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The OneSKY Australia program will reduce flight delays and make travel time shorter, according to Airservices Australia chief executive Jason Harfield.
Mr Harfield said the program, which will integrate the civil and defence air-traffic-control systems, would create efficiencies and lead to a better flight experience for passengers.
“Having one system means that all our controllers are getting a shared picture, there is not a separate view from a military perspective and a separate view form a civil perspective,” Mr Harfield said on Wednesday.
“When that occurs it means we can have more efficient and flexible operations, both from a military perspective ... (and) a civil perspective, which then flows on to improving flight times, reducing delays.
“From an airline perspective it means that they can get more turn times for the flights because they are in the air for less time. That has a flow-on benefit for even the regular travelling public because it is saving them time.”
Royal Australian Air Force chief Leo Davies said it was an opportunity to co-ordinate the use of airspace.
“The current military system is at lifetime, we are continuing to fix it, it is in many respects becoming a system that requires more and more effort to remain functional,” Air Marshal Davies said.
“We need a new air-traffic-management system for defence. The thing that flows then, logically, is why would we have a disparate system that was not integrated when we are talking about being integrated across all the aspects of aviation?
“We would have missed a real opportunity.”
He said the program needed to provide for the changing use of the sky.
“It needs to provide us with a level of flexibility, or growth, or development, or ingenuity, or adoption of a contemporary airspace environment that perhaps we haven’t even thought of yet,” he said.
“It can’t be yesterday’s paradigm, and what I see in the potential for OneSKY is the ability to open that avenue and make it contemporary.”
This article first appeared on www.theaustralian.com.au
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