We manage the airspace data necessary to perform our operations by creating, verifying and updating a central system: the Central Airspace and Capacity Database (CACD).
The airspace data information consists of:
- Static data such as air traffic control (ATC) sector boundaries and air routes (for instance, the maximum capacity for each airport and air traffic control sector)
- Dynamic data such as the default Air Traffic Control capacities (for instance, the number of runways available, availability of air traffic controllers…) and air-route availability based on military airspace usage.
Supporting the Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) concept
The FUA concept allows airspace to be shared between civil and military users through enhanced coordination.
Joint civil/military Airspace Management Cells (AMCs) have been established by the States to underpin this coordination. AMCs conduct day-to-day airspace allocation and management in close cooperation with the Network Manager.
The counterpart of AMCs at network level is the Centralised Airspace Data Function (CADF), which is hosted by the Network Manager Operations Centre.
The role of CADF is to:
- collect the information from the AMC's Airspace Use Plans (AUPs)/Updated Airspace Use Plans (UUPs); it detects any lack of continuity in Conditional Routes (CDRs);
- compile a consolidated European Airspace Use Plan (EAUP) and European Updated Airspace Use Plans (EUUPs) - to be published on the NOP Portal and in electronic Airspace Message Information (e-AMI) for those using the NM B2B service.
Feeding the Network Operations Systems
Both static and dynamic data flows are input into ETFMS and IFPS systems to provide a constantly updated network view; they support the Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) activities.
These data flows are also used by other EUROCONTROL services such as the Central Route Charges Office (CRCO) to establish unit rates and the cartography service. One of the latest on going developments is the integration of CACD’s airspace data with the Airspace Management (ASM) tools, such as LARA or STANLY (Statistics and Analysis)