The aviation industry is experiencing strong growth, with air traffic in the Asia-Pacific region forecast to double within the next decade.
This level of growth means the aviation industry needs to work together to achieve the most efficient and effective use of existing airspace while reducing the impact of aviation on the community and the environment as far as possible.
Airservices is working with the aviation industry to introduce new technology to cater for this growth.
Satellite-assisted navigation has been identified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations body that determines the standards under which civil aviation is regulated and administered, as a future technology for the management of airspace. ICAO has recommended all member States (including Australia) implement Smart Tracking technologies at major airports by 2016. Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), supports this proposal.