Company History


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 has integrated suite of proven CNS/ATM solutions reflects the highest standards in engineering, human interface design, reliability and cost-effective innovations.

Tern Systems is jointly owned by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration and the University of Iceland. The triangle between Tern Systems and our ownership partners assures a corporate commitment to advancing practical deployments and operational excellence as well as participating in research and advancing the state-of-the-art in ATC technology.

Home Environment – BIRD FIR

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, a joint civil and NATO military facility. Other deployments include the Icelandic domestic airports at Reykjavik and Akureyri.

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.