The milestone agreement will contribute to the evolution of Canada’s air traffic management systems

The first phase of the agreement will support the deployment of a state-of-the-art flight data processing system (FDPS) and an air traffic flow management system (iACM) for complex airspaces within NAV Canada’s network centre.

In line with NAV Canada’s strategic direction, this partnership represents a tangible step towards trajectory-based operations (TBO) in Canada, shifting air traffic management towards a strategic approach that takes a more comprehensive picture of a flight from take-off to landing. This new technology can calculate routes with great accuracy and predict the evolution of air traffic over an extended horizon, supporting greater planning and coordination.

These systems will integrate information processing from Canada’s area control centres, automatically notifying the system of any changes in flight plans between each of their respective airspace. This will enable better flexibility resulting in the improvement of traffic flow within Canadian airspace and across the rest of the network. According to NAV Canada, the result will be more efficient routings for aircraft operators, reduced fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions while providing greater operational resiliency to disruptions and meeting the capacity requirements of a growing sector. 

The technology will be deployed over a ten-year period across NAV Canada’s facilities.

“We are proud to announce that we have reached an agreement with Indra to deploy the next generation of air traffic management systems in Canada,” said Raymond G Bohn, president and CEO, NAV Canada. “Once completed, it will represent a generational leap forward in the tools we give our employees – one that builds on our strong track record of deploying leading platforms, creates an opportunity to play a leadership role in global air navigation and will contribute to a more sustainable and efficient future for air transportation in Canada. Security, innovation, expertise and collaboration are the fundamental pillars of NAV Canada's business strategy.”

This agreement also reinforces the collaboration between NAV Canada, the UK’s NATS and Norway’s Avinor, which also have Indra as a strategic technology partner. Both companies welcomed the agreement.

Indra Sistemas is a Spanish information technology and defence systems company
Indra Sistemas is a Spanish information technology and defence systems company Indra