DFS has been relying on its own in house pilot briefing system DIAS, since 1999. DIAS has done an excellent job in assisting DFS but will reach the end of its lifecycle in 2015. Thus DFS now decided for an extension of its usage of EAD - the European AIS Database owned by EUROCONTROL and developed by Frequentis - by implementing the EAD Pro application.
A reputation as one of the world’s leading air navigation service providers is built on many factors, including aeronautical information and briefing systems that provide reliable, quality data at the right time. Currently every day, pilots are provided 800 flight plans and associated messages, 1.200 briefings, and between 50 to 100 time-critical changes in the German air traffic are published via NOTAM by the DFS in house Pilot Briefing System DIAS. On the outlook for a new solution that would not only offer the same (or even better) levels of quality, but would also be future-proof in economic and qualitative terms, DFS now decided for an extension of its EAD usage.
EAD – successful in service since ten years
DFS has been connected to the EAD via an EAD System Interface (ESI) since 2003. Any new system replacing DIAS needs to satisfy also Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ) compliance, reliable operation based on first-class system management, and cost-efficient use.
It’s clear to DFS that intense cooperation and joint system development are needed, if European air traffic wants to stay competitive. EAD is such an example: it offers a cross-border, high-quality service for dynamic und static aeronautical information services available not only across Europe but worldwide.
From 2016 onwards DFS will use the EAD Pro application as adequate substitute for its present system. With the upgrades planned within the upcoming releases, the EAD client application fully meets the requirements of DFS. EUROCONTROL and Frequentis support DFS at this largest and most complex migration of an ANSP to EAD Pro. FREQUENTIS
Fit for the future with EAD
The final decision in favour of full EAD migration came out of discussions with other ANSPs on future requirements and with EUROCONTROL and Frequentis on planned changes and upgrades. One of the most important criteria here – and not just for DFS – was ADQ compliance according to EU regulation 73/2010.
Together with EUROCONTROL and Frequentis, DFS is currently working on the specifications required for integrating the EAD into the DFS IT environment. The cutover is planned for 2016.