NAV CANADA and project partners receive Maverick Award for
March 25, 2020 – Ottawa – NAV CANADA, alongside project
partners NATS and Aireon LLC, is honoured to receive the World ATM Congress’
2020 Maverick Award for Collaboration for their work to transform how air
traffic is managed in the North Atlantic.
The Collaboration award recognizes the importance of
effective relationships and partnerships across sectors to achieve a shared
Due to the cancellation of World ATM Congress 2020, winners
of each category were announced earlier this week via teleconference by ATCA's
President and CEO Peter F. Dumont and CANSO's Director General Simon Hocquard.
In March 2019, NAV CANADA, NATS and Aireon forever
transformed the global airspace by safely transitioning a new air traffic
services surveillance capability into live service.
Aireon’s Space-Based Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) was deployed alongside existing NAV CANADA and
NATS capabilities in this collaborative effort to pioneer new global air
traffic control separation standards and create a revised concept of operations
for the North Atlantic region.
“While this award recognizes a successful project
partnership, it is also a reflection of the strong bonds and
inter-connectedness of the aviation community world-wide and what we can achieve
- Neil Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA
“When the Aireon
system went live last year, the true value of partnership and collaboration was
demonstrated in the North Atlantic deployment, requiring extensive work and
coordination amongst NATS, NAV CANADA, Aireon and additional stakeholders.
Without this collaboration, the goal of global ATC surveillance would not have
been possible. This has set the standard for how space-based ADS-B is
operationalized and we look forward to working with the ATM industry provide
similar benefits to other parts of the world.”
- Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer of Aireon
“Space-based ADS-B is truly a transformational technology
that is not only changing how we operate over the North Atlantic but will also
affect how air traffic is managed around the world over the coming years.”
- Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director
NAV CANADA was a finalist in two of the three Maverick Award
- for the innovative development and deployment of the world's first global,
real-time space-based ADS-B service with NATS and Aireon LLC.; and
- for becoming the first ANSP in the world to implement ICAO's new standard:
Established on Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required (RNP AR)
and showing a reduction of over 4.1 million kgs of CO2 emissions.
The Maverick Awards — which received over 100 nominations in
this first year — showcase the brightest ideas for the future, recognise
positive contributions to the environment and conservation, celebrate
cooperation between partners and stakeholders, and promote overall excellence
in the aviation industry.
World ATM Congress
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established
in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather
briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square
kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.
The Company is internationally recognized for its safety
record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by
NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
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