Air Traffic Management presents the ATM Awards shortlist for outstanding achievement

An impressive number of nominations were received for the first ever Air Traffic Management Awards of which 36 have gone forward to final judging by world class experts.

The Air Traffic Management Awards 2019 attracted entries from across the global air transport industry, highlighting major innovations and projects that enhance airspace capacity, safety, and environmental sustainability.


Any business active in global air traffic management – a national air navigation service provider, a large scale industry partnership or even a new entrant to the sector – was invited to take part. And, due to popular demand, Research & Innovation was added as a category to celebrate outstanding effort in its own right.

A panel of senior experts from some of the leading aviation organisations around the world including EUROCONTROL, the US Federal Aviation Administration, ICAO, IATA, IFATCA, the SESAR Deployment Manager and the SESAR Joint Undertaking will now select the category finalists from the shortlist.

They will be looking for projects that demonstrate outstanding excellence in the following:

  • Enabling Technology For contributions to enhance capacity and/or safety;
  • Environment To recognise industry efforts to advance green ATM concepts;
  • Technology For small business that have raised ATM performance;
  • Service Provision For contributions to safe and efficient airspace management;
  • Research & Innovation For outstanding effort to advance ATM modernisation
  • Runway & Terminal Area For safety and efficiency on the runway and final approach.

The Air Traffic Management team will be comprehensively showcasing how the category winners triumphed and their projects will feature in the last issue of 2019.


Service Provision Award for contributions to safe and efficient airspace management 

    Contributions to enhance capacity and safety in Western/Central Africa and the Indian Ocean 
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines CAAP
    CNS ATM project
    iFOCUCS Definition project and evaluation
  • EUROCONTROL with Austro Control, ENAV, DFS, FERRONATS, ENAIRE, MATS (Malta ANSP), IAA, SKEYES, DSNA) and SW developer (JLG Consulting)
    Tool kit for ATM Occurrence Investigation (eTOKAI)
  • Hungarocontrol
    Tactical Controller Tool (TCT) in real operation 
  • Irish Aviation Authority IAA
    Aireon ALERT 
  • Lufthansa Group with Ryanair, Air France, British Airways, EasyJet
    ATEAM Network Collaborative Management

Enabling Technology Award for contributions to enhancing capacity and safety 

  • DC- ANSP with Aireon, Frequentis
    MEVA – Aeronautical Communications Networks for Caribbean States 
  • General Civil Aviation Authority GCAA
    System Wide Information Management – Gateway (SWIM-GW) System  
  • McLaren, Deloitte Alliance with NATS
    Performance Optimiser 
    Vietnam Airspace Redesign
  • skyguide
    Service Oriented Architecture in Atm Live oPerationS (SOA Alps)

Environment Award to recognise work on ‘green’ ATM concepts 

  • Borealis Alliance – an alliance of the air navigation service providers of nine North European countries: Denmark- NAVIAIR, Estonia – EANS, Finland – ANS Finland, Iceland – ISAVIA, Ireland – IAA, Latvia – LGS, Norway – AVINOR, Sweden – LFV and UK – NATS
    Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace Programme 
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) with Airservices Australia, Airport Authority of India, Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Civil Aviation Department (CAD Hong Kong), Department of Civil Aviation Brunei, Department of Civil Aviation Myanmar, Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Indonesia, Viet Nam Air Traffic Management Corporation
    Regional ADS-B data and VHF facilities sharing within the Asia Pacific region 
  • Danube FAB – Bulatsa, Romania, HungaroControl
    SEE FRA / SEEN FRA South East Europe Free Route Airspace 
  • DSNA with ENAV (Italy), skyguide and MATS (Malta)
    Coflight Cloud Services pioneer remote flight plan data processing services 
  • FABEC with the air navigation service providers of France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland in collaboration with NATS and airlines: Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss
    xStream – cross border SESAR trials for Enhanced Arrival Management

Technology Award reflecting a significant contribution by equipment and systems suppliers 

  • Adacel
    Aurora Air Traffic Management Solution (Aurora ATM)
    SKYLER – ATC2.0 through Automation and Augmentation 
  • Airtopsoft with DFS
    Operational decision support at DFS based on AirMagic complexity tool 
  • DFS Aviation Services
    PHOENIX WebInnovation web-based radar display 
  • Leidos
    Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)
  • SITAonAir with Inmarsat, Nav Canada and CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore)
    ATM SATCOM Voice Direct Controller-Pilot Communications (DCPC) project

Research & Innovation Award for new ideas currently in research development 

  • Airbus with six airlines – Air France, British Airways, Easyjet, Iberia, Novair And Wizz Air, four air navigation service providers (MUAC, DFS, NATS and ENAV), industrial suppliers (Indra, Airtel, Thales Avionics, Leonardo And Honeywell), EUROCONTROL DECMA, EU Network Manager, LFV & NAVIAIR (COOPANS).
    Demonstration of ATM Improvements Generated by Initial Trajectory Sharing (DIGITS) S2020 PJ31 
  • EmbraerX with Atech and L3Harris
    Flight Plan 2030 White Paper – urban air traffic management (UATM) 
  • Helios with AOPA UK, Pildo Labs, Funke Avionics and Trig Avionics
    GAINS (General Aviation Improved Navigation and Surveillance) 
  • IDS AirNav/ENAV
    Innovative Aeronautical Information management application for U-Space and ATM 
  • NASA Ames Research Center
    Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) 
  • Thales with COOPANS, DFS, DSNA, Enaire, ENAV, Eurocontrol, Frequentis, HungaroControl, Indra, Leonardo, LPS SR, NATS, SINTEF, skyguide, Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic
    SESAR Project 16.03 – Virtual Centres 
  • Volocopter
    Air Taxi Airspace Integration (ATM/UTM)

Runway & Terminal Area Award for safety and efficiency on the runway and final approach 

    Red/Green Taxiway Centerline Light 
  • Air Navigation Solutions
    ANSL 3D ATC Simulator, ATC tower, Edinburgh 
    GA Airfield ATS ADS-B Traffic Display Trial
  • Austro Control with DLR German Aerospace Centre
    Plate Lines – A Method to Accelerate Wake Vortex Decay During Final Approach
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program
    New ICAO separation standard: EoR at Calgary International