SkyView™ - Integrated Toolset for
Air Traffic Operations Analysis
A comprehensive set of software tools for measuring aviation performance
Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are under pressure to improve air traffic operational performance, not only to reduce cost and increase capacity, but also to reduce environmental impact from aircraft noise and emissions. ATAC's SkyView™ and associated services are designed to assist service providers and operators alike in achieving such performance improvements. SkyView provides a comprehensive set of software tools for gathering aviation performance and supporting data, measuring and baselining operations, and helping to design, implement, and evaluate operational improvements. SkyView contains configurable data collection, air traffic data display, analysis, reporting, and management modules that can be tailored to your needs. SkyView can be adapted for any suitable air traffic data source, ASCII or binary, socket-based (TCP/IP, UDP) or file based.
“We have been using SkyView as the basis of our post-PBN-implementation monitoring. It has been extremely useful in this regard and will continue to support our PBN developments.” – Geoff Hounsell, Manager Service Strategy, Airways New Zealand.
Airways New Zealand was the recent recipient of the World ATM IHS Jane’s award for Operational Efficiency for PBN implementation.
SkyView can be configured to support many different applications:
- Daily performance measurement and reporting
- Lookback/replay of traffic in 2D and 3D with GIS overlays
- Calculation of User Fee parameters
- Locate missing aircraft (SAR) and post-incident analysis and reporting
- Traffic trend analysis and before-after comparisons
- Design and review of airspace modifications
- Scenario development for air traffic controller training
- Presentation development and community outreach
|Daily performance measurement and reporting
SkyView continuously ingests and processes flight tracks and flight plans and uses the results to automatically create and distribute daily reports in Microsoft Excel format. Dozens of templates are available in the SkyView report repository and new templates can be developed easily using the SkyView report design wizard. SkyView measurements cover all aspects of air traffic operations including traffic throughput, efficiency and safety. Environmental measures such as fuel burn and emissions can be also be included in daily reports when using the SkyView integration with AEDT, currently under development by the FAA.
|Lookback/replay of traffic in 2D and 3D with GIS overlays
SkyView provides quick access to processed data with extensive visualization options to show tracks and traffic flows in 2D top views or 3D perspectives, as static tracks or as a replay (animation). Applications range from a quick replay and analysis of incidents within minutes, a detailed traffic flow analysis for airspace redesign, or a big-picture animation with weather overlays to be shown at a community meeting. SkyView supports all standard GIS formats and provides tools for rapid layer generation for customized data.
|Calculation of track parameters for user fee computations
SkyView’s flight processing tools allow the reconstruction of flight trajectories with the great level of precision and reliability required for user fee computations. Furthermore, SkyView’s built-in flight analysis capabilities allow for the automatic computation of a wide variety of user fee parameters for a particular airspace, including time spent in the airspace, distance flown, flight plan distance, and difference between actual track and the flight plan. SkyView can provide reports applying these measurements to a user fee model and compute daily, weekly, monthly and annual user fees grouped by airline, owner, city-pair, etc. Reports can be provided as Microsoft Excel files, comma-delimited CSV files or XML files and can be distributed automatically to your billing system.
|Search and Rescue (SAR)
SkyView provides special SAR tools to provide quick access (within minutes) to newly collected data to support locating a missing aircraft. Custom GIS layers can be provided to aid in the correlation of tracks to landmarks. SkyView also provides tools for detailed post-event analysis, and special visual reporting templates to create Adobe Acrobat pdf files with automatic legend creation to preserve the legal details pertinent to the event.
|Traffic trend analysis and before-after comparisons
SkyView’s trend analysis and reporting capabilities make it easy to design trend report templates to track traffic flow changes over time. SkyView supports weekly, monthly and yearly reports, with easy selection of which day or days of the week should be included. In addition, SkyView can be used to create custom reports to analyze the impact of air traffic operational changes such as a sector redesign, a new route, or even the impact of reduced vertical separation minima.
|Design and review of airspace modifications
SkyView’s GIS functions allow for an easy ingestion of airspace definitions in a variety of formats such as AIXM, ACES and NFDC. Using SkyView’s airspace design tools, existing boundaries can be modified and used for a preview of the impact of the new boundaries on the traffic flows. SkyView reports can be used for the numerical comparison of the baseline and one or more alternatives. SkyView’s export capabilities make it easy to transfer sector designs and traffic data to Simmod PRO! for fast-time airspace simulations.
|Scenario development for air traffic controller training
SkyView makes it easy to search available reports to find live traffic situations that meet certain training criteria. SkyView’s flight selection and export functions can then be used to create detailed scenarios for air traffic controller training. Such scenarios establish the initial conditions for a simulation as well as a plan for the evolution of the traffic through the training exercise. Scenario output is configurable and may include flight tracks, flight plans, weather cells, winds and airspace definitions.
|Presentation development and community outreach
SkyView is highly integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint. With the click of a button a traffic image can be turned into a PowerPoint slide and added to a colorful and effective slide deck for in-house presentations, press briefings or community meetings. SkyView also provide the capability to replay traffic in real time or fast time and export the animations straight to AVI files.
SkyView is ready to run in conjunction with several state-of-the-art aviation tools for fast-time simulations, and environmental analysis.
- ATAC’s Simmod PRO! for fast-time airspace and airport simulations
- FAA’s AEDT for fuel burn, emissions and noise computations
SkyView can be configured with Simmod PRO! for fast-time airport and airspace simulation. In this configuration, SkyView flight data and airspace definitions can be used to build a fast-time simulation model with Simmod PRO! and Simmod PRO! simulation results can be viewed and analyzed using SkyView. Both SkyView and Simmod PRO! support surface, Terminal/TRACON and enroute analysis, with any combination, including gate-to-gate.
SkyView can be configured with the FAA’s AEDT for the computation of fuel burn, emissions and noise. In the basic configuration, SkyView provides flight tracks, flight plans and detailed weather data to AEDT and AEDT does the fuel burn, emissions and/or noise computations. In the advanced configuration, AEDT is used to compute fuel burn and emissions for individual flights and the computational results are output in SkyView reports where they can be integrated with other SkyView data for a comprehensive traffic performance picture. AEDT is owned by the FAA and is still in beta.
BenefitsATAC's SkyView and associated services are designed to assist service providers and operators in achieving performance improvements. Contact ATAC for a SkyView solution tailored to your needs.
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