On the eve of the 2014 Singapore Airshow, regional ATM saw a significant boost with the official switch-on of the LORADS III system.

LORADS-III was chosen to cope with Singapore’s entire air traffic load across the nation’s unique and diverse air traffic challenges.

With several national boundaries, a mix of military and commercial traffic, and several military airbases all within a close geographical area, Singapore’s requirements were keen.

Built around Thales’s Java Human Machine Interface (JHMI) Engine, the LORADS-III display was implemented to both reduce controllers’ workload, and offer safer and more effective ATM performance.

This is achieved by using configurable software and improved viewing, organizing and interactivity for flight information.

Described by makers Thales as “the next generation of ATC automation system,” LORADS-III will manage terminal and approach control in Singapore, interface with military movements and manage large volumes of en-route traffic across the Changi/Singapore Flight Information Region.

Servicing over 140 positions, the new system uses multi-sensor tracking technology that integrates a wide information mix of data from radars, ADS-B, Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) and ground sensors into one feed.

This allows ATM controllers to see an accurate holistic overview of the entire operating environment, in tune with the tight procedural and accuracy requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

Managing gate-to-gate flight tracking in 4D, LORADS-III covers 750,000 sq. kilometres, and some 220,000 annual traffic movements.

Using the TopSky-ATC system ensures aircraft separation standards, which gives a bonus of quicker landings and minimized outbound traffic delays to give reduced flight times and lower emissions.

The system is designed with expansion in mind, to cope with a significant increase in the number of flights expected over Singapore in coming years.