In partnership with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) carried out the world’s first live contrail prevention trial in 2021 and now continues its investigations. The trial proved that contrail formation can be prevented by diverting aircraft and changing the altitude at which they fly, thus reducing their impact on climate change and global warming. However, it was discovered that predicting areas where contrails will form is difficult in practice, as is the verification of contrails via geo stationary satellite images. The plan is now to build on the results of trials held in 2021 by carrying out more concentrated trials using real-time simulations to set up working procedures and capacity measures.
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