EUROCONTROL’s Air Traffic Control Dashboard is Useful; FAA’s provides Different, Useful Information; a Combination of Both would be Incredible!

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ARTICLE: New online interactive tool to access both the performance data and targets of the Single European Sky

021013Transparency in government is always a goal. Sometimes it is difficult to provide a full, accurate and visual representation of a complex system like the Air Traffic Control System’s operation. EUROCONTROL has developed a dashboard which measures:

  • traffic
  • safety
  • capacity (planned vs. actual and showing the reasons for the differences; system wide and on an airport-by-airport basis)
  • inclusion of national ATCs into EUROCONTROL
  • environmental, and
  • cost efficiency (both macro and country specific numbers)

Numbers are only as good as the integrity of their collection and their calculation. The dashboard subliminally or explicitly seems to be criticizing some of the national ATCs for their inefficiencies and their failure to attain inclusion in EUROCONTROL. The dashboard is an interesting way by which the EU members can track the performance of the integrated system.

The FAA offers a real-time visual display of the US system’s operation on both macro and local bases. It also offers a more tactical picture of where the problems are and how the Command Center is attempting to manage the issues with the option of drilling down into greater detail. While the information is as current as 5 minutes, the data is not measured against the FAA’s internal efficiency, safety or capacity goals.

The EUROCONTROL dashboard has its positive attributes and the FAA’s real-time data provides a traveler with useful information about her/his travel. A combination of all of the collective data would produce an exceptional perspective on how the respective systems are doing.

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