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NATS Unveils Real-Time Flight Efficiency Tool

By Juliet Van Wagenen | November 19, 2014
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The Flight Optimization System (FLOSYS) developed by NATS. Photo: NATS

[Avionics Today 11-19-2014] Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) are now able to analyze the environmental efficiency of flights in near real-time, thanks to a new tool developed by NATS. The Flight Optimization System (FLOSYS) takes real radar data, updated every three minutes, and combines it with NATS’ 3Di airspace efficiency metric to produce a graphical representation of every flight in the U.K. airspace.

Controllers can then analyze the efficiency of an individual aircraft through every phase of flight and airspace sector, as well as compare it against other flights along the same route up to 12 months ago. This access will allow controllers to better identify the opportunities for operational improvements that will save airlines fuel and cut carbon emissions.

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