Eurocontrol Prepares New Process for SSR Codes

 - March 5, 2007, 9:04 AM

Eurocontrol will introduce a new process for assigning the secondary surveillance radar (SSR) codes used by ATC for radar services. Increasing airline traffic to new European destinations is resulting in shortages of assigned codes, prompting Eurocontrol to introduce the Centralised SSR Code Assignment and Management System (CCAMS) for all civilian flights. A four-year phase-in period is scheduled to begin late next year. CCAMS will consist of a central computer server located in Eurocontrol’s existing central flow management unit, which already allocates en route slots. It will automatically provide a unique SSR code for each civilian aircraft operating within the region and will distribute these to the ATC units concerned. The current system allocates codes on a purely national basis and is already running out of codes at peak times for some parts of Europe. CCAMS promises to make more efficient use of available codes and also eliminate code conflicts.