Irish Aviation Authority hosts 20th anniversary of the Thales Users Group

The IAA hosted the 14th Thales Users Group (TUG) conference in Dublin from 17th to 21st September 2011. The event has been going for 20 years and is organisedevery 18 months by customers of Thaless Air Traffic Management business.
The TUG conference is an unprecedented international event for civil aviation authorities using Thales systems to share their operational experiences and discuss technology progress, services, system functionalities and harmonisation of systems.

This edition focused on innovation, the evolution of ATM solutions and Thaless role within the 2 major international programs SESAR and NextGen. More than140 Air Traffic Service Provider delegates from 34 organisations representing every continent attended this years event, new members included the USA National Air Traffic Controllers association (NATCA), Latvia, Poland, Taiwan and Mexico.

Speaking at the Conference, Eammon Brennan, CEO Irish Aviation Authority, said The ever expanding membership of the Thales User Group is testament to its value to air navigation service providers in influencing the development of future air navigation systems and technology. The IAA works closely with several European air traffic control authorities to drive new systems and technologies which will modernise European air traffic management in accordance with European Commission requirements. This arrangement allows all partners to benefit from economies of scale and purchasing power when buying systems and technology and brings cost savings to airlines and consequently to airline passengers. Uniquely, this initiative includes the equipment provider, Thales, as a partner. Under this arrangement the IAA was the first authority to introduce a new system when it went live earlier this year, within the original timescale and budget. This system is the most advanced in Europe, if not in the world.

The 14th TUG conference was a great success and I would like to thank the IAA for their hospitality and for hosting this years event, said Rémi Gille, VP Thales, Air Traffic Management. This years TUG was extremely important for Thales as we presented Thaless global ATM product policy to the TUG members. Thaless new approach will enable ANSPs to address the increase in air traffic and the other evolving challenges and requirements in ATM.

Workshops play an important role in the TUG conference, enabling the participants to exchange information on key topics. This years workshops focused on Automation, Navigation, AIM (Aeronautical Information Management,) AMHS (Aeronautical Message Handling System) and Global Surveillance. The Global Surveillance workshops aim was for all attendees to share their technical evolutions.

The next TUG conference will be held in 2013 by Mexico's civil aviation authority in Cancun.
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