What we do

NAV Portugal carries out its work on mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.  The company’s head offices are situated next to Lisbon Airport, as the Lisbon Air Traffic Control Centre and the Training Centre are.  The Oceanic Control Centre is located on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores Autonomous Region. In additional to these two important centres, NAV Portugal also has other infrastructure elements with air traffic services functioning in the control towers of Lisbon, Cascais, Porto, Faro, Funchal, Porto Santo, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada, Horta and Flores. To fully carry out its mission NAV Portugal has a considerable amount of equipment and many technical installations (radar, radio and communications stations) in several points of mainland Portugal and the autonomous regions.

The Oceanic Air Traffic Management System on Santa Maria and the phased entry into service of a new generation of air traffic management systems in Lisbon have been of crucial importance in keeping NAV Portugal in the forefront of air navigation service providers.

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Funcional Air space blocks

There are defined in order to:

  • Allow effective air traffic flow
  • Take into consideration the human and financial resources of the different regional control centres
  • Maximize the overall efficiency of european air space
  • Minimize the air traffic transfer and coordination costs between the different regional control centres
  • Implement more direct routes in the future RESIV

NAV Portugal provides its services in the moment that:
  • 1

    Pilot or company 
    submits a flight plan

  • 2

    Flight plan sent to the Air Traffic Control bodies involved in guiding the flight

  • 3

    Aircraft receives authorization to Take-off

  • 4

    Aircraft takes off in radio contact with the aerodrome Control Tower

  • 5

    Climbing aircraft in radio and radar contact with Approach Control

  • 6

    While climbing to cruising altitude the aircraft is in radio and radar contact with the Regional Control Centre

  • 7

    After reaching its cruising altitude and while following its route the aircraft is in radio and radar contact with one or more Regional Control Centres

  • 8

    When starting its descent the aircraft is in radio and radar contact with a Regional Control Centre

  • 9

    The aircraft is transferred to the Approach Control and continues to descend and adopt approach procedures

  • 10

    The aircraft makes its final approach
    and lands in radio contact with the
    aerodrome Control Tower