Thales and the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) have commissioned the first 4-FLIGHT system at the East Area Control Centre (ACC) in Reims, France.

The commissioning is part of France’s modernisation of its air-traffic management system.

4-FLIGHT is claimed to be one of the most advanced stripless air traffic control systems in Europe and meets current regulatory needs in the areas of cybersecurity and safety.

The system features an advanced human-machine interface and modern tools for flight management and safety.

Its flight data processing system, Coflight, will provide air traffic controllers (ATCs) with precise forecasts of 4D flight trajectories to optimise air routes and support sustainable aviation.

Coflight is designed to allow ATCs to optimise their aircraft trajectory planning while focusing on their essential tasks.

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Registered as a SESAR solution, 4-FLIGHT is interoperable with other European air navigation systems and intended to improve coordination between civil and military ATCs for flight safety.

The system is linked to ten air navigation service providers surrounding France.

4-FLIGHT is also said to meet European concepts such as the Free Route and new environmental efficiency norms.

It is being co-financed by the European Union within the Single European Sky technical modernisation programme.

Marseille ACC, the other pilot-centre, implemented 4-FLIGHT on 6 December. DSNA plans to expand the use of 4-FLIGHT to the three other ACCs in France by 2025.

This will allow ATCs to operate with one system over France’s entire upper airspace, which covers one million square kilometres.

Thales airspace mobility solutions business line vice president Christian RIVIERRE said: “We are very proud at Thales to have contributed to the deployment of 4-FLIGHT in Reims.

“This is the result of a strong mobilisation and collaboration between all the DSNA and Thales teams.

“Together, we have been able to transform our way of working, becoming much more agile, to deliver even more quality and operational value.”