Air traffic controllers have been given a new set of tools by ATDI Ltd, Europe’s leading radio planning and modelling company, to simplify the task of keeping passengers safe.
National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which provides air traffic control services at 15 of the UK’s biggest airports, and en-route services for aircraft flying through UK airspace, was one of the first purchasers of ICS Telecom, ATDI’s flagship planning and modelling software. Now it has turned again to ATDI to make its engineers’ jobs easier.
NATS’ Voice Communications Group is using ICS Telecom to support planning of airspace use. Repetitive tasks like generating coverage plots for airspace developments and flight sectors needed simplifying and made accessible to the whole Team. ATDI supplied its Macrorecorder to allow engineers to automatically pre-define combinations of possible transmitter stations, flight heights and services. Manually, these tasks were time consuming and required the full attention of at least one team member.
Robin Hughes, project manager for the implementation, notes: “ICS Telecom has supported our strategic decision-making for communications for nearly a decade. These developments have made life much easier for the team. We now have one manager for the tool and multiple users. Every team member is able to use the tool to the full without specialised knowledge.”
The macro, supported by an internal database of relevant background information, takes a list of calculations required and produces plots automatically.
ATDI Ltd managing director John Berry says: “It is always gratifying to have such a long term relationship as we have had with NATS, and it is particularly exciting to us to be able to continue to adapt ICS Telecom to NATS’ ever-changing needs.”
In 2007, NATS will handle more than two million flights carrying over 220 million passengers.