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New ATC system in place by 2020 for the UK.

Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:34 am

"Nats - the UK's air traffic control provider formerly known as National Air Traffic Services - is rolling out a new £600m ($747m) computer system that could result in more flights, fewer delays and a cleaner airspace for all."

"Now air traffic controllers, using predictive analytics software called iFacts, will be able to predict the path of aircraft as much as 18 minutes in advance, says Mr Daykin."In effect we can get an earlier view of where congestion will be in the sky and tweak flight paths, which means less re-routing," he says. "We can now slow traffic down en route so you don't get stuck in a holding pattern over London."

The upgrade is part of the Europe-wide Single European Sky (SES) project, which involves all 28 member states,
By 2020, the SES aims to have tripled the number of planes in the sky; made air travel 10 times safer; reduced the environmental impact by a factor of 10; and halved navigational service costs.

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Re: New ATC system in place by 2020 for the UK.

Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:59 am

India started using a new ATC system this month. It was developed for ₹107 crore ($16 million)
Centrally-controlled Air Traffic Flow Management (C-AFTM) ... 798267.cms
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Re: New ATC system in place by 2020 for the UK.

Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:17 pm

Perhaps the most significant change - although travellers are unlikely to notice it - will be the abandonment of the network of invisible "roads" in the sky - the routes which all aircraft currently follow.

yeah, I don't think the airways in the sky will be abandoned. !
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Re: New ATC system in place by 2020 for the UK.

Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:39 pm

Thenoflyzone wrote:
yeah, I don't think the airways in the sky will be abandoned. !

Hungary no longer has any airway structure. European Commission Regulation No. 716/2014 states that by 1 January 2022 all airspace above FL295 must be free route airspace. Some countries such as Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Macedonia and the majority of Austria have remove the whole of thier upper ATS route network. The UK has a small area of Free Route airspace, called the Scottish Direct Route Airspace with no ATS route network. Spain also has a tiny area of free route airspace around Santiago.

The Norwegians, Swedes, Finnish, Danish, Latvians and Estonians have also introduced Free Route Airspace but have also retained the existing upper ATS route structure. The Italians have an upper ATS route network up to FL335 and the Portuguese have an upper ATS route network between FL195 and FL245, above that there is no ATS route network in either country.

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