The Story of My Life so Far - Part 107 - Working for CAATS, the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System

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This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France


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Today, October 13th 2018, I am wearing my CAATS t-shirt. CAATS stands for "Canadian Automated Air Traffic System" and is the software system for air traffic control in Canada and part of the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean.

CAATS was developed originally by Hughes Aircraft of Canada, then Raytheon Systems of Canada, for around 15 years, under contract to Transport Canada, then NAV Canada. NAV Canada has deployed the CAATS system in 2009, and has continued to update CAATS.

I came to British Columbia to work on CAATS, first as a French employee of CR2A, loaned to Hughes Aircraft from February to May 1994, then as an employee of Hughes Aircraft, starting in July 1994.

CAATS is mainly written in the Ada programming language, that I had learned in France working for CR2A.

The CAATS software was structured in five layers, each layers being made of several "subsystems". Each subsystem was composed of several "packages", that are Ada components.

I was the technical lead for layers 1 and 2, that we later described as the "Distributed Virtual Machine". In these two layers, there was nothing that was specific to air traffic management, and it could have been used in many other software systems, but I don't think it ever was.

Because there were not many software engineers in Canada that were familiar with the Ada programming language, and Hughes Aircraft did not want to teach the language to new recruits, the company looked for engineers already knowing Ada around the world. In the DVM team, there were people coming from many countries, including Great Britain, France, Australia and South Africa.
Some of these people came and stayed in Canada, me included, and some came and left when there were no longer working for CAATS.

I have several interesting stories of interactions between myself and engineers from different countries.

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