Expanding Aviation Capacity With Saab Air Traffic Management Solutions

The aviation industry in Asia Pacific is experiencing unprecedented growth. In 2012, passenger growth in the Asia-Pacific was 9%, nearly double the world average. Seven out of the world’s top 10 busiest routes are in Asia-Pacific and by 2015, 30% of worldwide passenger movements will take place in this region.

Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world, with 17,508 islands and a population over 240 million. Air transport plays an important role in connecting these islands. Over the last 5 years, domestic air passenger growth was 13.4%, while international passenger numbers grew at 19.3%.

Indonesia currently has 57 airlines serving 400 domestic and international routes. Many of these airlines are growing at rapid rates, Lion Air have signed contracts over the last 3 years for over 400 new aircraft.

Demand however is outstripping the available aviation capacity. Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta is currently serving 1,100 aircraft movements per day with over to 60 million passengers per annum. Its capacity is only 22 million people.

So how can Indonesian airports handle this rapid growth in aviation?

Some excellent steps are already being made:

  • The Transportation Ministry is preparing to build and relocate a total of 45 airports over the next decade in order to support the development of Indonesia's aviation industry.
  • Angkasa Pura 1 plans to spend US$ 357 million this year in order to improve a number of the airports under its control.
  • AirNav Indonesia has increased Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's flight capacity this year, from 64 flights per hour, with a goal of improving this further to 86 flights per hour by June 2015. 

The increase in capacity must be managed safely of course. As the Transport Minister recently said “with the new facilities and capacity enhancement in our airspace management, we hope that we can improve the safety and efficiency in our flight operations, including reducing the number of delayed flights”.

In the complex and demanding environment of an airport a number of players cooperate in order to make the flow of aircraft, people and goods run safely, securely and efficiently.

Saab offers a wide range of solutions designed to support the aviation industry in optimizing the different sectors of air transportation covering air traffic control, airline and airport operations management, and data integration and distribution.

Saab has several widely deployed, operationally proven products that can assist Indonesia achieve these excellent goals:

Airport Surface Safety – Saab’s A3000 Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems (A-SMGCS) from HITT is the most widely deployed airport surface safety system. Based on years of experience and refinements from over 40 world-wide deployments, the A3000 provides precise situational awareness and advanced conflict-detection and alerting capabilities that improve runway safety at many of the world’s busiest airports.

A3000 provides just what controllers needto do their job, such as smartly designed user interfaces that reduce the number of actions required to perform tasks, and that make maximum use of the available display surface. From the A3000 traffic display it is possible to control airfield lighting and navaids, thus reducing the number of screens and other equipment needed in the tower. Thisin turn reduces heat and noise in the tower. Also, users can stay with a single keyboardand mouse when controlling other systems.

The same screen provides exactly the information they need.

The A3000 also combines very well with electronic flight strips. Clearances from the strip system are used for automatic control of stop bars, and A3000 send alerts back tothe strips system. This lowers controller workload and increases situational awareness.

Airport Capacity - increasing competitiveness of the global airline industry means airlines and the travel industry in general increasingly need to base operational decision-making on data insights and analytics, in order to identify opportunities and risks as they emerge.

The Aerobahn Product Suite is a set of products based upon the Aerobahn Platform that improves efficiency, collaboration and decision-making in the airport environment.

Aerobahn helps airlines, airports and aviation authorities better manage events at airports. Everything from taxi times to gate allocation, from customs queues to catering operations can be better managed using the information powerhouse that is Aerobahn.

Saab’s Aerobahn®, a browser-based surface management system, enables airports, airlines, and air navigation service providers to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage and measure airside operations. Aerobahn combines operational information with surveillance data for a comprehensive view of aircraft activity, allowing users to manage everything from gate conflicts and passenger misconnections to pre-departure sequences and taxi routes.

By providing all stakeholders with a common surveillance and communication platform, Aerobahn enables informed, Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). AerobahnTaxiView® and OpsView® give users real-time situational awareness for immediate decision making, as well as the tools necessary for post-operational analysis, enabling process improvements.

Multilateration - Airport Surface, Terminal and Wide Area Surveillance Effective surveillance contributes to increased safety, capacity and efficiency of airspace and airports alike. Unfortunately, traditional radar alone does not provide the performance required to obtain these benefits.

Saab multilateration offers a proven solution to this problem. Multilateration offers accurate surveillance and identification of all transponder-equipped aircraft in the air as well as on an airport’s surface. It provides highly reliable data for further processing by Air Traffic Control

(ATC) displays, Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS), decision support tools, flow management systems and airline/airport operation applications.

Controllers receive seamless surveillance data which enables increased operations in low visibility conditions and enhances safety. Certified for ATC use, Saab multilateration is deployed around the world for surface, enhanced terminal and wide area surveillance.

Saab multilateration has been the solution of choice for more than 90 locations throughout Europe, Canada and Asia. Additionally, it is a core component of the FAA’s Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) system which Saab has installed at 35 airports across the U.S.