What are Pan-European Network Services (PENS)? What is the Flight Message Transfer Protocol (FMTP)? What is All-Purpose Structured EUROCONTROL Surveillance Information Exchange (ASTERIX), and what technology is used to distribute surveillance data? What is the AFTN/CIDIN, and how is it evolving worldwide to AMHS, the ATS Message Handling System? What is the role of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in all these developments? These questions - and more - are answered in this course, which provides a comprehensive overview of the data communication applications, technology and infrastructure used in aviation. After a reminder of data communication technology basics and an overview of operational issues, the following topics are covered in detail: Surveillance Data Formats and Distribution, Flight Data Formats and Distribution, the Network Operations Center (former CFMU) and EAD communications infrastructure, Online Data Interchange (OLDI), the Flight Message Transport Protocol (FMTP), AMHS etc. Underlying the whole course is the development of the Pan-European Network Services over IP, the “PENS”. The relationship with the “SWIM” concept is also addressed. The relevant Single European Sky Implementing Rule and Community Specifications for FMTP and AMHS are examined, as well as corresponding aspects of SESAR.
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