Honeywell by the Letters - ATM

May 20, 2016 | Author: Carrie Fan


Welcome to the first edition of “Honeywell by the Letters” – your guide to the world of aviation acronyms. This blog series will attempt to make common sense of some of the more common terms you’re likely to hear in meetings, reports and trade journals.

In the world of aerospace there are two things you need to know about “ATM.”

First, it's the place you go when the dollars, pounds, francs or yen in your wallet are feeling lonesome—the Automatic Teller Machine (and notice that the word "machine" is already in the term so you don't need to say "ATM machine.")

Honeywell by the Letters -ATMSecond, it's where you go when you need to make today’s congested global airspace safer and more efficient—Air Traffic Management—essentially, systems that assist aircraft to depart from an airfield, travel through the airspace and land at a destination airport on time and in good order.

If you spend any time reading aviation trade magazines you'll often see ATM used in conjunction with Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) and Future Air Navigation System (FANS).

We'll talk about FANS in another edition of By The Letters but suffice to say for now that it's a concept developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to allow more aircraft to safely and efficiently utilize a given volume of airspace.

But we're not going to go into that at the moment because once you start down that rabbit hole of acronyms there's a good chance you won't be back for a while.

Honeywell by the Letters -ATMMany Honeywell products are a key link to future air traffic management initiatives and an important part of an integrated ATM solution. Because nearly everything that goes into the evolving airspace environment—from airport and runway guidance systems like SmartRunway/SmartLanding™ to collision avoidance—falls into the ATM realm, our competitive advantage in ATM lies in our advanced technology and ability to integrate with overall avionics systems.

Nowadays, the emphasis of modern ATM is on interoperable and harmonized systems rather than isolated national or state-run systems . . . which only makes sense in an increasingly global economy. For example, in the U.S., the FAA’s NextGen program involves collaboration with partners in the aviation industry, including airlines, airports, unions, and state and local governments. Another global initiative is called Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), founded in 2007 to ensure the modernization of the European air traffic management system. It's no doubt that Honeywell, a global leading aerospace company, is aiming to provide more great products and services for the coming ATM age.

For more information, please check out the Honeywell ATM website.

Carrie Fan

Carrie Fan

Carrie Fan is the Content Producer for Honeywell Aerospace. Previously, she worked for Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific as the Digital Media Manager.

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