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

SESAR high level concept accepted

The third milestone deliverable (D3) of the SESAR definition phase has now been accepted and describes a high level ATM concept of operation for 2020 and beyond, together with the description of its associated architecture and enabling technology. D3 provides a first assessment of the ability to meet performance targets previously agreed in D2 and of the costs and benefits. This initial evaluation activity has indicated that the proposed concept of operation has the potential to reach the agreed performances targets. However, the high level nature of the concept of operation still leaves room for various interpretations of the performance levels that it will achieve. Within D3, a clear recommendation has been made to further assess the concept of operation during the next phase of the project (D4).
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Taking a “systems approach” to the SESAR concept of operations

The Mid-Term Concept (SESAR) Validation programme, MTV, has delivered a draft version of a process model of the SESAR concept of operations. The goal of the process model is to identify the interdependencies of the various concept processes so that greater detail can be developed whilst ensuring coherency.
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Researchers gather in Barcelona to discuss more pro-active support to SESAR and NextGen

The 7th USA-Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development seminar took place in Barcelona in July. All papers and presentations are on line.
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Equipping for ASAS: ground and airborne industries

At the most recent ASAS Thematic Network workshop it was reported that UPS are now using ASAS merging and spacing to deliver aircraft to the runway within a few seconds of the plan. Landing times are now highly predictable except in the most extreme weather conditions. ASAS applications that provide potential solutions to the growing risk of runway incursion were also presented. This is a key time for ASAS development with the advent of SESAR in Europe and NextGen in the US. All presentations are on line.
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Future considerations in ATM safety research and development

Air traffic is expected to double by 2020 whereas safety and accident levels are expected to remain the same or improve. This will require a doubling of the effectiveness of safety (or cutting in half the current accident rate), which is a significant challenge for air traffic management safety. A joint EUROCONTROL/FAA paper identifying areas for research was well received at the International System Safety Conference.
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Enhancing situational awareness and efficiency in the tower

Tower controller working positions frequently consist of an assembly of individual systems each with a separate interface (keyboard, mouse and screen). This results in increased controller workload and impaired situational awareness. The Integrated Tower Working Position (ITWP) project is studying the integration of components into a simplified working environment. Initial evaluation of a prototype clearly indicates benefits in terms of situational awareness, workload reduction and therefore in controller efficiency.
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Identifying functional flow and capacity management areas

The effectiveness of air traffic flow and capacity management (ATFCM) measures depends upon the ability to predict their impact on the entire network. Within the context of Episode 3 and in preparation for SESAR development activities, the Experimental Centre is developing a methodology, concepts and tools. A prototype allows the “network effect” to be assessed and also allows regions of strong network interactions, known as “logical functional ATFCM areas” (LFAAs), to be identified. These areas allow the identification of appropriate flow and capacity management actors, thereby simplifying decision making and improving network efficiency.
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Crosswind-Reduced Separations for Departure Operations

The Crosswind-Reduced Separations for Departure Operations (CREDOS) project is investigating the possibility of safe conditional reduction of wake turbulence separation minima. Although limited to single runway departures, the CREDOS concept of operation offers a possible solution to improve airport capacity and reduce delays at airports. A measurement campaign at Frankfurt airport is almost complete and the data analysis is on-going; wake vortex behaviour models for departure have been upgraded and integrated into an Airbus cockpit simulator. A first draft of the concept of operation is available and will be reviewed during the 1st CREDOS external advisory workshop that will be held at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 27-28 November, 2007.
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Doctoral studies - applications invited

As part of its mission, EUROCONTROL favours partnerships with research groups interested in air traffic management applications. The EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre currently hosts seven Ph.D. students on site and intends to increase its collaboration with universities. Candidates are invited to apply.

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6th Innovation Workshop, 4-6 December - register now

It is still not too late to register for the 6th Innovation Workshop which will take place at the Experimental Centre from 4-6 December, 2007.
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