Singapore's civil aviation administration has entered into a partnership with a local university to set up an air traffic management (ATM) research institute.
The institute, to be established by year-end, will focus on conducting ATM research and development to maintain Singapore as a leading air hub, says the CAAS director general Yap Ong Heng.
Four key areas of research have since been identified for the institute.
These include improving air-ground traffic management to improve runway throughput, weather forecast and information management to minimise weather-induced disruptions to flight operations, aircraft separation management to optimise separation with better prediction and modelling tool, as well as to reduce human errors arising from increased automation and optimise workflow efficiency.
The CAAS will provide the institute with Singapore dollars (S$) 50 million ($40.4 million) in funding over a five-year period, while partner Nanyang Technological University will contribute research and manpower amounting to about S$22 million.
"The solutions that will be generated by the research institute in its research and development [R&D] work will certainly help us enhance air traffic safety and efficiency at Changi airport and Singapore flight information region, thereby helping maintain Singapore's position as a leading air hub in Asia-Pacific," says Yap.