2017_049_AF3

Electronic Flight Strip (EFS) in En-Route and TMA in SACTA system

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Implementing Partners

Leader: ENAIRE

Description

The main objective of this Implementation Project is to upgrade the SACTA system (Spanish Air Traffic control system) by providing an Electronic Flight Strip (EFS) human-machine interface for the En-Route and Approach airspaces. EFS is a prerequisite for the Free Route Airspace (FRA) mode of operation.

Specific objectives:
The IP specifically aims to ensure that this SACTA version also integrates some of the tools that will support the elimination of the current paper strips, such as:

  • Planner MTCD (Medium Term Conflict Detection)

  • MONA (Monitoring Aids)

  • Enhance conflict management tools and controller HMI (Human Machine Interface) functions to support conflict detection and resolution (such as What-if and What-else)

  • Electronic management of special strips (OCM (Oceanic Clearance Message), wrong OLDIs (On-Line Data Interchange))

  • Fallback for Surveillance and Flight Plan Data.

  • ATCO notes

  • New flight lists

  • Enhanced Holding manager

  • Flight tagging

Within this Implementing Project timeframe (2019 – 2021) the new SACTA version will be specified, developed by the SW manufacturing company and verified by ENAIRE. The project will end up with the acceptance tests based on functional verification in the ENAIRE´s test centre. Later test phases in the operational centres (such as stress, stability, transition, etc.) are not part of the project´s scope.

Expected Results:
SACTA system is upgraded.
An Electronic Flight Strip (EFS) human-machine interface is provided.

This IP therefore contributes to the deployment of Free Route (FRA) operations families 3.2.1 ""Upgrade of ATM systems to support DCT and Free Route"" and 3.2.4 ""Implement Free Route"".
ENAIRE is already implementing CEF funded projects aimed at the deployment of family 3.2.1, i.e. 2016_036_AF3 (SACTA-iTEC, Action 2016-EU-TM-0117-M) and 2016_040_AF3 (Upgrade of trajectory management in SACTA-iTEC, Action 2016-EU-TM-0117-M). By means of these two projects the combined family gap coverage was 60%. This project represents an additional 20% increase. Together with project ""CWP positions upgrade"" (IP 2017_050_AF3), which covers a 10% of the family, the accumulated gap coverage of family 3.2.1 is 90%.

Performance Benefits:
All performance benefits from FRA operations will be attained by the implementation of this project, such as:

  • Impact on safety because the use of tools will help improve alerts (Planner MTCD, MONA, conflict management tools...);

  • Impact on capacity derived from the operational improvements provided by FRA and the higher efficiency provided by EFS;

  • Significant benefits generated are identified in the reduced nautical miles flown, which can be translated in less fuel burn, smaller CO2 footprint and shorter flight times.

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GENERAL CONTEXT

This Implementation Project aims at the technical upgrade of SACTA system (Spanish Air Traffic control
system) by providing an Electronic Flight Strip (EFS) human-machine interface for the En-Route and
Approach airspaces. EFS is a prerequisite for the Free Route Airspace (FRA) mode of operation.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

This SACTA version will also integrate some of the tools that will be developed within the frame of project
2016_040_AF3 (Upgrade of trajectory management in SACTA-iTEC ), that will support the elimination of
the current paper strips, such as:

  • Planner MTCD (Medium Term Conflict Detection)

  • MONA (Monitoring Aids)

  • Enhance conflict management tools and controller HMI (Human Machine Interface) functions to support
    conflict detection and resolution (such as What-if and What-else)

  • Electronic management of special strips (OCM (Oceanic Clearance Message), wrong OLDIs (On-Line
    Data Interchange))
    Within the project timeframe (2019 - 2021) the new SACTA version will be specified, developed by the SW
    manufacturing company and verified by ENAIRE. The project will end up with the acceptance tests based
    on functional verification in the ENAIRE´s test center. Later test phases in the operational centers (such as
    stress, stability, transition, etc) are not part of the project´s scope.

EXPECTED RESULTS

This implementation project will contribute to the deployment of Free Route (FRA) operations families
3.2.1 ""Upgrade of ATM systems to support DCT and Free Route"" and 3.2.4 ""Implement Free Route"".
ENAIRE has already presented to previous CEF calls projects aimed at the deployment of family 3.2.1, i.e.
2016_036_AF3 (SACTA-iTEC ) and 2016_040_AF3 (Upgrade of trajectory management in SACTA-iTEC ).
By means of these two projects the combined family gap coverage was 60%. This new project represents
an additional 20% increase. So, together with project ""CWP positions upgrade"", which covers a 10% of the
family, also submitted to CEF 2017, the accumulated gap coverage of family 3.2.1 is 90%.

PERFORMANCE BENEFITS

All performance benefits from FRA operations will be attained by the implementation of this project, such
as:

  • Impact on safety because the use of tools will help improve alerts (Planner MTCD, MONA, conflict
    management tools...)

  • Impact on capacity derived from the operational improvements provided by FRA and the higher efficiency
    provided by EFS

  • Significant benefits generated are identified in the reduced nautical miles flown, which can be translated
    in less fuel burn, smaller CO2 footprint and shorter flight times.

  • A saving of EN Route ATFM (Air Traffic Flow Management) Delays will be possible."

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2017
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF3 - Flexible ASM and Free Route
  • Sub AF: S-AF 3.2 Free Route
  • Progress Percentage: 33%