EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub

Developing agile digital solutions and services to fit our stakeholders' needs.

InnovationHub

At EUROCONTROL, we are transforming the way we connect and serve the operational stakeholders in the air transport domain.

Our new and improved approach is to work closer with the end-users such as air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airports and airspace users to develop agile digital solutions and services in response to their needs. To do this, we have set up a European Innovation Hub and innovation projects supported by agile innovation processes. 

Our innovation projects aim at developing solutions to selected operational challenges/needs with quantifiable efficiency gains for operational stakeholders.

Development process

The solutions are developed following an agile approach following three key steps:

  • Connect
    Capture operational challenges and needs provided by our stakeholders via an open call and select those which will need to be developed;
  • Build
    Works on solution within a 6-month timeframe for a set of selected operational challenges and needs;
  • Promote
    Communicate the output of the prototyping to promote the solutions and to launch another call for operational challenges.

Our first call for operational challenges is now launched. Read more our news item.

Outcomes

The outcome of a successful innovation project will be the demonstration of a viable solution which industrial stakeholders are free to commercialise into products.

Our new innovation process is complementary to the SESAR programme and its aspiration to accelerate the market uptake building on existing network of partnerships.

First cycle of pilot solutions

Curfew collaborative management

The product developed within this project uses machine-learning techniques to predict potential curfew infringements for a given flight at a given airport, and has been integrated into EUROCONTROL’s MIRROR platform. Internal testing is currently underway, with the evaluation of the tool to be continued by airport and airlines stakeholders from May 2021. Deployment is planned for 2021.

Prediction of waiting time at arrival

This project aims at predicting the waiting time in the destination terminal area up to five hours in advance to support fuel planning for intra-European flights. We developed different machine-learning models based on airports subject to high delays (Heathrow, Dublin, Lisbon and Zurich) that allowed us to obtain significantly better prediction performance than the baseline.

Forecast of the ATFM delay evolution for a regulated flight

The project has developed a prototype tool which uses AI to better forecast delays. It provides airlines with a set of indicators, including ATFM delay evolution trend and predicted delay, that should deliver economic, operational and passenger experience benefits.

Second cycle of solutions

The next batch of proejcts selected for the second cycle starting in May 2021 are:

Airports:

  • Optimisation of airport resources with more accurate traffic & PAX prediction;
  • Aviation Data Corridor for efficient data sharing;
  • Preventing runway incursions.

Airspace users:

  • D-ATIS access facilitation;
  • Better support for General Aviation flight planning.

ANSPs:

  • Optimising arrival flows for green ops;
  • Improved Trajectories to Support Arrival Management and other applications;
  • Knock-on delay visualisation.

Interested?

Contact us to learn more about the project and the application process. You can also read more about the project launch in the article below.