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ATIS - Automatic Terminal Information Service

Providing Pilots With Critical Information

Air-traffic controllers often have an enormous workload due to the massive information flow.
Angeline Ranieri
Strategy Specialist
+1 315 634 7315

Saab's ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) system reduces the workload through a fully automated transmission of weather and runway conditions for the airport, reducing the number of initial controller-pilot radio contacts required.

Autonomity

In fully automatic mode, the ATIS operates without the need for user intervention.

Flexibility

Airport-specific information can be added or changed by the operator at any time, without affecting the ongoing receiving and transmitting of messages.

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Features

Information sharing is a key element for flight safety and pilot service. Providing distinct, timely and iterating information over the radio, the Saab ATIS is a valuable addition to any airport.

Automatic or manual data input

METAR or MET REPORT can be used as input data for the voice report and software configuration allows easy adaptation to specific airport conditions or national rules.

The ATIS receives METAR/MET REPORT, SNOWTAM and RUNWAY IN USE messages from AWOS. Supplementary data may also be entered through the text editor.

Should METAR/MET REPORT be unavailable, the system can be operated manually by entering weather data from the keyboard.

Pre-recorded human spoken words are used to get a distinct and easily readable voice, with correct pronunciation and emphasis.

Autonomity

In fully automatic mode, the ATIS operates without the need for user intervention.

Flexibility

Airport-specific information can be added or changed by the operator at any time, without affecting the ongoing receiving and transmitting of messages.

The system administrator can configure ATIS to ensure that changes in ICAO standards are met without changing the software.

ATIS can be integrated into the Saab AWOS system without the need for extra hardware, but it can also work as a stand-alone system.

In use

The ATIS system is today installed at 35 airports in Estonia, Sweden, Latvia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Bermuda, China, Sudan, etc.

Technical specification

Certifications

  • Approved by Flight Inspection in Sweden
  • Fully ICAO and WMO compliant

Versions

  • Stand-alone system
  • Integrated with AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System) or IRIS (Combined weather and AIS system)
  • National software versions (Germany, etc)
  • Digital ATIS (D-ATIS)
  • VOLMET

Hardware

  • Standard PC units or redundant server systems

Feature Highlights

  • Low life-cycle costs
  • Fully automatic data import and reports
  • Superior voice quality
  • Automatic data validation
  • Playback to verify reports prior to broadcast
  • User-friendliness
  • Customisability
  • Reliability

Input

  • Manual input
  • Data from AWOS system
  • Data from AFTN
  • Data from weather sensors

Output

  • Audio
  • Text to AFTN
  • Telephone
  • TCP/IP

Communication

  • RS-232
  • TCP/IP
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