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Jane’s Annual ATC Awards Winners Revealed at World ATM Congress

07 March 2018 Jane's Editorial Staff

The winners of the 18th annual Jane’s ATC Awards were announced at a ceremony held during the World ATM Congress in Madrid, Spain on March 6.

Jane’s Air Traffic Control Awards recognised entries from major consortia as well as relative newcomers to the airspace management industry.

Contenders were shortlisted and pared down to the winning entry in each category by a panel of experienced judges from the SESAR Joint Undertaking, EUROCONTROL, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) and Jane's.

“It was our pleasure to host these awards for the 18th consecutive year and we thank the panel of judges for their continued support. As usual, it is no easy task to pick the winners, and all shortlisted organisations can be proud of the achievement,” said Ben Vogel, editor of Jane’s Airport Review. “We also thank CANSO and ATCA in helping us stage the ceremony.”

“The awards showcase the best the ATM community can do in terms of aiding flight efficiency, cutting emissions and improving safety,” Vogel said. This community depends on strong mutual cooperation and innovative solutions to deliver significant benefits for airspace users and, ultimately, the travelling public.”

The Winners

The winners are summarised below, with honourable mentions for the shortlisted entries.

Environment Award: DSNA in partnership with EUROCONTROL

In September 2016, the new European Wake Vortex Re-categorisation (RECAT-EU) separation standard for aircraft wake turbulence was implemented at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports.

The airport authorities report no negative impact on controller workload, or any increase in the rate of wake encounter reports, while RECAT-EU improves flexibility especially in peak hours. DSNA claims that, after 18 months of RECAT-EU operations, the approach controller has fully optimised the available approach separation minima, with up to a reduction of 30 percent of spacing distances depending on the sequencing of aircraft. Next steps include implementation of time-based separation (TBS) at the two Paris airports.


  • Austro Control, BHANSA, Croatia Control, Slovenia Control, and SMATSA: South East Common Sky Initiative Free Route Airspace (SECSI FRA)
  • DECEA: Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) in Brazilian Air Force Academy training areas
  • Swedavia: environmental analysis of flight operations by LFV

Enabling Technology Award - University of Bologna and project partners

The Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower ANS Provision (RETINA) project received funding from the SESAR JU, to explore how synthetic vision and augmented reality tools can enhance controller vision capabilities and situational awareness.

RETINA builds on technologies developed in SESAR such as remote towers, safety nets and SWIM, to provide augmented reality for tower controllers. In the 24-month project, the RETINA concept was developed, implemented and validated in human in-the-loop, real-time simulations, where an out-of-tower view was delivered in a semi-immersive virtual environment. These simulations confirmed multiple benefits for human performance (in terms of increased situational awareness and lower workload) and efficiency (with an enhanced capability for controllers to manage traffic in low-visibility conditions).


  • EUROCONTROL MUAC and Slovenia Control: ATM Data as a Service (ADaaS)
  • FAA and The MITRE Corporation: National Airspace System Operations Dashboard (NOD)
  • Unifly nv: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) platform

Service Provision Award – NAV CANADA

The Common Hardware Integration Platform (CHIP) for NAV CANADA uses a private computer and storage infrastructure as well as private networks, ensuring that the system is completely secure and can meet all end user requirements. The new platform enables most NAV CANADA ATM technology to make the transition into the private cloud.

CHIP is fully deployed; it has already demonstrated cost savings in terms of upgrades and infrastructure, in addition to safety and security benefits. For example, automation of preventive maintenance enabled NAV CANADA to cut staff workload by 10,855 hours in the first year of CHIP.


  • Aviation Capacity Resources AB: tailor-made terminal air navigation services (T-ANS)
  • FAB CE Aviation Services: FAB CE common equipment procurement programme
  • NUAC: introduction of Joint Programme Office (JPO) for Danish-Swedish FAB

Runway Award - Searidge Technologies Inc and HungaroControl Zrt

The Searidge remote tower solution for Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport was certified for live operations with HungaroControl in November 2017. The remote tower is the first of its kind to be approved for operations without capacity restrictions at a medium-sized airport. No shadow operations are needed from the existing air traffic control tower.

All tower controllers have been trained on the remote tower system, which is initially being used for contingency operations, live training and as a back-up system. By 2020, HungaroControl aims to operate a full-time remote tower at Budapest.


  • LFV Air Navigation Services: Runway Incursion Prevention Programme (RIPP)
  • Network Manager Safety Improvement Sub Group (SISG): development of the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI) v3.0
  • UFA, Inc and Israel Airports Authority: realistic emergency team co-ordination training

Technology Award – Inmarsat Aviation

The SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite communications platform for the flight deck is designed to meet the needs of the modern flight deck, combining cutting-edge satellite technology with secure IP broadband connectivity.

After extensive evaluation and testing, SB-S was endorsed by the FAA Performance-based Aviation Rulemaking Committee, for delivery of aviation safety and operational services. SB-S is operational with three carriers: Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.

SB-S facilitates reduced separation standards with IP-based broadband connectivity, to support the real-time, high-volume flow of ATM data for ANSPs and airline operations centres.

It also feeds into the Iris air-ground communication system for ATM, which will enable 4D trajectory management via satellite for continental and oceanic airspace.


  • DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and Indra Sistemas: iTEC Center Automation System (iCAS)
  • Frequentis with partners MUAC and DSNA: FABEC N-VCS live operations at MUAC
  • NITA, LLC: ATM automation system for Krasnoyarsk Consolidated ATM Centre

About theJane's ATC Awards

Held annually since 2001, the awards celebrated improvements in ATC and airspace management during the past year across five categories:

Enabling technology: contributions to enhanced capacity and safety;

Environment: recognizing work on 'green' ATM concepts;

Technology: for small enterprises that have raised ATM performance;

Service Provision: for contribution to safe and efficient airspace management;

Runway: for safety and efficiency on the runway and final approach

Nominations are assessed by a panel of judges from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Eurocontrol, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Association (IFATCA), Jane's and the SESAR JU.

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