Home' Asian Aviation : AAV Feb 2012 Contents air tra c services. Consolidation of airspace was always going to be di cult,
if not impossible in the Asia-Paci c region, given the large number of states
and the political complexities. Seamless Asian Skies represents a pragmatic
solution as there is no need or intent to change airspace boundaries."
Under the SAS concept each state retains complete control of its airspace,
but the di erent jurisdictions are interoperable.
" e answer to enhancing air-tra c service safety and e ciency lies in
ensuring that, from an operational perspective, the airspace boundaries are
transparent, or seamless," Dell says. "If ser vice delivery on both sides of a
boundary is provided according to an agreed regional operational concept,
then the problem is solved. Once this transparency of airspace boundaries
exists, any future ser vice delivery enhancements can be implemented as 'block
upgrades or, in other words, co-ordinated and harmonized implementations."
e discussions have been welcomed by the region s biggest markets.
"China, India, and Japan will each provide valuable input and this should
enable smaller countries to nd their place as part of the jigsaw," IATA says.
"I think the region will work di erently from Europe and the United
States," says Ken McLean, IATA s regional director of Asia-Paci c safety,
operations and infrastructure. "It is a diverse set of cultures but all value the
relationship, and this will determine the project s success as much as technical
know-how and business sense."
Alongside economic and technical factors, the SAS also brings signi cant
potential environmental bene ts. More e cient use of airspace reduces
harmful emissions, while airlines will also save substantial amounts of money
by burning less fuel. Passengers will also have valuable time trimmed from
Asian carriers operate some of the world s youngest eets -- technically the
aircra are all but capable of autonomous ight, IATA points out.
"Taking a user-preferred trajectory is simple from an airline point of view,"
the airline group says. "But the infrastructure needs to be brought up to
speed to match the airline investment in hardware and provide ser vice for the
modern environment. Mandates on aircra equipment already exist in other
regions so, for international carriers, it makes sense to utilise that equipment
as much as possible."
e USA and Europe are moving ahead with their NextGen and Single
European Sky (SES) programmes, and -- as the largest aviation market -- the
Asia-Paci c needs to keep up. Equally crucial will be ensuring that all three
major regions have interoperable airspace, so keeping pace with the USA and
Europe will allow the Asia-Paci c region to co -ordinate e ectively with these
"It makes sense to tie in as much as possible with NextGen and SES
implementation," IATA says.
September s green light from APANPIRG for the formation of the Seamless
Asian Skies Planning Group brought this concept a step closer to reality.
" ere will be challenges for individual countries to bring them up to
speed, but it s nothing that cannot be solved with technology readily available
today," McLean says. "It will be the geopolitical situation that will ultimately
determine when the SAS becomes reality."
"There will be challenges for individual
countries to bring them up to speed, but it's
nothing that cannot be solved with technology
readily available today." -- Ken McLean,
IATA regional director of Asia-Pacific safety,
operations and infrastructure
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