The service is based on BAE Systems’ Centralised Aviation Data Service (CADS) which was trialled by almost 1000 users during 2010 and early 2011.
Using a secure web portal, CADS provides UK MoD operators from disparate operating bases with a common view of planned routes. The initial capability is intended to cover night flying operations over parts of Somerset and Wiltshire identified as low flying areas. The service provides MoD users with the ability to instantly see all planned sorties within the same geographical area and timeframe, enabling them to better visualise the amount of planned traffic they are likely to encounter and spot any potential hazards. Additionally, CADS provides another stepping stone on the way to improved safety and forms part of the overall “Plan to Avoid, Expect to Avoid, See and Avoid”.
Commenting on the contract award, Wing Commander Al Dale of the JHC, said, “Following a successful trial, I am delighted that this service is now under contract. CADS will play a significant part for both JHC and wider for the Military Aviation Authority, in their continued aim to improve flight safety.
“CADS will give full visibility of all night low level movements to both operators and supervisors alike, across each of the disparate JHC units and for all associated platforms. Visiting aircraft from outside of JHC will also be able to book into the region through a designated JHC unit, thereby ensuring that all ‘players’ within this busy airspace are actively deconflicted or managed at the planning stage. Further research by way of a two month trial is now underway in order to establish whether CADS or similar could be successfully employed across the wider low flying community.”
The service will be available to the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. BAE Systems is also pursuing additional opportunities both in the UK and internationally for this service.
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