Metron Harmony for ANSPs is an Integrated Air Traffic Flow Management (I-ATFM) solution that provides a framework for exchanging flight data among users who share the need for a common view of air traffic flow operations. Metron Harmony for ANSPs serves as the foundation for ATFM, working within and across multiple airports, Flight Information Regions (FIR) and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP). Metron Harmony for ANSPs fully supports current and emerging Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) concepts including European Airport CDM and FAA CDM, to improve efficiency and predictability. With Metron Harmony’s ability to draw flight data from multiple sources, air traffic is monitored in real-time to ensure users have the most up-to-date demand and capacity information from selected airports and airspaces. Users are able to model and implement traffic management initiatives to align air traffic demand with available capacity through specific airport-based and airspace-based flow programs. The aggregated available data provides ANSPs, aircraft operators and airport operators the capability to examine the current and predicted demand and capacity of key resources. In-depth post analysis and reporting features allow users to continually improve operational performance.
An advanced data integration and processing engine is at the core of Metron Harmony for ANSPs, serving as the merging point for existing Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems and airline data sources. Metron Harmony for ANSPs collects data from various sources in order to provide the best available predictions of air traffic demand. This includes Official Airline Guide (OAG) schedule data, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard messaging (FPL, CNL, CHG, etc.), ATC automation data and surveillance data. Metron Harmony for ANSPs allows external data sharing with other aviation system users, ANSPs, aircraft operators, airport operators and CDM participants.
Metron Harmony for ANSPs users can view predictions of air traffic demand at selected airports and airspaces. When conditions such as weather, controller staffing, equipment outage or spikes in air traffic demand affect a resource’s capacity, easy-to-understand visuals and advanced modeling enable users to monitor and manage the impact of those conditions. Using Metron Harmony for ANSPs, ANSP users can identify a capacity/demand imbalance, model the impact of alternative Traffic Management Initiatives (TMIs), coordinate TMIs with CDM participants and determine which alternatives yield optimal solutions to address the capacity/demand imbalance. Metron Harmony for ANSPs continually updates the predicted demand so that ANSP users can monitor the operational conditions and modify the TMI to adapt to the changing environment.
Metron Harmony for ANSPs fully embraces and supports the goals and processes of Airport CDM and FAA CDM. Metron Harmony for ANSPs enables an aircraft operator to exchange slots between their flights or other flights in real-time, thus optimizing their use of the overall capacity provided by the ANSP to achieve business goals. An advanced schedule management capability, called the Enhanced Substitution Module (ESM), is also available to aircraft operators that provide substitution modeling and automated substitutions for large operators. Aircraft operators, Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) users and airport operators may view Calculated Takeoff Times (CTOT) for all flights using a web-based user interface. Aircraft operators may also modify their flight data, including Target Off-Block Time (TOBT), Earliest Airline Off-Block Time (ELOBT), and registration numbers.