Airspace Planning

Effective planning of a national airspace resource is a critical element for a safe and efficient air navigation system.  Whilst the assurance of aircraft safety is always the highest priority, the high cost of aircraft operations can be alleviated by the expeditious flow of aircraft traffic through airspace.  Ambidji understands the multitude of factors influencing airspace, and can assist clients with the design of airspace that provides equitable access to all classes of airspace users, the highest possible level of safety,  as well as optimum utilisation of the airspace resource and the most efficient routings using Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) concepts involving cooperation between civil and military interests.

Through analysis of traffic patterns and operational data, Ambidji can identify potential airspace confliction points and efficiency constraints with existing and future designs, and then use industry standard simulation and modelling technologies, to model airspace safety, efficiency and effectiveness.  Additionally, Ambidji can assess airport and air traffic control sector capacity and delays.  This information can be used to redesign problem areas to improve aircraft safety, traffic flow efficiency and/or to minimise controller workload.

Ambidji’s team is experienced in the design, preparation, publication and assessment of instrument flight procedures , as detailed in ICAO Doc 8168 Aircraft Operations Flight Procedures, or other national regulatory criteria.   Ambidji understands the operational impact that new airport infrastructure can have on national airspace planning and has a significant international experience record in planning airspace at the national level.

As national air navigation service providers move towards regional airspace harmonisation to accommodate the deployment of emerging airspace and air traffic management practices, such as performance based navigation (PBN), continuous climb/descent operations and collaborative air traffic flow management (ATFM-CDM), the design of national airspace will need to be consistent with ICAO’s recommended Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) concept in order to ensure common interoperability between regional airspace structures.

Ambidji has extensive experience in designing national and regional airspace to accommodate these emerging practices, as well as developing and delivering the associated training programs to air traffic controllers, flying operations inspectors and airline flight operations personnel.