SITA know-how for Air Traffic Control

Despite the current economic climate there has been a continuous growth in air traffic movements. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) recommendation that air navigation service providers (ANSPs) change from government departments to independent corporations and modernize their infrastructure by investing in digital communications, surveillance and navigation (CNS) technology. This will enable improvements in safety, efficiency and the effects on the environment.

SITA operates a global network of over 1,200 VHF ground stations worldwide, a new ICAO standard VHF digital link service. SITA AIRCOM data link supports more than 180 airlines with more than 8,500 individual aircraft in routine airline operation. More than 1,200 customer aircraft use advanced Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) avionics, enabling pilots to use data link instead of voice for communications with Air Traffic Control.

Industry recognition

SITA has established VHF data link partnerships with the Spanish (AENA, in 2002), German (DFS, in 2005), Saudi Arabian (GACA, in December 2007), and FABEC (France, Switzerland and Benelux, in 2010) ANSPs that enable the highest levels of datalink services to be provided to SITA's AIRCOM customer airlines. This is achieved using both the existing VHF ACARS/VDL services and the ICAO-compliant CPDLC services that use the VHF infrastructure supplied to AENA, the DFS and GACA by SITA. The VHF ground stations deliver air-to-ground communications services for air navigation service applications and airline applications. SITA reported coast-to-coast VDL Mode 2 coverage across the US in 2011.

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Air Traffic Management demo

Air Traffic Management demo Get a firsthand look at SITA's efficient Air Traffic Management solutions, including SITA operated radio stations and ground network.

Digital ATM takes off

Digital ATM takes off Many common challenges are forcing ANSPs to work collectively to modernize international ATC systems.

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Air Traffic Control

Resource Library

Air Traffic Control White Papers

Air Traffic Control White Papers

SITA white papers keep you abreast of Air Traffic Control news, trends and more. They also offer insights and strategic advice, shining a light on critical technology areas.

Air Traffic Control Press Releases

Air Traffic Control Press Releases

Read about the latest Air Traffic Control initiatives and successes before the rest of the world does. SITA press releases are picked up by leading news outlets in all corners of the globe.

Air Traffic Control Positioning Papers

Air Traffic Control Positioning Papers

SITA Positioning Papers illustrate how our portfolio of Air Traffic Control products and solutions help the Air Traffic Control organisations around the world meet their business and technology needs.

Air Traffic Control Surveys & Reports

Air Traffic Control Surveys & Reports

SITA surveys and reports are respected sources for IT benchmarks and trends within the air transport industry.

Related Solutions

Global business solutions for air transport and related industries

Increasing demand for information sharing, coupled with increasing dependency on online systems, make interoperability between stakeholders critical. SITA know-how spearheads common-use technologies, in addition to hosted solutions and open information technology (IT) standards.

Our portfolio of innovative solutions ensure interoperability through shared infrastructure and cost-effective use of technologies.