WATM: CAELUM partners with Frequentis to develop South Korea’s UTM market

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South Korean company, CAELUM, has agreed to collaborate with Frequentis on urban air mobility (UAM) and uncrewed traffic management (UTM) solutions in South Korea.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address the growing need for next-generation traffic management systems capable of handling the unique challenges of UAM technologies, including flexible use of airspace.

“Urban air mobility represents the next frontier of aerospace and defence innovation,” said CAELUM CEO, Michael Kwon. “We are confident that by combining CAELUM’s in-house technologies with Frequentis’ ATM expertise and products, we will be able to deliver a first-in-Korea and potentially first-in-the-world – robust, efficient and safety-oriented UTM system.”

In line with their agreement, CAELUM will also serve as Frequentis’ local partner in the South Korean market. This includes supporting localisation of Frequentis’ MosaiX solution, integration support for aviation and transportation centres, and introduction of solutions to new regional markets.

Frequentis’ Vice President New Business Development, Guenter Graf, noted that with the UTM market growing working in partnership with organisations is key to leveraging growth in this sector. “We are pleased to be discussing the next steps in our collaboration with CAELUM to support the integration of ATM and UTM in Korea,” he said.

WATM: Frequentis partners with Fintraffic ANS to transform air traffic surveillance

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Finland is set to transform its air traffic surveillance by operating tje world’s largest Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system with a network of more than 120 ground stations ranging from the Baltic Sea to Northern Lapland.

Finish Air Navigation Service Provider, Fintraffic Air Navigation Services (ANS) is using a WAM system from Frequentis Comsoft. The company installed its Quadrant system to provide WAM and ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast) coverage for 80% of the Finnish airspace.

Providing a high-quality surveillance picture with highly accurate aircraft position measurements and high update rate, the WAM system extends the air traffic surveillance capability for Fintraffic ANS, as well as creating a Mode S airspace (S= selective communication with individual aircraft), improving aircraft identification, situation picture and tracking. The south-western WAM region, including Helsinki, was put into operation in Q1, 2022 with air traffic controllers said to be delighted about the surveillance performance and extended system coverage.  Remaining WAM regions are expected to be in operation in early 2023.

“Putting the Quadrant WAM system into operation marks a major milestone for Fintraffic ANS, contributing to transforming the Finnish airspace into full Mode S Enhanced Surveillance while extending coverage. Excellent quality, high update surveillance data integrates seamlessly with our trackers,” said Tero Alastalo, SUR System Manger, Fintraffic ANS. “The robust Frequentis Comsoft Quadrant ground stations, with their minimal maintenance needs, are the perfect fit for our environment with many remote locations inaccessible during winter months.”

With a population of 5.5 million, Finland’s passenger numbers are almost five times that figure, with close to 25 million passengers reported in 2018 and 26 million in 2019. Helsinki Airport alone managed close to 22 million passengers in 2019.

The Frequentis Comsoft WAM service covers the Finnish Flight Information Region (FIR), from 600 ft above sea level, and additional lower airspace coverage for 19 airport areas. ADS-B service is provided for the FIR and for airports to ground level. The system provides high resilience, assuring continuous WAM service. Helsinki FIR and airport are designed with N-2 ground station redundancy.

Commenting on his delight at being able to support Fintraffic ANS in modernising surveillance across Finnish airspace, Constantin von Reden, Managing Director Frequentis Comsoft added: “With this WAM system from Frequentis Comsoft we have helped them prepare for new demands on their service, providing extended surveillance capabilities while improving safety and service quality.”

PTEParis: Dusseldorf Airport extends use of pre-departure sequencer

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Germany’s Düsseldorf Airport has extended the use of its Pre-Departure Sequencer, having assigned affiliate company, SITA Airport IT, to procure the extension from ATRiCS, a member of Frequentis.

The German hub has been a pioneer of A-CDM gaining full compliance in 2013 and improving its air traffic flow and punctuality ever since.

“Our departure manager has been an absolutely robust and reliable system to manage our outbound operations for many years now,” said Thomas Hansen, Head of the Airport Control Centre at Düsseldorf. “We are highly impressed with the performance of the system even under adverse conditions, for example, when we use its de-icing functions to improve our winter operations. Our aim now is to make the most of the additional capacity we get from our envisaged more flexible use of the Northern runway. We have reached this strategic goal with the extended functions of the departure manager.”

