Advanced controller tools present an opportunity to look at managing the resources of the air traffic control workforce in new ways, especially when it comes to planning and pre-tactical tasks. With access to electronic flight data, decision-making tools such as what-if or look-see functions, the role of the planning controller has become more flexible. SESAR’s multi-sector planning solution reconsiders the usual air traffic control team – composed of a planner for each tactical controller – and proposes a structure whereby a planner can support two tactical controllers, each responsible for a different sector.
The new operating procedures are a direct result of enhancements to the planning tools, such as the aforementioned solution, which improve the efficiency of the planning and decision-making process. They are not expected to be applicable to all sectors at all traffic levels, but a number of sectors can be combined in this way and operate efficiently at reasonably high traffic levels.
SJU references: #63/Release 2
- Improved safety
- Optimised air navigation service provision
- Improved capacity Increased cost efficiency