When the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wanted to replace its existing oceanic automation system with innovative next generation air transportation technology, a world-class team lead by Lockheed Martin met the challenge.
Today, oceanic routes managed by the FAA are guided by the Ocean 21 system as part of the Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) initiative. Air traffic controllers in Islip, N.Y., Oakland, Calif., and Anchorage, Alaska, depend on this system — which received a full system technology refresh in 2009 — to safely reduce air separation between flights and enable airlines to reduce fuel and emissions on many oceanic flights.
Today’s Ocean 21 system provides air traffic controllers with state-of-the-art technology that yields significant benefits to airspace users. These benefits include Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) to support automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C) position reporting. ADS-C supports reduced separation and the ability for controllers to handle complex traffic situations and grant pilot requests.
The ATOP system’s features include all of the advanced capabilities necessary to modernize air traffic control (ATC) operations to increase capacity, efficiency and safety, while offering a scalable system to meet diverse airspace requirements.