Germany's ATC specialist COMSOFT won the contract for the supply of a new Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) to the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM)
Already by the end of 2007, COMSOFT emerged the winner of an elaborate selection which was conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in close cooperation with AACM. The core of the chosen solution is COMSOFT's proven AIDA-NG product line, complemented by COMSOFT's terminal solution CADAS, which combines the latest AMHS User Agent technology with the comfort of modern flight planning terminals. AIDA-NG and CADAS optimally adhere to ICAO's demanding technical specification which sets a focus on the strict compliance with the relevant standards, reliability and the seamless integration of user terminals into the operational procedures. This is not astonishing: AIDA-NG has been evolved from EUROCONTROL's seminal ECG project with very similar requirements defined by numerous member states. Macao is the fastest growing economy in the world with equally increasing demands on the capacity of the transportation infrastructure. The new system will be tailored to address the future performance requirements induced by the traffic volume expected for the next decade. The new COMSOFT system will be Macao's future AMHS providing the ground-ground communications services which will supplement and later supersede the current AFTN infrastructure. It will make use of the Asia-Pacific Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN) to connect to adjacent centres in Hong-Kong and Beijing. Again, AACM and its communication partners can benefit from the interoperability of AIDA-NG, proven in regional and inter-regional trials and operational connections.