Global Aviation

CAASD works internationally to help countries across the globe maximize the safety, security, efficiency, and capacity of their aviation infrastructures and to synchronize systems and standards worldwide.

For close to half a century, we have provided technical and engineering expertise in all aspects of aviation to civil aviation authorities, airlines, international airport authorities, and other aviation organizations to over 50 nations around the world.

Air traffic management is a global enterprise. Our work abroad helps ensure the world's aviation systems and procedures work together, wherever aircraft fly. The FAA supports this work and encourages us to employ our engineering R&D expertise to advance international harmonization goals.

Our international work encompasses enterprise systems engineering and information technology solutions for:

  • Achieving global harmonization
  • Increasing airport system capacity
  • Improving airspace capacity, performance and efficiency
  • Improving aviation safety
  • Defining future airspace systems.

CAASD also partners with global aviation standards groups, including:

We exchange best practices, establish standards, and set development targets. Together, we promote a global aviation system that operates as safely and efficiently as possible.

For instance, MITRE and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation have joined forces to offer a training program that will help aviation service providers across the world implement operational improvements to the global aviation system in a harmonized manner.

The training is based on the concept of Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU), developed by another MITRE partner, the International Civil Aviation Organization. In this system, designated groups of capabilities would be implemented in five-year blocks to introduce greater standardization into the global air traffic management system.

In 2015, we also partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to open our first research and development facility located outside the U.S. This facility—MITRE Asia Pacific Singapore (MAPS)—was established to help countries in the Asia Pacific region adapt to the rapidly accelerating demands on their aviation infrastructures. MAPS is also supporting globally-integrated approaches to introducing new aviation technologies and procedures in the region.

As this work enhances our understanding of the global nature of aviation, it enriches the expertise we can provide to sponsors both domestically and internationally.

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