DG Research & Innovation is a leader in the European research arena, responsible in particular for the “Innovation Union”, the EU strategy to create an innovation-friendly environment enabling creative ideas to be turned into products and services. The visit was designed to explore together the latest thinking in European ATM R&D, with dedicated showcase presentations on core activities of the EEC such as:
- European Wake Vortex Recategorisation (RECAT-EU) and Time Based Separation (TBS), which aim at safely increasing airport capacity by redefining wake turbulence categories and managing their associated separation minima;
- Drones (RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), taking a look at current status for R&D regarding the integration of the very demanding and growing market of small low-altitude drones (VLL – very low level);
- User Driven Prioritisation Process (UDPP) which aims at taking into account Airspace Users priorities during congestion and crisis periods;
- The prototype of a future flow management position for the implementation of short-term ATFM measures, to avoid regulations (ground departure delays).
The visit also provided an opportunity to visit EEC’s impressive simulation facilities, which allow EUROCONTROL to carry out real-time (and large scale) airspace simulations in support of new airspace design projects and network operational concepts and procedures, such as the recent successful trials with DHMI Turkey to run a series of real-time simulation sessions regarding the airspace design of the new Istanbul Grand Airport.