IAA First To Go Live
With New Technology Under COOPANS Agreement
By Shane Nolan
May 31, 2011 - A new air traffic management system has
gone into operation at Shannon and Dublin in the past
month. The system is the first in Europe to be
introduced under COOPANS, a cooperative procurement
agreement between several European air navigation
service providers (ANSPs) and system manufacturer,
Under the COOPANS agreement member ANSPs have agreed a
common specification for the air traffic management
system to be used in each of their countries. This
system, recently introduced by the Irish Aviation
Authority (IAA), equips air traffic controllers with
improved functionalities whilst maintaining maximum
levels of safety and increasing capacity to improve
The IAA is now operating the most advanced system in Europe. The original partners in the COOPANS agreement, Naviair of Denmark and the LFV Group of Sweden are scheduled to bring this system on line early next year.
Control and Croatia Control are scheduled to introduce the
system in 2013 and 2014 respectively. This project to date
represents a collective investment of nearly ?200 million, of
which the IAA has contributed almost ?50 million.
cooperative procurement methodology however brings cost savings
of 30% according to independent analysts. Mr. Eamonn Brennan,
IAA chief executive, said that implementing the COOPANS
agreement marked a technical and investment milestone for the
procurement under the COOPANS agreement has enabled the
Authority to upgrade its air traffic management system whilst
benefiting from joint economies of scale. The Authority has also
been in a position to capitalize on the experience and
creativity of top experts from all partners in COOPANS.
Importantly, the risks associated with the introduction of a
completely new ATM system are reduced through this incremental
approach," he said.
will benefit from the economies of scales now and in the future
and will share operational and technical expertise and
resources. The COOPANS agreement also supports any essential
requirements for the introduction of the Single European Sky
initiative, in particular the SESAR program.
local and European experiences, COOPANS members are working together to
agree on common specifications. Technical and decision committees such
as the centralized change control board, convene on a regular basis to
ensure the coordination and execution of agreed decisions. Work is
already underway on COOPANS Build 2.
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