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Air Traffic Control System Command Center

What is it?

The Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC for short) is essentially the brain of ATC logistical operations. The ATCSCC focuses on big picture stuff going on within the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). Although the term specifically refers to the U.S. system, most other countries have their own version of an ATCSCC type operation. The primary function of the ATCSCC is to manage air traffic demand with the system capacity, which can be a fairly difficult task, particularly when bad weather, runway closures, or other factors are present.

Real World ATCSCC

Seattle Virtual's ATCSCC

Real World Info

The real world ATCSCC primarily coordinates with other ATC facilities (ARTCC's, TRACON's, ATCT's) and other industry partners (airlines, large GA ops, military, weather geeks) in order to maximize the supply vs demand of the ATC system.

The Traffic Flow Managers that work here are usually the ones to implement delay programs, reroutes, and other essential flow management tools based on weather, equipment outages, runway/navaid closures/outages, national emergencies, etc.

The purpose of these traffic flow management programs are to reduce overall delays and congestion in order to maximize the effeciency of the airspace taking into account current conditions and potential future traffic conflicts or airspace congestion.

The SVATC ATCSCC is currently far less advanced than the real world system due to our relatively young ATC system, and relatively low average traffic flow. Additionally, because SVATC is centered in a small geographical area, the need for a complex flow management system is reduced.

As the community grows, the demand for an efficient, automated, ATCSCC is increased, therefore we will be continuously improving our operations, just at a reduced priority level. We hope to have a functional, automated, and efficient ATCSCC software up and running within two years, hopefully less.

The underlying calculations behind the SVATC automated ATCSCC program will be based upon a complex analysis of a user's flight plan, looking at the lat/long coordinates of each fix, and using time, distance, velocity calculations to determine ETE's of each user at each major waypoint.

Simply analysing each user is not enough to determine capacity vs demand. Using the contents in FAAO JO 7110.65 and FAAO JO 7210.3 as guidelines, the system will compare and contrast each user's proposed 4D trajectory to detect potential future conflicts, and send messages to appropriate ATC personnel if online, and/or directly to the pilot, especially if in uncontrolled airspace.

If you think you may be able to help SVATC with this project, please contact an admin.