IAA Website - Monday, January 30, 2023 6:09 PM

The IAA’s Flight Data Processing Systems (FDPS) provide real-time flight information to the air traffic controllers and enable automated co-ordination between adjacent air traffic control centres.

Detailed aircraft information allows the air traffic management (ATM) system to predict the flight plan profiles of aircraft,which, along with radar track information, is used for safety tools such as medium and short term conflict alerts.

The IAA continues to make considerable investment in its ATM system. In 2011, the IAA was the first air navigation service provider to commission the COOPANS system.

The COOPANS system is one of the most sophisticated ATM systems in the world and is developed in partnership with Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Croatia and leading system supplier, Thales. For more information, visit the COOPANS website.

The COOPANS ATM system is an enhanced and harmonised product development of the Thales Topsky ATM system. It is designed to support en-route, approach and tower traffic control and has proven to be extremely reliable. The system is continuously being developed along a clear road map in line with the EU Implementing Rules, interoperability requirements and the EUROCONTROL vision for the future of ATM. In 2013, FANS (Future Air Navigation System) CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communications) services were introduced. Further developments included ATN (Aeronautical Telecommunications Network) CPDLC services along with additional Air Traffic Control (ATC) software aids.

The IAA air traffic control centres in Dublin and Shannon provide contingency capabilities for each other.

Emergency Air Situation Display System (EASDS)

The IAA has installed independent emergency backup system, EASDS. The EASDS provides correlated aircraft positional data to the Dublin and Shannon Area Control Centres (ACC). The surveillance data sources for the backup data includes the output from the ACC Operational ARTAS System tracker, and the direct line radar input from each of the radar sensor sites in operational use.

Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network  (AFTN) and ATS Message Handling System  (AMHS)

The IAA operates a Frequentis AFTN (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network) switch with AMHS (ATS Message Handling System) capabilities.

Frequentis SmartMessenger is designed to send and receive ATS (Air Traffic Services) messages via the AFTN and the AMHS networks.

The AFTN System is connected to London and Bordeaux for international exchange of Air Traffic Services (ATS) messages. In the near future the international links will migrate to AMHS.

ATS messages contain information including flight plans, CCAMS messages, NOTAM information, met data and a variety of other messages related to civil aeronautical operations. The messages are exchanged between air traffic control centres, other aeronautical facilities, meteorological centres, airline operation centres and individual users.

Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)

The FDPS domain supports the IAA migration from aeronautical information services (AIS) to aeronautical information management (AIM).

To facilitate the migration a Frequentis system was installed for European AIS Database (EAD) access. In the future, IAA will migrate to electronic AIP to complete the migration to Digital AIM (D-AIM).

D-AIM is part of the Eurocontrol System Wide Information Management (SWIM) concept of how information is managed across European ATM Systems.

North Atlantic Communications Radio Officer Flight Data System (ROFDS)

The IAA works continuously with Iceland Radio to develop the Radio Officer Flight Data System (ROFDS) with supplier TERN. This is done as part of the High Frequency (HF) agreement between the IAA and ISAVIA.