New Avtech arm studies time-based operation at Dubai

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Swedish flight operations specialist Avtech has set up a new subsidiary in the Middle East, as it studies the possible implementation of time-based operations at Dubai International airport.

The subsidiary, Avtech ME, is majority-owned by Mohammed Bin Saeed Al Badi and follows three years of collaborative work.

Avtech Group president Lars Lindberg says the Middle Eastern region is one of the fastest-growing areas for commercial aviation.

"Increased airport and airspace capacity together, with higher efficiency and predictability, are key factors for continued growth, especially for hub operations," he said.

Large scale Monte Carlo simulation of current and future airspace using time-based operations criteria will "provide the answers on capacity and throughput" at Dubai, he added.

Time-based operations are the first deployment step for the European 'Single Sky' air traffic management initiative SESAR, for which Avtech is an associated partner to Airbus.

"Aviation is moving from rule-based operations to performance-based operations, a transition from an analogue to a digital world, making it possible to increase capacity and efficiency," Lindberg adds.