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Air Navigation Services

Mission Statement
To plan and operate safe, expeditious and efficient air navigation services in the  UAE.

Air  Navigation Service Provision  (ANSP) is structured along  standard ICAO  principles. The  responsibilities include  airspace design and the provision  of safe  and efficient  air navigation service to the users of the UAE airspace.
ANSP  is stationed in Sheikh  Zayed  Air  Navigation  Centre  (SZC), the  largest  and  most advanced Air  Traffic  Management facility in the Middle East.   The Centre  consists of 2   main buildings,  the Area Control Centre  (ACC) and the Emergency ACC (EACC).  It also has 4 unique 60 meter  masts for communication equipments.

The ACC building has 600 square  meters ATC room with sufficient sector suites to  accommodate traffic growth for 20 years or a total traffic volume exceeding 2   million movements.    The new  state  of the  art equipment includes ATM display  system, ARTAS and AMHS  from Comsoft,  while  Integrated Voice Communication System is supplied by Park Air  Systems and ATC
Simulator  by Micro Nav  ltd.

The Centre has 76 working positions for live  ACC,  military liaison  and emergency cum  training roles.

The ATM system permits flexible sectorization to task individual air traffic  controllers  in  the  most  safe  and  efficient  manner with a  number of  modern  tools such  as  arrival,  stack   and   departure   flow manager  and Short  Term Conflict  Alerts  to optimize traffic handling.

The  GCM has  become   pioneers  in the  region in areas such  as  integration  of  ADS-S in the  surveillance  picture  through ARTAS  tracker,    design  and    implementation    of    RNAV1   for   en-route   and   terminal   environments. Together,    these modernization programmes serve  to alleviate  traffic  congestion,  minimize  delays,  shorten  routes  and  create  the  capacity necessary for sustained growth  in air traffic necessary for the economic wellbeing of the country.

  1. The division is headed by the  Executive  Director ANS  and has five sections.  They  are:
  2. Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  3. Communication,  Navigation,  Surveillance (CNS)
  4. ANSP  Training (TRN)
  5. Aeronautlcal lnformation  Service (AIS)
  6. ANSP  Support  Services


1. Air Traffic Management
Air Traffic Management is  headed by Director ATM  and has five operational sections.   They are:

    • Air Traffic Control (ATC),
    • Unit Investigation,
    • Research &  Dataset Systems(RDS),
    • Flight  Data & Aircraft  Monitoring.
    • Airspace coordination.


I. Air Traffic Control (ATC)

      • Area Control Center (ACC)
        Responsible for provision of en-route services, alerting service and flow control within the Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR).
      • Approach Control (APR)
        Responsible for the provision of approach services.
      • Communication (COM)
        This section is the gateway  for the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN),  Common ICAO Data Interchange Network (CIDIN), and Aeronautical Messages Handling System (AMHS) for the UAE.  The responsibilities  include monitoring of Air Traffic Service messages,  management of Regional OPMET Bulleting Exchange (ROBEX) and archival/retrieval of flight plans for national security, Investigations. safety management and planning.

II. Unit Investigation
Responsible for the investigation of Air Traffic incidents.   Based on the investigation, the section initiates staff counseling, Standard Operating Procedure changes etc.

III. Research & Dataset Systems (RDS)
This section is   responsible for the adaptation  and dataset management,  research and design,  modification, upgrade and Operational Verification of ATM.

IV. Flight Data & Aircraft monitoring
This section is responsible for analyzing daily air traffic  movements for billing and statistical  traffic analysis.   Aircraft that are  banned by  GeM are monitored by this section.

V. Airspace coordination
This  section Is responsible for the  design of UAE airspace  and liaison of it with neighboring countries.


2. Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS)
CNS is headed  by Director CNS and has three operational sections.   They  are:

    • CNS engineering
    • Mechanical and  Electrical engineering
    • IT engineering
    • CNS training

I. CNS engineering
This section is responsible for the maintenance of the following:

      • Air situation picture display at ACC,  EACC, Simulator and  ROS,
      • Communicatlons equipment including VCCS, ATS  messages handling switch etc.  
      • Voice and  data links to domestic airports and neighboring countries,
      • Two off-site radars,

II. Mechanical and  Electrical
This section is responsible for facilities management,  mechanical, electrical and general maintenance of the Centre and its remote radar sites.