Wolfgang Hatzack, CEO ATRiCS added: “We are happy to see Düsseldorf Airport so satisfied with the Frequentis departure manager. Düsseldorf was the second airport to introduce it at the time and the system has known a success story ever since. With the Pilot Common Project in place we see airports in Europe deciding consistently to improve their departure operations. This confirms that we have been backing the right horse when we decided for the development of this system many years ago.”

Frequentis strengthens cooperation with Austro Control to enable safe flying with drones

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With the number of drones in Austria on the rise, the Austrian Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP) Austro Control is relying on the development of an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system to ensure that uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) can continue to fly safely. As such, Austro Control has extended its decade-long cooperation with Frequentis by launching a drone management solution to enable the safe integration of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) into Austrian airspace.

The system, which will be operational by early 2023 will ensure that flight clearances for drones are handled faster, safer and more efficiently in the future in an area where both crewed and uncrewed aircraft are on the move. As such it will offer advantages for drone pilots as well as for Austro Control’s air traffic controllers.

“Drones are among the central topics of the future for Austro Control,” said Austro Control Managing Director, Valerie Hackl. “The possible applications in the commercial sector know hardly any limits. At the same time, there has been a veritable drone boom in the private sector for several years. These developments require a redefinition of airspace. With the air traffic management system, we will make drone flying in Austria even safer in the future.”

Hackl was joined by Frequentis CEO, Norbert Haslacher, who explained that the new UTM drone traffic management system is paving the way for an ecosystem that meets the increasing demand for drone flights in a regulated airspace, thanks to the possibility to embed a wide range of services and the connection of additional user groups.

“We are pleased to implement this forward-thinking project together with our long-standing partner Austro Control” Haslacher said.

With Frequentis’ cloud-based UTM solution, future communication between drone pilots and Austro Control will be based on digitalisation and automation. In the first stage of the joint project, the digital transmission of drone flight plans and the release of drone flights into controlled airspace by air traffic control are on the agenda. Subsequently, in line with EU regulations currently being implemented, drone identification and warnings of restricted airspace will be activated in the system.

Key features of the system that will be gradually implemented over the next few years are: the intuitive application for air traffic controllers and the mobile application for drone pilots enabling the real-time establishment of airspace rules and restrictions, review of flight plans and issue clearances for drone pilots. Other services include warnings of airspace that is closed – even at short notice and digitisation of the previously manual approval of flights. In addition, the traffic management system for drones also supports the Austrian economy, which wants to establish new services on the market through the use of drones.

Header image: Philipp Piber, Managing Director Austro Control; Valerie Hackl, Managing Director Austro Control; Norbert Haslacher, CEO Frequentis © Frequentis

Denmark’s Naviair partners with Frequentis for backup ATM system

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Denmark’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Naviair, has selected the PRISMA backup solution from Frequentis Comsoft to replace its existing Clear-The-Sky (CTC) backup Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.

Naviair services the København Flight Information Region (FIR) for all major airports in Denmark, as well as the lower airspace of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. With the main ATM system in use in Denmark regularly requiring updates which sometimes can last for longer periods, a backup ATM system is essential to sustain a continuous traffic capacity of the served airspaces.

The new backup for Area Control Centre and Approach/ Tower units is capable of providing continuous traffic handling, for unlimited time periods. The project will form part of an expansion of the Remote Digital Tower (RDT) contract between Frequentis DFS Aerosense and Naviair. This expansion will build on the PRISMA APP solution integrated in the RDT system currently being implemented for Billund Approach and Tower. It will include PRISMA Enroute for Naviair’s Area Control Centre (ACC) and APP for approach/ tower units in Copenhagen, Billund and Roskilde airports.

“We require a reliable and up-to-date backup ATM system in order to ensure continuous, safety-critical air navigation services,” said Morten Søndergaard, CTO, Naviair, explaining that the need to replace Naviair’s current backup ATM system has been in the pipeline for some time.

