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NAV CANADA, NATS, win international service award

March 10, 2015, Ottawa - NAV CANADA has announced 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.


March 10, 2015
By NAV Canada

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.

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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.”