A snapshot of some recent, current and forthcoming activities - Spring, 2007

Co-operative ATM measures allow unanticipated overloads to be safely dissipated in the tactical phase

Studies, real-time simulations, and live trials have demonstrated that the application of CAMES measures (Cooperative ATM Measures for a European Single Sky) could
  • prevent sector overloads that were not predicted in the pre-tactical phase, thereby improving safety;
  • reduce delays in the CAMES area by up to 20%; and
  • balance workload better between sectors, optimising available capacity.
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Maturity of ADS-B applications increases

During 2006, maturity assessment scores of fifteen out of seventeen ADS-B applications increased and one decreased. ADS-B equipage in Europe has increased from 38% to 54% in less than one year.
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New tool allows airlines to exercise data link independently

The LINK 2000+ Datalink Test Facility at the Experimental Centre supports airlines as they join the LINK 2000+ programme on the road to CPDLC/ATN certification and operational approval. A new ground automated tool allows airlines to exercise controller-pilot data link communication (CPDLC) without the need for a ground operator, in order to test systems or for the purposes of aircrew familiarisation.
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Wake vortex measurement at Paris and Frankfurt

EUROCONTROL has launched two major wake vortex data collection campaigns at Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports using laser imaging detection and ranging (LIDAR). The first results are expected in May 2007. Based on the collected data, concepts of operation will be developed that will allow the reduction of wake turbulence separations.
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Future ATM concepts and systems must consider monotony as a critical operator state

Monotony is a critical state that can lead to performance impairments and, ultimately, safety hazards. The design and validation of future ATM concepts and systems must consider monotony in a more systematic fashion.
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Barcelona safety seminar

ATM safety R&D work is being carried out across the ECAC states by a wide range of organisations. A series of seminars is being organised by the EEC Safety Research team in order to facilitate co-ordination, co-operation, and sharing of information and goals within the safety R&D community. Presentations available online.
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ATC Maastricht exhibition

A variety of EUROCONTROL projects was presented at the ATC Maastricht exhibition, illustrating the Agency's programmes in the short, medium, and long terms. The Jane's Award for Contribution to European ATM went to the EUROCONTROL ATM Safety Project.
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Innovative Research Workshop

250 participants from more than 28 countries attended the EUROCONTROL Innovative Research Workshop and Exhibition, which took place at the Experimental Centre in December. Presentations and proceedings are available online.
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CARE-INO external innovation projects start

In order to instil a spirit of innovation in ATM, the EEC has called on universities, and also R&D centres and industrial laboratories, to propose projects aimed at the application of emerging technologies to ATM or the development of new ATM concepts. The selected proposals target a wide range of objectives, from safety to environment, and from system reliability to airline efficiency. The proposed techniques are equally varied, including satellite observations, constraint decoupling and 3D display technologies.
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Single European Sky and SESAR forum

A forum about the Single European Sky and the SESAR research programme took place at the Experimental Centre, as part of the European Commission's Air Transport Net (AirTN) project. All presentations are available online.
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Experimental Centre reorganises

Over the past decade the Experimental Centre has shown itself capable of adapting to changing requirements. Developments in European ATM, in particular those arising from SESAR, necessitated a review of the organisation.
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New Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) research area

As part of the recent reorganisation at the Experimental Centre, a Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) research area has been created, which brings together the key technologies that support air traffic management. Its primary objective is to provide technical support to a number of implementation programmes that are managed under the EUROCONTROL Directorate of ATM Programmes (DAP).
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