Positive Control set out with the goal of designing the most realistic air traffic control simulation available. In keeping with that goal, we began by rethinking how our client software would interact with our server software. In the real-world, the processing power for these systems typically comes from a central mainframe computer located at each air traffic control facility. Radar workstations used by air traffic controllers consist of human controllable interfaces that allow users to send commands and receive responses from the mainframe computer system.
On legacy networks, the server-side software is fairly basic while the radar clients themselves do most of the processing. On POSCON, we have moved most of this processing power from the radar client to the server. This serves two key advantages:
It allows us to more closely emulate the real-world air traffic control systems.
It allows future developers to tap into robust APIs to quickly create new user-interfaces for different countries.
Initially, we have chosen to focus on developing ERAM or En Route Automation Modernization, which is the interface used to control enroute air traffic in the United States of America. Future development efforts will focus around the following:
Terminal radar systems in the United States of America; and
International radar systems.
The above is POSCON's tentative internal development roadmap, but it assumes that no other opportunities present themselves. We are more than happy to interview new developers that are interested in developing their own radar systems as well. Please email [email protected]poscon.net if you are capable of assisting.