Leonardo Software Used by U.K. Air Traffic Control Provider
Thursday, August 22, 2019 | Comments

Leonardo’s auto triangulation software has gone live at the U.K.’s Distress and Diversion cell based at NATS, the U.K.’s main air traffic control services provider.

The Distress and Diversion cell is manned by Royal Air force (RAF) personnel 24 hours and is the world's only dedicated aeronautical emergency control center. Its staff monitor the international aeronautical distress frequencies all day, every day and are ready to react at a moment’s notice. All aviation emergencies in U.K. airspace are controlled and overseen from this center, covering civil, private and military aviation across the United Kingdom.

Auto triangulation mapping is used to locate aircraft whose pilots may have become lost or disoriented. The controllers can then provide useful information back to pilots, enabling the planes to get back on track and reach their destinations safely. Leonardo also entered a 15-year support arrangement to provide regular map updates, security assessment and obsolescence management for the product.

The software works by receiving transmissions on civil or military distress frequencies and geolocating the signal and its bearing on a map of the U.K.’s airspace. Operators can then contact pilots and use the map, which provides detail down to street level, to provide directions using a common frame of reference. To ensure these maps are kept up to date, the software can import data from multiple sources that employ the widely used Web Map Standard, making sure that operators can see the location of the aircraft in relation to new urban or road developments and details such as power lines, masts and other recognizable features such as solar farms.

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