How can the Network Manager help aircraft operators?
A stepped-approach is being taken:
The Network Manager has put in place a Service Level 0 that includes a Call Sign Similarity Management Cell (CSMC). The CSMC provides the aircraft operators with the similarity rules to be applied in the process of the detection and resolution of conflicts.
March 2012 saw the formal launch of Call Sign Similarity Service (CSS) Service Level 1 operations, i.e. the detection and deconfliction of call sign similarities with a single aircraft operator’s schedule using the EUROCONTROL Call Sign Similarity Tool (CSS Tool).
If Service Level 1 is successful, Service Level 2 will provide de-confliction between multiple aircraft operator schedules.
The main benefits associated with the implementation of the CSS Project are:
- Elimination over 80% of the CSS incidences
- Improvement of safety
- Economies of scale
Monitoring Call Sign Similarity Service and Tool Performance
The CSMC has established procedures with participating aircraft operators to monitor the operational effectiveness of the CSS Service/Tool. The anticipated improvements in safety performance will be monitored by the EUROCONTROL Voluntary ATM Incident Report (EVAIR) scheme.
Call Sign Similarity User Group
To drive the development of the CSS Service and its support tool (CSS Tool), a users group has been established. The target membership of this users group is:
- ANSPs – Operational Flight Planning staff and Safety Managers
- Airspace Users – Flight Schedulers, Operations staff and Safety Managers
- Airports – Operations staff
- Military Stakeholders as appropriate
- IATA and ICAO Paris office are also observers to the CSS users Group.
Register to become a member of the Call Sign Similarity Users Group.