The NOTE application (acronym for ATC Activity Data Notation for complexity Analysis) by ENAIRE was recognized at the Airspace Integration Awards 2023 during Airspace Integration Week in Madrid.
ENAIRE designed NOTE as a support application for automating the data collection required in simulation studies of airspace volume capacities.
The correct description and annotation of the information managed in air controller workstations is essential to be able to automatically feed the simulation tools that ENAIRE uses to assess workloads and estimate the capacity of airspace sectors.
This is how NOTE emerged, as a tool for collecting air traffic control (ATC) data assisted by a predictor that estimates the tasks needed to manage air traffic based on its evolution according to the traces extracted from the surveillance radar information.
As this application evolved, its uses have been expanded far beyond its original intent and, outside the scope of simulation, to other key functions such as operational validations or training. It also provides a centralized database of the air traffic control activities and tasks at ENAIRE.
Data is collected for each air traffic controller workstation by recording the exact second in which the controller would perform the action, previously suggested by the predictor, or by providing those actions that may not have been anticipated.
The advantages and possibilities of the NOTE application for ENAIRE include:
- Training of non-controller personnel. It makes it possible to learn the nature of air control both by displaying the sequence of tasks carried out by control to manage aircraft in a specific traffic scenario, and providing use cases for recording ATC activity.
- Monitoring of air traffic control activity in real time to evaluate work load.
- Real-time assessments to support the evaluation of new operating modes, as it allows for agile data collection in the various control stations.
- It enables data capture , provides knowledge and experience in characterizing and analyzing ATC activities and tasks.
- It provides a centralized repository of information from different sources, whether manual, automatic or simulated, which can be used to analyze data en masse in anticipation of automating processes through the integration of information and learning.
ENAIRE's NOTE application allows recording and annotating the air traffic control activity of any function associated with a controller's workstation, both in positions associated with airspace control sectors and airport control.
Photo (Santiago Rubio (left), Brian Bruckbauer (president of ATCA), Manuel Dorado and Javier Cámara of ENAIRE)