ATM stars shine in Madrid

06 March 2018
Nav Canada won the Service Provision Award. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Jane’s recognised cutting-edge air traffic management on 6 March 2018 in a ceremony held during World ATM Congress

The 18th annual Jane’s ATC Awards included entries from major consortia as well as relative newcomers to the airspace management industry.

Contenders were shortlisted and pared down to the winning entry in each category by a panel of experienced judges from the SESAR Joint Undertaking, Eurocontrol, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA), and Jane's .

The winners are summarised below, with honourable mentions for those shortlisted entries that came close.

Environment Award: DSNA in partnership with Eurocontrol

DSNA in partnership with Eurocontrol won the Environmental Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)DSNA in partnership with Eurocontrol won the Environmental Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

In September 2016 the new European Wake Vortex Re-categorisation (RECAT-EU) separation standard for aircraft wake turbulence was implemented at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports.

The airport authorities report no negative impact on controller workload or any increase in the rate of wake encounter reports, while RECAT-EU improves flexibility especially in peak hours. DSNA claims that, after 18 months of RECAT-EU operations, the approach controller has fully optimised the available approach separation minima, with a reduction of up to 30% of spacing distances depending on the sequencing of aircraft. Next steps include implementation of time-based separation (TBS) at the two Paris airports.


  • Austro Control, BHANSA, Croatia Control, Slovenia Control, and SMATSA: South East Common Sky Initiative Free Route Airspace (SECSI FRA)
  • DECEA: Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) in Brazilian Air Force Academy training areas
  • Swedavia: environmental analysis of flight operations by LFV

Enabling Technology Award: University of Bologna and project partners

University of Bologna and project partners won the Enabling Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)University of Bologna and project partners won the Enabling Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower ANS Provision (RETINA) project received funding from the SESAR JU to explore how synthetic vision and augmented reality tools can enhance controller vision capabilities and situational awareness.

RETINA builds on technologies developed in SESAR such as remote towers, safety nets, and System Wide Information Management (SWIM), to provide augmented reality for tower controllers. In the 24-month project, the RETINA concept was developed, implemented, and validated in human in-the-loop, real-time simulations where an out-of-tower view was delivered in a semi-immersive virtual environment. These simulations confirmed multiple benefits for human performance (in terms of increased situational awareness and lower workload) and efficiency (with an enhanced capability for controllers to manage traffic in low-visibility conditions).


  • Eurocontrol MUAC and Slovenia Control: ATM Data as a Service (ADaaS)
  • FAA and MITRE Corporation: National Airspace System Operations Dashboard (NOD)
  • Unifly: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) platform

Service Provision Award: Nav Canada

The Common Hardware Integration Platform (CHIP) for Nav Canada uses a private computer and storage infrastructure as well as private networks, ensuring that the system is completely secure and can meet all end user requirements. The new platform enables most Nav Canada ATM technology to make the transition into the private cloud.

CHIP is fully deployed; it has already demonstrated cost savings in terms of upgrades and infrastructure, in addition to safety and security benefits. For example, automation of preventive maintenance enabled Nav Canada to cut staff workload by 10,855 hours in the first year of CHIP.


  • Aviation Capacity Resources: tailor-made terminal air navigation services (T-ANS)
  • FAB CE Aviation Services: FAB CE common equipment procurement programme
  • NUAC: introduction of Joint Programme Office (JPO) for Danish-Swedish FAB

Runway Award: Searidge Technologies and HungaroControl

Inmarsat Aviation won the Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Inmarsat Aviation won the Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The Searidge remote tower solution for Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport was certified for live operations with HungaroControl in November 2017. The remote tower is the first of its kind to be approved for operations without capacity restrictions at a medium-sized airport. No shadow operations are needed from the existing air traffic control tower.

All tower controllers have been trained on the remote tower system, which is initially being used for contingency operations, live training, and as a back-up system. By 2020, HungaroControl aims to operate a full-time remote tower at Budapest.


  • LFV Air Navigation Services: Runway Incursion Prevention Programme (RIPP)
  • Network Manager Safety Improvement Sub Group (SISG): development of the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI) v3.0
  • UFA Inc and Israel Airports Authority: realistic emergency team co-ordination training

Technology Award: Inmarsat Aviation

Inmarsat Aviation won the Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Inmarsat Aviation won the Technology Award. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite communications platform for the flight deck is designed to meet the needs of the modern flight deck, combining cutting-edge satellite technology with secure IP broadband connectivity.

After extensive evaluation and testing, SB-S was endorsed by the FAA Performance-based Aviation Rulemaking Committee, for delivery of aviation safety and operational services. SB-S is operational with three carriers: Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines

SB-S facilitates reduced separation standards with IP-based broadband connectivity, to support the real-time, high-volume flow of ATM data for ANSPs and airline operations centres.

It also feeds into the Iris air-ground communication system for ATM, which will enable 4D trajectory management via satellite for continental and oceanic airspace.


  • DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Indra Sistemas: iTEC Center Automation System (iCAS)
  • Frequentis with partners MUAC and DSNA: FABEC N-VCS live operations at MUAC
  • NITA: ATM automation system for Krasnoyarsk Consolidated ATM Centre
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