Tern Systems origins began in the late 1970’s with a cooperative agreement between the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration and the University of Iceland to develop an AFTN message distribution system. In 1988 the venture deployed a radar data processing system. In 1997 this fruitful joint-venture was formally organized into Tern Systems with the mission to continue the successful growth of ATC systems development. Tern Systems engineering processes and deployment techniques have been continuously evolving to create a mature, stable and reliable operational ATC product suite.
Tern Systems is fully owned by Isavia, Iceland’s national air service provider and former Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration. As subsidiary of Isavia, Tern Systems has access to experts in all areas of air traffic control, resulting in efficient and user-friendly systems.
The Icelandic Air Traffic Control Centre is among the worlds most advanced, managing one of the largest airspaces. Approximately 30% of the North Atlantic traffic flying from Europe to North America passes through this area. Air traffic controllers in Reykjavik ACC depend on various Tern Systems’ ATC solutions, including the Tern Radar Data Processing System, to manage this task. Tern Systems’ products are in successful use at the Keflavik International Airport, where traffic has increased over 87% since 2010.
Icelandic air traffic controllers manage significant daily international over-flight traffic along with domestic flights and airports. All three generations of air traffic control (procedural separation, tactical radar control and the newest technology of ADS and CPDLC) are used within the Icelandic Airspace. Managing this responsibility requires the newest technology along with extremely reliable CNS/ATM systems. Tern Systems provides solutions of exceptional dependability in administering this airspace.
Tern Systems has years of worldwide experience ATC systems are in place in two airports in Indonesia, Balikpapan and Yogyakarta, in Jeju in South-Korea, as well simulators in Spain, Morocco and Iceland, to name a few.