The Mediterranean Free Flight (MFF) Programme - Environmental Benefit Analysis
This study aims to analyse the environmental effect of the Mediterranean Free Flight programme focussing on the Italian real-time simulation experiments. Investigations have been made especially for reduction in fuel burn, CO2, H2O, and NOx emissions. The methodology was mainly based on a comparison of fuel burn and emission production in a fixed route against a free route environment. The Advanced Emission Model (AEM3) developed at the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre has been used to estimate aviation emissions and fuel burn. An improved version (EEC-BM2) of the Boeing Method2 (BM2) lead to more reliable in-flight NOx emission estimations.