ATNS and Partners Scoop Prestigious Award in Europe

13 March 2014

The prestigious IHS Jane’s 14th annual ATC Awards ceremony took place on Monday night, 3rd March 2014, where a cross-section of the air transport community assembled to acclaim leading projects and cutting-edge technological developments. The Ceremony is a precursor to World ATM Congress and the CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference in Madrid, Spain. 

The Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) of the Arabian Sea Indian Ocean Air Traffic Services (ATS) Coordination Group (ASIOACG) of which the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is a member, working with the airline industry, have established what is known as “User Preferred Route (UPR) Geographic Zone” - with resultant safety, efficiency and environmental benefits. This Geographic Zone was launched in October 2013. Trial flights in mid-2013 indicated potential annual Carbon Dioxide (CO2) savings of 10,000 tonnes. 

ASIOACG comprises the ANSPs of Australia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The afore-mentioned ANSP’s Management were presented with the most sought-after Service Provision Award at the event. 

This year's contenders for the Innovation, Environment, Enabling Technology, Technology, Service Provision and Runway Awards included major consortia as well as relative newcomers to the airspace management industry, with more than 40 nominations received in total. These were shortlisted and pared down to the winning entry in each category by a panel of experienced judges, drawn from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Eurocontrol, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) and IHS Jane’s. 

World ATM Congress – which started on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 and ended on 6th March 2014 - combined a large-scale exhibition, and world-class conference with the chance to learn about the latest air traffic management trends and developments. ATNS created and facilitated a magnificent premier networking hub at the Exhibition Centre, where various ATNS products and services information were on offer. ATNS actively initiated dialogue with various key groups of stakeholders. Their involvement supports our long-term success by enhancing transparency, sharing knowledge, and generating innovative solutions. 

Various ATNS Operations Experts also took part in the 5th CANSO Global ATM Operations Conference, which started on 6th March and ended 7th March, 2014. Having hosted the first ever Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) Conference in South Africa on 31st January 2014, ATNS experts were expected to contribute immensely – to “the A-CDM in action” discussion topic. 

South Africa has hosted major significant events, ranging from sports, technological and aviation, to socio-political and environmental conferences since 1994. Due to our experiences and expertise, ATNS was invited to deliver a paper on “Traffic Flow Management for High Visibility Events”. This took place on the last day of the Conference.

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