Paul Ravenhill joins Think

    August 5, 2016

    We are delighted to announce that Paul Ravenhill has joined Think. Paul has over 25 years’ experience of in the air transport industry having previously worked in avionics design, ATM R&D and ATM consultancy. Paul is well known in Europe for his work with European Commission’s Industry Consultation Body and has a wealth of knowledge in ATM policy, regulation and standardisation with specific interests in the Single European Sky, SESAR Deployment and Performance Based ATM globally. Download the Press Release here

    Faster is not always better

    June 3, 2016

    Check out the article Katarzyna Żmudzińska wrote for EUROCONTROL’s Hindsight magazine.  The article titled “Faster is not always better” was published in the summer of 2015 edition.  It explains analysis performed to test the effectiveness of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommended practice and airline procedures for limiting vertical speed before levelling off in order to avoid TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) alarms and their influence on pilots’ and controllers’ workload. Read the article here.  

    Katarzyna Żmudzińska joins Think

    May 2, 2016

    We have recently recruited a new staff member - Katarzyna Żmudzińska with previous experience in international aviation organisations, dealing mainly with aviation data analysis in the areas of Traffic Collision Avoidance System and Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast. Katarzyna has also completed her Blue Book traineeship in the European Commission, Single European Sky Unit. Moreover, she is a GA pilot and instructor.

    Think Contributes to the EUROCONTROL TBS Specification

    April 25, 2016

    As part of ongoing support to SESAR project 6.8.1 (wake turbulence concepts) with the EUROCONTROL Airports Unit, Think have contributed to the writing of requirements for a Time Based Separation (TBS) specification. After the successful development and validation of TBS in the SESAR programme, this specification is being developed by EUROCONTROL to support the deployment of TBS at 16 European airports by 2024 as mandated by the European Commission.

    Think’s involvement in the development and validation of TBS within SESAR and involvement in the NATS deployment of TBS at London Heathrow in 2015, placed us in a unique position to contribute to the writing of the specification requirements.

    The TBS specification was released for formal consultation to European member states in April 2016. If you are interested in reading the draft specification it can be found on the EUROCONTROL website.

    St Michael’s School Visits Think

    March 28, 2016

    Pupils from St Michael's Schools visited Think on 17th March for support with their high altitude balloon mission. As part of our commitment in encouraging STEM among the little ones, we gave them an overview of what is involved, and set a number of challenges for them to complete. We'll be going back to help out with the launch!

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    Photo courtesy of St. Michael's Primary School

    Two new members join Think

    March 25, 2016

    2016 has so far been a busy year for Think and as a consequence, Think recruited two new members of staff…

    Pier Carlo Ferraris, with expertise in Flight Simulation, Risk Simulation and Flight Operational Safety Assessments, has a BSc in Aerospace Engineering and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering with specialisation in Flight Mechanics and Systems whilst Mark Van Vogt, has over 30 years’ experience in the Defence and commercial markets including being a military ATCO for over 20 years before entering into civilian ATM Consultancy. Due to continued growth, Think are still on the look-out for potential staff.

    Please see our current vacancies page for more info.

    VP-501 Validation Exercise Completed

    March 14, 2016

    Think led both Validation and Safety activities on behalf of NATS, for a recent validation exercise, VP-501, as part of the SESAR project P04.07.02, Separation Management. VP-501 involved validating the Conflict Detection and Resolution Tools for Planner Controllers in En-route airspace. This was a complex validation exercise involving integration of these planner tools onto an iTEC based IBP with CATSi (a version of iFACTS that works with iTEC). Six days’ real time simulation were undertaken at NATS Corporate and Technical Centre in Fareham, UK. Think staff are now currently analysing the results and working on the SESAR SAR and Validation Report which are due in June and July respectively.

    New Remote Tower Content Coming Soon!

    March 4, 2016

    In April 2016 we will be releasing some new concept, produced by our team and made freely available for the benefit of the industry.

    The new content will include:

    Plus some shorter articles on a variety of Remote Tower subjects, including the Remote Tower Centre.

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    SESAR ‘FULL MONTY’ in Riga

    February 8, 2016

    Our validation experts recently returned from a 9 day validation exercise at Riga International Airport (RIX). The validation was organised in conjunction with EUROCONTROL, LGS, INDRA Navia, Graffica, and Airtel ATN. The exercise, known as the ‘FULL MONTY’ was validating SESAR Airport ATM concepts; Airport safety nets, routing and planning guidance for controllers, D-TAXI service for CPDLC and guidance assistance through airfield ground lighting.

    It was the first time the concepts had been validated in a live shadow mode environment as opposed to a simulated configuration. The test platforms were successfully integrated with RIX airport infrastructure which is a huge step forward for the concept technology.

    Our team have collected and observed a vast amount of qualitative and quantitative data from the exercise. The next step is to consolidate the results from this trial with those from other exercises so that the concepts can be handed over to the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and taken forward into SESAR2020. Think are tasked with authoring this report and it will be released in June 2016.

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    Figure. View from the supervisor workstation in Riga tower

    Hindsight Magazine Safety Nets Article

    December 14, 2015

    The Winter 2015 edition of Hindsight, EUROCONTROL's ATM safety magazine has been published. This edition covers the topic of “safety nets” and features an article written by Think.

    Rory Hedman and Raluca Tudorica produced the article which covers “Remote Tower Technologies and the safety nets of tomorrow”. It explores the potential future of the camera based target tracking systems currently being developed for use in Remote Tower applications and considers their potential use as part of a local or remote tower safety net system. Read the article here.


    You can download the complete magazine from EUROCONTROL's website here.