About Metron Aviation

Our History

As a committed partner to air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airlines, airports, and civil aviation authorities worldwide, Metron Aviation is the most trusted and proven innovator in the air traffic management (ATM) industry.

Founded in 1995, Metron Aviation pioneered the advancement of air traffic flow management (ATFM) research and is recognized today for its proven track record in deploying and supporting world-class air traffic flow management systems. Flight Schedule Monitor (FSM), which was developed by Metron and deployed system wide in 1999, is an integral part of traffic management for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) and more than 100 other FAA facilities, as well as NAV CANADA and 24 domestic and international airlines.

In 2011, Metron Aviation was acquired by Airbus thereby growing the company’s partnership with international stakeholders and providing access to the latest avionics and aircraft technologies. Metron Aviation’s air traffic flow management solutions continue to deliver a return on investment by eliminating delays, reducing fuel burn, and improving efficiency worldwide. With partners and customers on six continents, Metron Aviation is solving the most vexing challenges in the aviation industry.

Metron Aviation, Inc., an Airbus subsidiary, is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia USA.

INNOVATION

Innovation, what does it mean? Webster defines ‘innovation’ as a new idea, method, or device, “the introduction of something new.” Metron Aviation’s mission and focus has always been to provide our customers with not only their requirements but with “something new” that supports situational awareness!

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History of Innovation
FAA Flight Schedule Monitor Prototype FAA P.O.E.T. FAA CDM Slot Credit Substitutions FedEx Surface Management FAA Airspace Flow Program FAA Departure Flow Management South Africa Air Traffic Navigation Service 2010 Airservices Australia CAAS Regional ATFM Research China ATMB ATFM CONOPS Dutch Caribbean ATFM Award South Korea & Metron Aviation Partner CAAS Singapore Operational System Long Range ATFM Global Predictability in a Pandemic

FAA Flight Schedule Monitor Prototype

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Flight Schedule Monitor Prototype – 1995
First prototype of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) software for the FAA showing demand and capacity balancing for arrivals at airports. First implementation of the Ground Delay Program.

FAA P.O.E.T.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Post-Operations Analysis Tool (P.O.E.T.) – 1997
First system wide Air Traffic Management (ATM) analytics platform, P.O.E.T., for the FAA to assess ATM efficiency. Airlines utilized the tool to evaluate airline efficiency dramatically reducing fuel costs.

FAA CDM Slot Credit Substitutions

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - CDM Slot Credit Substitutions – 2002
Created a mechanism for blind slot swapping between airlines that prevented collusion and increased efficiency of capacity use.

FedEx Surface Management

FedEx - Surface Management - 2004
Initial surface management system deployed for FedEx, Memphis, Tennessee for managing surface operations.

FAA Airspace Flow Program

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Airspace Flow Programs – 2005
Created an Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) measure to scope, or limit, delay impact to the actual enroute constraint such as severe weather. Flights not filed to travel through the constrained area are not delayed.

FAA Departure Flow Management

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Departure Flow Management – 2007
Automated the APREQ process for departure management.

South Africa Air Traffic Navigation Service 2010

South Africa 2010 - First international commercial deployment of Air Traffic Flow Management system by Metron Aviation for the Federation Internationale Football Association (FIFA).

Airservices Australia

Airservices Australia and Metron Aviation Launch Harmony System – 2010
First long-term commercial deployment for Harmony System.

CAAS Regional ATFM Research

CAAS, Singapore and Metron Aviation work to create a regional ATFM concept of operations the APAC region. The concept developed a distributed multi-nodal cross-border cooperation adopted by ICAO (Asia/Pacific Regional Air Traffic Flow Management Concept of Operations).

China ATMB ATFM CONOPS

ATMB China ATFM Integration Award – 2013
Created a concept for a national level ATFM system for Air Traffic Management Bureau China that is integrated with the existing regional solutions.

Dutch Caribbean ATFM Award

Horizon System launch, Air Traffic Management (ATM) solution that provides common situational awareness for monitoring air traffic demand and capacity.

South Korea & Metron Aviation Partner

South Korea – Harmony System – 2015
Converted Harmony System into an Air Traffic Flow Management engine and partnered with local South Korean company to have a custom South Korean user interface developed and integrated with the Harmony engine.

CAAS Singapore Operational System

CAAS Singapore - Operational System – 2017
First commercially deployed operational system for the multi-nodal regional Air Traffic Flow Management concept in South East Asia.

Long Range ATFM

Airservices Australia - Long Range – 2019
Created a concept for control of long-haul international traffic to increase arrival predictability, utilizing Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM).

Global Predictability in a Pandemic

CANSO-Metron COVID-19 Recovery Program of 2020 provided free access to the Horizon System to ANSPs worldwide. The COVID Recovery plan included Metron Aviation’s online training and technical support. Supporting this were FlightAware, for flight data services and AvFinity, Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network data.