Here, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) is conducting ground-breaking live contrail prevention trials with DLR, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), in a bid to reduce aviation’s non-CO₂ climate impacts. This contrail prevention trial is the first of its kind in the world, and will investigate the operational feasibility of contrail prevention by ATC and measure its impact.
The trial is assessing how to avoid warming persistent contrails with eco-efficient flight trajectories in live operations. MUAC is examining relatively minor operational measures such as small flight level changes, for example diverting aircraft 2,000 feet up or down from their normal flight path, to reduce persistent contrail formation and contrail cirrus. This requires creating a contrail prevention system, implementing operational procedures for contrail prevention, and the validation of the methodology with satellite image analysis by the project partner DLR.
The DLR has been working for decades on climate change and has contributed significantly to the current state of science.
The findings of these trials will help to fight climate change in a very practical way, Prof. Sausen underlines: