Helios was appointed by Thai ANSP AEROTHAI to lead a two-year safety assurance project linked to their nationwide CNS/ATM system modernisation programme. The consulting team combined safety, technical and human factors experts from Helios and Egis Avia, as well as senior air traffic controllers from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) who have specific experience with elements of the new Thales TopSky systems.
Traffic volume in Bangkok FIR has grown swiftly in recent years. With expected growth of more than double in the next ten years, AEROTHAI has established a long-term project to replace the infrastructure and introduce new CNS/ATM systems across Thailand. There is therefore the need to develop the safety requirements and associated safety assurance in line with the project.
Helios project manager Glen Smith says: "We provided an integrated consultancy team, whose varying roles offer significant safety, operational, human factors and technical experience in similar implementations. We worked closely with the IAA on the procurement of the Co-operation of Air Navigation Service (COOPANS) programme, involving Thales TopSky equipment and with our colleagues from Egis Avia on several projects in recent years, all of which were relevant to AEROTHAI situation. We put the basic building blocks in place quickly and efficiently, and then spent time looking at agreed areas of detailed risk analysis. This enabled us to work effectively with AEROTHAI to produce a safety case appropriate to the varying operational environments in Thailand, and ready for regulatory approval within the targeted timescales."
AEROTHAI Senior Director, Safety and Standard Bureau, Chumnan Ruechai commented: "The Thailand Modernization CNS/ATM System (TMCS) Project marks an important step for AEROTHAI in the ICAO ASBU implementation plan. As we aim to meet the airspace users' expectation of increased capacity, we need to ensure that safety requirements are met. Therefore, we are keen to work with Helios and our regulator to strengthen the safety aspect of the project. This safety case is vital to the success of the project and will help us deliver safe and smooth transition to the new system."
For further information on this project please contact Glen Smith.
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