffic Management. Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre has set a perfect example in applying modern and advanced technologies to ensure safe and efficient ATM operations. We have always been innovative, but also very keen to apply best practices and learn from others’ experience," said Mr Ahmed Al Jallaf, Executive Director Air Navigation Services at the SZC.
The UACACC’s daily agenda, with submissions from the UAE ACC, National Centre of Seismology and Meteorology (NCMS), Air Navigation Service Providers, UAE Airports, UAE based Airlines and Aircraft Operators and any other entity with a Stake in the UAE FIR, includes shared information regarding present and forecast weather likely to affect aircraft, airspace or airway closures, bottle-necks, runway or taxiway blockages and generally any event likely to affect ATM operations.

The UACACC aims at developing future applications including an online platform assessable to members where up to the minute airspace/airport restrictions, closures, delays, adverse weather etc. can be shared.

UAE Airspace Stakeholders have expressed overwhelming appreciation for the efforts of the SZC. Mr. Ekke Gutt from Emirates Airlines stated: “We consider this as a milestone towards a real ANSP, Airspace user and Stakeholder engagement in a continuous team effort.”

In developing UACACC, international lessons learned especially in times of crises were also applied. The “Contingency Cell” function within UACACC can be activated at short notice. This ensures a familiar platform on which to crises manage/coordinate any Airspace emergencies, should the unimaginable occur.
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