14 May 2014

AIM ADQ-IR Compliant Solution for United Kingdom and Norway

Avinor, NATS, and Indra Avitech partnering for European Commission Regulation (EU) 73/2010 (ADQ-IR) compliant Aeronautical Information Management Solution

Global AIM Congress, Dubai, UAE, May 14, 2014 

Avinor AS (the Air Navigation Service Provider and main airport owner and operator of Norway), NATS (the UK based air traffic management company) and Indra, through its subsidiary Avitech GmbH (a fully owned company of Indra) are pleased to announce the contract signature of the AURORA project. 

AURORA is a joint procurement initiative of NATS and Avinor (as members of the Borealis Alliance) for a common Aeronautical Information Management System solution for both Norway and the United Kingdom.

The contract is based around the supply of the integrated Avitech Wiz@rd Suite of off the shelf commercially available software that is already in operational use around the world. The contract has been designed to allow future innovation to ensure that the base system is configurable and fully up to date with ICAO and EU requirements and recommendations. It was awarded after an extensive evaluation and selection process based on a single specification under the EU/EEA public procurement rules for the Utilities sector. The common call for tender enabled Avinor and NATS to save on procurement cost yet still enjoy the advantages of being able to individually configure their solutions to meet the local operational environment.

The system will be remotely hosted to provide a cost effective long term solution using a common shared set of Avitech server software that allows additional AIS Organisations and ANSPS, wherever they are located, to remotely use the system based on appropriate service level agreements. All Data Originators will be connected through a secure Web Portal application using the Avitech Aeronautical Exchange Layer AxL software which complies with the EU ATM SWIM Master Plan software architecture.

“Our joint procurement has already saved both Avinor and NATS, as members of the Borealis Alliance, considerable resource and capital investment – but that’s just the start,” said Andrew Sage, Head of NATS Information.

“From the beginnings of this project, we have aimed for a solution that can be readily expanded to meet the needs of other service providers as co-investors in this infrastructure. We therefore welcome other ANSPs – including others from within the Borealis Alliance – to come on board and benefit from this low risk, low cost route towards achieving compliance to ADQ regulations and deliver further economies of scale across Europe.”

Torunn Carlsson, Head of Technical and Aeronautical Information Management at Avinor, added: “In addition to achieving ADQ compliance, this procurement will play an important role in Avinor’s way forward to fulfilling the AIS to AIM roadmap”

“By working together with NATS in this procurement with Avitech and by welcoming other ANSPs to use the same solution, our intention is to ensure stable and robust AIM-services for many years to come.” 

New users can be remotely hosted on the system providing a very quick and effective, low cost low risk, short or long term solution for ANSPs and AIS organisations requiring little or no initial capital expenditure or intensive start up training. It effectively allows potential end users the option of a “try and buy” or a long term “try and lease” solution to the operational requirements for Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) and quality control. User operational and technical training will be offered at all levels and available from all participant parties according to end user requirements and the skill sets required.

AURORA announces the first combined initiative for a common AIM solution in Europe and an easy upgrade path from AIS to AIM with the assurance of a solution that will be refreshed con-tinually under “AURORA” guidelines and be in accordance with ICAO and EU directives providing quality data and process for Aeronautical Date, Performance Based Navigation and Procedure Design Tools.

Media Contacts:

Erik MoeNATS Press OfficeNorman Nunn
Director Aviation Services+44 1489 615945Director Sales
+47 906 92 419press.office[at]nats.co.uk  +49 179 789 5460


About Avinor AS:

Avinor was established as a limited company, wholly owned by the state of Norway, on 1 January 2003. Avinor is responsible for planning, developing and operating the Norwegian airport network.

Avinor operates 46 airports in Norway, thereof 12 in cooperation with the armed forces. Avinor is also the ANSP of Norway, operating air traffic control towers, control centres and technical infrastructure for aircraft navigation.

Safety has the highest priority, and Avinor is responsible for maintaining the correct security level at all airports. The company works continuously towards limiting environmentally harmful emissions to air and ground and towards reducing aircraft noise. 

In 2013 the Avinor group operating income was NOK 9.997 mill, with an EBIT of NOK 1.624 mill.

Avinor corporate information is available online at www.avinor.no

About NATS (En Route) Plc:

NATS is the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services, handling 2.1 million flights in 2012/13, 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 well-established reputation for expertise and innovation, NATS is growing its business world-wide, and now has contracts in more than 30 countries.  NATS offers aerodrome, data and consultancy solutions to customers including airports, air traffic service providers and Governments.  

NATS corporate information is available online at www.nats.aero 

About Avitech:

Avitech is a wholly owned company of Indra and is a specialised provider of AIM and data, flight planning, procedure design integration, SWIM and messaging solutions to CIV/MIL ANSPs, defense and civil aviation authorities, Avitech has developed and marketed its own software products for more than 30 years and the operates from four locations in Germany, and Slovakia with more than 45 customers in 50 countries on six continents.

Avitech corporate information is available online at www.avitech.aero

About Indra:

Indra is a worldwide leader in ATM/CNS systems for Air Navigation Services and Airports. Its portfolio includes ATM automation, communications, DVOR/DME/ILS navigational aids, and primary and secondary conventional and satellite-based surveillance, in addition to the Avitech’s range of products incorporated upon its acquisition. Indra is a key technology supplier member of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. 

Indra corporate information is available online at www.indracompany.com

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