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Sheikh Zayed Centre has the right approach for Dubai Airport
Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre of UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has successfully implemented Arrival Manager System (AMAN) -the first to go operational in the Middle East .
The new system is a part of an air traffic management system used to arrange aircraft approaches into a safe, smooth and efficient air traffic flow for the arrival at Dubai International Airport.
"The successful implementation of AMAN is in pursuit of optimizing the use of UAE airspace. This reiterates UAE's commitment to make air navigation provision environmentally friendly," said H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of UAE’S GCAA.
"UAE is the first in the Middle East region to introduce such a sophisticated tool," Al Suwaidi said.
The implementation of AMAN opts for optimized use of the available resources to reduce delay for arriving traffic and minimizes the impact on the environment by reducing holding and low-level vectoring. The news of implementing AMAN was well received by environmentalists as such step will reduce the aircraft holding resulting in less fuel burn and therefore less CO2 emissions.
"The AMAN implementation is a very good example of cooperation between GCAA, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dubai Airport. This will definitely be a model for unconditional cooperation between the units for the well being of the country," commented Ahmed Al Jallaf, the Executive Director of Air Navigation Services and Chairman of the National Airspace Advisory Committee.
"We are continuously working to improve the level and quality of services provided to our customers," he added.
Providing the backbone of the successful implementation was project work led by Abdulla Al Hashimi, director of air traffic management, and Hamad Al Belushi, Head of ANSP research & dataset.
Hashimi said: "The AMAN software is specifically designed to provide electronic assistance in metering and sequencing arrivals streams of traffic to particular points, such as arrival gates or runway thresholds. The planning and sequencing function of the AMAN also aims to enhance safety by reducing controller workload and improving the situational awareness, particularly in cases such as bad weather, runway closures and missed approaches."
Inside the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. (Picture SZC)