New aeronautical telecom system to enhance air safety

New aeronautical telecom system to enhance air safety

New Delhi: With a satellite-based navigation system in place to enhance air safety, experts from Asia- Pacific nations would next week discuss ways to implement an aeronautical telecom network (ATN) system for seamless exchange of messages for planes flying in the region.

The new system would complement and later replace voice communication between air traffic control, pilots and others by providing all flight data and information through messages.

Messages containing graphic texts like charts and weather maps can also be sent to end users across the high seas and countries from Singapore to those on the African coasts, apart from almost the entire Asia.

The ATN, which uses Air Traffic Service Message Handling Service (AMHS) for the ground-ground communication among various aviation users, would replace the existing text-based aeronautical fixed telecom network used for exchanging air traffic service (ATS) messages worldwide.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is organizing a meet of the taskforce of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) group in Jaipur from Monday, has installed AMHS at Mumbai and established linkage with Singapore in March this year. Regular traffic is already being exchanged on this channel, an AAI spokesperson said.

“The system will shortly be put on operational trials with China and Thailand and the Mumbai AMHS will be linked with Muscat, Karachi, Colombo, Kathmandu, Dhaka and other foreign destinations for exchange of aeronautical messages," he said.

India is a designated backbone centre in the Asia-Pacific region to provide ATN routes to Middle East and African-Indian Ocean regions.

The four-day meet, to be inaugurated by civil aviation secretary Nasim Zaidi, would see experts from Asia-Pacific countries exchanging views on the subject.