Flight Data Processing System (FDPS)

A Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) is at the heart of any ATC facility.

Implemented at the end of 2008, MUAC’s FDPS continues a long tradition of fielding advanced concepts and integrating them into a coherent operational entity.

Using this system, the entire airspace controlled by MUAC can be managed very flexibly.

Sectors can easily be combined and even re-shaped in real time to match controller resources to changing traffic demand patterns, specific weather conditions or areas that are temporarily reserved for military operations.

The FDPS is based on a trajectory-based model rather than a route-based model.

The initial trajectory of a flight is continuously updated by radar data and by inputs from the controller.

The trajectory can also be updated from external sources (e.g. adjacent centres through on-line data interchange or OLDI, the local Flow Management Position, or even downlinked information from the aircraft). As such, the FDPS plays a leading role in some of the most innovative SESAR initiatives in Europe, e.g. Ground-Ground Interoperability, Air-Ground Interoperability and Local Network Planning.

The MUAC FDPS also adapts flexibly to various operational concepts and missions, thanks to the intelligent management of adaptation data. For example, the FDPS has been transformed extremely quickly to enable it to manage lower airspace, perform Operational Air Traffic tasks for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and even to handle Approach and Tower functions at mixed General Air Traffic – Operational Air Traffic airports.

Last but not least, the FDPS has another unique feature: its interface with the end-user, a Human-Machine Interface which is unequalled in speed, click-poor performance, and intuitive use.