The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has opened the ‘Enroute Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operations’ in its newly-built centre in Bateen Airport, to provide the UAE with modern, safe, and efficient air traffic control services. The ATC Centre is equipped with a sophisticated electronic system to control aircraft using UAE airspace, called the UAE Flight Information Region, Mohammad Ganim Al Gaith, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the first country in the region to install such an advanced ATC system, which even some of the highly developed European countries did not have, he added. The ‘Enroute ATC Operations’ system, worth Dh44 million, was installed by the UK-based Airsys Air Traffic Management. The system is fibre-optic-based and has advanced in-built safety features. It is supported by computerised work stations that covered the entire UAE airspace, enabling the control centre to see aircraft moving on screen even before they enter UAE airspace.
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