Eurocat (air traffic control)

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The EUROCAT system is a computerised air traffic control and management solution developed by Thales Air Systems (Formerly Thomson CSF).[1] It utilises a distributed computing architecture and is capable of integrating geographically dispersed air traffic control units within a Flight Information Region (e.g. control towers at different airports and en route control centres) into a single coherent system. During 2012 the Thales marketing name has been changed from Eurocat to TopSky.

Features[edit]

TopSky handles a large variety of different functions required for the smooth operation of air traffic control and management. A non-exhaustive list includes:[2]

  • Surveillance data processing and track correlation (radar, ADS-B, ADS-C etc.)
  • Flight plan processing
  • Communication (CPDLC etc.)
  • Aeronautical information data processing (NOTAMs, QNH, wind aloft etc.)
  • Flow control and sequencing
  • Human-machine interfacing (e.g. correlating data to generate controller's display)
  • Data recording
  • Controller situational awareness and alerts generation

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thales Group. "EUROCAT". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  2. ^ Thales Group. "EUROCAT" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-13.