Customer newsletter edition 01|2016

  • ICAO Operations Bulletin 2015 - 002
  • Introduction of the paperless strip system (PSS) in the sectors surrounding Köln Bonn Airport (EDDK)

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ICAO Operations Bulletin 2015 - 002

ICAO has published an EUR OPS Bulletin that addresses several coordination issues and operational aspects identified in the Baltic Sea area.

Please find the bullet here.

Introduction of the paperless strip system (PSS) in the sectors surrounding Köln Bonn Airport (EDDK)

After the successful introduction of the paperless strip system (PSS) in the control centres of Bremen, Munich and large parts of Langen, the system will go into operation in the sectors surrounding Köln Bonn Airport up to FL 245 in the night from 13 to 14 May 2016. In the first few days after it goes into operation, there will be reduced capacity in these sectors. Potential flow management measures will be decided on a case-by-case basis and kept to a minimum.
As in previous cases, intense efforts are being made to keep the impact on air traffic to the lowest possible level. Preparatory activities have been primarily carried out at night and weekends.

Before operations can begin, a number of operational tests will have to be carried out on the following dates:
19 March 2016 approx. 23:00 (lcl)  until       20 March 2016 approx. 04:00 (lcl)
15 April 2016 approx. 23:00 (lcl)   until       19 April 2016 approx. 04:00 (lcl)
29 April 2016 approx. 23:00 (lcl)   until       03 May 2016 approx. 04:00 (lcl)

When PSS goes into operation in Langen, flight progress strips that were previously printed on paper will be replaced with digital ones. This makes it possible for the processing of control strips at Langen control centre to be completely computer-controlled and supported. PSS is an important component of the current air traffic control system that is a logical and supportive step towards future air traffic control systems.

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Published 08.02.2016