Digital Aeronautical Information Platform
The Digital Aeronautical Information Platform [DAIP] will be a digital collection of aviation documents and forms available at all operational positions including standard computers, tablets, and the web browser embedded into the CMATS console.
The DAIP interface will be designed to enable touch and mouse driven devices to access information quickly and concisely.
The portable nature of tablets will enable DAIP to be accessible anywhere within the Wi-Fi enabled Air Traffic Services Centre [ATSC], not just at the console
The information provided to controllers is currently managed through paper-based documentation, forms and temporary instructions. This information is made available at the console via printed volumes and folders of information based on bookshelves located throughout the operational areas.
The DAIP will
- provide immediate access to digitised instructions, thereby enhancing collaboration and flexibility to respond to immediate changes in the air traffic management environment.
- not be constrained by regular update cycles, allowing for a reduction in periodic manual changes to operational documents.
- be dynamic and provide the user with a single source of truth in a digital format.
- reduce the environmental impact associated with maintaining paper documents, lists and forms.
DAIP enables business continuity and productivity benefits to a total value of $336 million over 20 years.
Air traffic controllers will be individually briefed on the area they will be controlling during their shift using the Digital Aeronautical Information Platform [DAIP].
Group Briefings on the national picture will be conducted in a dedicated Pre-Shift Briefing [PSB] room to reduce noise in operational areas. Each PSB room will be equipped with a large display to present maps and charts at high fidelity for briefings during contingency events
A video conference solution will be installed in the PSB Room, allowing the National Operations Supervisor to communicate with staff during contingency operations and an intercom and telephone will be installed in the PSB Room for direct communication with the Operations Room and the National Operations Management Centre.
Airservices currently has multiple disparate solutions for briefing controllers prior to the commencement of operational duties. This includes hardcopy paper-pasted printouts, electronic information registers, Notices To Airmen [NOTAM] in both hardcopy paper print-outs and electronic and verbal briefings.
An application-based briefing system [Controller Briefing System] will not only reduce the environmental impact associated with managing paper-based documents, but will also provide a consistent and standardised briefing process tailored to the user and the role they will be performing based on the National Operating Picture [NOP].
A dedicated briefing application will inform controllers and supervisors on the current state of the national air traffic management system, planned major events, and national weather forecasts.
Establishing a dedicated PSB room will reduce background noise in operational areas.
PSB enables business continuity and productivity benefits to a total value of $336 million over 20 years.
Endorsement Modernisation will provide controllers with the skills and knowledge required to operation in a dynamically managed airspace where airspace users are operating on expanded User Preferred Routes.
The framework will categorise endorsements into four tiers:
- Tier 1: Functional – Endorsement defined by required skills rather than geographical knowledge;
- Tier 2: Geographic – Endorsement defined by geographic sector boundaries with geographic knowledge
- Tier 3: Restricted – Endorsement that has time or traffic level restrictions;
- Tier 4: Contingent – Endorsement that allows for Air Traffic Services during a contingency event when suitably endorsed controllers are not available. These endorsements will have strict regulatory requirements to prevent misuse
Airservices currently has over 300 endorsements and qualifications, each of which directly relate to a function or a service provided within a specific airspace volume.
A controller may only control a sector that they are rated and endorsed to control, whereas qualifications are issued to perform a particular function with the Network Coordination Centre [NCC], Air Traffic Services Centres [ATSC], and Terminal Control Units [TCU].
The Endorsement Modernisation project will:
- facilitate increased agility, enabling controllers to be tactically reassigned to different airspace contained within the boundaries of a single Tier 1 [Functional] endorsement
- allow more flexible, efficient rosters and efficient sector coverage through an increase in controllers through the Tier 1 [Functional] endorsement
- increase the amount of airspace a controller is eligible to control through Tier 1 [Functional] endorsement which removes the geographic knowledge requirements
- support career progression by exposing controllers to different sectors and workgroups and allowing for easier cross-training and cross-pollination of ideas for continuous improvement
The Air Traffic Services contingency event endorsement [Tier 4] will also permit controllers to operate airspace they normally would not be endorsed to operate.
The introduction of the Air Traffic Control Training Design Unit [ATDU] will standardise training packages aligned to best practice.
Endorsement Modernisation contributes to productivity [$140m] and business continuity [$196m] benefits valued at $336m over 20 years.
Dynamic Sectorisation is a flexible sector model where airspace can be modified in alignment with the predicted short-term traffic forecast.
As air traffic increases over the coming decades, the expansion of User Preferred Routes will require Airservices to dynamically move airspace to meet the way aircraft are flying on that day or night.
The introduction of Dynamic Sectorisation will enable equal distribution of controller task load and flexible use of resources in response to our customer’s operational needs.
Airservices will be able to accurately predict traffic flows and implement sector plans focussed on service delivery.
Airspace can be moved to where air traffic controllers are available using CMATS architecture, which facilitates the reallocation of airspace sectors between partitions, including Air Traffic Services Centres, without entering an upgrade state.
The introduction of Dynamic Responsibility Areas, as a function of CMATS, enables a part of sector to be reallocated as required to another sector.
CMATS will automatically adjust to reflect the new airspace boundaries. This means automatic hand-off and coordination.
The automated process of designing a sector plan will also allow for the running of ‘what-if’ scenarios to develop the optimum revised configuration when an unexpected event occurs.
Dynamic Sectorisation will enable Airservices to accurately predict traffic flows and implement sector plans focused on service delivery using the Acceptable Task Load Operating Level [ATOL] scale from DST: Task Load and a dedicated sector design tool.
This project contributes to a total productivity benefit valued at $140m over 20 years.
Decision Support Tools: Task Load
The Task Load Decision Support Tool [DST] will provide timely indication of forecast task load so air traffic control supervisors can make proactive decisions on when to split sectors or provide additional support.
DST: Task Load also analyses historical data to assist in the determination of the dynamic sector plan and seating plans in the pre-tactical space and subsequent analysis of the outcome of the plan in the post-operations space.
Task Load will be calculated and modelled for every phase of the operational cycle:
- Pre-operations: taking in all available information to determine a seating plan for the coming day’s operation
- Operations: allowing for tactical management of the seating plan where predicted task loads are anticipated to diverge from those determined in the pre-op phase
- Post-operations: allow for validation of the day’s seating plan and data acquisition for the future evolution of master rosters
DST: Task Load will improve supervisor and controller situational awareness. It will provide timely indication of forecast task load so air traffic control supervisors can make proactive decisions on when to split sectors or provide additional support.
As air traffic increases over the coming decades, DSTs will provide air traffic controllers with advanced technologies needed to ensure a sustainable workload in a dynamically redesigned airspace.
All tools will be provided in a single platform using multiple data sources, reducing maintenance and increasing reliability and accuracy.
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