ATS Systems Fully Operational in Taipei FIR

ANWS (Air Navigation and Weather Services), the Air Navigation Services Provider for the Taipei FIR, has announced the operational deployment of its new ATMAS air traffic services systems for the entire Taipei FIR as of June 30.
The Taipei FIR is centrally-located in the Asia-Pacific region, adjoining Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, with over 400,000 movements in 2010. ANWS manages air traffic services for all FIR facilities, including enroute, terminal, and civilian towers.
ANWS began the planning stages of the programme in 2002, with a complete modernisation of its ATM systems, CNS systems, ATS facilities consolidation, airspace restructuring, and operation procedures enhancements.
In 2003, ANWS awarded the programme consultancy to The MITRE Corporation, and in October 2006 awarded the primary ATMAS contract to Thales ATM , which included the ATMS, the AISS, and the DVCSS voice switch.
Between 2006 and 2010, ANWS further awarded ASR systems, an AMHS system, and airport multilateration systems to ERA and Thales France; a nationwide ADS-B system to Comsoft; and data link services to SITA. On June 28, 2011, the new ATMAS became fully operational for the provision of Air Traffic Services and separation of aircraft in the Taipei FIR.
Key features of the new systems:
•4D Trajectory Prediction
•Electronic Flight Strips and automated handoffs
•Tactical and Strategic safety nets (STCA, DAIW, MTCD)
•Multi-Surveillance Fusion Tracking (MSTS)
•Traffic Flow Management systems and positions
•Controller-Pilot Data Link capabilities
•Advanced ATC equipment and modernised consoles for over 100 controller positions
•Two complete simulators for the ATM systems and development systems for the ATM and AIS
As part of the modernisation programme, ANWS built two new Air Traffic Services Parks – one in Taoyuan in the North, the other in Kaohsiung in the South – to support the restructuring of the Taipei FIR airspace and the physical redeployment of ATC and supporting service units, including flight information services, aeronautical telecommunications, aeronautical meteorology, the information management center, and administrative divisions within the ANWS.
ANWS began the final transition of all three ATC domains in April of 2011, and over the past three months have validated and certified the new systems for operational deployment.