Air traffic management

Air traffic management

Air traffic management primarily consist of three specific activities. Air traffic control, air traffic flow management and aeronautical information services.

– Let’s take a closer look at these three activities.

Air traffic control – is the process of keeping airplanes separated in the sky, and in airports during landing and takeoff. This activity is a key activity in air traffic management due to the gross amount of airplanes in the sky at every given moment. Because of the great number of aircrafts at work, you will find many large air traffic control centers in Europe. Their job is to guide aircrafts to and from terminal areas around airports.

Air traffic flow management – Is something done before any flights take place. All aircrafts using air traffic control will file a flight plan and send it to a central repository. All flights into, out of and around Europe are analyzed and computed.

For safety reasons, air traffic controllers cannot handle too many flights at once so the number of flights they control at any time is limited. Sophisticated computers calculate exactly where an aircraft will be at any given moment and check that the controllers in that airspace can safely cope with the flight. This is an important part of air traffic management, because if the traffic controllers can’t handle the aircraft, the aircraft must wait on the ground until it is safe to take off.

Aeronautical Information Services – is as simple as it sounds, the flow of information. These services include the gathering and distribution of all aeronautical information necessary for the airspace user to do their job. This kind of information can include safety, navigation, technical, administrative or any number of other necessary pieces of information. An example can be a weather report or a map that that displays al air traffic for a specific area.

In total, these three activities compile the area of air traffic management. All together important to keep you safe in the air, and on the ground.