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Delivering future operations
ATS B2 ADS-C is a datalink-based technology which allows different types of information to be obtained directly from the aircraft’s flight management system, without pilot interaction.
It enables MUAC to automatically establish an ADS-C connection with an equipped aircraft and downlink key aircraft intent data (e.g. extended projected profile, aircraft position, altitude, speed or elements of navigational intent and meteorological data), which is then displayed on air traffic controllers’ screens.
This leading-edge technology enables MUAC to offer aircraft operators enhanced air navigation services thanks to improved flight predictability.
ADS-C is a major step towards trajectory-based operations, offering controllers a clearer picture of aircraft intentions and sector loads. It is being seen as one of the first steps towards future automation, with reduced fuel costs, fewer emissions, improved safety and more efficient air navigation services.
The benefits of ADS-C are far-reaching and are felt by a broad range of actors, from individual aircraft operators to air traffic controllers, as well as by the network as a whole.
ADS-C information can bring benefits to the airlines as, amongst others, air traffic controllers can accommodate the efficient climb and descend profiles and optimised routes whenever traffic allows it. This means that equipped flights will be greener and more sustainable, will fly fewer miles, and hence save fuel and produce fewer CO2 emissions.
ADS-C information also brings benefits to air traffic controllers by improving situational awareness, reducing human errors and increasing air navigation efficiency.
Finally, ADS-C information can also bring benefits to the whole network, as it is seen as a capacity enabler. The automatic reception of aircraft intents helps improve traffic predictions which can result in fewer regulations, better calculation of sector loads and runway occupancy times and enhance cross-border Arrival Management.