The ATM community should see the economic downturn as a chance and use the time wisely to plan ahead. This will enable us to be prepared when growth resumes, says Achim Baumann, Regional Manager Middle East at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, one of Europes largest air navigation service providers (ANSP).
Baumann knows that the declining numbers in air transport are not only an issue in Europe but also in the Middle East. The consulting arm of DFS supports other organisations with ATM solutions and training. This year, the experts will present their solutions for the region at the Dubai Airport Show, taking place from 19 to 21 May, at stand WC 14 together with the Swiss ATM system provider SkySoft-ATM. Even though investments are still high, industry representatives are using their monetary resources more cautiously. Achim Baumann, active in the region for years, is convinced that efficient behaviour and cost awareness are key factors in the Middle East. He suggests three ways on how to be more efficient in air traffic management matters: One way to increase efficiency is to harmonise the airspace structures and operational concepts due to the fact that the airspace in the Middle East is to a great extent fragmented. According to Baumann, a success factor would be to include military organisations in such an exercise. Secondly, the planning reliability of flights in the Middle East could be further enhanced if everybody involved in the turnaround process of a flight received the related information in a reliable and timely manner. And thirdly, stakeholders should consider if an existing system is fully utilised with all its abilities and capacities before investing in new systems. The goal of DFS is to provide tailored, efficient services to enable partner organisations to be self-sufficient in the shortest possible time scale, he adds. In order to demonstrate their consulting activities, the DFS experts will have at the stand the Air Traffic Optimizer for fast-time simulations of airspaces or airports, as well as the Incident Analyser tool, which allows air traffic situations to be visualised and replayed. SkySoft-ATM offers a complete range of products for air traffic control centres and towers. The solutions are based on innovative technologies, open architectures, commercial off-the-shelf platforms and open source software. The system provider has recently implemented its complete ATC solution at the Ras Al Khaimah Airport in the United Arab Emirates.