Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE), Ukraine’s air navigation service provider (ANSP) has become the first ANSP in the world to implement the new centralised SSR code assignment management system (CCAMS) to manage air traffic.

The new pan-European solution will provide the ANSP with more secondary surveillance radar (SSR) transponder codes used by air traffic control.

SSR codes are currently statically allocated to states and assigned to flights by ANSPs based on a pre-defined scheme.

The practice of allocating static codes can lead to codes running out at peak times in some parts of Europe, a problem that is expected to become more acute as air traffic increases.

Eurocontrol Network Management Directorate chief operating officer Joe Sultana said: "By managing code assignment on a central basis, the optimal use of codes can be achieved."

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"The reduction of code changes and conflicts has a positive impact on controllers’ and pilots’ workload as well as on ground delays," Sultana said.

The new CCAMS, which is based on a central server at the Eurocontrol Network Manager Operations Centre in Brussels, will allocate a code to each flight to avoid mutual interference within the European CCAMS region.

CCAMS is intended to enhance the efficiency of European SSR transponder code management by automatically selecting and distributing the code to all the units along the route of the flight and responding to code requests from ATC units in near real-time.

The system will also ensure the efficient use of codes during network crises or special events, according to Eurocontrol.

During 2012, 13 other European ANSPs, including Albania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, are scheduled to deploy CCAMS.


Image: A map showing the trajectory of a flight using the centralised code assignment and management system (CCAMS). Photo: Eurocontrol.