BAE develops CADS system to provide de-confliction service to UK airspace

27 January 2016 (Last Updated January 27th, 2016 18:30)

BAE Systems has developed a centralised aviation data service (CADS) system to reduce the risk of collisions in uncontrolled airspace in the UK.

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BAE Systems has developed a centralised aviation data service (CADS) system to reduce the risk of collisions in uncontrolled airspace in the UK.

The system will provide visibility of notified hazards, consequently allowing pilots to plan night and low-altitude flights in accordance with other CADS users in the UK airspace.

Besides military pilots, the system is available to a number of civilian users such as air ambulances.

The system employs a series of algorithms to estimate a pilot's flight path based on the size, weight and speed of the aircraft being used.

The company claims that a total of 31,000 potential flight path clashes were identified by the system during a three-month period last year.

BAE Systems Defence Information Software and Services head Adam Morgan said: "When the system was first introduced it provided a step change in the way in which pilots assessed hazards and plotted flight paths below 2,000ft.

"The CADS system gives pilots fast, accurate information helping to navigate a safer path through the UK's increasingly congested airspace."

"The CADS system gives pilots fast, accurate information helping to navigate a safer path through the UK's increasingly congested airspace.

"Through our work to support the Royal Air Force (RAF), Army Air Corps and the Fleet Air Arm, we have made further investments in the system."

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has mandated the use of CADS by military pilots to scheme flights below 2,000ft.

Additionally, Britain has awarded a contract to the company to continue providing services in order to reduce collision risk in the UK airspace.


Image: CADS will allow pilots to plan night and low altitude flights in accordance with other CADS users plan routes. Photo: © 2016 BAE Systems.