Operations engineering, system maintenance and supervision

At ENAIRE we have an extensive team of experts specialising in operations engineering, system maintenance and supervision whose work is essential to our air navigation service provision.

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For a facility to deliver on the service quality required, it must have a number of initial requirements prior to implementation. That's why the ENAIRE operations engineering personnel prepare a joint acceptance protocol which checks that a facility meets the technical and functional requirements for which it was designed and that it is ready to go into operation as soon as it is commissioned.

They then manage the configuration of the CNS services and those associated with the ATS systems and manage the regulations which determine whether its behaviour is within expected standards.

ENAIRE has also developed tools to calculate air-navigation service parameters that make it possible to analyse the quality of the services provided and to harness the data obtained to propose suitable amendments to facilities.

The ENAIRE operations engineering personnel also provide the following services:

  • Planning and coordination.
  • Logistics management of air navigation system elements.
  • Management of system element repairs.
  • Management of measuring equipment calibrations and repairs.

Once the facility has been given the go-ahead to operate, the ENAIRE maintenance team steps in with the goal, based on common requirements established by European law, of guaranteeing that the facilities provide the CNS (communications, navigation and surveillance) services and those associated with ATS (air traffic services) systems with the pre-established quality level, maximising their availability and continuity in a safe, effective and financially sustainable environment.

To that end they perform preventive, corrective, adaptive and perfective maintenance tasks, all in three possible ways:

  • Locally: at the place where the facilities are located.
  • Remotely: from any of the sites associated with the ATC units, via Remote Maintenance Monitoring Systems (RMMSs).
  • Remotely: from other ENAIRE regional units and facilities.

Then there are the supervision teams responsible for another essential aspect, i.e., the monitoring and control of real-time air navigation systems and services. The supervisors are in charge of the remote maintenance, repositioning, surveillance, switching and shutdown of equipment.

ENAIRE has an important network of equipment which enables the remote monitoring and control of systems and services, as well as staff with the qualifications and knowledge needed to help ensure the high standards of availability and continuity of the services we provide.

This activity allows technical personnel to replace the services in as short a time as possible after they have been negatively impacted, generally in four phases:

  • Monitoring: detection of scheduled and non-scheduled incidents.
  • Control: tasks needed to resume the service.
  • Information: on possible incidents detected. Information is sent to the users of potentially impacted ATC units and to specialist maintenance managers.
  • Register: of detected incidents with the goal of making subsequent analyses that enable optimisation in the provision of the monitoring and system-control services and maintenance and operations engineering.