Demonstration of tactical airspace delegation

Published: 14 October 2019 15:38

On Wednesday, October 10, LFV and Naviair as representatives of COOPANS performed a technical demonstration of delegated air traffic management from Malmö to Copenhagen together with Thales. The event was executed within the framework of SESAR.

Demonstrations were carried out using the concept Virtual Centre: a geographical detachment of both work positions and data supply for the control centre.

Delegated air traffic management aims to improve efficiency and increase flexibility in the delivery of air traffic control for en route. The application of Virtual Centre is possible in several areas, for example in distributed training and testing of new TopSky versions, a system for air traffic management.

- During Wednesday's exercise in Malmö, the validation was carried out according to a concept that is close to implementation. Two air traffic controller positions in Malmö and two air traffic controller positions in Copenhagen were supplied from a joint TopSky data centre in Paris, says Annelie Frejås, project manager at LFV.

In an open panel the invited participants from Thales, LFV R&D, legal expertise, the Swedish Transport Agency, one expert on cyber security and Naviair discussed the challenges of cyber security, how we relate to laws and regulations and everyone's participation in the change management linked to cultural aspects that affect overall performance.

- The concept demonstrates opportunities to have a system in one geographical location and air traffic controllers in another, and to manage air traffic control across national borders. This creates opportunities to reduce costs by centralising and sharing technical infrastructure as well as air traffic control across national borders. This is one of the cornerstones of ATM's master plan and its introduction in Europe is currently being discussed. COOPANS is considering how the concepts can be applied, says Ulf Thibblin, CTO LFV.

- The exercise went well, the airspace was delegated back and forth between Sweden and Denmark and the traffic flowed nicely without any interruption in the delivery, notes Billy Josefsson, LFV R&D and Erik Langevi - COOPANS Project Manager.

With the technical demonstration on October 10 in Malmö this project within SESAR Wave 1 reaches its finish line. Refinements of the concept will start immediately and continue in SESAR Wave 2 in 2020.