NATS (UK)

 

CCDS-R at Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre

In 2008, NATS, opted to use a system developed by NAVCANatm to keep track of critical flight data at its Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre. The Swanwick Centre controls 200,000 square miles of airspace above England and Wales and handles some two million flights per year.

The Code Callsign Distribution System Replacement (CCDS-R) matches the “Squawk” code transmitted by aircraft with their filed flight plan which makes it easier for controllers to positively identify an aircraft on their radar display.  Robust technology supports real-time processing of up to 78 Radar interfaces, helping controllers keep track of critical flight data.

A full-service contract included software development, installation, training, and ongoing hardware and software maintenance.

 

CPDLC at Prestwick Oceanic Area Control Centre

In 2001, the UK's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) leveraged NAVCANatm’s datalink technology and expertise with the development of a Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) workstation. This project allowed for the timely introduction of CPDLC across the eastern portion of North Atlantic oceanic airspace.

The workstations were decommissioned coinciding with the introduction of SAATS, which has integrated CPDLC capabilities.

 

GAATS+ at Prestwick Oceanic Area Control Centre

In November 2014, our Gander Automated Air Traffic System (GAATS+) was successfully implemented at the NATS Control Centre in Prestwick, Scotland. Prestwick Centre had been using a version of GAATS, called SAATS, since 2006 but this was the first time Gander and Prestwick oceanic controllers were using the same version of the oceanic flight data processing system, that includes automated weather processing, conflict prediction capabilities and electronic flight strips. GAATS+ also includes modern datalink technologies for oceanic clearances, automatic position reporting and controller-pilot communications.

Having air traffic controllers on both sides of the Atlantic using the same air traffic management system, enables them to exchange messages back-and-forth with advanced automation, allowing for improved coordination between the centres. Controllers and customers will benefit from the increased functionality and greater commonality at both oceanic centres.

 

NAVCANstrips at 11 major airport towers

NAVCANstrips, our electronic flight strip solution, is installed at 11 major towers in the UK including three main London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted), three towers in Scotland and five regional towers. NAVCANstrips allows air traffic controllers to manage flight data online, eliminating the need for traditional paper flight strips and providing immediate access to key information.

Since its installation, operations at these NATS sites have seen more efficient management and use of airspace and airport capacity. NAVCANstrip automates flight data transactions, and can be configured to generate flow management statistics and other information.

This adaptation of NAVCANstrips is fully interfaced with the Integrated Initial Flight Plan System (IFPS) and other flow management systems located at the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) in Brussels. It also interfaces with the BAA’s Stand (or gate) Management System (SMS), U.K. NATS’ National Airspace System (NAS) and it performs Departure Clearance (DCL) with aircraft flight decks. 

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