Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers may soon become a thing of the past. A new, innovative ATC system promises to improve upon airspace management. The technology, called NATS, plans to digitally transform ATC through an elaborate command center located at a remote location. It uses an array of cameras to deliver a flawless visual feed of airspace in ways that were not previously possible. Implementing NATS will be challenging because of conjectural public opinion. However, the system will probably become accepted because of the advantages to security, safety, efficiency, and functionality.
Managing and securing airspace from a remote location is a controversial endeavor. The system will need to prove itself to lay to rest the concerns and fears of potential accidents. The company delivering the system believes it to be a much safer option. Instead of one controller looking at one screen, there are two seats for viewing multiple screens. NATS operates like the human eye. It gives controllers a 360-degree visual image for managing air traffic. 14 screens come together to deliver this perspective
Advantages of NATS
There are several advantages that NATS can offer ATC. It is secure. Cyber security tests have shown it to be safe from hackers. Protection from laser attacks offer another area of security. Redundancy via multiple fiber cable connections makes it a safe system. NATS is a well thought out system and looks to provide safety in other unconventional ways. While reducing sun glare might be expected, attaching air jets to discourage bug obstructions is a considerable foresight.
Efficiency might be the most noticeable advantage. ATC is regarded quite differently by controllers based on region and air traffic. Workload can be considerably more stressful from one location to another. For this reason, industry salaries vary widely. NATS promises to be a cost-effective solution to the regionally driven ATC market.
A regional ATC system is not the best model for air transportation unrestricted by roads. Aviation has been at the forefront of digital innovation. However, digital technologies merely supported the industry. NATS offers an opportunity to develop a system lead by digital technology. It represents a way to truly maximize the potential of digital innovation. Pilots, who communicate to both passengers and controllers, will be important to success.