III. IT engineering
This section is responsible for the maintenance of Office Computer,  Operational Support  LAN, and other peripherals.

IV. CNS training
This section is responsible for the training and  periodical competency checks of  Engineers and technicians.


3. ANSP Training (TRN)
The  ANSP Training section is responsible for the coordination, execution  and planning of all site specific training courses. These trainings are designed  and updated continuously for all operational equipment and procedures based on  relevant published  documents like ICAO documents,  Local Instructions,  Letter of Agreements, UAE AlP etc.  The section is headed by Manager ANSP Training and following are the courses offered:

    • Standard site-specific courses
    • Supplementary site-specific courses
    • Ad-hoc site-specific courses
    • Competency program

I. Standard site-specific courses

      • Air  Traffic Controller course for UAE Nationals with  no previous ATC experience,
      • Air Traffic Controller course for expatriates with minimum  5 years  ATC experience,
      • Flight data course for UAE Nationals and locally hired expatriates  to work  in the capacity as an Air  Traffic Control Assistant,
      • ICAO Courses

II. Supplementary site-specify courses

      • On the Job Training Instructor (OJTI) course to prepare suitable candidates to conduct OJT for Air  Traffic Controllers and  Flight data operators.
      • Examiner course to endorse  suitable OJTls to become Local Competency Examiners and ATC Examiners,
      • ATC Supervisor course to enable suitable candidates to work in the capacity of ATC  Supervisors,
      • Incident  Investigation course to train suitable candidates to conduct Incident Investigations as stipulated in ICAO Annex  13,
      • ACC familiarisation course for  UAE National Controller cadets in preparation for the ICAO 054  & 055 courses,
      • Pseudo Pilot course to certify suitable candidates to work  in the capacity as  Pseudo pilots  in the  Simulator,
      • NOTAM course  to train staff in all aspects of NOTAM management.

III. Ad-hoc site-specific courses

      • Emergency Continuation Training course conducted once every year to familiarize Air  Traffic Controller's with situation they do not handle everyday but should be  able to handle if It happens,
      • Remedial training course for Air Traffic Controllers or  Flight data operators who are involved in Air Traffic incidents,
      • Assessment of previous competence to assess the suitability of controllers to work SZC.

lV. Competency Program

      • A  yearly check carried out In the form of practical and written examination  to verify the knowledge of Air Traffic Controllers and Flight data operators,  is sufficient  to perform  operational duties,
      • A   yearly radar  and audio tape review to verify Air Traffic Controllers and Flight data operators  are performing their duties as  per  the standards stipulated  by Civil Aviation Regulations.


 4.  Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)
The AIM operates as per the Standards and Recommend Practices (SARPS) as provided by ICAO and General Civil Aviation Authority. The AIM provides information regarding Air Navigation Services Provision and Flight Operations within the EMIRATES FIR. The department is headed by Director AIM and its responsibilities include:

AIM Publication:

  • Prepare and mange the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), AIP Supplements, Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)
  • Production of Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), checklist and list of valid NOTAM
  • Maintain a systematic library of ICAO Publications, and other states’ Aeronautical Information Publications

AIM Design (Cartography):

  • Production and maintenance of World Aeronautical Chart
  • Production and maintenance of Aeronautical Charts that includes airspace, routes, flight procedures, aerodromes and obstacle charts
  • Maintenance of Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data (eTOD) Area 1

PANS-OPS and AIM Data:

  • Validate and encode data pertaining to Instrument Approach procedures, Standard Arrival procedures, Standard Departure procedures and ATS routes
  • Manage the exchange of Aeronautical Information Management Data

 5. ANSP support services
The smooth  functioning  of the ANSP facility is the responsibility  of the Support services section. This section  is headed by Director Support Services.   The activities of the section are:

    • Deputy Executive Director ANS to deputize EDANS,
    • Advisor for advisory service to EDANS,
    • Logistic  and Administrative support functions within SZC,
    • IT,  Finance,  and HR Support functions

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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