EFSS Achieves Acceptance Test At Prague Ruzyne Airport
By Jim Douglas
February 26, 2012 - Northrop Grumman's Europe-based air
traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air
Systems, has undergone a successful Site Acceptance Test
(SAT) for the NOVA 9000 Electronic Flight Strip System
(EFSS) at the Prague Ruzyne International Airport, Czech
Republic. This SAT is a significant milestone in the
conversion of Prague's air traffic control tower
operations from traditional paper strips to an
The contract encompasses three separate systems; the
operational EFSS, a test system and a simulator system.
Since inception of the initial contract on Oct. 5, 2010,
the former two systems have been delivered to the Air
Navigation Services of the Czech Republic.
The simulator system is with Park Air Systems for software testing in preparation for the second SAT. The Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic has participated in factory training, with project completion and site training scheduled for October 2012.
"In order to enhance further and improve the efficiency at our air traffic control tower, and to fully benefit from the potential of our existing NOVA 9000 Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System, we decided to integrate an EFSS in the tower. Our choice of supplier was Park Air Systems, as they have proven that they understand what we need and can deliver to schedule," said Mr. Jan Kubicek, project manager of the Planning and Development Division of the Air Navigation Service of the Czech Republic.
collaboration of Park Air Systems and the Air Navigation
Services of the Czech Republic dates back to the 1990s, with the
delivery of a Surface Movement Guidance and Control System and
the emergence of several consecutive European Union-financed
research projects. Through further prototype testing and
developments to system specifications, Park Air Systems
demonstrated its competence and obtained the contract to deliver
an operational integrated EFSS.
an intense period of close collaboration with Air Navigation
Service of the Czech Republic we have reached a vital step in
establishing a modern and intuitive solution for managing
aircraft traffic. Adopting the NOVA 9000 EFSS is a critical
component to conquering the increasingly complex and
safety-critical conditions of air traffic control at any
airport," said Eldar Hauge, managing director of Northrop
Grumman Park Air Systems in Norway.
After a successful implementation, the integrated system will promote efficiency by simplifying the handling of flight data. The EFSS will also ease dissemination of flight data throughout the whole system, exchanging surveillance event information with the NOVA Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System and the air traffic control tower. As a result, the Prague air traffic control tower will benefit from a more comprehensive but simpler flight data management system.
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