Norway’s Avinor is the first Air Navigation Service Provider in the world to bring the Point Merge System into operation.

This means operators flying into Oslo can alleviate arrival delays arising from traffic density in zones proximate to the airport terminal, referred to as terminal maneuvering areas (TMA). Oslo's adoption of the Point Merge System (PMS) helps to prevent an overload of arrivals and works to ensure a predictable flow of traffic into those tight TMA.

The technology empowering this aviation milestone is Harris Corporation's Orthogon Arrival Manager (AMAN).

Orthogon AMAN not only supports PMS operations for the Oslo TMA, it also equips controllers with an array of benefits beyond standard Arrival Manager functionality. It provides controllers with a strong visual presentation of the expected arrival flow, while its route-shortening feature enables them to issue shortcuts at a much earlier stage than ever before. It also advances Avinor’s goal of making the PMS as fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly as feasible.

Real-time simulations conducted in March 2009 at the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation’s test facility in France, proved the impact of Orthogon AMAN's capabilities. Moreover, tests conducted by Avinor in 2012 through the HOPE project (Harmonization of OSL Procedures and the Environment) demonstrated that Orthogon AMAN significantly reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Scandinavian Airlines reported fuel savings of up to 133kg on some flights and predicted fuel reductions ranging from 50kg to 80kg per flight, all thanks to Orthogon AMAN.

The Harris partnership with Avinor to continues to evolve Orthogon AMAN in pursuit of the advanced capabilities that will define the future of aviation.