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The Airspace Control System Implementation Committee (CISCEA), an infrastructure implementation agency of the Airspace Control Department (DECEA), has successfully completed the modernization of the Control Tower Integration System (SITC) of the department of Airspace Control Eduardo Gomes (DTCEA-EG) in Manaus (AM ) on October 1st.
The new system gives ATCO professionals a more efficient way to control developing traffic on the airfield and in the neighborhood. The Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) update project was started in March of this year and included the upgrade of the SITC software to version i6, which in addition to the implementation of new hardware that offers a significant improvement in performance, contains new functions.
The facilities of the control tower (TWR) were also modernized and replaced by consoles and other infrastructure elements.
On this occasion, the chief of the technical department of the CISCEA, Lieutenant Colonel Engineer Marcos Aurélio Valença Belchior, was received on the DTCEA-EG by his commander, Captain CTA Rídil José Souza de Carvalho, and by the chief of the technical department of the fourth integrated center of air defense and Air traffic control (CINDACTA IV), Lieutenant Colonel Communications specialist Alessandro Stefson Mamede Alves, where a briefing on the new system was carried out.
In his speech, Lt. Col. Alessandro emphasized that the modernization would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ATCO in TWR and enable greater operationality. “This integration was carried out and coordinated very well by the teams from CISCEA and Acams / ATC Systems. This moment we spent together is of great value and makes the inauguration of SITC Acams Version 2.0 official, ”said the official.
Lt. Col. Belchior conducted the final tests on the system prior to the inauguration of the new version, indicating that this modernization will make the provision of air navigation services at Eduardo Gomes International Airport more efficient. “This modernization represents another technological advance for the Brazilian airspace control system (SISCEAB),” he also emphasized that the integration between the teams of the technical department of CISCEA and the companies ACAMS and ATC Systems was crucial for the completion of the project .
“Indeed, the execution of another technical work with the latest technology in an operating environment by CISCEA – in collaboration with the companies ACAMS / ATC Systems – without interruption or degradation, all with the difficulties and challenges currently imposed in the world due to COVID -19 pandemic is passing – that’s a reason for pride and a sense of achievement, ”explained engineer Renato Di Iulio, who is responsible for the project at CISCEA.
ATC Systems representative Rafael Rodrigues said that the new system has been completely redesigned with several operational and technical improvements to meet the needs of controls and technical teams. “The new architecture of the system significantly reduces the space requirements of the devices and reduces the occupancy of technical rooms, which are becoming more and more valuable due to the implementation of multiple systems,” he explained.
The system integrates radio, visual, light and weather aids installed in the airfields and makes this information available on the monitors of the controls, which are subjected to operational training.
The implementation of the SITC update aims to make the necessary information available in an integrated way in the operational control positions of TWR, thereby significantly improving the environment of the organ and reducing the workload of air traffic controllers.
The SITC update program was carried out by the Norwegian ACAMS AS companies in collaboration with the Brazilian company ATC Systems and includes 11 control towers.
The TWR of Campo Grande (MS), Curitiba (PR), Fortaleza (CE), Florianópolis (SC), Belém (PA), Confins (MG) and Eduardo Gomes (AM) have already been updated. The next will be carried out at the TWRs at Foz de Iguaçu (PA), Cuiabá (MT), Pirassununga (SP) and Galeão (RJ) airports, which are scheduled for October and November 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, respectively.
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