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Aviation is crucial to Australia due to the
country ’s massive size and, as a result, the
country can lay claim to numerous avia-
tion innovations and firsts in technology,
capability and services over the decades,
including the black box flight recorder and
the inflatable aircraft escape slide. A num-
ber of developments highlighted at Avalon
2017, which took place in Geelong from 28
February to 5 March, shows that innovation
in the sector continues.
Australia has long been a centre of research
and development for Boeing, with Boeing
Research and Technology-Australia, located
in Melbourne and Brisbane, being the man-
ufacturer ’s largest research organisation
outside of the United States. Australia has
been at the forefront of numerous pioneer-
ing developments that have been rolled out
by the aerospace giant, including the resin
infusion carbon fibre production technique,
which is used by Boeing Aerostructures
Australia to produce moveable trailing edge
control surfaces for the 787, while pioneering
work on the use of unmanned vehicles for
civil purposes has resulted in Boeing com-
pany Insitu Pacific winning civil contracts.
Collaborative robotics, virtual reality and
aircraft cabin disease transmission preven-
tion are among the latest projects under
way at Boeing Research and Technolo-
Avalon Air Show
Military aircraft dominated Australia’s Avalon aerospace expo but there were
some interesting developments in the domestic commercial aviation scene.
Contributor Emma Kelly reports.
Australian aerospace on display
The latest first to be claimed by the country is its commitment to
implement a fully integrated civil-military air traffic management
system (CMATS) in the form of its OneSky project. It has not been
smooth-sailing since Thales was announced as the successful
contractor for the then US$450 million programme at the Avalon
air show in 2015. The project has been the subject of investigation
by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), with a first report
issued last year raising concerns about Airservices Australia’s
procurement processes. A second ANAO report, which was due
to be tabled in March, is investigating whether the tender provides
value with public resources and achieves required timeframes.
Avalon 2017 gave Airservices Australia the opportunity to pro-
vide the local industry with a progress report. The news wasn’t
all good, however, with Airservices confirming that full imple-
mentation has slipped by at least two years as Airservices, the
Australian Department of Defence and Thales finalise plans for
the complex programme.
OneSky will see Airservices’ civil The Australian Advanced Air
Traffic System (TAAATS) and the Australian Defence Air Traffic
System (ADATS), both of which are nearing the end of their ser-
vice lives, replaced with a harmonised system. The original plan
called for the new CMATS to be implemented in phases, starting
in 2018 and resulting in final operational capability in 2020/21.
CMATS will now be fully rolled out by 2023, says Rodney
Sciortino, OneSky integration manager.
Airservices attributes the delay to the complexity of the com-
mercial arrangements and the complexity of the programme
itself. “ This is the first of its kind in the world. It’s worth getting
it right,” says Stephen Angus, executive general manager air
navigation services. Some transition activities will start next year,
including a new voice communication system.
Despite the delay, Airservices reports that considerable pro-
gress has been made, particularly over the last six months.
The partners now have stability in Airservices’ and Defence’s
“cocktail of requirements”, says Sciortino, while a minor amount
of contractual arrangements is still to be finalised, says Angus.
The next steps include detailed programme scheduling and
Key features of CMATS will include wake turbulence alerts,
airport collaborative decision making, conflict detection with
special use airspace, ATC sector flexibility, a single flight in-
formation region, enhanced conflict detection and long range
air traffic flow management. It will support seamless upgrade,
provide enhanced resilience, service continuity and the flexible
use of airspace, according to Airservices.
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