Ois CM-0200-B — Flight-centred ATC in Non-Geographically-Constrained, Low complexity En-Route environment

In Low complexity En-Route environments above a certain Flight Level, depending on local organization and applicable working methods, non-geographical flight-centred method of ATC could be applied. A flight (trajectory) remains under the control of the same ATCO throughout the whole, or a significant part of its En-route segment, within the designated Airspace (e.g. sector family as defined in 4.2 S2 DOD).
A number of flights are assigned to an ATCO, unconstrained by geographical location, sector or national boundaries including in full Free Routing environment, where ATC operations became less dependent to structured route organisation and much more on flight monitoring, conflict detection and resolution tools. The Step 2 systems will allow distribution of Flight related workload between controllers in the same airspace entity, e.g. ATSU, on the basis of 'next-suitable controller', i.e. each new flight entry within the ATSU will be considered against the existing ATCO workloads.

Advanced, workload prediction, conflict detection and resolution tools are needed for the effective distribution of trajectories, reducing the number of potential conflicts through Extended ATC Planning and for assisting the ATCOs in resolving conflicting situations when they occur. Since the working method is quite unique, it will require completely new approach to HMI which is traditionally based on geographically organised operations. In addition, new procedures for handling the transition between different modes of ATC operations have to be put in place.

Concept Step
Step 2
Rationale
In Step 2 the Dynamic Airspace Management will provide for optimal use of the airspace and in combination with flight centred ATC, effective use of human resources-ATCOs above a certain flight level and in low complexity environment.
This method provides for flight centred ATC as being part of the overall improved planning envisaged for Step 2. It relays on stable, well distributed and strategically de-conflicted trajectories in order to avoid unnecessary trajectory revisions for separation purposes and therefore contributes to the flight efficiency. It could also contribute to the reduction of the cockpit workload in that respect.
The major benefit is that the method could be used as an ATCO workload balancing technique and secure optimal use of the ATCO workforce in certain traffic situations and environments.
Different Service Providers may decide on different levels and areas of application of this method in line with their operational needs in order to improve overall ATM performance.
Forecast V3 end date
Benefits start date (IOC)
31-12-2023
Full benefits date (FOC)
31-12-2027
Current Maturity Level
V1 finalised
Current Maturity Phase
R&D
Operating Environment
Impacted
  • En-Route
Benefitting
  • Unassigned
Scope
Release
2020
PCP Status

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CM-0200-B
 
  A/C-31a
V3end
V4
V5
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CTE-C01b
ER APP ATC 103
ER APP ATC 120
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V4
V5
Ioc
ER ATC 100
HUM-017
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METEO-05c
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V5
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  A/C-37a
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V5
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Code Title Related Elements
  A/C-31a Controller pilot data link communication (CPDLC) compliant with ATN baseline 2 (FANS 3/C)
CTE-C01b New Digital A/G Voice
ER APP ATC 103 Enhance Monitoring Aids to Use RBT/RMT Constraints and Commitments in Step 2
ER APP ATC 120 Enhance Conflict Detection and Resolution to Use The RBT/RMT in Step 2
ER ATC 100 ATC System to Support Flight-Centered ATC In En-route
HUM-017 New working methods for operation within FC-ATC Environment
METEO-05c Generate and provide MET information relevant for TMA and En-route related operations, including low-level IFR operations, Step 2
  A/C-37a Downlink of trajectory data according to contract terms (ADS-C) compliant to ATN baseline 2 (FANS 3/C)

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Relationship Code Title Related Elements
Has successor CM-0200-C Flight-centred ATC in Non-Geographically-Constrained Medium and High Complexity En-Route environment

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