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Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay make progress in regional ANSP integration and cooperation

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay reiterated to continue collaborating to attain higher operational safety, quality and efficiency standards in air navigation services.

Delegates from the four countries’ Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) met in Buenos Aires for the Second Regional Integration and Cooperation ANSP Meeting, within the framework of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Leaders’ Forum.

The meeting was organized in part, by Empresa Argentina de Navegación Aérea (EANA) and Brazil’s Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (DECEA) and joined by Dirección Nacional de Aviación Civil del Paraguay (DINAC) and Dirección Nacional de Infraestructura Aeronáutica del Uruguay (DINACIA).

Leaders of the said ANSPs, including Agustín Rodríguez Grellet (EANA), Jeferson Domingues de Freitas (DECEA), Roque Díaz Estigarribia (DINACIA) and Gaetano Battagliese (DINACIA), reviewed the results that were achieved during the first Regional ANSP Meeting and set the guidelines for more collaborative work.

The process of integration and cooperation between the four ANSPs is already showing results. Cooperation with DECEA has allowed EANA to expedite the creation of its own Airspace Design Department and launch an ambitious program of airspace capacity evaluation and redesign, along with runway capacity assessment.

DECEA’s influence has been invaluable to EANA and helped it to speed up design, submittal and application of dozens of PBN charts, many of which have been published already, with more to follow in the short and mid-term. EANA was also able to optimize a lot of air routes, which are set to become operational next year.

DECEA’s backing also pushed EANA to save sizeable resources. Conversely, partnership has also benefitted DECEA, thanks to the powerful cultural exchange between the two ANSPs, with both parties exchanging information at a dizzying rate.

The fresh views conveyed by EANA design staff were appreciated by their Brazilian counterparts, who took those into account in reviewing their own established methods and processes. In addition, both ANSPs are taking steps toward a regional concept of air traffic management, ultimately paving the way for larger integration at the continental level.

Meanwhile, cooperation between Argentina and Paraguay bore fruit, with the expansion of the Posadas terminal area, in Misiones Province, NE Argentina. The expanded TMA in Posadas benefits Encarnación airport, located across the border with Paraguay.

Thanks to agreements between EANA and DINAC, Encarnación can now apply an instrument approach chart using VOR signals from Posadas. The matter was first talked about at the Puerto Iguazú meeting. Months later, two days of joint work in Buenos Aires were sufficient enough to resolve a technical issue predating the creation of EANA in 2016.

EANA, for its part, is now in discussions with Uruguay’s DINACIA, regarding the latter’s potential input in the proposed redesign of the terminal area around Buenos Aires.

BAIRES is Argentina’s most significant terminal area, including Ezeiza International airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Metropolitan airport, El Palomar Air Force Base, and San Fernando. It also has a number of aerodromes. BAIRES borders with Uruguayan airspace to the NE, E and SE and deals with most of the regional as well as international air traffic flying into or out of Buenos Aires.

“The results achieved in the aftermath of the First Regional ANSP Integration and Cooperation Meeting encourage us to continue to move forward together. We work hard to increase our operational safety – our air navigation systems are safe indeed – and provide uniform, excellent service beyond our individual borders.

“We also aim to become more efficient and contribute to the overall efficiency of air transport. This transformation takes on a new meaning while our countries continue to post strong air traffic growth figures, enhancing connectivity and advancing socio-economic development. We are following the example set by many of the best air navigation systems in the world: Integrate and cooperate. Our achievements are re-writing the history of aviation in the region,” said Agustín Rodríguez Grellet, President and CEO of the EANA.

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