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NAV CANADA and NATS win international award for Service Provision

(Ottawa, March 10, 2015) NAV CANADA is proud to announce that it is the co-recipient of the 2015 IHS Jane’s ATC Award in the category of Service Provision. The honour is shared with NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading provider of air traffic control services. The award was announced at the CANSO ATM Dinner on March 9 in Madrid, Spain on the eve of the annual World ATM Congress.

Presented by IHS Jane’s Airport Review, the Service Provision Award recognizes a contribution to safe and efficient airspace management. NATS and NAV CANADA received the award for the implementation of GAATS+, the world’s most advanced oceanic control system.

The successful implementation of GAATS+ across the North Atlantic has also provided a foundation for NATS and NAV CANADA to broaden the scope of collaboration for a program  called COAST (Collaboration on Oceanic Airspace Systems and Tools).

Rudy Kellar, Executive Vice President, Service Delivery, NAV CANADA said, “We are very pleased to be recognized with the IHS Jane’s Award for the COAST Initiative. The deployment of GAATS+ will continue to build on the strong collaborative foundation that has already been established in the North Atlantic, enhancing service and efficiency for our oceanic airline customers.”

Developed jointly by NATS and NAV CANADA, the GAATS+ system features increased automation of data exchange with other air traffic facilities and integrates a series of safety net tools, such as conflict prediction and conflict alert. It also provides controllers with a snapshot of current and planned traffic as well as available route profiles, allowing a controller to easily identify an aircraft’s preferred route and provide a conflict-free clearance.

The system in is also future proofed to work with ground-based ADS-B surveillance, serving as the basis for the satellite-based ADS-B services offered by Aireon in 2018

Martin Rolfe, NATS Managing Director Operations said: “The Jane’s ATC Awards are the flagship awards for our industry and this is a tremendous accolade. It is recognition of the success of our partnership approach to delivering innovative projects that offer our customers real and tangible benefits.”

NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.
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NATS is a leading air navigation services specialist, handling 2.2 million flights in 2013/14, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic control services at 15 UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.
Building on its reputation for operational excellence and innovation, NATS also offers aerodrome, data, engineering and consultancy solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, air traffic service providers and Governments. There is more information on the NATS website at www.nats.aero
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