First COOPANS Thales ATC System Goes Operational

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has been the first COOPANS1 Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) member to set in operation the COOPANS Eurocat ATC system in both Shannon and Dublin Air Traffic Control Centres in April and May respectively.
The operational transition of the COOPANS Eurocat ATC system is a major achievement for the long term partnership between the 5 COOPANS Air Navigation Service Providers, namely IAA (Ireland), LFV2 (Sweden), Naviair (Denmark), Austro Control (Austria), Croatia Control (Croatia) and Thales as the Eurocat Air Traffic Control system supplier.

Following this successful commissioning, the same COOPANS Eurocat ATC system will be progressively deployed in the 5 remaining ATC Centres of the 4 other COOPANS members, in Malmö, Copenhagen, Stockholm (2012), in Vienna (2013) and in Zagreb (2014). As a result of this unprecedented ANSP collaboration, the COOPANS Eurocat system will be the first fully harmonised ATC system to be operational in 5 different national airspaces controlling over 1,3 million IFR3 flights per year. This initiative is a key enabler for the implementation of the Functional Airspace Block model defined in the Single European Sky legislation. COOPANS delivers a high level of standardisation of ATC operations and procedures for the benefits of all members and in line with the Single European Sky objectives.

This first operational step paves the way for cost-efficient introduction of new ATM concepts in the COOPANS Eurocat system as a result of the SESAR Programme. As a matter of fact, the COOPANS Eurocat system is the foundation for the validation of upcoming SESAR experiments such as the initial 4D-trajectory-based operation.

This first COOPANS operational success demonstrates Thales outstanding expertise to deliver large and state-of-the-art ATC systems to the full satisfaction of the Customers. COOPANS is also a clear demonstration of Thales ability to work collaboratively with ANSPs and implement innovative business models aiming at achieving full ATC centres harmonisation in Europe.

By working closely together on a daily basis, COOPANS ANSP members and Thales have developed a long term relationship showing mutual trust and confidence, while working together to deliver a clear COOPANS roadmap for the future.

The COOPANS partnership demonstrates that European ANSPs can collaborate together with Thales, bringing key benefits to airlines and supporting the initiative of the Single European Sky move towards common system specifications defined by SESAR.

The COOPANS agreement was signed in 2006 between the 3 founding members (IAA, LFV, Naviair) and Thales, joined in 2009 by Austro Control. This cooperation leads to the live deployment of the most advanced fully integrated ATC system in Europe. Whats more, it relies on the first large java Flight Data Processing with advanced 4D-trajectory prediction and highly flexible airspace

3 IFR: Instrument Flight Rules
2 LFV: Luftfartsverkets
1 COOPANS: COOPeration between Air Navigation Services providers
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