Ceremony during World ATM Congress highlights major achievers.
The 19th annual Jane’s ATC Awards, sponsored by Raytheon, included entries from major consortia as well as relative newcomers to the airspace management industry.
Jane’s recognised the winners on 12 March 2019, in a ceremony held during the World ATM Congress in Madrid.
Contenders were shortlisted and a winning entry in each category was selected by a panel of experienced judges from the SESAR Deployment Manager, 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 the entries that came close.
Environment Award: CRIDA
The CRIDA research centre in Spain developed an automated monitoring and management tool, PERSEO-EMISSIONS, for air navigation service provider (ANSP) ENAIRE to assist with ENAIRE’s performance-based navigation strategy.
Efficiency calculations are based on the Advanced Emission Model from Eurocontrol and enhanced with a holding stack simulation model from ENAIRE. The metrics are computed in line with the Single European Sky Performance Scheme.
ENAIRE has used PERSEO-EMISSIONS to assess new performance-based navigation procedures, for example Point Merge in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
- DSNA and Air France, with partners Airbus and ESSP – triple, independent parallel PBN/ILS approach procedures at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Le Bourget
- GCANS, Iraq CAA, Serco – reopening Baghdad FIR to overflights
- Seville University and project partners – TBO-Met SESAR project
Enabling Technology Award: NATS, Leidos, and Heathrow Airport Limited
In 2018, Heathrow became the first airport to use enhanced Time-Based Separation (TBS) procedures with RECAT-EU wake vortex categories for arrivals and departures. By modelling the compression between aircraft pairs, controllers can manage separation to the runway threshold and determine the time an aircraft spends on the runway. In the first four full months of operation, Heathrow averaged 1.4 additional landings per hour on top of previous benefits achieved by TBS.
- Altitude Angel, NATS, Manchester Airport, and Frequentis – Operation Zenith real-life drone demonstration
- Eurocontrol Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS) – Inside ATM e-learning package for all
- SITAONAIR and Collins Aerospace, with Eurocontrol MUAC and DFS – VDL Mode 2 Multi-Frequency Deployment in line with ELSA Model B
Service Provision Award: ENAIRE
ANSP ENAIRE developed a suite of tailored web applications called the Flow Tools Ecosystem to improve flight management efficiency in Spain. The toolkit was implemented with agile methodologies to achieve very short development cycles and pave the way for rapid entry into service. The result is a growing set of solutions to solve critical problems, helping ENAIRE to achieve its safety, capacity, and delay-reduction objectives. For example, an arrival balancing tool applied to the Barcelona Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA) cut air traffic control (ATC) capacity delays by 4.9%.
- AZANS – Azerbaijan Airspace Supervision & Efficiency Centre
- Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, Anguilla – GNSS instrument approach implementation after Hurricane Irma
- skyguide – Service-Oriented Architecture in ATM Live Operations (SOA ALPS)
Runway Award: Indra Navia, SkySoft-ATM, Zürich Airport, and skyguide
Swiss ANSP skyguide – with support from Indra Navia, SkySoft-ATM, skyguide, and Zürich Airport – recently completed the roll-out of the Advanced Runway Safety Improvement (ARSI) system, restoring throughput capacity during complex runway configurations at the airport.
The team reduced the complexity of using advanced systems by focusing on how apron and tower controllers use technology. In the process, the improvements have also helped to enhance situational awareness for controllers. Today, controllers at Zürich perform runway crossing clearances with a single click, compared with five interactions with three systems previously.
- Cranfield University, UK – New digital control tower and Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC)
- Saab ATM and US Federal Aviation Administration – Runway Status Lights (RWSL) roll-out
- Saipher ATC – TATIC TWR in Brazil
Technology Award: Frequentis, Qantas, and Smart4Aviation
Frequentis worked in Australia with Smart4Aviation to develop a complete flight-planning platform for Qantas, centred on an advanced route optimiser.
The scalability of cloud computing and ingestion of rich datasets from external sources enable Qantas to continually assess and adjust planned paths en route. This delivers increased safety through more accurate fuel prediction and efficiency via fuel savings.
Results to date for Qantas include 0.6% lower fuel burn per flight, leading to lower carbon emissions.
- DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung – remote control of Saarbrücken traffic from Leipzig centre
- Micro Nav – Military Air Systems Control Simulator and Simulated ATM Training Facility for UK Royal Navy
- Nav Canada, NATS – full operations in all London sectors of EXCDS electronic integrated flight data system
Innovation Award: COCTA project team
A team of researchers, led by the University of Belgrade, developed a concept called Co-ordinated Capacity Ordering and Trajectory Pricing for Better-Performing ATM (COCTA). This was designed to strengthen the role of the Eurocontrol Network Manager by combining co-ordinated capacity provision with a novel approach for demand management.
The team developed a complex optimisation model and applied it to a large-scale case study involving more than 11,000 flights from eight ANSPs in highly congested European airspace.
- Eurocontrol – CONOPS development for dual-frequency multi-constellation GNSS
- MALORCA consortium – machine-learning speech recognition system for controller communications
- R-WAKE consortium, co-ordinated by GTD – evidence-based proposal of wake separation minima adjustments for en-route operations