The ATM platforms are the set of systems for processing and presentation of information required by ATCs (Air Traffic Controllers), enabling them to manage air traffic planning and control operations in ACCs and airports.
The software performs the following tasks: accurate and clear tracking of flights across the airspace and on the ground, Flight Data Processing (predicts expected flight trajectories), generates alarms in the event of expected under-separation, supports optimal and direct flight planning, provides access to all meteorological information and regarding availability of airspace, taxiways and runways, through straightforward and easy-to-use interfaces.
ATM Platform – Area Control Centre
ENAV has always been at the forefront in developing advanced ATM platforms. The current one, SATCAS (Standard Air Traffic Control Automated System), in use since 1999, was one of the first in Europe to support fully electronic forecasting and dissemination of information in the control room and coordination among the ATCs in ACCs and between ACCs and airports.
The platform has recently been modernised to address the developments in operations and regulations. The latest updates have enabled Free-Route operations above 30,500 feet in the skies over Italy and the so-called “Data Link” operations (i.e. the sending of messages between controllers and pilots in place of voice communications).
Some new automation components are being implemented aimed at supporting greater traffic capacity and fluidity:
- ERATO (En-Route Air Traffic Organizer), a tool developed by ENAV and DSNA, which integrates new functions to help ATCs to identify and manage potential medium term traffic conflicts
- AMAN (Arrival Manager), a specific tool to support more efficient planning of arrival sequences at the main airports, which suggests actions aimed at minimising delays and overall fuel consumption
The SATCAS system in operation in ACCs will be replaced by a new platform called 4-Flight.
The platform is made up of various innovative subsystems, among which the main component is the Flight Data Processor -FDP component, known as Coflight, developed in collaboration with the French ANSP. Coflight provides advanced performance prediction of the trajectory in four dimensions, calculated considering the weight of the take-off aircraft, the airline directives, the pilot's intentions, the real-time use of data related to any restrictions of traffic flows and of meteorological data both on land and in flight.
The 4-Flight platform will be able to ensure optimal results in terms of safety, capacity, environmental impact and economic efficiency for Enav, contributing to improved performance of the ATM system in Europe.
ATM Platform - Airport
The ATM system currently in use at airports will also be replaced in the next few years with a new platform called NTA (New Tower Architecture). This too was developed in cooperation with other ANSPs and is expected to become operational in major airports starting 2018.
This new platform meets European regulations on SMGCS (Surface Movement Guidance and Control System) level 2, i.e., a platform capable of ensuring surveillance of all equipment (aircraft and vehicles) over the entire airport area. It comprises a series of ground traffic planning tools and alarms in case of potential conflict between moving objects.