‘ATM Data as a Service’ project between Slovenia Control and EUROCONTROL successfully completes shadow operations

24 June 2016

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Shadow operations of live air traffic under the responsibility of Ljubljana Area Control Centre have successfully been conducted at Slovenia Control, using the remote data provided by the operational ATM system at EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC). These shadow operations are part of the ‘ATM Data as a Service’ (ADaaS) project and are an essential step towards the concept of data centres developed in support of the Single European Sky.

Co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to the tune of € 2.45 million, the three-year ADaaS project between Slovenia Control and MUAC aims at contributing to the Single European Sky by deploying new technologies and best practices. With the successful completion of these shadow operations, representing Phase 1 of the ADaaS Demonstrator, expert teams from both air navigation service providers were able to overcome, in a limited time-period, the operational and technical challenges inherent to such an innovative approach in the ATM environment.

The ADaaS Demonstrator uses local radars, tracking and safety net services, but is fed by remote Flight Data Processing System services from MUAC. In addition, the MUAC controller working positions/human-machine interface have been deployed within Slovenia Control.

The successful shadow operations pave the way for Phase 2 of the ADaaS Demonstrator, to be validated in the first quarter of 2017, which aims to demonstrate the use of an open interface between the MUAC Flight Data Processing System and the Slovenia Control controller working positions/human-machine interface.

The final architecture of the demonstration (Phase 3 of the ADaaS Demonstrator) will contain a distributed Flight Data Processing System in two locations (MUAC and Slovenia Control) and can serve controller working positions/human-machine interfaces either remotely or locally. It is planned for the third quarter of 2017. Phase 3 will provide essential data on how to deploy a state-of-the-art data centre from which an ATM Data Service Provider (ADSP) can deliver services to Air Traffic Service Units (ATSUs) with proper contingency and disaster recovery.

Shadow operations at Slovenia Control, using the MUAC ATM system.

Shadow operations at Slovenia Control, using the Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) Air traffic management system.

For further information, please contact:

Katja Tratnik, Zgornji Brnik 130n, 4210 Brnik - aerodrom, Slovenia,
Tel: +386 4 20 40 235
Mobile: +386 51 272 973
Email: katja.tratnik@sloveniacontrol.si

Mireille Roman, EUROCONTROL Maastricht
Tel: +31 43 366 1352
Email: mireille.roman@eurocontrol.int

Note to editors
Slovenia Control provides air traffic control and management in Slovenian airspace in a high-quality and efficient manner, and issues aeronautical information, introduces, maintains and upgrades systems and devices for safe air traffic control and management. The company has established good relations with the neighbouring countries, and its aim is to contribute to meeting the European Commission’s objectives in connection with the creation of functional airspace blocks (FABs) in Europe. In a relatively small airspace a total of 271,474 flights were made in 2014, with an average of 744 IFR operations per day. A daily traffic record was reached in July 2014 with an achieved number of 1,353 operations per day. - EUROCONTROL/MUAC operated by EUROCONTROL on behalf of four States, provides control for the upper airspace (above 24,500 feet, i.e. approximately 7,500 metres) of Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and north-west Germany. The international area of responsibility it covers is a perfect example of the simplification and harmonisation of airspace in Europe. MUAC is a model for cross-border projects in the spirit of the Single European Sky. More than 1.7 million flights pass through MUAC’s area of responsibility each year, making it the third busiest air traffic control facility in Europe in terms of traffic volume. During the summer, peak days see more than 5,200 flights. - Disclaimer - The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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