AT5601 - ATC Systems

AT5601 - ATC Systems


General objective:

At the end of this course, the student will be able to
- describe the systems that help air traffic controller to manage the traffic, especially surveillance and flight data processing
- state the role of the main systems involved in flight data and surveillance processing
- explain the flow of information between those systems
- explain how new generation systems will be able to improve ATM efficiency and safety
- tell what a remote tower is, and what are the associated concepts, human factors, and systems

Detailed objectives:

Module "Introduction to ATC systems" (2h) :
- Understand the main categories of information that are displayed on ATC controller working position and the origin of this information
- List some of the actions that controllers can perform on the flight data processing system and their consequences

Module “radar and flight data processing” (8h)
-Describe the ATC surveillance means (PSR, SSR, Mode S, ADS-B, ADS-C, MLAT)
-Explain tracking, correlation, and radar display
-Describe flight plan processing and automated coordination
-Describe the categories of ATC systems and their differences

- describe at least 2 projects of Digital or Remote Tower in progress
- explain at least one human factor aspect to evaluate in a digital project or remote tower project
- explain the main principles of change management to support this type of digital or remote tower project (FH, safety, ...)

Module "Current systems review" (3h)
- explain the different functionalities level of several ATC systems in the world and the ways they may (or not) coordinate flight data between them
-list some of the actions and objectives that are in ICAO GANP and ASBU proposals


  • Lectures : 13

Form of assessment

Total assessment hours: 2

This course is part of the programme

In brief

ECTS credits : cf Teaching Unit

Number of hours 15

Teaching language


Jean-Marc LOUIS

Phone : +33 5 62 17 47 96

Email : jean-marc.louis @


Email : magali.granges @