ATC Message Handling Systems / Data Systems / ATC Engineering
Copperchase, is a leading supplier of Systems to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) industry; based in Poole (Dorset, UK) and Cramlington (Northumberland,UK), its business activities are worldwide with specific interests in the Middle East where it is establishing new and exciting opportunities in a number of diverse business sectors.
Copperchase ATC offers a wide range of services and applications for the ATC industry, solutions that assist with ATC flight data processing requirements, and also the equipment required for navigation and safety on the airfield. Copperchase has established a number of strategic partnerships with the industry’s leading suppliers to ensure that it can offer a total turn-key solution to both established and emerging Air Traffic Service Units.
The Copperchase Middle Eastern business has been set up to capitalise on the overwhelming demand in Iraq for companies to assist in the rebuilding and resettlement projects that are required by the government and private agencies. Copperchase is well placed to benefit from the exciting opportunities that are available in the Region.
ATC Tower Flight Data & Airport Meteorological Data Display
The Copperchase Flight Data & Airport Meteorological Data Display Systems provides ATC staff (Departure and Approach Control) with a tool to display and manage flight data and meteorological information in the Tower and Approach environments.
For Flight Data, a sophisticated level of user control is achieved through the use of a flight plan (FLP) database, storing all of the flight related information such as Delays, Changes and Slots. Movement Logs may be generated for input into Billing systems.
The Meteorological System operates in a similar manner to an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at an airfield. It consists of a set of meteorological sensors located at appropriate points on the airfield, a data-gathering processor running METSYS software, and a number of distributed MET displays.
The sensors send raw or averaged meteorological data at periodic intervals, typically of 30 seconds. The data gateway processor reads the incoming data and stores it in a database for later distribution to MET displays or to other systems.
The information collected and displayed by the METSYS will be used by ATC staff, meteorologists, pilots and flight dispatchers to prepare and monitor weather forecasts, plan flight routes, and provide necessary information for correct takeoffs and landings.
Copperchase ATS Message Handling Systems (AMHS)
The Copperchase AMHS is a high-performance multi-protocol message server that connects to a multitude of communications networks used in the ATS environment. The system is primarily an Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) Mail Server which conforms to ICAO standards such as Annex 10 for AFTN Systems and the ATN SARPs for AMHS X.400 applications. The total Copperchase AMHS solution paves a way for a seamless transition from todayís ATC messaging service of the AFTN to the exciting world of the Aeronautical Message Handling Service (AMHS).
The Copperchase AMHS provides comprehensive tools to support the system administrator. Management features include the abilities to re-route messages, to time schedule message channels for cost and to control message flow. Comprehensive logging is provided for audit and message tracking.
Airfield Ground Lighting Control (AGL) Systems
The Copperchase AGL Control & Monitoring System offers touch-screen control and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) packages tailored to the individual needs of the airfield operation.
Airfield layouts are redrawn electronically and configured to accommodate changes to layout and additional circuits.
A modular PLC design allows for increased numbers of Input/Outputs (I/Os) to be added quickly and easily.
Voice Communications Control Systems and Recorders
Copperchase offer a number of options for VCCS applications from a fully digital switch based upon TCP/IP communications that has been specially designed to meet the needs of operators working around the clock in mission-critical situations. To a smaller, yet fully functional analogue budget switch for the smaller airfield applications.
The digital switch, the TCS -990 is a third generation voice switch. Its design is based on twenty years of experience in building voice switches for use in critical communications. The switch supports external IP or telecom networks, remote line interfaces and a variety of touch-screen operator panels.
The Copperchase Small Voice Communications Control System (SVCCS) is targeted at the smaller regional airports market for voice communications market in the smaller regional airports.
The SVCCS may also be used as a contingency/emergency system for larger VCCS installations (Emergency Handset Systems).
Copperchase is able to install ATC Recorders from a number of its preferred manufacturers.
Copperchase Remote Lighting Controller
Effective operator or pilot control of airfield lighting is critical to the safe operation of an installation and traditional radio Pilot Controlled Lighting (PCL) solutions using the VHF radio is a tried and trusted method.
Now there is a new way to control your lighting and peripheral circuits using the new Copperchase Remote Lighting Controller (RLC) which integrates both traditional VHF PCL and adds SMS control and monitoring with the option of automatic weather reporting (including wind speed/direction, temperature, dew point and pressure) right from your airfield or helipad.
The new Copperchase Remote Lighting Controller has a fully digital design that combines ease of installation and use with sophisticated yet simple and secure configuration via the IP65 rated keypad and LCD display or via SMS.
- Traditional VHF Pilot Controlled Lighting (PLC) configuration
- Simple radio, including frequency, setting through front panel – no fiddly switches
- Defined number of presses to activate Circuits 1, 2 or 3
- Programmable timeout period
- VHF operation can be remotely enabled/disabled for extra security
- Direct circuit control via keypad (with PIN)
- FCC/EU approved, Integrated tri-band GSM Telemetry Engine for SMS control
- Secure PIN code protected SMS commands to monitor and control your installation
- Secure SMS status reporting – check out your installation before taking off
- Remotely activate Circuits 1, 2 or 3 and have the status sent straight back to your mobile
- Remotely monitor and control via optional GSM linked Mimic Panel
- Optional weather station interface for Met information from your helipad
- Three 20 Amp heavy duty relays in the box – Enables linked peripheral shutdown
- Local and remote test and diagnostics integrated into the unit
- Very low power consumption – Approx. 2W (idle) and less than 30W max. (including optional internal winter heater)
- Operates from 110-240V AC 50-60Hz or 12V DC (ideal for solar and batteries
The best of both worlds – The Copperchase all new Remote Lighting Controller takes a fresh approach to controlling your lighting installation by applying sophisticated microcontrollers to integrate and control a traditional PCL with the added ease and convenience of control and monitoring via any mobile device that can send and receive text messages (SMS).
There are three microcontrollers dedicated to making the Copperchase RLC both powerful but incredibly easy to use -everything can be securely configured (there are three levels of PIN code protection) through the front panel – frequencies, timeout periods, operating modes, relay testing and system diagnostics. Many parameters can be checked, monitored and changed via simple text messages (using the same secure PIN codes).
We are not just selling you a box but a service. Should you forgot your PIN code, call us up and we can reset it over the air. Over time we will be adding more functionality such as remote diagnostics, web based logging and reporting – see who used the system and when.
The Copperchase RLC is ideal for remote locations with limited or no mains power. The unit runs either from its internal 110-240V AC Power Supply Unit but can also run on 12V DC and with its incredibly low 2 Watt standby power consumption is ideal for operating from batteries charged by solar or wind generators.