ATSEP System Monitoring & Control (SMC) TDD9107

NATS has a modern System Monitoring and Control (SMC) service that is the envy of many Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP). On this course you will learn the theory and principles behind the equipment and processes that monitor and control one of the busiest and yet safest air spaces in the world.

Our courses are competitively priced and can be hosted internationally as well as at our state-of-the-art training facility in England.

At NATS we have created an ATSEP compliant SMC course from the exacting training requirements created by European aviation legislators. The course consists of four units:

ANS structure

This unit describes the SMC function within the organisation and the roles and responsibilities of the SMC team and the ATC supervisor. ANSP maintenance policy is discussed including that which applies specifically to SMC. ATM requirements and relevant ANSP administration procedures such as fire, safety, security and access control, are also covered.

ANS system/equipment

This unit explains the importance of monitoring system performance and how SMC react when failures occur. This unit includes the implication for customers and the actions required to restore the service and the need for excellent internal communication channels.

SMC tools, processes and procedures

This unit covers the ICAO requirements for a safety management system (SMS) and discusses the requirements for a quality system to support it. Other topics include the need for maintenance agreements and a maintenance management system and the role risk analysis plays in decision making.

SMC Technology

This unit describes the principles of control and monitoring systems used in Communications, Navigation, Surveillance, Data Processing and Facilities at a macro level.

Optional Practical Unit

There is a one day optional practical unit where you will spend half a day learning about GCAMS (a modern SMC asset) with a small practical element, and half a day in our new Operations Centre at Swanwick visiting System Control, the Equipment Rooms and the Operations Room or Viewing Gallery depending on operational needs on the day. See how a modern ANSP applies SMC in one of the busiest airspaces in the world.

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