Deliver training that is common to all CONOPs. e.g. language training.
01. Concept of Operations
01. Concept of Operations
The Concept of Operations (CONOPs) is how the future airspace operation is defined. It is the detailed methodology by which the Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) will deliver safe and efficient services within the airspace. Oasisairbridge has the expertise to develop and define a CONOPs which will encompass all aspects of the future service delivery in the aerodrome, terminal and en-route environments.
The CONOPs is the foundation upon which a comprehensive roadmap is developed. A detailed roadmap provides all key stakeholders with a clear and compelling path to implementation of all the future Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies, operating standards, training, procedures and airspace designs. The approach well established and can be scaled from individual airports up to country-wide implementation projects.
Oasisairbridge will deploy core teams to develop the key design areas of the CONOPs - Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management. These teams will oversee and drive the CONOPs development alongside airspace, safety and capacity experts. They will engage with key stakeholders at all phases of the design work and will provide continuity as projects move from CONOPs definition through the roadmap delivery phase.
In support of our core activities Oasisairbridge will provide modelling and simulation of current and future options for airports, Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA) airspace, Enroute sectors and whole-country airspace including interfaces with other Flight Information Regions and countries. The best modelling technologies and analytical methodologies will be used to enable all stakeholders to visualise and feed back on all aspects of the design work. This means that air traffic controllers will be at the core of the design and implementation phases in order that a practical and effective system is developed and delivered.
Analysing the performance of the ATM system during development is essential. Oasisairbridge will provide analytical assessment of modelling scenarios in order to identify weak points and bottle-necks, assess future capacity potential of existing airports and to visualise how the whole ATM system is performing. This methodology will determine future capacity potential of the chosen CONOPs options and allow intelligent decisions to be made on reliable metrics, primarily to inform the design cycle. At all times, the input and technologies of the appropriate Oasisairbridge partners will be employed to ensure appropriate expertise is applied.
The CONOPS will define:
How future ATM systems will operate
This is an overview of the main elements which comprise the Concept of Operations and how they combine to create the future ATM environment which will be operating when the CONOPs is introduced. It will detail the principal traffic flows, the navigational standards and instrument flight procedures, separations, airspace restrictions and many more aspects.
The CNS and ATM methodologies and standards that will be applied
A CONOPs requires detailed definition of the ATM standards which will apply. For example, the communications standards, data transfer, network protocols and many others which allow the ATM network to be integrated into the wider, global system. Likewise, the navigational performance standards which will be employed within the airspace network must be defined.
What procedures will be employed
This area of the CONOPs will define the ATM procedures which will apply within the airspace and will be developed alongside the airspace design work. The level of detail to be developed will allow Fast Time Simulation and Real Time Simulation of the airspace in operation and will provide the basis upon which analysis of the airspace and ATM performance can be carried out.
Airspace designs which support and deliver the overall CONOPs will developed, analysed and optimised. At each stage of the design process, stakeholder involvement and engagement is key. Airspace design requirements, whether large or small, rely on feedback, testing, analysis and optimisation. Airspace and the associated procedures will be tested by running Fast Time Simulation or Real Time Simulation in order that the future ATM environment is safety assured and performance assured.
Training and people development
The CONOPs will be the output of a large number of individuals and stakeholders – each contributing their expertise and experience. During the course of the CONOPs development, it is usual for participants to receive training and to benefit from the process of building and operating a strong team. This will be in the form of upskilling, skills transfer and formal training.
The Roadmap is more than just an aspirational plan – it represents the commonly shared goals of all stakeholders in order to drive the behaviours, deliverables, attitudes and a focus on progress.
The roadmap will consist of 6 key areas - for each area, the high level category will be split into multiple levels of tasks, deliverables and dependencies. The roadmap is the means by which all stakeholders can clearly identify the implementation strategy of their own projects and how they fit in the overall timeline.
Using the published CONOPS, the purpose of the Roadmap will be to clearly set out which systems, equipment, infrastructure, procedures, training and approvals will be required by which organisation and by when. The Roadmap will be the principle reference document setting out how the airspace is opened for use, safely maintained and then managed to enable growth in capacity. All aircraft types from military, rotary, international cargo and civil aircraft will be considered as part of the Roadmap.
All stakeholders will be involved in the development of the Roadmap from the Countries National CAA, ANSP, the National Airlines, the Military, the National General Aviation Authority, the appropriate Regulators, the Airports Authority, the Emergency Services, the Passenger Handling organisations, Maintenance facilities (including fuel and oil), Cargo handling, Security, Customs, Meteorological institutions and other departments and organisations. Additionally, other Nations CAA and ANSP’s, which adjoin the Countries airspace, will be consulted to enable the passing of aircraft from one airspace to another.
As defined by the CONOPS, the choice of operating systems and technology, such as Space Based ADS-B (which may reduce the amount of ground-based infrastructure) will have an influence on how other related capabilities are scoped, procured, integrated, and applied. For example, the Air Traffic Controllers training needs and the complimentary systems which they will need to use will be defined within the Roadmap, setting out how and when the training, systems and other services will be integrated. In addition, the Roadmap will look at how and when additional new technology, such as Remote Digital Towers (for remote airfields), may be introduced to further open up the airspace.
The Roadmap will identify the type of training required to meet the CONOPS and when that training is to be implemented; firstly in the UK and then when the training is to be transferred to the Country of operation. All training needs from basic Ab Initio English Language training to the latest in simulation training will be scoped, planned and initiated in a way which dovetails with the other activities of the Roadmap to allow the airspace to be opened, managed and developed as safely and efficiently as possible.
The Roadmap will consider the immediate and medium term needs of the Countries aviation sector. The immediate needs will be set out in the Roadmap to enable the return of a limited number of international carriers into and from the Country as soon as possible and then set out what is required and by when to increase the airspace capacity to enable more and more aircraft to operate within the Countries airspace over a defined period of time.
The CONOPS and Roadmap become the practical and operational reflection of the future vision. The Roadmap will be the path which brings together the common goals and how they are achieved. The Roadmap will ultimately lead onto the Aviation Masterplan.
THE AVIATION MASTERPLAN
The Aviation Masterplan will be written as an extension of the Roadmap and will set out how the Countries airspace and aviation sector as a whole will develop over the next 25 years. The Aviation Masterplan will be updated every two years to reflect demand and changes to the requirement which will include the inclusion of the latest technology where appropriate.
03. Capability Development
Developing the capabilities of the local ANSP is a critical element to the success of the future ATM system. Training and skills development is at the core of the Oasisairbridge offering.
Working with our partners Global ATS and MicroNav, and with our teams of ATM experts, we will provide the formal ATC training courses and skills development that are essential foundations to success.
Carry out Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in line with the CONOPs development to identify training requirements.
Deliver ATCO training (via an existing approved college in the UK or Europe).
Deliver subsequent skills training such as radar techniques, High Intensity Runway Operations (HIRO), safety culture training, ATC management and leadership training, coaching for performance or any other relevant training.