Frequentis DFS Aerosense’ integrated digital tower and approach solution was originally selected by Naviair in 2020 to manage increasing airspace demand and support the workload of Air Traffic Control Operators (ATCOs). The initial remote tower centre at Billund Airport will house the system, which is a combination of a RDT and an approach automation solution (PRISMA APP).

“After we had learnt about PRISMA APP in the RDT project we realised the system could provide resiliency in the extreme rare case that our main ATM system suddenly becomes unavailable, but also during planned ATM system maintenance or for AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control) updates. We are looking forward to adding another PRISMA installation to our RDT project with Frequentis DFS Aerosense,” Søndergaard added.

Added value is offered by an open ATM platform, which enables the customer to integrate additional services and and applications either from the Frequentis group or from third-party providers.

The project will be rolled out under the AGILE delivery model and will span over two years.

Papua New Guinea’s ANSP partners with Frequentis to optimise ATM network performance

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Having first partnered with Papua New Guinea’s Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP), NiuSky Pacific Limited in 2014, Frequentis has now been selected for a pilot project to optimise the country’s safety-critical airspace network.

Designed specifically for the ATM environment, NiuSky’s technical solution is centred around the vitalsphere automatic service level manager NetBroker. The pilot project includes the installation of the vitalsphere portfolio elements at Port Moresby as well as at a remote site.

“Given the remote location of many of our aerodromes, a secure and resilient network performing at its peak is vital to the safety and efficiency of our operations,” said Captain Ted Pakii, CEO and Managing Director at Niusky Pacific, commenting on the collaboration with Frequentis.

Frequentis’ automatic service level manager performs constant evaluation of each available network connection. It then dynamically reroutes single traffic flows to the network, delivering the required performance and quality values for this specific type of traffic with no loss of network service. The end-to-end availability of each traffic flow is maximised, allowing air traffic controllers to keep the skies open and safe.

“Frequentis’ focus is on providing safe and secure solutions for ATM environments. We are proud, that we can provide NiuSky Pacific with an innovative but proven technology to make their network ATM-grade,” said Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Vice President ATM Civil and Chairman of the ATM Executive Team.

“By utilising our automatic service level manager, we fill the technical gap between conventional IP networks and the very specific and heterogeneous requirements of various ATM applications,” he added.

French ATC to benefit from Frequentis and CS Group VCS

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The French air navigation service provider, DNSA, has awarded Frequentis and CS Group a 20-year contract to provide a main and back-up (IP-based radio/ telephone Voice Communication System (VCS) to cover 14 air traffic control (ATC) approach and tower control centres.

DSNA provides air navigation services for nine French mainland regional and several overseas centres in charge of ATC approach and tower control. The VCS system will be deployed to 14 sites located in metropolitan France (including Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris Orly and Strasbourg), as well as some French overseas territories.

While Frequentis will supply its VCS2030X for the main VCS, CS Group will supply its Communication and Security over IP (CSoIP) solution for the back-up VCS. Both IP-based integrated secured VCS solutions are compliant with EUROCAE ECD 137 standard. The main and back-up VCS will use the new full IP transmitters/ receivers deployed in France. The scope of the contract includes the design, supply and maintenance, with a unique functionality that enables the controller to operate the same frequencies and radio channels in main and back-up mode.

Frequentis’ VCS3020X allows ANSP’s to share infrastructure between area control centres and ensures all ATM relevant tower functions without any limitation on size and location. It is already trusted and proven by more than 25,000 air traffic controllers.

“This new contract highlights the relevance of our solution to answer the needs of civil air traffic control providers,” stated Marie de Saint Salvy, CS Group Deputy General Manager.

In addition to working on the ARTEMIS system since 2011, Frequentis and CS Group have been implementing the new generation of VCS (N-VCS) for control centres within FABEC (Functional Airspace Block Europe Central).

World ATM Congress 2021: Frequentis partners with Indra on EUROCONTROL iNM system

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Frequentis has signed an agreement to partner with Indra to digitalise the EUROCONTROL Integrated Network Management (iNM) system as part of the development of the EUROCONTROL Integrated Operational Airspace Data (iOAD) digital products. The agreement was signed ruing the World Air Traffic Management Congress in Madrid on 26 October, 2021.

