Multifunctional ATC Workstation VIRTUOSO


Multifunctional ATC Workstation VIRTUOSO provides its operator with a state-of the-art tool for monitoring, control, coordination and optimization of air and ground traffic in the terminal area, enabling detection and identification of moving objects, as well as flow management for arriving and departing aircraft.


The unified workstation of a specialist represents an information display system showing both vehicles and aircraft in the airfield area (ground and airspace). VIRTUOSO receives information from ATC surveillance and communication systems including air-to-ground / ground-to-air data transmission lines. The workstation is meant to control vehicles and aircraft movements both in the maneuvering area and in the airspace of the airfield.

VIRTUOSO possible application field and end users include:

  • ATS units

  • flight operations control centers

  • ground handling units and other airfield services

  • units providing flight information service

  • search and rescue services and coordination centers, wild fire monitoring services

  • services providing photographic operations

  • control, management and handling of movement of aircraft and vehicles on the maneuvering area of an aerodrome

  • management of orderly flow of arriving and departing aircraft

  • simplification of operator’s actions to issue control commands if an aircraft or vehicle deviates from the guided path

  • prevention of potential conflicts during air traffic management

  • control of motion of mobile objects on the ramp

  • coordination of operations for terminal services in the airport maneuvering area

  • monitoring of aircraft operation when providing flight information service

Data display:
  • coordinates and symbolic dynamic information on air and ground situation displayed as silhouettes of surveillance objects, tracks, tags and routes

  • warnings on incursions to the movement area, runways and/or any specified protected zones

  • Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

  • loss lists, waiting lists

  • item lists for current flight plans and forms for their input

  • system and reference information

  • cartographic information (in 2D and 3D format)

  • emergency codes

  • item list of the flight plan containing the following information:

         - priority number in the general flow of arriving and departing aircraft

         - radiotelephone call (flight number), squawk code

         - aircraft type, weight class

         - departure/arrival aerodrome (optional)

         - SID and STAR

         - target altitude (flight level)

         - departure/arrival time

         - parking number

  • signals on reaching limit values of separation standards, minimum safe altitude and potential conflicts between aircraft and vehicles

  • restricted areas of airspace management (2D and 3D format)

  • meteorological information


Operation principle:

VIRTUOSO data processing server receives and synthesizes information from various sources and systems: data from cooperative and non-cooperative airport surveillance tools (RADAR, ADS-B, MLAT, and others), controller-pilot data link communication (CPDLC), thermal imaging cameras and video surveillance systems, meteorological sensors and systems, flight plan processing systems and others.

Three-dimensional images are visualized on a main touchscreen LCD display (42″ wide or bigger) with 30″ LCD-monitors used as auxiliary displays. Prompt management of information on the screen is performed with a stylus or fingers.

On the basis of complex information processing, VIRTUOSO provides a dynamic analysis of the paths of mobile objects on the airfield that allows an operator to track potential conflicts and emergency situations and make faster decisions in order to prevent them.

All the necessary information for decision-making appears on the workplace monitor as a virtual three-dimensional environment, making a direct visual observation of the movement of objects at the airport unessential.

VIRTUOSO utilizes the following sources of information for its operation::

  • surveillance data – from RADAR (aerodrome control radar, ADS-В/1090ES), MLAT, electrooptical means (TV, IR and PTZ cameras) as well as from vibroacoustic sensors

  • flight plans – from integrated remote video surveillance systems

  • meteorological data – from aerodrome meteorological sensors and weather systems

  • radiotechnical flight support data – from aerodrome communication, navigation and surveillance means through the data management and control system

  • aerodrome map, terrain relief, buildings and structures

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Commands list display (CPDLC system usage)

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Conflict situation display