COM10 — Migrate from AFTN to AMHS

The purpose of this objective is to enable EATM Network-wide support of a specific profile of the Extended level of service of the ATSMHS (ATS Message Handling Service), as defined by ICAO. An initial transition step supporting migration from the AFTN to the Basic ATSMHS level of service is foreseen.

AFTN, complemented in Europe by the CIDIN, has provided an effective store-and-forward messaging service for the conveyance of text messages, using character-oriented procedures, for many years. However AFTN / CIDIN technology is now becoming obsolescent, and is not sufficiently flexible to support future messaging requirements. It is intended that existing AFTN and CIDIN users and systems will transition to more modern technology, using the ATSMHS application, defined by ICAO to replace the AFTN telegraphic style of working with a store-and-forward Message Handling System based on international Standards and providing enhanced functionality.

This implementation objective makes use of the EUROCONTROL Specification 0136, Edition number 2.0 "EUROCONTROL specification on the Air Traffic Services Message Handling System (AMHS)" recognised as Community Specification in the Official Journal of the European Union (ref. OJ C 323, 31.12.2009, p. 24), to help the ground ATS Messaging systems of the EATM Network to meet the essential requirements for interoperability mandated by Commission Regulation (EC) No 552/2004. In application of Article 4 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 552/2004, compliance with the essential requirements for interoperability shall be presumed for AMHS systems, together with the associated procedures, that meet the AMHS Community Specification.

For global AMHS address management ICAO has strongly recommended the use of the ATS Messaging Management Centre (AMC) implemented by EUROCONTROL under the aegis of the ICAO EUR Office (Paris) to every ICAO Contracting State worldwide, as soon as there is an AMHS project or implementation in that State.

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each Military Authority to review this ESSIP Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SloAs that the Military Authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SloAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to MIL Authorities.

Edition
2016
Stakeholders
Air Navigation Service Provider / Aeronautics Industry
Type
SESAR
Scope
ECAC
Status
Active

Context

Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
All ECAC States
Timescales From By Applicable to
Initial operational capability 01-12-2011 Applicability Area
Full operational capability 31-12-2018 Applicability Area

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities

ICAO Block Modules: No associated data

References

Applicable legislation
None
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the ATSMHS application are specified in ICAO Annex 10 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Annex 10 Volume II, Chapter 4.6 and Volume III, Part I, Chapter 3.5.3). These SARPs refer to detailed specifications in the relevant technical Manual (ICAO Doc 9880 Part IIB).
Deployment Programme 2016
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Safety
Benefits resulting from the application of a harmonised set of safety requirements.
Capacity
-
Operational efficiency
-
Cost efficiency
Use of COTS messaging systems will de-facto reduce the cost of messaging services and support any kind of message format including the exchange of new binary data leading to lower ANS provision costs.
Environment
-
Security
AMHS security services may help to protect against safety hazards such as accidental or deliberate message corruption and can provide protection against undetected misdelivery.
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
 
ASP01 Implement AMHS capability (Basic ATSMHS) and gateway facilities to AFTN
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2011
 
ASP02 Implement regional boundary gateways
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2011
 
ASP03 Enhance AMHS capability (Extended ATSMHS)
  • 01-01-2012
  • 31-12-2018
 
ASP04 Ensure the conformity of AMHS systems and associated procedures
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2018
 
ASP05 Organise personnel awareness and training
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2018
 
ASP06 Participate in AMC activities for ATS Messaging Management
  • 01-01-2007
  • 31-12-2018
 
IND01 Ensure the conformity of AMHS systems
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2018
 
AGY01 Provide AMC (ATS Messaging Management Centre) Service
  • 01-01-2007
  • 31-12-2018
 
AGY02 Implement AMHS capability (Basic ATSMHS) and gateway facilities to AFTN FINALISED
 
AGY03 Enhance AMHS capability (Extended ATSMHS)
  • 01-01-2012
  • 31-12-2018
 
AGY04 Develop further relevant elements of the Extended ATSMHS in AMHS Community Specification
  • 01-01-2010
  • 31-12-2018
 
AGY05 Implement AMHS-Community Specification compliance testing methodology and tools
  • 01-01-2010
  • 31-12-2018
 
AGY06 Support personnel training
  • 01-01-2002
  • 31-12-2018
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AGY02 (FINALISED)
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

EUROCONTROL - IANS-COM-AMHS - IANS-COM-AMHS Course

https://trainingzone.eurocontrol.int

ASP05

EUROCONTROL - SPEC 136 - EUROCONTROL Specification on the Air Traffic Services Message Handling System (AMHS) - Edition 2.0 - OJ 2009/C 323/06 / 09/2009

https://www.eurocontrol.int/articles/air-traffic-services-message-handling-system-amhs-specification

AGY03, AGY04, AGY05, ASP01, ASP02, ASP03, ASP04, ASP05, IND01

ICAO - Doc 9880-Part II - Manual on Detailed Technical Specifications for the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) using ISO/OSI Standards and Protocols - Part II - Ground-Ground Applications - Air Traffic Services Message Handling Services (ATSMHS) - Edition 1 / 12/2010

http://www.icao.int/publications/Pages/catalogue.aspx

AGY03, ASP01, ASP02, ASP03

ICAO - Doc 9880-Part IV - Manual on Detailed Technical Specifications for the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) using ISO/OSI Standards and Protocols - Part IV - Directory Services, Security and Systems Management - Edition 1 / 12/2010

http://www.icao.int/publications/Pages/catalogue.aspx

ASP04, IND01

ICAO - EUR-Doc 020 - EUR AMHS Manual - Edition 9 / 04/2014

http://www.paris.icao.int/documents_open/files.php?subcategory_id=74

ASP01, ASP02, ASP03, ASP05

ICAO - EUR-Doc 021 - ATS Messaging Management Manual - Edition 10 / 04/2014

http://www.paris.icao.int/documents_open/files.php?subcategory_id=114

AGY01, ASP01, ASP02, ASP05, ASP06

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
CNS / COM SG
Outline description approved in
01/2009
Latest objective review at expert level
05/2010
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
07/2010
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in