Following the successful implementation of a real-time flight data exchange between the UAE’s GCAA and EUROCONTROL in October 2015, the EUROCONTROL NM set its sights on new horizons across the Atlantic with Brazil, one of the largest air transport hubs in South America.
Although the idea of data exchange between EUROCONTROL and Brazil was first floated in 2016, it was not until 17 October that FSAs from DECEA, Brazil’s Department of Airspace Control, reached EUROCONTROL’s testing platform, before full confirmation that total data exchange would be possible almost a year later.
The ability to share and exchange flight information between the EUROCONTROL NM and DECEA was largely made possible due to support from NM’s Business-to-business (B2B) web service interface. By using B2B, both parties were able to send and receive flight plan activations as well as en-route updates. As such, real-time updates of approximately 100 flights between Europe and Brazil as well as their departure times and other trajectory information are now being exchanged between the operational systems of NM and DECEA on the major traffic flows between Europe and Brazil.