Australian and Indonesian aviation authorities to exchange ADS-B flight data

15-11-2010 -

Airservices Australia and the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have reached a formal agreement to exchange enhanced flight data for aircraft travelling across the two countries’ Flight Information Region boundaries.

The world-first agreement is being phased into operation from 1 November 2010.

It will allow air traffic controllers to precisely track aircraft up to 150 nautical miles inside the other country’s airspace using Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology that broadcasts an aircraft’s call sign, position, altitude, velocity and other data, twice a second.

Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said that the arrangement has been subject to extensive testing for several months and would significantly improve controller traffic situational awareness in Indonesian and Australian airspace.

“The new arrangement will bring a new level of safety to cross-airspace operations,” Mr Russell said.

“The commissioning demonstrates the strong relationship between Indonesian and Australian air navigation service providers. It also addresses a long-standing need to have surveillance coverage available along the boundary for air traffic control in both regions.

“The agreement has been reached after much hard work and cooperation between Airservices and the DGCA, assisted by strong support from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).”

Under the new arrangement, data from four Australian ADS-B ground stations is transmitted to Makassar Air Traffic Services Centre in Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Airservices Brisbane Air Traffic Services Centre receives reciprocal data from four ADS-B ground stations in Indonesia.

Indonesia has installed 27 ADS-B ground stations across its archipelago, 18 of which display information to controllers in Makassar.  Australia has 43 ADS-B receivers across the continent and was the first country to complete a continent-wide installation of the technology.

The achievement is expected to be a model for further aeronautical data sharing projects within the Asia-Pacific region.

For media enquiries please contact Airservices Media on 02 6257 2828 or email media@airservicesaustralia.com

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