Metron Harmony is an advanced, Integrated Air Traffic Flow Management (I -ATFM) solution with capabilities that provide strategic, pre-tactical and tactical efficiency, post operations metrics and performance analysis of air traffic operations for Air Navigation Service Provider s (ANSP) , aircraft operator s and airport authorities. Metron Harmony supports current and emerging Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) concept s including European Airport CDM and FAA CDM, to improve efficiency and predictability. Metron Harmony supports the following operational domains associated with gate-to-gate operations:
Metron Harmony provides ANSPs, aircraft operators, and airports an I -ATFM system with CDM capabilities for improving efficiency, reducing delays and enhancing predictability from gate-to-gate, ensuring fair and equitable use of all resources. Metron Harmony stakeholder solutions include:
Metron Aviation’s vision for I -ATFM is consistent with the ICAO Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Ai r Traffic Management – Doc 4444 key terminology and concepts. Metron Harmony is a system-wide, full spectrum approach to addressing the complex operational issues facing air navigation service provider s and users. The most significant aspect of Metron Harmony is the realization of gate-to-gate I-ATFM, including Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) functionality, through the active engagement of system stakeholders across the aviation community. Specific displays, system interfaces and business rules encourage information sharing between active participants, including ATC facilities, airlines, airport operators, the flying public and other airspace users. Metron Harmony optimizes decision-making by providing the right information to the right people at the right time.
The power of Metron Harmony comes from merging more than just data but from combining actual real-time information across multiple domains. For example, a traffic flow manager can manage actual surface congestion and predicted departure delays, while determining the best capacity and slot allocations at an airport. Additionally, tactical departure and arrival coordinators can manage pre-tactical slot allocations and prioritize delayed aircraft. This combined information enables advanced decision support without the negative effects of stove-piped systems and information silos. This vision represents a future state for the safe, efficient, predictable and collaborative flow of aircraft from gate-to-gate. Depending on the current state of ATC, ATM and CDM associated with one or more ANSPs, the changes necessary to implement this vision can vary.
In addition to the technology impacts, there are cultural and political implications to effective implementation of CDM-based I-ATFM. Metron Harmony supports not only the vision, but also recognizes that transition is necessary from current operations to an I-ATFM system. Transition from and integration with legacy systems can be accommodated by Metron Harmony. Also, identifying the current and future architectures, systems, operational procedures, participants and roles and responsibilities is supported by Metron Aviation and a staff of experienced technologists, operational air traffic management personnel, ANSP service professionals and airline operations personnel. Metron Aviation’s vision extends the common definitions of ATFM which address strategic, pre-tactical and tactical phases of ATM performed by the ANSP authority in collaboration with airlines and airports. The extensions recognize that the fundamental functions associated with I-ATFM apply to all authorities and operational phases.