The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Germany’s DFS Aviation Services have signed an agreement to collaborate, share information and knowledge on air traffic management (ATM) issues.

Both air traffic control providers will aim to optimize safety management systems, benchmark performance indicators, as well as develop future air traffic management concepts, solutions and technologies.

DFS Aviation Services is the subsidiary of Germany air traffic service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, and is responsible for eight regional airports in Germany. Its UK subsidiary also oversees air traffic for London Gatwick and Edinburgh airports.

 “We welcome the collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Singapore is a central hub in Asia. The German airspace is among the busiest and most complex airspaces in Europe. I am convinced that we will be able to mutually and viably share our experiences gained,” DFS chairman and CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle said in a statement.

CAAS, who is both the regulator and service provider, is rapidly developing and ramping up knowledge on ATM to meet the demands of a booming aviation sector in Southeast Asia. They have partnered with the local Nanyang Technological University, and committed an initial S$43 million ($31.6 million) in joint funds to research on solution including artificial intelligence and data science, and regional ATM modernization.

On the sidelines of Singapore Air Show this year, they signed a MOU with Thales to develop new concepts of operations for ATM, as well as the next generation ATM technologies. Last year, CAAS completed a contract with UK’s NATS and Airbus Prosky to prepare their ATC controllers for high intensity operations as Singapore Changi Airport prepares for Terminal 5 and a third runway.

Chen Chuanren,