AAS 1.13 DETERMINING OPERATIONS READINESS OF NEW ATM SYSTEMS

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AAS 1.13 DETERMINING OPERATIONS READINESS OF NEW ATM SYSTEMS

Modern ATM systems are more and more complex. Safety critical tasks such as Radar Data Processing or Flight Data Processing rely on complex software packages while the increasing volume of air traffic makes the ATM system more and more dependent on such software. As a consequence, a software failure may lead to a catastrophic situation. Therefore, new ATM systems shall be carefully designed, tested and validated before being considered ready for implementation.


IFATCA Policy is:

Operational controllers shall be involved in the design, development and implementation of new ATM systems. Their role shall include:

  • Establishing user requirements.
  • Defining operational training requirements prior to implementation.
  • Participating in the risk assessment process.
  • Validating the system.
  • Providing feedback in the further development of the system.

The design, development and implementation team of a new ATM system/equipment/tool shall include, as a minimum:

  • System developers – typically software and hardware engineers;
  • Project managers;
  • End-users – i.e. the operational controllers, supervisors and ATSEPs (Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel);
  • Legal experts;
  • Human factors specialists;
  • Safety specialists.

 

See: Resolution B12 – WP 87 – Kathmandu 2012, Resolution C4, C5 – WP 159 – Sofia 2015

 

Last Update: August 9, 2022  

November 3, 2019   464   Jean-Francois Lepage    AAS    

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