European Air Navigation
System Gets Overhaul
As air traffic increases in Europe, navigation and safety are becoming critical issues. As a result, the European Community is revamping its air traffic safety systems. Eurocontrol, an independent European organization, oversees air navigation safety for its 16 member states. The members have joined forces to develop new systems and to gradually upgrade existing navigation systems throughout Europe.RAMS and ACAS
The Reorganized ATC Mathematical Simulator (RAMS) program is a simulator developed and used in house by the Eurocontrol Experimental Center. RAMS is also used by external groups, such as national aviation organizations. The RAMS program simulates different air patterns, enabling researchers to study a new section of air space and new monitoring procedures. The RAMS project consists of about 100,000 lines of code and required 15 man years of development work.A Methodological Approach
For each of these projects, the development teams adopted an iterative approach, and used the Ada programming language. For the design phase, Eurocontrol used the Booch method and Rational Rose. By using an object oriented design approach, developers were able to take full advantage of many of the features and benefits of the Ada language, including abstraction and information hiding.Based on an article printed in "The Rational Watch," Summer 1994, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 10.
Copyright 1998. IIT Research Institute
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