EUROCONTROL’s iNM programme will replace all current Network Manager (NM) operational systems with new digital products that harness big data, artificial intelligence/ machine learning and cloud computing.

Indra will be tasked with developing the iNM digital products, which will result in new digital architecture that will harness the power of innovation, enabling NM to deliver ever more integrated business services and products to its stakeholders.

Commenting on the agreement, Frequentis Vice President ATM Civil and Chairman of the ATM Executive team, Hannu Juurakko, said: “We are pleased to be supporting Indra with the digital development of EUROCONTROL systems. The digitalisation of air traffic management is essential to enable more efficient, and flexible services that support aviation’s safety and sustainability goals.”

 

Frequentis Orthogon teams up with Micro Nav to offer integrated training and simulation tool

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Micro Nav and Frequentis Orthogon have partnered to offer the next generation of simulation controller working position (SimCWP) to increase the efficiency of air traffic controller (ATCO) training. It offers the highest flexibility in aligning with operational and contingency equipment for en-route and approach simulation.

The state-of-the-art system allows a simulated controller working position (CWP) to closely mimic any operation CWP, allowing for more real-life training scenarios to be carried out and the opportunity to shorten the transition from initial training to operational duty.

“Micro Nav and Frequentis are aligned in our vision for best-in-class solutions, whilst ensuring our customers enjoy a high return on investment and operational flexibility from the systems we deliver,” said Greg Pile, Managing Director of Micro Nav. “Air Traffic simulation has made a technology life cycle leap through our collaboration, and we are proud to be the ones driving our industry forward.”

Based on Freqeuntis Orthogon’s ODS Open Platform, the solution is designed to support human-machine interfaces for safety-critical applications. It allows SimCWP, driven by Beginning to End for Simulation and Training (BEST) – Micro Nav’s ATC simulator – to efficiently adapt a CWP to mirror an operational CWP.

By combining BEST and SimCWP, the two companies are offering increased efficiency in ATCO training by enabling the most reliable and exact training programme. It also provides training of specific situations in a simulated environment, including congested air space or emergencies. In addition, SimCWP allows new operational procedures or prototyping to be evaluated and tested for CWP visualisation and interaction capabilities.

Commenting on the two companies shared values in providing the best possible solution for customers, Frank Köhne, Managing Director, Frequentis Orthogon, added: “Our team of professionals with expertise in ATM and ATC simulation, and, decades of experience, provides the next level in surveillance simulation.”

Frequentis Orthogon enhances airport operations planning with Demand Capacity Balancer

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Having acquired Orthogon in 2021, Frequentis is now supporting its Airport Operations Plan with its Demand Capacity Balancer (DCB) solution.

The solution extends the airport operations planning horizon by enabling information sharing and integration with the Network Operations Plan (NOP), to accurately forecast demand, capacity and performance metrics. In doing so, it bridges the gap between strategic, pre-tactical and tactical planning by replacing the conventional scheduled-based planning with a rolling Airport Operations Plan (AOP).

By combining real-time data and analytics results and advanced simulation capabilities to enable scenario-based planning DCB enables aids effective airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM). It also supports airport operational stakeholders when responding to both real-time and pre-planning scenarios to improve operational decision-making and airport performance.

One of the multiple benefits of DCB is that it predicts individual flight arrival times using global data coverage that encompasses the influence of operational and weather conditions. It allows for a more effective resource allocation, associated with time and cost savings for managing the operational resources and hence significantly reducing overall OPEX. Its integrated TTA capability enables airport operators to become a proactive partner of the network to improve punctuality, reduce operating costs, including for airlines and to improve passenger satisfaction.
“We are pleased to be providing a key solution that supports the implementation of both the Initial and the Extended AOP in compliance with the CP1 regulation in Europe,” said Frank Köhne, Managing Director Frequentis Orthogon.

He added that results from the DCE deployment at London Heathrow, for which Frequentis Orthogon partnered with NATS, showed “a considerable reduction of delays by complementing conventional AFTM regulations. As we look towards aviation recovery, this is a fundamental way that airports can increase efficiency, cost effectiveness and sustainability through reduced CO2 emissions.”