SACTA (Automated System of Air Traffic Control) is the system that manages air traffic control. Its mission is to facilitate delivery of the ATS (Air Traffic Services) for which ENAIRE is responsable.

It integrates all Spanish en route, approach and terminal centres and ensures coordinated management based on consistent data. It allows for interruption-free operation between all control units.

Internationally, SACTA facilitates automatic communication between Spanish and foreign control centres. It does this by applying international standards of data exchange, reducing human intervention to a minimum, automatically detecting potential conflicts and contributing greater flexibility to the reconfiguration of the operational airspace. It also minimises the effects of what are known as traffic peaks.

The SACTA system is being continuously developed and updated through versions to allow for the progressive implementation of changes.

SACTA offers the following basic functions:

  • Processing of all flight plan information through the central processing of flight plans (TCPV) and several instances of local processing of flight plans (TLPV).
  • Traffic planning tools.
  • Processing of radar information for the functions of aircraft monitoring and identification and for maintaining air traffic separation.
  • Association between radar information and flight plans, allowing the automatic and unambiguous identification of aircraft by controllers.
  • Presentation of weather information to assist with navigation in adverse conditions.
  • Alerts to controllers of aircraft deviations from the planned route or with respect to permissions received in real time.
  • Data communication between the aircraft and the controller. Allows message exchange with aircraft, thereby avoiding oral communication.
  • Presentation of the necessary aeronautical information for air traffic control.
  • Distributed monitoring, configuration, recording and technical exploitation of the entire system.