Introduction to Air Traffic Management

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A safe and efficient Air Traffic Management (ATM) is essential to face the challenge of the increasing demand and complexity of air traffic. ATM is a very dynamic changing field regarding new techniques, innovative procedures and legal situation. The national air navigation service provider represents a key role in the current ATM-system to provide safety and efficiency to all aviation stakeholders.

The training outlines the basic technical systems (communication, navigation and surveillance) used by an air navigation service provider, all relevant organizations within the field of ATM and the general legislative framework (e.g. ICAO, EASA, EUROCONTROL).

Furthermore, the training enables the attendees to understand ATC procedures and operations (e.g. radar separation, low visibility operations) as well as the interrelation of the components of Air Traffic Service (e.g. flight plan data processing) and the variety of ATC systems (e.g. flow managment) In addition current and upcoming developments in Air Traffic Management (SESAR, Next Gen, Performance Based Navigation, Sectorless Control, Remote Tower) are going to be presented.

This 3-day course addresses people working in various fields of aviation, such as airlines, aerodrome operators or authorities dealing directly or indirectly with ATM.

Please note: This course can also be booked as an in-house version in German - however, the course material is only available in English.

Course Details

Language:German / English
Duration:3 days
Provider:airsight GmbH

Course Content

Overview of the organizations involved in ATC

  • International: ICAO, EASA and EUROCONTROL
  • National Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and regulators

Introduction to the international aviation legislation

  • ICAO Annex 11 - Air Traffic Services
  • ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM

Air Traffic Services

  • Air Traffic Flow Management and Network Operations (Europe)
  • Flight Information Service
  • Aeronautical Information Service
  • Air Traffic Control

Structure and organisation of the airspace

  • Airspace Classes
  • Sectorization
  • Restricted airspaces
  • Instrument flight procedures

Surveillance and Communication systems

  • Primary and secondary radar
  • Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
  • Multilateration
  • Air-Ground communication (RTF, SATCOM, ACARS, CPDLC)

Navigation systems

  • Radio navigation systems (NDB, VOR, DME, ILS)
  • Area Navigation (IRS/INS, GNSS)
  • Differential GNSS (GBAS/SBAS)

Air Traffic Control Procedures

  • Rules of the air
  • Separation procedures (IFR/VFR)
  • Procedure design
  • Air traffic control systems
  • Assistance systems (AMAN, DMAN, PSS)

Future development of air traffic management system

  • SESAR, NextGen
  • Performanced Based Navigation
  • Single European Sky
  • Remote Tower
  • A-CDM
  • Point-Merge


Dr.-Ing. Ferdinand Behrend

Ferdinand in an international aviation expert and trainer. He works as consultant for several federal ministries and companies in the field of aviation. He is specialized for flight operations, air traffic management, airport operations and safety analysis. Ferdinand finished his PhD thesis in 2016 about final approach operation and navigation. He gained exceptional experience and interdisciplinary competence being responsible for several international research projects (SESAR, SESAR 2020) within his position as assistance professor at the department of flight guidance and air transport at the Technical University of Berlin. Furthermore, he was responsible for several courses about flight operations and air traffic control.

He is undertaking projects including safety analysis for air traffic control, developing concept of operations and assessing airport and aircraft operations. Ferdinand works as scientific flight instructor for the Lufthansa Aviation Training for all Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer aircrafts. Additionally, he is advisor for the ICAO visual aids working group. Prior his work at the university he was an air traffic control operator for the Deutsche Flugsicherung within area- and approach control.

Target Group

  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Aircraft and equipment manufacturers
  • Ground handling management
  • National aviation authorities representatives
  • Air navigation service providers
  • Software developers

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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