A snapshot of some recent, current and forthcoming activities - October, 2005

ATM Researchers Meet in Baltimore

 
The 6th USA/Europe ATM R&D seminar, jointly organised by the FAA and EUROCONTROL, took place in June in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Three keynote speeches and 69 research paper presentations to an audience of 200 international experts showed the challenges and the progress made in the search for operational ATM improvements.
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Real-Time Platform Ready to Simulate 2010 Concept Elements

The centre’s high fidelity real-time ATM simulation platform (ACE - Avenue Compliant Escape) has been enhanced and configured to meet requirements of the European Commission Gate-to-Gate validation project. Gate-to-Gate will evaluate and demonstrate integrated operation of advanced ATM concept elements, providing a 2010 baseline upon which other concept elements, for 2010 onwards, can be progressively introduced for validation. Simulations will take place in the first quarter of 2006.
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Safety News

Should collision avoidance resolution advisories be downlinked? Experiments are being conducted to investigate how controllers might react and how best to present information.
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The Integrated Risk Picture for gate-to-gate ATM in 2004 will provide a baseline for comparison with the 2012 picture which is under development, and will enable the targeting of investment to achieve an acceptably safe future system.
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New ATM technology may have negative impacts on controller teamwork and communications. Trust in tools and the impact of technology on controllers' responsibilities must be addressed in order to maintain ATM's status as a 'resilient' industry
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A review of best practices to achieve safety in design over several industries has highlighted gaps in the ATM safety 'toolbox'. Nonetheless clear differences between ATM and other industries suggest the need for ATM specific approaches.
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'Complexity HAZOP' is an approach to the safety assessment of increasingly complex airspace designs.
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The Economic Catalytic Effects of Air Transport in Europe

This study estimates that the catalytic effect of air transport usage over the last decade has been to increase European GDP (gross domestic product) by approximately 4% in the long run, which is €410 billion at today’s prices. This growth is achieved through the impact of air transport on trade, tourism and more importantly on business investment and the underlying productivity of the European economy. By 2025, growth in air transport is forecast to lead to a further GDP growth of 1.8% in the long run, or €200 billion at today’s prices.
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How will Deregulation Affect ATM Market Evolution?

The overall objective of this study was to explore similarities between ATM at the start of a deregulation process, and other network-based industries that have already undergone such a process. All of the scenarios considered would enhance capacity and introduce a market-oriented perspective.
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First steps in the use of an Arrival Management tool at Rome

Controller decision support tools such as Arrival Managers (AMAN) will become increasingly necessary to enable aircraft to meet efficiency and punctuality constraints. The Experimental Centre and the Italian service provider (ENAV) research centre conducted a real-time simulation of arrival management in Rome in Autumn 2004. The results showed acceptance of both new controller working methods and displays, and laid the foundation for future work.
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International Aircraft Noise and Performance Database Website

The Eurocontrol Experimental Centre hosts and maintains an online Aircraft Noise and Performance (ANP) database which supports the recently revised ECAC guidance document “Doc 29R - Methodology for Computing Noise Contours around Civil Airports".
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Implementing ASAS Workshop

 
This workshop, which took place in Malmo, Sweden, in September, was the first in a series designed to highlight key issues with regard to ASAS (Airborne Separation Assistance System) implementation.
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Approach and Landing Procedures: State of the Art and Concept of Operations

 
OPTIMAL is a European Commission 6th Framework Programme project dealing with approach and landing procedures. These procedures are of great interest to airports since environmental impact is becoming one of the major constraints to capacity increase. The state of the art has been reviewed and an operational concept has been defined with particular consideration given to rotorcraft.
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Tube Advanced Lane Control (TALC)

 
In the TALC innovative concept a tube is a protected tunnel with its own control procedures. Tube and Flow replace Sector and Flight as the primary control entities. Collaborative Decision Making links the air and ground sides. New criteria are used for decision making, taking into account airline preferences and airport constraints. The objectives are to increase network capacity and improve flight punctuality.
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Recognised for Excellence

 
The EUROCONTROL Agency has been 'Recognised for Excellence' by the European Foundation for Quality Management. EUROCONTROL is the first European intergovernmental organisation to be recognised for excellence in its entirety. The Experimental Centre made an important contribution through its own excellence activities.
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