The year 2020 is as everyone knows, a special year. COVID-19 has had a strong impact on the world as a whole and on economic activities. Despite it, companies have continued to move forward by adapting themselves with new ways of working and resilience. Here is our CCS’s retrospective for the year 2020.

January 2020: CCS teams recognised at the ATM Awards in both “Research & Innovation” and “Environment” categories

CCS team is proud to have won, in association with THALES, the first place in the “Research and Innovation” category and the third place in the “Environment” category of the PJ 16.03 SESAR program.

Achieving better environmental performance is one of the core objectives of CCS.

By improving trajectory prediction capacity, CCS solutions allow more flexibility in planning and free route enhancement, which results in reducing both travel distance and CO2 emissions.

February 2020: Coflight achieved compliance with the BADA User Manual bringing new value to CCS

On February 3rd, the EUROCONTROL Aircraft Performance expert confirmed that Coflight respected all algorithms and other guidelines provided through the BADA User Manual. The conformity of Coflight implementation also highlights the system’s performance in terms of prediction and precision of flight trajectories. This was an important step for CCS, which benefits from Coflight improvements.

March 2020: COVID-19, technical delivery and development of services for skyguide  

This month marks the rapid development of the COVID-19 virus and widespread lockdown in different parts of the world. COVID-19 has had a direct impact on CCS teams. They have had to adapt themselves and adopt new ways of working in order to ensure business and activity continuity. Despite this difficult context, the teams ensured the delivery of the CCS platform to the CRNA Nord, which enables the provision of services. The teams also continued to develop complementary services for skyguide.

July 1st, 2020: The official signing of the service provision contract for CCS Technical Integration of Coflight Cloud Services

CCS achieved SWIM compliant status to build the Single European Sky.

Thanks to close collaboration between DSNA, ENAV, and SWIM Governance, the Coflight Cloud Services team announced that CCS is part of the first SWIM service candidate published in the European registry.

Skyguide, the first customer and partner in the CCS project, signed the contract for the commissioning of Step 1, the development and delivery of the first level of CCS service, Technical Integration. Implementation of the agile Safe method as well as successful international cooperation has enabled this first positive achievement in a relatively short time at the European level.

All key parties signed the contract:  Alex Bristol, CEO of skyguide, Paolo Simioni, CEO of ENAV and Maurice Georges, CEO of DSNA.

October-December 2020: Integration of the new version of Coflight

Despite the difficult situation, the teams worked in Agile way to integrate the new Coflight version, carried by Thales and Leonardo, and to improve CCS services. This phase will be running until the end of December, with an entry into service on January the 1st, 2021. The integration of this update was done according to the skyguide service contract.

In a particular health context, CCS teams have demonstrated full commitment in their work. For example projects done in partnership with SESAR on the Virtual Centre, WG122 EUROCAE and EUROCONTROL. It was important for the CCS teams to continue to share on different subjects, such as the SESAR Deployment Manager, the Airspace Architecture Study and the Single European Sky.

Next step: Launch of Step 2 of CCS

CCS Step 2 will be launched in early January 2021 and will run until September 2022. The technical objectives of Step 2 will be to enhance the Technical Integration Service, with a doubling of its operating volume. Then in a second phase, the objective is to launch the second skyguide’s service: Initial Validation Service. This will include the delivery of the Initial Comprehensive Dataset and the possibility for skyguide to update it in autonomy.

In parallel, the CCS teams will develop an Operational Impact Assessment. Using CCS as an ADSP will have an operational impact on Skyguide ATCOs, which needs to be assessed. This assessment will support skyguide to organize adequate training and/or technical mitigation implementation.

The objectives of this new step are:

  • Synchronise CCS & skyguide roadmap
  • Continue the exchanges with the European landscape (SESAR, SWIM governance, ADSP)
  • Synchronise CCS development with the authority (states and NSA)